AFS Screening Series at LPCA Continues with a Film on How Rock ‘n’ Roll Helped End the Cold War

Lake Placid, NY: The Adirondack Film Society (AFS) Screening Series Version 2.0 continues at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts Friday and Saturday, February 12-13 at 7:00 PM with Free to Rock, a new documentary directed by four-time Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Jim Brown and narrated by Kiefer Sutherland. Tickets are $7 and are available by calling the LPCA Box Office at 518.523.2512 or online at For more info on the AFS, please call 518.588.7275.

Rock 'n' roll spread like a virus across the Soviet Union despite attempts by the country's Communist government to outlaw it. Thousands of underground bands and millions of young fans who yearned for Western freedoms helped fuel the nonviolent implosion of the Soviet regime. Free to Rock features Presidents, diplomats, spies and rock stars from the West and the Soviet Union who reveal how rock 'n' roll music was a contributing factor in bringing down the Iron Curtain and ending the Cold War.

Producer/director/writer/cinematographer Jim Brown is responsible for some of the most popular and critically acclaimed musical documentary programs of the past four decades, including Pete Seeger: The Power of Song, The Weavers: Wasn't That a Time, Woody Guthrie at 100: Live at the Kennedy Center, Don McLean: American Troubadour, Billy Joel: A Matter of Trust-The Bridge to Russia, and Concert for Newtown.

In February 2015, the AFS Screening Series showed his film 50 Years with Peter, Paul and Mary, which Mr. Brown introduced in person and helped lead a robust discussion about following two screenings of it. He is scheduled to return to the LPCA to do the same with Free to Rock, which had the distinction of premiering this past November in Washington, DC before Congress to help mark the 50th Anniversary of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The Cold War theme continues President's Day weekend with a special screening of the Steven Spielberg thriller—and Oscar nominee for Best Picture of 2015— Bridge of Spies, Sunday, February 14th, at 2 pm at the Palace Theatre on Lake Placid's Main Street. Co-presented by the Adirondack Film Society and the Lake Placid Institute, the screening will feature in-person appearances by members of the family of James Donovan, who is played in the film by Tom Hanks. They will introduce Bridge of Spies and, along with AFS Artistic Director Kathleen Carroll, participate in a post-screening discussion of the film, the real-life adventures of James Donovan (who detailed the same story told in the film in his book, Strangers on a Bridge) and their family's long ties to Lake Placid.

About the Adirondack Film Society
Best-known as the organization that brings you the annual Lake Placid Film Forum, the Adirondack Film Society (AFS) has been doing innovative film programming on an ever-widening North Country canvas for more than 15 years now.

The Adirondack Film Society, in its dual role as the Adirondack Film Commission, is also in the process of developing a program to encourage filmmakers to make movies and shoot videos in Essex County, NY, and assist them when they are here, as well as to nurture homegrown filmmaking among the many talented artists already living in the region.

When it comes to programming, the Adirondack Film Society doesn't just screen films—it curates, analyzes, and seeks to help educate audience members about the films it presents. One way it often does this is by presenting the creators of the films themselves, in intimate, small-venue settings—where filmgoers can actually meet the filmmakers or, when they are presented remotely such as via Skype, experience these artists as real people.

About the LPCA
Nestled in an Olympic village, the Lake Placid Center for the Arts is a year-round treasure to residents and visitors of the Adirondacks and is the premier art and cultural hub of the region. Orchestrating quality programming, performances, rotating art exhibitions, and education experiences to residences and visitors alike, the LPCA provides an ensemble of offerings in music, theatre and dance, and supports local, regional and national artists in its Fine Arts Gallery. At the heart of this hub is hands-on learning experiences for children exploring their creativity and adults finding new passions. As a leading organization, the LPCA collaborates with other Adirondack non-profit partners to build, support and cultivate the arts community. Inspiring excellence in the arts for generations, the LPCA continues to thrive today at its unique and captivating Lake Placid campus.

Friday and Saturday, February 12-13, 2016
Film screening: Free to Rock, a new documentary directed by four-time Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Jim Brown and narrated by Kiefer Sutherland. The film shows how rock 'n' roll spread like a virus across the Soviet Union despite attempts by the country's Communist government to outlaw it and was a contributing factor in ending the Cold War. Jim Brown is scheduled to introduce the film and lead a Q&A session with the audience following it. Adirondack Film Society Screening Series, 7 pm, Lake Placid Center for the Arts, 17 Algonquin Drive (off NYS Route 86 near the Quality Inn). $7, available at the door and in advance. Reservations, info: (518) 523-2512,; AFS info: (518) 588-7275.

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Lake Placid Center for the Arts

The Lake Placid Center for the Arts is a year-round performing and visual Arts Facility.  Located in the Adirondack Park of Northern New York, the LPCA consistently presents arts of the highest caliber in music, dance and theatre performances, film exhibitions and visual arts presentations. 

In addition, the Arts Center provides special arts-in education programs, workshops and residencies for aspiring and renowned artists.

The Arts Center is the home of the Lake Placid School of Ballet, LPCA Children's Theatre, Community Theatre Players, as well as the Summer home of the Lake Placid Sinfonietta.

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