The Adirondack Film Society is bringing filmmakers and viewers together virtually.
Each Wednesday at 7 p.m. from Feb. 24 through March 31, they will screen an award-winning short film, followed by a discussion with the filmmaker. It’s the second season of the virtual filmmaker series; the first was held last fall as an alternative to the Lake Placid Film Festival.
“We came to this solution really of course because of COVID,” said Gary Smith, the society’s chairman.
During the first filmmaker series, the society screened nine short films, and found they had an enthusiastic viewership and surprising reach.
“We were ecstatic to find that we had viewers clustered [in] San Francisco, L.A., down around Miami actually, New York City and then all through our little area up in here in the Adirondacks. We were surprised about that but again [we] had a lot of people turning it on it I think primarily to meet mostly very young people who want to get into this business,” Smith said.
According to Smith, one of the major reasons people create these short films is to test their abilities to create coherent stories and edit them well. And they often use the resulting films to find work on other larger projects.
This winter filmmaker series will include works from budding filmmakers, which run the gambit from dramas to comedies to animated films. The featured films have all won an award in the society’s 2020 short film competition.
Each is no more than 15 minutes long and a discussion with the filmmaker, moderated by a previous film festival presenter, will follow.
“We have about half an hour to 45 minutes [discussion] on how they trained their actors, where they got them, what was the stimulus to do the films, where do they hope it gets them, what are their next steps, and so on,” Smith said.
People can register to view these sessions live and participate in the discussion. The sessions will also be recorded and available to view afterward on lakeplacidfilmfestival.org.
While it is free to view, donations will be accepted for the Filmmaker Educational Series, which is slated to run from Oct. 20-24 and provide technical and creative seminars for developing filmmakers.
“As a film community we’re dedicated to supporting our artists and film lovers,” Smith said. “Our fall series far exceeded our expectations and while it feels like we’re closer to returning to the theater, it’s important to continue to enjoy film and celebrate the creators together.”
The series will take place each Wednesday from Feb. 24 – March 31. Each program will begin at 7 p.m. and is expected to last no more than an hour. The schedule is:
Feb. 24: Age of Bryce – Finalist (Comedy)
March 3: Rehak – Bronze Award Winner (Animation)
March 10: Fig – Silver Award Winner (Horror)
March 17: The King and the Pawn – Gold Award Winner (Animation)
March 24: Comedy Videos – Finalist (Comedy)
March 31: Come Find Me – Finalist (Drama)
For more information visit lakeplacidfilmfestival.org.