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‘Sleepless in Lake Placid’ a mainstay, and favorite Film Forum event

June 12, 2012

LAKE PLACID - In addition to that, the film forum is working this year on building on the success its 24-hour student filmmaking competition, "Sleepless in Lake Placid."

"Every year, we've sought to involve the community more and make it more of a real community event," Brearton said. "They're out there shooting in the streets; they're shooting in your backyard; they're putting the region on film in a creative, exciting way."

They plan on a free outdoor screening of a film on Wednesday, June 13, called "Girl Walk // All Day," which Brearton said is like one long music video. He said organizers are hoping the students arriving in town that evening will stop by the screening and mingle with the rest of the film forum and Lake Placid community before they head off to work.

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Brearton is excited for the judges of this year's Sleepless competition. Michael Gaston has had recurring characters on TV shows like "Unforgettable," "The Mentalist," and "Fringe," as well as appearances in shows like "Law & Order," "JAG" and "The West Wing." Gaston has also played roles in movies like "Ransom," as General Tommy Franks in the Oliver Stone movie "W.," and most recently in the film "Inception."

Craig Macneill, who was at the forum in 2002, won the audience choice award for his short "Late Bloomer." He's had several short films chosen for competition at the Sundance Film Festival, and his short "Henley" was awarded the grand jury prize for best short film at the 2011 Gen Art Film Festival.

"He's just the master of the short film," Brearton said. "So he'll make a great judge."

The third judge is Gregory Orr. Orr won two awards for his 2004 short film, "Alone," but he's better known locally as the man who wrote, directed and produced "Recreator," a feature-length thriller filmed in and around Tupper Lake in fall 2009.

Kathleen Carroll will also play a big role in this year's forum, as she always has, Brearton said. Carroll is the forum's artistic director and one of its founders, also a former critic for the New York Daily News.

"She'll be here and presiding over everything with her usual elegance, and we can't thank her enough for everything she's done for Lake Placid," Brearton said.

The SiLP competition wraps up with a screening at 8:30 p.m Friday, June 15, at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts.



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