Film forum shows off local talent

LAKE PLACID - The Lake Placid Film Forum celebrates its 10th anniversary this weekend, and this year's event promises to be as exciting and intriguing as ever while showcasing the work of some of the region's best and most promising filmmakers.

The Palace Theatre, Lake Placid Center for the Arts, and Whiteface Lodge will host the events of this year's forum, which runs June 10-13.

Two well-known film stars headline the event: Parker Posey and Hal Holbrook.

Posey, known as "Queen of the Indies" for her starring roles in many independent films, will be on hand for a live interview. Jason Kliot, one of the producers of "Broken English," in which Posey stars, will conduct the interview after the film screens at LPCA 6 p.m. Friday.

Holbrook, a a prolific star of stage and screen most famous for his portrayals of Mark Twain, will participate in a question and answer session following a Saturday 7 p.m. screening of the film "That Evening Sun," in which he stars.

Also on Saturday, at 10 a.m., award-winning author and Adirondack Film Society co-founder Russell Banks will moderate a discussion at LPCA entitled "Never Underestimate the Power of a Woman" with a panel featuring Posey, "Frozen River" director Courtney Hunt, producer Joana Vicente, filmmaker Carole Hart, and producer Linda Reisman.

Students from film schools across New York State will be participating in "Sleepless in Lake Placid," a film competition that challenges them to produce a 10-minute short film in the span of 24 hours. Screening and judging of the films will take place 8:45 p.m. Friday at LPCA.

What may interest audience members greatly, aside from the many accomplished actors, producers, and directors present, are the several films on display from movie-makers right in their backyard.

"Skatopia: 88 Acres of Anarchy" is a film produced by Colin Powers and Laurie House, who left their home in Essex to spend a year in Appalachia filming this 80-minute documentary of a unique skate park commune.

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