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iPOP at the 2004 Lake Placid Film Festival

Indiewire By Indiewire | Indiewire June 11, 2004 at 2:0AM

iPOP at the 2004 Lake Placid Film Festival
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iPOP at the 2004 Lake Placid Film Festival

by Brian Brooks/indieWIRE

The five-day Lake Placid Film Festival this year continued to lure big names to its intimate event, this year playing host to director Martin Scorsese who took part in a live interview before a large crowd of festgoers and locals presented by "Dinner for Five" host Jon Favreau. The posh town, famed for twice hosting the Olympics, saw an obvious influx of people in town attending the event, enjoying the local amenities... Just remember next year, that planning dinners after 10 p.m. is not the way to go (time for bed) and a post-noon brunch on a Sunday is a bit hard to come by... Nevertheless, Lake Placid is a terrific setting for an intimate festival for filmmakers and their fans.




The Lake Placid Film Festival feted director Martin Scorsese. "Dinner for Five" host Jon Favreau (right) interviewed Scorsese in a packed theater Saturday afternoon, taping the discussion to be included in an upcoming episode of the IFC show. Scorsese delighted the audience with insight to his filmmaking as well as the controversy surrounding the making and release of "The Temptation of Christ" over a decade ago. He later introduced a special screening of classic film, "The Leopard" at the Palace Theater in town.


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The Palace Theater's bright lights hailed the main venue for The Lake Placid Film Festival where crowds gathered outside to buy tickets and to -- hopefully -- get a peek at a passing star. Some people hung out in front at the start of the weekend expecting to see Martin Scorsese strolling in our out. That didn't quite happen, but there were many filmmakers around chatting with each other.


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"Blackballed: The Bobby Dukes Story" director Brant Sersen in front of the Palace on Friday night of the festival with Michelle Shafran. The paintball film, which won the audience award at SXSW and a special jury prize at Lake Placid, screened twice during the fest.


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Aside from running people over with a camera, yours truly had a chance to moderate a panel taking a look at the current state of producing and distributing film (among other topics) on Saturday morning. After the 90-minute discussion, the panel members gathered for a quick informal snap. From left to right: Palm Pictures' director of distribution, Neal Block; Johnnie Planco of Parseghian Planco (management and production company); filmmaker James Toback, whose latest film "When Will I Be Loved" had to be pulled from the fest over distribution questions, much to his chagrin; Wellspring's head of distribution Ryan Werner, and "Undertow" and "All the Real Girls" producer Lisa Muskat.


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Quebecois actress Lucie Laurier drove down to Lake Placid from Montreal in support of the film "Seducing Doctor Lewis," directed by Jean-François Pouliot. She rushed out of a dinner during the screening of the film to catch the last 20 minutes of the feature to check out the audience's reaction. Laurier then took part in a Q&A responding a bit nervously to the audience saying, "I'm not used to doing this in English" (although her concerns about her English ability were completely unwarranted). Matthew Modine, at LPFF for his panel Actors on Acting, choreographed this photo at the Palace following the Q&A, where he participated in support of a short film he directed.


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It seemed like almost everyone including filmmakers, panelists, distributors, journalists, and LPFF staff along with locals partied it up Friday night at a local haunt where many (and I do mean many) seem to be enjoying the free booze. Two of the more sober ones, however, were "Avenue X" director Phil Roc (left) and Slamdance co-founder Paul Rachman.


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Saturday night's party was a bit more tame (perhaps because the long train back to New York left early Sunday morning), but there was still fun to be had at the post-screening party which took place at The Pines of Lake Placid...Left to right at the soiree are: Shawna Anderson (LPFF staffer), Jennifer Kankiewicz (line producer on "Dinner for Five"), Jon Favreau (Host of IFC's "Dinner for Five"), Doreen Maag (IFC Production Assistant), Peter Billingsley (producer of "Dinner for Five"), Lynda Dezorzi (IFC production assistant), Nini Hadjis (associate director of LPFF), front row: Luke Slendebroek (LPFF staffer).


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