Key Information about Guests and Screenings at this year’s Forum June 11th-14th
Writer-director Paul Schrader will be guest of honor at the 2009 Lake Placid Film Forum, scheduled for June 11-14, according to Kathleen Carroll, the Forum’s artistic director. Carroll, in announcing the Forum’s most ambitious program in several years, noted that Schrader has a special connection with Russell Banks, the co-founder of the event. One of Schrader’s most powerful films as a director is “Affliction” which was based on Banks’ novel.
Due to his strict Calvinist parents, Schrader never even saw a movie until he was all of 18. But he eventually earned an MA in Film Studies from UCLA and soon captured the attention of the renowned film critic Pauline Kael with his scholarly film reviews. His first script for “The Yakuza” was written in collaboration with his late brother, Leonard Schrader, but Schrader is probably best known for his collaboration with Martin Scorsese on such unforgettable films as “Taxi Driver” and “Raging Bull. As a director and a screenwriter, Schrader always does the unexpected and certainly that is true of his latest film, “Adam Resurrected.” Starring Jeff Goldblum as a Holocaust survivor, the film will be screened at the Forum.
Schrader’s wife, Mary Beth Hurt, a Tony-nominated actress, who made her film debut in Woody Allen’s “Interiors” and also appeared in Scorsese’s “The Age of Innocence,” will be a guest as well. Writer-director Courtney Hunt is returning to the Forum after a triumphant year in which she w as nominated for an Academy Award for her original screenplay for “Frozen River.” The novelist Richard Russo, the winner of the 2002 Pulitzer Prize in fiction for “Empire Falls,” will also be returning to the Forum. Other guests include Linda Reisman, who produced “Affliction,” Hugo Perez, who helped to create “The Writer,” a PBS series of video portraits of contemporary writers, Owen Shapiro, the founder of the Syracuse International Film Festival, and Judd Ehrlich, the director of “Run For Your Life.”
The Forum will also showcase other features. Raymond De Felitta’s “City Island,” which just won the Tribeca Film Festival’s Heineken Audience Award, will be the opening night selection. This funny tale of a dysfunctional family contains a priceless scene in which Andy Garcia, playing a corrections officer, suddenly finds himself auditioning for Martin Scorsese’s casting director. In an effort to pay tribute to the Quebec film industry and acknowledge the Champlain Quadra centennial, the Forum will also be presenting a special screening of “Black Robe,” the gripping 1991 historical epic that traces a 17th century Jesuit priest’s perilous journey from New France to the frontier town of Quebec. Woody Allen’s latest movie, “Whatever Works,” will also be screened at the Forum. In what seems like a stroke of genius, Allen has cast another notoriously neurotic comic genius, “Seinfeld” creator, Larry David, as his surrogate leading man in this wry Manhattan-based comedy.
Theater owner Nelson Page will introduce “Beyond the Rocks,” a rarely seen silent film at the Palace Theater at 2 pm on Saturday, June 13. The film stars two icons of the silent screen – Rudolph Valentino and Gloria Swanson. Jeff Barker will provide the music, using the theater’s 1926 Robert Morton organ. That same afternoon, in keeping with the organization’s mission to support emerging filmmakers, the Forum will present “North Country Shorts,” a program featuring short films submitted, in most cases, by residents of the North Country. Forum audiences will also have a chance to see the world premiere of a unique project. Under the supervision of professor Frederick Lewis, 70 students at the School of Media Arts and Studies at Ohio University have spent this past spring both financing and filming “Trailerpark,” a feature-length ensemble drama adapted from a collection of short stories by Russell Banks.
Pauline Kael happens to be one of the major subjects of “For Love of Movies: The History of American Film Criticism,” another film that is being screened at the Forum. In this informative documentary, Gerald Peary, a film critic for the Boston Phoenix, acknowledges the contributions of such critics as Kael and Andrew Sarris while lamenting the fact that “serious” film critics are becoming an endangered species.
The award-winning filmmaker, Joe Berlinger, reveals the inside story of the infamous “Amazon Chernobyl” case, an environmental lawsuit that was filed by 30,000 indigenous Ecuadorean villagers against Chevron, the American oil company, in his riveting new documentary, “Crude,” another Forum attraction. Other documentaries, being shown at the Forum, include “Neither Memory Nor Magic,” Hugo Perez’s poignant film about Miklos Radnoti, a Holocaust victim who managed to preserve his poetry in the face of certain death, screening at the Whiteface Lodge. “Run For Your Life,” the story of Fred LeBow, a Romanian immigrant who transformed the New York Marathon into a world-class event, and “Famous in 31 Days,” which follows the adventures of a fame-seeking TV producer are showing at the LPCA. Finally, the Lake Placid Film Forum and North Country Public Radio will present as a joint benefit a special screening of Peter Rosen’s delightful documentary, “Garrison Keillor: The Radio Man in the Red Shoes” on Sunday afternoon June 14 at 3 pm at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts.
Additional information about the Forum’s full program (the Sleepless in Lake Placid competition, the film selections and the guests) is available on our web site at www.lakeplacidfilmforum.com
For further information please contact the following people
T J Brearton – firstname.lastname@example.org
Kathleen Carroll – email@example.com