Whallonsburg Westport native Addison Mehr, will present his movie Fort Apache at a Champlain Valley Film Society show on Saturday, May 25th. Much of this coming-of-age story was filmed in Westport, Lake Placid, and Moriah. A cast and crew of 30 people worked on the film and shooting took 11 days and was spread over 12 locations. Mehr will introduce his movie and answer questions afterward.
Mehr is a graduate of the Westport Central School and also New York University’s prestigious film school. Fort Apache is his senior thesis film. The movie was funded in part by supporters through the website Kickstarter. Also, Academy Award-winning director Martin Scorsese donated a signed poster to help raise the money needed for this ambitious project. Mehr has worked with Scorsese and Court 13, the filmmaking collective behind the Academy Award nominated Beasts of the Southern Wild. He will be presenting their short film Glory at Sea alongside Fort Apache.
Fort Apache is the story of Walt Freely, a young boy who struggles to escape small town life. On the eve of his 11th birthday he must choose between leaving home or following his brother down a path of violence and destruction. Mehr says, “It was a really unique experience to film this story in the Adirondacks. I hope ultimately that it makes the film more personal as a kind of direct reflection of the way I see the world.”
The movie will begin at 8:00 PM at the Whallonsburg Grange Hall. Tickets are $5 for adults and $2 for those under 18. For the most up-to-date schedule, visit the CVFS website at cvfilms.org. You can also check out the films website at FortApacheFilm.com.