Westport native to premiere short film

LAKE PLACID - Addison Mehr may be young, but he's well on his way to pursuing his dream as an accomplished filmmaker.

A graduate of Westport Central School and a junior in the prestigious Film program at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, Mehr's six-minute short film "Firecracker!" has been selected for screening at the 10th annual Lake Placid Film Forum this weekend.

"'Firecracker!' is a kinetic fable about star-crossed lovers and their eccentric families," said Mehr. "The film is dominated by hyperbolic storytelling, riffing off the timeless style of 1930's adventure films."

Mehr cast local actors and borrowed props and costumes from the Depot Theatre. He recorded the short entirely on 16mm film, shooting scenes in Westport, Elizabethtown, Lake Placid and Keeseville in a matter of two days.

"We were running on a very tight schedule and would often run out of a car, shoot a scene and keep moving," Mehr said. "It was non-stop and really exhilarating."

"Amusing as it is, I was actually arrested during our last climactic shot of the film," he added.

"Firecracker!" was produced as a final project for Mehr's sophomore Film class and selected as the best among those submitted by his peers. Still, he decided to bring the film back to the Adirondacks for its official premiere at the Lake Placid Film Forum.

"I have always held the festival in high esteem and I fully support their mission to stimulate, encourage and inspire indie filmmakers," said Mehr. "They do a really great job of bringing filmmaking to the Adirondacks."

Besides "Firecracker!" Mehr has also been involved in the production of music videos for artists such as Norah Jones, Devendra Banhart, and MGMT, a Grammy-nominated duo that features Westport native Ben Goldwasser.

"Ultimately, I would like to train my visual aesthetic by creating music videos and commercials before transitioning into feature filmmaking," Mehr said.

"Firecracker!" will show at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts Sunday, June 13, 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 and go on sale when the doors open at 1:15 p.m.

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