Film student chooses home town for movie’s back drop

— The Northern Adirondacks have been the set for a former Westport Central School Student’s short film.

“Fort Apache” is directed by Addison Mehr, who has studied film directing at New York University, FAMU Prague, and Yale.

The film is an adaptation of the Award Winning Short Story by Alan Heathcock “Volt,” published by Graywolf Press.

Mehr and his crew of nearly 30 people, including Westport Central School Junior Dustin Schoenfeld, have filmed in several locations around the North Country including Westport, Lake Placid and Moriah.

Leon Hebrink of the Westport Federated Church said the crew worked late into the night June 27 at the church at the Westport Heritage house. Hebrink said it’s great the town and people get to be involved in a New York City production.

“I think its very interesting someone with Westport background would choose Westport and Lake Placid,” Hebrink said.

“Fort Apache," is the story of Walt Freely, a 14-year old who lived in the small town of Krafton in 1948.

Currently, Addison is a senior at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts where he has focused on sparking the most vanguard and ambitious films to life. He is also working for Martin Scorsese and assisting Matt Wolf on “Teenage,” a documentary exploring youth culture.

Mehr’s carreer in film has included working on music videos for MGMT, Devendra Banhart, Norah Jones, and Wyclef Jean.

Filming is supposed to continue in locations across the area through the end of July.

For more information about the production go to www.fortapachefilm.com.

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