What is the "shared experience" of watching movies? How do we keep small theaters relevant in an age of Netflix, wireless devices, and powerful Hollywood forces? Are we heading into a future with less cinematic diversity? How do regional theaters and on-demand media open new markets for filmmakers?
At the 2013 Lake Placid Film Forum, June 13-16, the shared experience is alive and well. At the center of the event, Columbia Film Department chair and Emerging Pictures founder Ira Deutchman addresses these questions in a relaxed setting at the Palace Theatre. The LPFF will host feature films and documentaries, regional and national shorts, as well as engaging celebrity guests and speakers. Artistic Director Kathleen Carroll, aided by a programming committee and a dedicated staff, have put together another memorable arts & cultural event in Lake Placid, featuring the movies The Summit, At Any Price, A Band Called Death, and Syrup among others. Nestled in the beauty of the Adirondack Mountains, the 2013 Lake Placid Film Forum is an intimate, fun, one-of-a-kind experience.
Running concurrently with the LPFF is Sleepless in Lake Placid, back for a seventh season. Called "SiLP" for short, the student filmmaking competition will pit Marist, RIT, Hobart and William Smith, and Syracuse in an inspiring race to make a short film in 24 hours. The teams have the chance to win the Audience Choice Award and the juried Robin Pell Emerging Filmmaker award. There are also awards for Best Actor and Actress. SiLP is an event which draws the community together as student teams use local talent and locations to realize their vision. Educative and exciting, the 2013 SiLP is sure to generate another group of groundbreaking student films.
Finally, the North Country Shorts program continues as a platform for filmmakers from the region to showcase their work, and for the exhibition of films shot in the area by outside productions. This year, the first Tony Lucas Award will be presented, in memory of Adirondack Film Society board member Anthony Lucas. The award will choose a short film selection based on excellence in cinematography and innovative use of locations.
The Lake Placid Film Forum and Sleepless in Lake Placid will be hosted by the Palace Theatre, The Lake Placid Center for the Arts, and Northwood School from June 13th through Sunday, June 16th, 2013. There will be a free screening in Mid's Park on June 12th. Tickets are sold at each venue at the screening time. Movie descriptions, schedules, and passes for the entire event will be available online by visiting adkfilmsociety.com or calling 518-523-3456.