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The view from Norman Ridge. Photo: Chris Covert, from NCPR Photo of the Day archive
The view from Norman Ridge. Photo: Chris Covert, from NCPR Photo of the Day archive

Film crews set the scene along Norman Ridge

Scenes for the upcoming feature film "The Place Beyond the Pines" were shot in a farm field near Saranac Lake on Monday. Local residents say a large film crew was working all day near Norman Ridge Road in Vermontville filming several scenes for the movie.

The "Place Beyond the Pines" stars Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper and Eva Mendes and was mostly filmed this summer in the Schenectady area. As Chris Knight reports, this wasn't the only film shoot in the Saranac Lake area this week.  Go to full article

Adirondack Film Society hosts Oz fest

The Adirondack Film Society invites you to "follow the Yellow Brick Road" to the Palace Theatre in Lake Placid this Saturday for a special screening of The Wizard of Oz. And after the film, you'll meet a panel of experts on the 1939 musical fantasy film. It's an opportunity to ask any question about this enduring classic.

Todd Moe spoke with one of Saturday's panelists: film historian and Oz expert, John Fricke. He's written three books about the film, and is past president of its international fan club. Fricke says The Wizard of Oz has become, over the years, one of the best known of all films. He remembers watching it for the first time on network television in 1956.  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

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

A small town in Vermont braces for Simpson mania

Vermont: The land of beer and d'ohnuts? The Green Mountain State has a new distinction: Winner of the nationwide contest to host the premier of The Simpsons Movie. For those unfamiliar with the long-running, animated TV show, it's set in the town of Springfield, but the state is never named. And because almost all 50 states have a Springfield, it could be anywhere. The movie's producers asked all Springfields to enter a contest determining where the premier would be held. Fourteen towns entered with video submissions highlighting their similarities to the cartoon town and Springfield, Vermont beat out several larger cities. Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and the rest of the Simpsons menagerie will hit the silver screen Saturday, July 21, and open nationally July 27. Jonathan Brown asked town manager Bob Forguites how townsfolk got out the vote.  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

Good Night, and Good Luck

Movies will be feted on their home turf this weekend. Oscars will be handed out, thanks said, as the Academy Awards ceremony entertains industry insiders, and the big television audience. But a good movie will make its mark far from Hollywood, as one did for commentator Mike Owen.  Go to full article

Commentary: Film Music

We cry. We laugh. We're on the edge of our seats. Movies move us. But for commentator Dylan Ezzie, an Honors English student at Canton Central School, they just wouldn't be the same without the music.  Go to full article
<i>Miracle</i> debuts in Lake Placid Feb. 5
Miracle debuts in Lake Placid Feb. 5

Lake Placid Gets First Look At Miracle

A new movie about the 1980 Olympic hockey tournament in Lake Placid wasn't filmed in the Adirondacks, but the Walt Disney picture will have an early screening in the Olympic village early next month, featuring some of the game's biggest heroes. Martha Foley has details.  Go to full article

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