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Feature film shot in Adirondacks to premier at Wild Center

TUPPER LAKE - "Recreator," a much-anticipated science fiction adventure thriller filmed in the greater Tupper Lake area last fall, will premier in the Tri-Lakes later this month.

The film's director, Gregory Orr, announced last week he'll premier the flick in the Wild Center's Flammer Theater Thursday, Aug. 19, at 7 p.m.

Tickets for the screening, which includes a reception and appearances by some of the film's stars, cost $25. Funds raised at the premier will benefit the Big Tupper Ski Area.

Recreator is the story of three teenage hikers who discover an abandoned laboratory in the woods and accidentally trigger a deadly experiment that creates their duplicates - clones who are stronger, faster, smarter, and plot to kill the teenagers and assume their identities.

Orr said he chose the Adirondacks because of its unique and dramatic landscape - as well as its distinctive architecture.

"I had production advisors arguing with me to keep the film closer to the resources of New York City," he said. "But I chose beauty over convenience and now everyone remarks on how stunning it looks."

The Wild Center's executive director Stephanie Ratcliffe saw an early version of the film and asked Orr if he'd be interested in screening it at the Tupper Lake museum.

"It's a locally-produced movie that will show off the region to a global audience," Ratcliffe said.

Saranac Lake twins Kean and Kasey Riley make a cameo during a pivotal scene. They appear on-screen driving their father's 1974 Ford pickup truck. Numerous locals were hired to work on the movie and Orr used the former Oval Wood Dish factory to shoot several scenes set in an abandoned laboratory.

Jim LaValley, president of ARISE - Adirondack Residents Intent on Saving their Economy, said his group helped organize efforts to reopen the Big Tupper Ski Area.

"It'll be fun for all of us to see Tupper Lake and Bog River Falls on the big screen," he said.

The film stars Stella Maeve of Gossip Girls fame. She also appeared with Twilight star Kristen Stewart in the Runaways. The film also features Alexander Nifong, J. Mal McCree and John de Lancie.

The movie is not-yet-rated, but Orr said it's in the PG-13 realm.

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