Mehr brings ‘Fort Apache’ home

Addison Mehr, left, and brother Spencer talk about “Fort Apache” at the Whallonsburg Grange May 24.

Addison Mehr, left, and brother Spencer talk about “Fort Apache” at the Whallonsburg Grange May 24. Photo by Keith Lobdell.

— Scenes from Westport, Port Henry and Lake Placid came across the screen during the final night of the Champlain Valley Film Society’s winter season.

The scenes were part of the movie, “Fort Apache,” which was directed by Westport native Addison Mehr as part of his senior project at NYU.

“It was great to be able to shoot the film here where I grew up,” Mehr said to a packed house at the Whallonsburg Grange May 25. “Thank you all for coming out to see this.”

“It is definitely a local boy made good story,” David Reuther said. “This is a great turnout for this movie.”

Mehr introduced the movie and held a question and answer session following the 15-plus minute film.

“It started out to be a short film that we wanted to be around 15 minutes. It was never supposed to be a feature,” he said.

During the film, people in the audience would whisper to each other as they saw familiar site like the Stevenson Road Railroad crossing, Camp Dudley Road, Main Street and the Horse racing announcers stand in Westport; storefronts in Port Henry and the Palace Theatre in Lake Placid. Many local names were also listed in the credits to the movie, including a number of people who were in attendance for what Mehr called, “the Adirondack premiere.”

“Well, that was a weird experience, wasn’t it?” Mehr said after the credits ended. “This is such a unique story and something that I could relate to, you know, the small town boy troubles.”

Mehr said that the movie took seven days of shooting, followed by editing and putting together the final cut.

“I wouldn’t want to change anything about this because there is something very magical about it,” Mehr said. “A bunch of people came together to put something like this together in a short amount of time.”

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