James Tolkan (pictured here with Steve Buscemi at the 2007 Film Forum) will participate as a judge for “Sleepless in Lake Placid.” The jury reviews the student films created over a 24 hour period and selects one for the Robin Pell Emerging Filmmaker Award. Tolkan, of Back to the Future fame (“Eat lead, Slackers!!), has had an incredible, wide ranging and fruitful career as an actor, appearing in such classic films as Serpico, WarGames, Split Decisions, and Top Gun. He lives somewhere tucked away in the Adirondacks, quite possibly with a shotgun. Watch out, slackers.
Paul Hardart will also serve on the jury. Prior to forming Adirondack Pictures, Paul created and co-ran, with Claudia Gray, Universal Focus, the specialty film division of Universal Pictures from 1999-2002. During his tenure, they oversaw the release of such award-winning films as Being John Malkovich, Pitch Black, Nurse Betty and Billy Elliot. With Adirondack pictures, Paul has executive produced such films as Beyond the Gates, and the ground-breaking Mary and Max. Paul is a judge who certainly knows good film.
Allan Nicholls is an actor, director, producer, writer, and composer. He is also one of the funniest men in show-biz. Allan has joined us for the Sleepless in Lake Placid brouhaha before … and things haven’t been the same since. His vast experience, good humor and keen insight will make him a fair and invaluable judge. Allan’s repertoire of films, acted in, composed for and directed include Slap Shot, Bob Roberts, A Perfect Couple and Nashville, where he we worked with Robert Altman composing the soundtrack. Allan knows film from soup to nuts, and will make an incomparable jury member…look at him – he’s already scrutinizing your work!
Good luck, students!