Movies to benefit Olympic Museum

LAKE PLACID - The 2010 film "Small Town, Big Dreams: Lake Placid's Olympic Story" will be featured along with Disney's "Miracle" during Lake Placid's 30th anniversary celebration Sunday, Feb. 14, in the same arena where the underdog U.S. hockey team defeated the Soviet powerhouse en route to winning the historic 1980 Olympic gold medal.

"Small Town, Big Dreams," which began airing on public television nationwide at the end of January, includes footage of the 1980 hockey victory, with broadcaster Al Michaels' famous line, "Do you believe in miracles?"

Writer and director Marc Nathanson, a former Lake Placid News reporter, unearthed rare film footage and audio recordings from museum collections and private archives to bring alive the story of how Lake Placid developed as a winter sports resort and how, against all odds, it hosted two winter games.

The film features Mike Eruzione, captain of the gold medal hockey team, and J. Bernard Fell, the dynamic Methodist minister who helped bring the Olympics back to Lake Placid. It introduces Godfrey Dewey, who was instrumental in the success of the '32 Olympics and the development of Lake Placid's winter sports legacy, and Jack Shea, the hometown hero who won gold at the 1932 Games and began a three-generation dynasty of Winter Olympians.

"Miracle," the 2004 Disney film, features Kurt Russell as U.S hockey coach Herb Brooks.

"Small Town, Big Dreams" will air at 7 p.m. at the 1980 Olympic Arena in Lake Placid, followed by "Miracle." The suggested donation is $8 for adults and $5 for children, with proceeds going to the 1932 and 1980 Lake Placid Winter Olympic Museum.

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