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September Film

We are happy to announce the September film to be screened at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts September 12-13!


The Sweet Hereafter

(1997) Director: Atom Egoyan  Writers: Russell Banks (novel) Atom Egoyan (screenplay)  Stars: Ian Holm, Sarah Polley          112 min Rated R

Atom Egoyan’s adaptation of Russell Bank’s novel of a tragic school bus accident won the Grand Jury Prize at the 1997 Cannes Film Festival. The film was ranked by the Toronto International Film Festival as “One of the Top Ten Canadian Films of All Time.” At a screening later in Lake Placid, NY, the film inspired the founders of the Lake Placid Film Forum. Starring Sarah Polley, Ian Holm, Bruce Greenwood and an all-star supporting cast, The Sweet Hereafter charts an unforgettable course as the people of a small town in British Columbia come to grips with the terrible loss of lives, and deal with the skeletons emerging from the closets of the survivors. – T J Brearton

Russell Banks (In person)

russell_banks_27047tThe Sweet Hereafter opening night will be introduced by Russell Banks. Banks is the internationally acclaimed author of eighteen works of fiction, including the novels Continental Drift, Rule of the Bone, The Book of Jamaica and Lost Memory of Skin, as well as six short story collections.  Two of his novels, The Sweet Hereafter and Affliction, have been adapted into award-winning films.  Banks has been a PEN/Faulkner Finalist (Affliction, Cloudsplitter, Lost Memory of Skin) and a Pulitzer Prize Finalist (Continental Drift, Cloudsplitter).  His work has received numerous other awards and has been widely translated and anthologized.  Banks is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, was New York State Author (2004-2008) and was inducted into the New York State Writers Hall of Fame in 2014.  He lives in Miami, Florida and in upstate New York with his wife, the poet Chase Twichell.



Fri 9/12

6:30 pm                Russell Banks In Person Introduction

7:00 pm                The Sweet Hereafter

9:30 pm                The Sweet Hereafter

Sat 9/13

6:30 pm                Kathleen Carroll Introduction

7:00 pm                The Sweet Hereafter

9:30 pm                The Sweet Hereafter


For tickets and more information contact the Lake Placid Center for the Arts (518) 523-2512


Memorial Service for Jeff Barker This Weekend

A memorial service for Jeff Barker will take place on Saturday July 26, 2014 at 11:00am at St Agnes Cemetery in Lake Placid.


For more on Jeff, and how he served the Lake Placid community for many years, click here.

For a story on NCPR remembering Jeff, click here.

St Agnes Cemetery is in Route 73 in the Village adjacent to the Marriott Hotel.  It is directly across the street from the Corner Grocery.

Please Note:  Ironman Lake Placid is being held on Sunday July 27, 2014.  There will be many athletes out on the roads training on Saturday, racing on Sunday, in case you need to allow yourself extra time for the traffic.



From Film Forum to Filmmaking

The story of how a student from Marist became a Fulbright Scholarship recipient and an international filmmaker.

It all began for filmmaker Nick Homler at the 2012 Lake Placid Film Forum. As a Marist College student participating in the Sleepless in Lake Placid 24-hr Student Filmmaking Competition, Nick attended a panel discussion the morning after his film showcased at a screening along with several other participating school teams. The panel discussion “Do Movie Theaters Have A Future?” sparked the idea of a senior thesis capping video on the digital conversion of movie theatre projection. The next year, “Coffee and Conversation,” a keynote presentation from producer and educator Ira Deutchman, convinced Nick to move forward with a documentary he called “The Shared Experience.” Now Nick is taking the project to New Zealand on a Fulbright Scholarship. Here’s Nick writing a guest post for us, telling the story in his own words.


Nick Homler, second from right


From Coffee to Kiwis

By Nick Homler

Every single story of luck, happiness, and fortune can be traced back to an origin. And my origin hails from a single event in 2012.

Recently, I was granted my stroke of fortune when I received a Fulbright Scholarship to New Zealand. In January 2015, I will travel to the other side of the world to make a documentary film, “The Shared Experience of New Zealand,” that both celebrates independent, local cinemas and highlights their struggles. In addition to filming my documentary, I will travel cross-country to roughly thirty movie theaters to interview their owners and patrons to create two-minute video clips that these cinemas can use for social media purposes. I embark to N.Z. in January and return to the U.S. in November. I could not be more excited for this opportunity.

I never imagined that I would spend a year of my life in another country or that I would have the opportunity to create a documentary film with the potential to have an impact on the movie theater business. I know that this opportunity is a combination of determination and fortune, but more than anything, I know that the origin of my upcoming life-changing adventure can be traced back to my first experience at the Lake Placid Film Forum two years ago.

Sleepless in Lake Placid was my first filmmaking competition and it was an amazing experience. Working alongside other college teams, we completed our film in a 24-hour period. Our film, “The Wild,” won Best Performance by an Actor. More importantly than winning an award though, I learned valuable production lessons, met some wonderful people, and realized the importance of collaboration in a working production.

Cast and crew of "The Wild"

Cast and crew of “The Wild”

After the all night event, the participating filmmakers were invited to various screenings, socials, and discussions. One of these discussions, called “Do Movie Theaters have a Future?” took place early in the morning within the majestic Palace Theater. The topic focused on the upcoming mandatory and costly digital conversion for movie theaters nationwide with a small panel of experts including Bill Coppard, Nelson Page, Betsy Lowe, and Gregory Orr. There was an urgency in their voices and a heavy tone of seriousness in the room. The transition from film projectors to digital meant that many theater owners could potentially be forced to close their beloved business. Little did I know that this forum event would spark a fire in me and lead to the opportunity of a lifetime.

Do Movie Theaters have a Future?

Do Movie Theaters have a Future?

Several months after the Film Forum, I decided to make a short documentary on the digital conversion and its effect on small, independent theaters for my senior thesis project at Marist College. I assembled a small team of Marist seniors and worked in collaboration with ADK Mogul. We interviewed film critics, theater owners, and some other experts in the field and put together a ten-minute short film. It surely translated the message across to our audience, but the film appeared rushed due to the hectic life and time sensitive deadlines of college classes. I knew that this topic could be represented in a more artistic and meaningful manner. After graduation, and after attending “Coffee & Conversation,” a keynote presentation from Columbia University educator and film producer Ira Deutchman, I decided to direct and produce “The Shared Experience” documentary on my own.

During the summer of 2013, I created logos, video clips, and websites devoted to the film. After raising roughly $4,000 through contributions and an Indiegogo online campaign, I had the funds to pay for my travels and for a cinematographer to continue to work on the documentary. With the charity of the Marist College Media Center, I was given free production equipment to use for my upcoming interviews and filming.

The Shared Experience” includes quality interviews with cinema owners, experts in the field, as well as an array of other characters. As the editor of the film, I am currently in the post-production stage of the process and I am excited to share what I have captured. The main goal of this film was to capture the effect that the digital conversion has on local cinema, but it has developed into much more – the film captures the love that communities have for these small business. Just like in the ending of “It’s a Wonderful Life”, over the past year movie theater owners received unexpected charity from their patrons. The film also explores talented artists and passionate business owners throughout the northeast.

Reg and Barbara Clark, owners of the Palace Theatre

Reg and Barbara Clark, owners of the Palace Theatre

As I continued to work on the documentary and delve further into the issue of digital conversion, I realized that I had found myself a niche and could apply it internationally. So, I discovered a passionate film lover in New Zealand who has a well-kept blog of local cinemas throughout both islands and decided to apply for a Fulbright Scholarship that would allow me to continue to explore the issue. After countless hours upon hours of paperwork, essays, and editing, my application was sent to Washington D.C. and then to New Zealand for review. I was selected in April and am honored and amazed to be working on this project.

I never imagined that a morning of coffee and conversation would lead to more luck, happiness, and fortune than I could ever ask for.

Thank you, ADK Mogul, Adirondack Film Society, Lake Placid Film Forum, the community of Lake Placid, my donors, and Marist for giving me a niche to pursue and a spark to light the adventures that lay ahead in my life.


To follow Nick’s progress on The Shared Experience, CLICK HERE!




Lake Placid Film Forum 2014-2015


One film. Each Month. Multiple Showings. The Lake Placid Film Forum… Series

The Adirondack Film Society is pleased to announce The Lake Placid Film Forum Series. Beginning in September, 2014, the Film Forum will screen a series of films at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts. The program will feature one film, one weekend each month, with multiple showings.

“We’ve been working on growing our program,” says John Huttlinger, Chairman of the Adirondack Film Society. “Showing films at the LPCA venue is one way the Adirondack Film Society is evolving to bring our audiences the quality programming they’ve come to expect, and to embrace the changing medium of film exhibition.”

transmogrifierThe Adirondack Film Society is engaged in plans to have the Film Forum Series hosted by a variety of additional venues. They also will retain traditional programming, such as the Silent Film Festival at the Palace Theatre.

For the Film Forum Series at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts, Kathleen Carroll will be presenting feature and documentary films, and where possible, films will be accompanied by a special guest.

LPCA Executive Director James Lemons says “We are thrilled to be partnering with the Adirondack Film Society.  Film has always been such a strong component of our programming, and we couldn’t think of a better way to strengthen our film programming that a long-term, extended film series curated by Kathleen.  We are confident that this film series will be a major benefit to both organizations and the movie-loving public at large.”

“It’s the Film Forum,” says T J Brearton, who will oversee elements of the program, “But it’s been reshaped…’transmogrified’ …into a monthly event.”

One film will screen over the course of one weekend, with two to five showings per film. Tickets will be $7 at the LPCA box office and may be purchased in advance by calling 518-523-2512. As the films are worked into the program, they will be listed beginning a month prior to screening online, using websites, email newsletters, and social media like Twitter and Facebook.



Mark Covino – Five Questions

Mark Christopher Covino appeared at the Lake Placid Film Forum in June 2013, riding a nearly year-long wave of film festivals, a string of awards in his wake. His documentary film, A Band Called Death, was garnering critical awards and the winning the love of fans all over the world. Shortly after the June Film Forum, ABCD came out on Netflix, and was now a part of everyday life.

Clearly Covino, co-director of the film, had made it to the inner-circle of success.

Film Forum coordinator T.J. Brearton recently caught up with Mark Covino to see what colors the walls of his new mansion were, and how many limousines he employed to drive himself and his entourage around the streets of Burlington, Vermont, where he lives (or “summers,” depending).


TJB: So, you’ve co-directed a hit documentary and are rich and famous and have no need to ever worry about money or work again. Tell us about that.

MC: I now poop in a solid gold toilet bowl and use $100 bills as toilet paper.

Fact of the matter is, neither (co-director) Jeff nor I have made a single penny from A Band Called Death… yet. Does that suck? Yeah, a little. He went through a divorce and we’re both in pretty bad debt. But what ABCD lacked in remuneration it made up for in exposure. Through festivals alone we’ve been able to make a ton of connections. I have so many business cards I don’t know what to do with them all! Also, I and my team were able to run a successful Kickstarter campaign for my latest doc, The Crest. This wouldn’t have been possible without ABCD. Jeff and I are even getting phone calls now from big production companies wanting to collaborate with us. So, it ain’t all bad…

TJB: Where are things at with The Crest?

MC: There was a bit of a delay in post-production in The Crest due to work and traveling around with ABCD. BUT! Things are finally picking up again. The plan is to have a rough cut by springtime. However, there’s still some more filming to be done. One of the things we’re trying to plan right now is a second trip to Ireland for B-Roll, a few more important interviews that we weren’t able to get the first time around, PLUS, a surprise ending to the film that I’m really psyched about.

TJB: Any plans to work on another documentary in the near or far future?

covino3MC: After The Crest I think I’m done with documentaries. There’s just no money in them. When I make a film, whether it be a doc or a narrative, I put all my energy and time into it, blowing off paid work. I also get emotionally connected with my subjects, and that’s draining. I can’t do another four years of that.

I recently almost got myself into making another feature length doc, but after three weeks of shooting I decided I shouldn’t put myself through this again, not unless I have the proper funding.

TJB: Do you still keep in touch with the brothers from A Band Called Death? Any plans to reunite with them? How are they doing?

MC: The guys from the band are doing good. Touring more than ever. Actually, they’re in Paris right now doing a gig, so things couldn’t be better. I do try to see them as much as I can, they’re only a fifteen minute drive from my house.
THAT said, Dannis, the drummer – who we see in our film working as a janitor at St Michael’s College to support his family – was recently laid off from work due to a union dispute. So, the guys are still struggling. It’s not like these gigs are raking in the dollars.

TJB: One last question. Europe is experiencing unprecedented storms, the United States is hitting record-low temperatures; the globe seems to be in climate-chaos. What are your plans for surviving the end of the world?

MC: Lots of porn…





Photos courtesy of Mark Covino.  Related Articles: Where Do We Go From Here? The Mark Covino Article



The Wolf of Wall Street, a review by Kathleen Carroll


Martin Scorsese has always been attracted to men who behave badly. So it’s hardly surprising that his newest blast of a movie, “The Wolf of Wall Street,” is a gleefully sordid tale about a real life stockbroker who firmly believes that greed is good in that it pays well enough to buy such upper class perks as a Long Island mansion, a sea going yacht, and an endless supply of beautiful women and expensive drugs.
The stockbroker-turned-motivational speaker (this after he was ordered to serve time for his crimes against his clients) who is the centerpiece of this volatile movie is Jordan Belfort.  Belfort began his dubious career by rounding up a group of Long Island schlubs who deal strictly with penny stocks until he transforms them into a highly motivated force of brokers who never take no for an answer.  
Belfort is played with a certain amount of rakish charm by Leonardo Di Caprio who admittedly gives the most dynamic performance of his career. But the one performance that ultimately sticks in the mind is an amusing, all too brief turn by Matthew McConaughey who is electrifying as an ever-so-slick wizard of Wall Street.
Still, after three hours of hyper scenes one feels numb from sheer exhaustion. In one scene, Belfort, after knocking back quaaludes, drags his limp body into his car, doing what looks like an homage to the loose-jointed screen antics of Jerry Lewis. He then proceeds to drive his 3 year old daughter, who remains unbuckled, through a garage door, a cringe-worthy scene if ever there was one. Ultimately it feels as if the viewer has just been taken for a fast and furious roller coaster ride for no real purpose.
*– Kathleen Carroll


Artistic Director Kathleen Carroll Reunites with Robert Redford

kathleen and robert a la nathan farb

At the recent NY Film Critics Awards, Adirondack Film Society Artistic Director Kathleen Carroll had quite a reunion with film mogul Robert Redford.  His first words to Kathleen were, simply “The New York Daily News.”  A film critic for 30 years, Kathleen did a number of interviews with Redford, including, possibly, his very first press interview.  The two friends talked for several minutes and Nathan Farb snapped the picture shown above.

This NYTimes article has more on the evening’s events.



“World’s Best Shorts” Returns to LPCA

The Asbury Short Concert has been around for 32 years!  In the early days of the Lake Placid Film Forum, the shorts were a vital component of the program, showcasing laugh-out-loud comedies, landmark filmmaking moments, inspiring and entertaining fare.  Now Asbury is it’s own show – a “concert” with a host, music, filled with general merriment and, of course – the world’s best shorts!

You can visit the Lake Placid Center for the Arts for tickets.

Asbury 2014



In Memoriam: Jeff Barker, Beloved Theatre Organist


With regret, we share news of the passing of Jeff Barker, beloved – and renowned – theatre organist and devoted friend of the Adirondack Film Society and the Palace Theatre.  Jeff passed away suddenly on December 31, 2013.

A native of Manchester, England, Jeff began piano lessons at age 5. He later attended the Manchester School of Music, majoring in piano. While still in his teens, his interest shifted to the Theatre Pipe Organ, and he joined the Theatre Organ Club and the Cinema Organ Society in England. He soon found himself playing “Organ Interludes” at such places as the “Carleton” in Salford, and the prestigious “Odeon” (formerly the “Paramount”) in Manchester City Center.

In the mid 1960’s Jeff came to the U.S. to play a summer season on the 3/14 Wurlitzer organ that was then installed at the Surf City Hotel on the Jersey Shore. He decided to stay in America, and subsequently became a U.S. citizen.

Over the course of his career, Jeff played most of the important instruments of his trade in the U.S. and England, and was a featured organist at three American Theatre Organist Society conventions. He also played for the Theatre Organ Society International at the Byrd Theatre in Richmond, Virginia.

Jeff served as house organist at theatres operated by Nelson Page in the New York Metropolitan Area for over 16 years. Many appreciative movie audiences had heard him play the 3/12 Kimball and the 2/6 Moller Lobby Organ at the now-closed Galaxy Theatre in Guttenberg, N.J., and the 2/11 Wurlitzer at the Lafayette Theatre in Suffern, N.Y. He also played before the Big Screen Classics Movies shown at the Lafayette.

Since 1999, Jeff played the Robert-Morton Theatre Pipe organ at the Palace Theatre in Lake Placid, N.Y., and was also the crew chief for the restoration of the Palace’s organ.

Jeff and his work are synonymous with the Adirondack Film Society, the non-profit organization that has produced events throughout the North Country and at the Palace Theatre for 15 years.  Jeff was at the organ when the AFS launched its first official event in October 1999.  The successful event provided a strong start for the inaugural Lake Placid Film Forum in June 2000.  Every October since, Jeff has been at the organ for silent film events produced by the AFS.  On Halloween night this past October, 2013, Jeff was truly at his best as he introduced the film, played accompaniment on the organ, and even handled the Q&A afterward; he was the whole show, and the audience was immensely appreciative of his efforts and abilities.

An additional, little-known talent Jeff possessed was an artistic ability with a paint brush. In fact, it was Jeff who restored much of the decorative paint and gilding when Nelson Page took over operation of the Lafayette Theatre.  For this, his organ playing, and for many other reasons, he will be greatly missed.




Thanks to the Garden State Theatre Organ Society for providing much of the information in this article.