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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

Zombies walk as movie filmed in Jefferson County

Last week, a local screenplay writer wrapped up shooting for his zombie film in Cape Vincent. Inspired by his own divorce, his short film follows a couple as they struggle to survive a zombie apocalypse.  Go to full article
Now that's a good old fashioned scary monster.  John Barrymore as Dr. Hyde.  Photo:  Susan Waters from the 1920s film
Now that's a good old fashioned scary monster. John Barrymore as Dr. Hyde. Photo: Susan Waters from the 1920s film

Of monsters and live theater music

On Halloween night, our Adirondack bureau chief, Brian Mann, went to the Palace Theater in Lake Placid.

The big attraction was a performance by silent film organist Jeff Barker, accompanying a 1920s version of "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" starring John Barrymore. Perfect fare for a rainy, misty Halloween.  Go to full article
Image: Funding campaign logo for the State's digital conversion
Image: Funding campaign logo for the State's digital conversion

Fund goal met, Tupper Lake theater will go digital rather than dark

The owner of Tupper Lake's cinema, Sally Strasser says community donations have raised enough money for the State Theater to pay for the costly conversion to new digital equipment. That's according to a report in the Adirondack Daily Enterprise.

Movie theaters across the Adirondacks have been struggling to raise money to pay for digital projectors that will be required as Hollywood phases out the use of traditional film.  Go to full article
Beth Johnson presents a check to State Theater owner Sally Strasser (R). Photo: Brian Mann
Beth Johnson presents a check to State Theater owner Sally Strasser (R). Photo: Brian Mann

Tupper's State Theater gets digital boost

The effort to save North Country cinemas gathered steam this week in Tupper Lake, with the local arts council donating $10,000 to help the State Theater.

It's part of a region-wide effort, called "Go Digital Or Go Dark" that aims to help movie theaters make the transition to expensive new computerized projectors.  Go to full article
The Palace Theatre in Lake Placid hosts the <i>Go Digital or Go Dark</i> event, Friday from 5-6:15 pm.  Photo:  ANCA
The Palace Theatre in Lake Placid hosts the Go Digital or Go Dark event, Friday from 5-6:15 pm. Photo: ANCA

Small theaters struggle in the digital age

The movie world is changing the way it makes films. Hollywood studios are going digital and later this year will no longer release films on film. Movie projectors are disappearing during this digital revolution. For most small theaters, the price to upgrade to digital equipment can be staggering, and the change is putting many in a very difficult financial situation -- upgrade costs are as high as $100,000.

The Adirondack Film Society and Adirondack North Country Association are kicking off a campaign Friday night at the Palace Theatre in Lake Placid to raise money to help local theaters complete the digital upgrades needed to continue to operate. Todd Moe has more on the Go Digital or Go Dark world premiere.  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

A taste of Hollywood in Blue Mountain Lake

An independent feature film, Begin the Beguine, will be filmed in Blue Mountain Lake this summer. Todd Moe talks with director Ari Gold about why he chose the Adirondack hamlet as the location for his next film, and his desire to include as many local landmarks and people in the film as possible. For more information about the film and auditions on Wednesday:  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
Kaelynn Hong as "Olive".
Kaelynn Hong as "Olive".

"Dissection of an Olive" premiere in Potsdam

A locally-produced film gets its premiere tonight in Potsdam as part of the weekly "Cinema 10" series at the Roxy Theater (7:15 pm). Dissection of an Olive was written, filmed and produced in the Potsdam area and includes a cast and crew composed of local residents and students, faculty and staff at the four local colleges.

Todd Moe talks with writer/director Summer Dorr, who says Dissection of an Olive is a quirky film about a young screenwriter and the protagonist in her story. In the film, characters struggle with issues like intimacy, stability and grieving. Dorr says the film is only remotely autobiographical.  Go to full article

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