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Film forum shows off local talent

The film has been screened before test audiences in Plattsburgh and film festivals across the country, receiving widespread praise, but the Lake Placid Film Forum is its official local premiere, House said.

"We're screening that at 11 p.m. [Friday] for a reason," said LPFF project coordinator T.J. Brearton, who described the film as edgy and racy.

After "Skatopia," Powers, who works as production director at Mountain Lake PBS, will be on hand for a question and answer session about the film skateboarder Tony Hawk has called "a rite of passage for hardcore skaters."

Another locally-made film premiering at LPFF is a documentary produced through the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts in Blue Mountain Lake. "My Adirondack Life: The Teenage Years" is produced, directed, filmed and edited by its subjects: 19 teenagers from Indian Lake, Long Lake, Old Forge, Newcomb, North Creek, and Tupper Lake.

Through a series of short vignettes, the teenagers tell their personal stories, describing what it's like to spend their adolescence living in some of the most isolated Adirondack communities.

There is also a slew of films from Vermont filmmakers, not the least of which is "The Summer of Walter Hacks," a film shot almost entirely in Vermont by producer and dairy farmer George Woodard, who will also answer questions following the screening of his film 2:15 p.m. Sunday.

Just prior to that, at 2 p.m., will be the screening of two short films by local artists: "Backwater," by Burlington, Vt., filmmaker Michael Fisher; and the premiere of "Firecracker!" the latest project of Westport native Addison Mehr. Both are six minutes in length.

"I'm excited about the fact that we got so many regional films as we did," said Brearton.

Tickets are $10 for each showing and go on sale an hour prior to showtime. For more information and a complete schedule, call 523-3456 or visit www.lakeplacidfilmforum.com.

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