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Prize-winning director to introduce locally-produced film

WILLSBORO - The Champlain Valley Film Society announces yet another opportunity to get a first-person account of the creative thoughts behind a nationally-renowned film.

Writer/director Courtney Hunt, nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, will introduce "Frozen River," a movie that was filmed entirely in Plattsburgh. Hunt will also answer audience questions afterwards.

"Frozen River" was also nominated for a Best Actress Oscar for the unforgettable performance by Melissa Leo. The film also won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Picture at the Sundance Film Festival.

This is the gripping story of two working-class single mothers who form an unlikely partnership to smuggle illegal immigrants across the U.S.-Canadian border. The movie was filmed in sub-zero weather in Beekmantown and along Lake Champlain. Frozen River is rated R for some strong language.

"We are both delighted and honored that Courtney Hunt will be introducing one of our shows," said Champlain Valley Film Society president Kathy Reinhardt. "This is an amazing film and having the opportunity to hear the writer/ director's perspective will make this a truly memorable evening."

Hunt gave up law school to pursue a film degree, and is a master of fine arts graduate of the Columbia Film School. She spent a decade researching the subject that became "Frozen River." The original script was a short film that was selected as one of six finalists in the Independent Feature Project's Narrative Feature Script Section in 2005. It was also included in the Los Angeles Film Festival's "Fast Track" Program in 2006.

The movie will be shown at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 21 in the Willsboro Central School auditorium. The building is located on School Lane, off Farrell Road near NYS Route 22. Tickets are $5 for adults and $2 for children younger than 18.

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