rise – a festival premiere


Directed by Lisa Lax and Nancy Stern Winter

USA, 2011  77 mins.

Friday, June 17th, 6 PM Palace Theatre  $10

In 1961 a horrific airplane crash killed all 72 people on board, including 18 members of the U.S. World Figure Skating team along with their coaches and members of their families. This unusually poignant documentary measures the impact of that terrible loss on the families of the victims and those who  were charged with the task of helping to rebuild the sport of figure skating in this country. Dick Button, Peggy Fleming, Tenley Albright, Scott Hamilton, Dorothy Hamill, Carol Heiss Jenkins, Brian Boitano and others all speak from the heart about such victims of the crash as the legendary coach Maribel Vinson Owen and her daughter, the then U.S. National Champion, Laurence Owen. One image brings tears to the eyes, a shot of the debri-filled crash site with a figure skate in the foreground. In short if you love figure skating, this is one film you do not want to miss.

This screening is presented in association with the Skating Club of Lake Placid.


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