Expand or Die. Get big or get out. Those are the pressures of a commodity corn growers in the Iowa and the rest of the American Midwest, as portrayed in Director Ramin Bahrani’s new film, “At Any Price.” The movie opens today in...
Aug 13, 2008 — A film about smuggling illegal immigrants across the frozen St. Lawrence River is drawing rave reviews in its first run of screenings. Frozen River tells the story of two women, one a Mohawk from Akwesasne, who are driven by poverty and dire circumstances to smuggle a Pakistani woman and her baby across the US-Canada border. David Edelstein, who writes reviews for NPR's Fresh Air, calls the film "gripping stuff." Kenneth Turan said on Morning Edition, "Frozen River will restore your faith in American independent film." The movie won the Grand Jury Award at this year's Sundance Film Festival. David Sommerstein caught up with Courtney Hunt by phone earlier this week. She says she knows the North Country because her husband is from Malone. She says it was women smugglers who really attracted her to the subject matter of Frozen River. Go to full article
Apr 17, 2008 — A cutting-edge Dutch/Indonesian filmmaker will show and speak about one of his films Monday night in Potsdam. It's a part of the Cinema 10 film series. Leonard Retel Helmrich's documentary "Promised Paradise" has been banned in Indonesia. Helmrich is known for inventing a special technique for filming his documentaries, called "single shot cinema." "Promised Paradise" traces the story of a puppeteer who tries to arrange an interview with the perpetrators of the 2002 terrorist bombing at a nightclub in Bali. Helmrich spoke with David Sommerstein. "Promised Paradise" shows at 7:15 pm Monday night at the Roxy Theater in Potsdam. Go to full article
Jun 04, 2004 — 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
Feb 20, 2004 — Filming for the short movie Frozen River wraps up tonight and tomorrow along the St. Lawrence River on the Akwesasne Mohawk reservation. Written and directed by an award-winning New York City based filmmaker, Frozen River is about two women who are driven by poverty to smuggle aliens across the U.S.-Canada border in the dark of night. The subject matter has raised some eyebrows on the reservation. David Sommerstein visited the set and has this report. Go to full article
Jun 08, 2001 — The Lake Placid Film Forum was up and running last night, with movies showing on five screens around the village. Today, the forum launches a full schedule of panel discussions and master classes. Brian Mann is there and has details. Go to full article
Jun 05, 2001 — The Lake Placid Film Forum returns tomorrow, with five days of movies, panel discussions and workshops. The event offers locals a chance to see rare art films and to meet with some of the industry's most creative men and women. Brian Mann talked with the forum's artistic director Kathleen Carroll and has this preview. Go to full article