film forum alums score big at golden globes, LPFF announces 2011 dates

Over the years, the Lake Placid Film Forum has celebrated the lives and careers of many writers, actors, and filmmakers.  Steve Buscemi, for example, introduced his film Interview at the Forum in 2007, while Melissa Leo joined writer-director Courtney Hunt for a memorable Forum screening of Frozen River in 2008.  Leo’s riveting performance in Frozen River would eventually earn her an Academy Award nomination as best supporting actress.   At the Golden Globe Awards on January 16th, Leo won Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal of the tough, fiery mother of two boxing brothers from the 1980s in The Fighter.  Buscemi nabbed Best Actor in a Drama for the TV series “Boardwalk Empire” about the life and times of Atlantic City’s gangster-politician Nucky Thompson.

The 2011 Lake Placid Film Forum, showing this June 16th – 19th, will once again assemble a cadre of guests and films which qualify the medium of film as both a powerful and poignant way of expressing the human condition.  Education continues to be a focus this year as well.  Once more film students from around the region will descend upon Lake Placid to make a short movie in 24 hours and have it screened by film fans and judged by a panel of industry experts for the coveted Robin Pell Emerging Filmmaker Award.  Be on the lookout as the Film Forum, hosted by the Adirondack Film Society, works to line up more high caliber guests and award-winning films, like last year’s Winter’s Bone, which, after being shown first at Sundance and the Lake Placid Film Forum, went on to have an incredible impact, garnering awards from film festivals around the world, and rave critical acclaim from critics and film fans.

For more information about this year’s Lake Placid Film Forum, email T J Brearton at tjb@lakeplacidfilmforum.com, call 518-523-3456.

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