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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

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SUNY Potsdam's ChaRon Brabham during a rehearsal for the Oscars. Photo: The Academy for Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
SUNY Potsdam's ChaRon Brabham during a rehearsal for the Oscars. Photo: The Academy for Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

Among the stars at the Oscars

A SUNY Potsdam theater student was among six college students on stage during the Oscars last Sunday night. ChaRon Brabham, from Brooklyn, was one of the winners of The Oscar Experience College Search, and is pursuing a career in film. She produced a video that answered the question: How will you contribute to the future of movies? Brabham spent most of last week in Hollywood and got the chance to mingle with some of the celebrities at the Academy Awards ceremony. She and the other five college students appeared onstage and delivered Oscar statuettes to the telecast presenters during the show.

Todd Moe caught up with ChaRon Brabham after she returned to campus this week. She says it was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.  Go to full article

Keeping a movie theater quaint, and open

A South Glens Falls man opened a small movie theater earlier this summer and says he's not worried about the film industry's decision to switch distributing first run features from film to digital. Jerry Aratare says his single-screen Cinematheque shows foreign and first-run movies, though usually a couple of weeks later than the larger movie theaters.

The 82-year-old Aratare got his first movie theater job as a projectionist in 1951 in Vermont. He's opened about a dozen small theaters in the region over the years. He told Todd Moe that his newest theater has 66 seats, a decades-old projector he's dubbed "the old workhorse", and a "hometown" atmosphere.  Go to full article

Movie makers, film buffs gather in Lake Placid

The 12th annual Lake Placid Film Festival opens Wednesday, with new stars, new movies and a panel discussion on the future of small town theaters. This year's festival will feature screenings of films from local, national and International filmmakers, special guests and events such as the North Country Shorts and the return of the 24 hour student film-making competition, "Sleepless in Lake Placid."

Todd Moe spoke with Tim Brearton, the festival's project specialist. He's helped out since the inaugural forum in 2000. He calls it an event that brings people together, supports local artists and allows film students from area colleges to learn about the rigors of the film industry.  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

Heard up North: Drowned Cities

The St Lawrence River Power Project forever changed the landscape of the North Country. The hydro power dams erected almost 50 years ago expanded the Seaway, flooding 100 square miles of land on both sides of the river. St Lawrence County leaders who now argue for cheap power to stay here in the North Country say the state should remember that sacrifice.

Most of the flooding was on the Canadian side; we'll hear about the '10 lost villages' in a moment. On the American side, parts of Waddington and Massena were flooded, and hundreds of farmhouses along the old Route 37 were moved. Dale Hobson was an eyewitness. He spoke with Gregory Warner.  Go to full article

A Film Lover's Festival in Lake Placid

The 5th annual Lake Placid Film Festival is in full gear. 60 features and documentaries--including 12 world premieres--are showing in the village through Sunday. Oragnizers made some changes this year to make the event more accessible for wider audiences and attract more sponsors. As David Sommerstein reports, the festival is still a film lover's paradise.  Go to full article

Preview: New Hollywood String Quartet in Saranac

This Sunday afternoon a little bit of Hollywood comes to the village of Saranac as Hill and Hollow Music presents four of the busiest string musicians in the film industry in a concert of traditional classical music and pieces inspired by the films of Alfred Hitchcock. Joel Hurd has a preview.  Go to full article

A Filmmaker's Take On September 11th: Letting People Speak for Themselves

The third annual Lake Placid Film Forum closed Sunday evening. The festival's top award went to a Canadian film called Fast Runner, an epic about an Inuit family in the arctic. The top documentary prize went to Photos to Send, a look at the work of photographer Dorothea Lange. Winning the Festival's special Honorable Mention category was a movie that's not quite a movie. September 11: Response is described by its creators as a visual archive of what New Yorkers experienced on that day. Brian Mann's story about the work includes strong and graphic language.  Go to full article

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