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Photo:  St. Lawrence International Film Festival website
Photo: St. Lawrence International Film Festival website

LA filmmaker plans international film festival for Canton

A filmmaker from Los Angeles, with family ties to the North Country, is launching an international film festival in St. Lawrence County. Adam Paul grew up in Schenectady and his wife was raised in Lisbon. They're planning to move to the North Country in the next few years.

Paul is an actor, director and producer in Hollywood. He recently spoke with Todd Moe about bringing new films and filmmakers to the Canton area, starting in the fall of 2015, and how the festival could boost the local economy. Paul says Canton's proximity to Ottawa, Montreal, Burlington and four colleges makes it ideal to host an international film festival.  Go to full article

Vermont film fest focuses on food, borders and freedom

One of the northeast's longest running film festivals marks its 26th anniversary this year. The Vermont International Film Festival begins Friday and continues through October 30th at seven venues in the Burlington area. The festival is best known for featuring groundbreaking and independent films from around the world, including the largest selection of Vermont-made films. Todd Moe spoke with Orly Yadin, a filmmaker and board member of the festival, who says this year's event will focus on themes such as freedom, liberty, borders and food.  Go to full article

Film directors, actors, writers gather in Lake Placid

The Lake Placid Film Forum kicks off tomorrow, with four days of movies, panel discussions and workshops and a student filmmaking contest. The event is an intimate setting that offers locals a chance to see rare art films and to meet with some of the industry's most creative men and women -- directors, actors, writers. Todd Moe talks with Kathleen Carroll, co-founder and Artistic Director of the Lake Placid Film Forum.  Go to full article
Johnny Symon's film, "Ask Not", will be shown Monday night at 7pm in Eben Holden at St. Lawrence University.
Johnny Symon's film, "Ask Not", will be shown Monday night at 7pm in Eben Holden at St. Lawrence University.

New film explores ?Don?t Ask? military policy

Next week marks the 15th anniversary of the "Dont' Ask, Don't Tell" policy adopted by the military during the Clinton Administration. San Francisco filmmaker Johnny Symons visits St. Lawrence University as part of the "Out at the Movies" LGBT film festival Monday night. His new film, Ask Not, explores the policy that prevents openly gay men and women from serving in the military. The film has been shown in large cities around the country and Symons told Todd Moe he's eager for small town audiences to see it.  Go to full article

Preview: "Affliction" in Willsboro

Author Russell Banks visits the Champlain Valley Film Society in Willsboro this Saturday. He'll introduce the film, Affliction, based on his novel. It'll be shown at 8 pm at Willsboro Central School. David Reuther, with the Champlain Valley Film Society, told Todd Moe that he's thrilled Russell Banks will talk about the film.  Go to full article
William Kennedy
William Kennedy

Making the transition from page to screen

NCPR is media sponsor for the Lake Placid Film Forum this weekend. One of the guests is novelist William Kennedy, who lives near Albany. Kennedy will lead a master class on script writing at the forum. He co-scripted the screenplay for The Cotton Club and wrote the script for Ironweed, starring Jack Nicholson and Meryl Streep, both of whom won Oscars for their performances. He spoke with Todd Moe about his latest ventures and turning a novel into a film.  Go to full article

Preview: Lake Placid Film Forum

Filmmakers and film fans will gather in Lake Placid this week. The Lake Placid Film Forum opens tomorrow night and continues through Sunday. Co-organizer Barry Snyder teaches film production at Burlington College. He told Todd Moe that the annual forum features world-famous film producers, directors, workshops, screenings and a 24-hour filmmaking marathon.  Go to full article
Inside the theater
Inside the theater

Historic Indian Lake Theater reopens

Earlier this year, Indian Lake residents banded together to save their historic theater in the middle of town. It's re-opening this weekend. It could have been just another casualty of the North Country's declining population and struggling economy. But a summer schedule of movies is planned, and it's hoped the theater will once again be the center of Indian Lake's artistic, cultural and community life. Todd Moe spoke with Colleen Doyle, the new director of the theater, as she took a break from some touch-up work on the theater's stage.  Go to full article
Daniel Karslake
Daniel Karslake

Preview: ?For the Bible Tells Me So?

Filmmaker Daniel Karslake will be at St. Lawrence University today and tomorrow, for discussions and screenings of his award-winning documentary, For The Bible Tells Me So, which explores the rift between religion and homosexuality. The film will be shown tonight and Wednesday night (7 pm) in the auditorium of Hepburn Hall, Room 218. It's free and open to the public. Through the experiences of five families, including those of former House Majority Leader Dick Gephardt and Episcopalian Bishop Gene Robinson, the film portrays how some people of faith handle the realization of having a gay child. Todd Moe talks with Karslake, who is gay, about making the film and whether he worries that some will see it as a form of activism.  Go to full article
<i>Hug</i>, photo by Libby Chapman, from the <i>Support Love</i> exhibit at SLU
Hug, photo by Libby Chapman, from the Support Love exhibit at SLU

Films/photos explore gay/lesbian issues

NCPR is media sponsor for the 5th Annual "Out at the Movies" Film Festival taking place in Canton and Potsdam from tonight through Monday, March 5th. The films include documentaries, dramas and comedies that explore issues in the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community. Todd Moe talks with one of the film festival's organizers, Claude Bartholomew, a senior at St. Lawrence University.  Go to full article

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