LAKE PLACID — “A Band Called Death,” a feature-length film about a pre-punk ’70s band, is the first offering today at the 13th-annual Lake Placid Film Forum.
“I’m very delighted we are doing the program and that we have films that I really like, as usual, that have moved me in one way or another,” said Kathleen Carroll, forum artistic director.
‘AT ANY PRICE’
Forum returnees include “At Any Price” director Ramin Bahrani.
“He’s a very gifted, in-depth filmmaker who makes very small, intimate projects featuring immigrant characters,” Carroll said. “This new film is a major step for him. His leading actor is Dennis Quaid. The story is a much broader story about modern-day farming, really, which, depicted in this film, looks more ruthless than Wall Street.”
A former high-school/college jock’s return to his Massachusetts fishing-village roots is the premise of “Fairhaven,” directed by Tom O’Brien.
In it, Jon and his 30-something friends are adrift.
“They haven’t been quite able to figure out who they are,” Carroll said. “They haven’t met the right woman or are not attached at this time in their lives. It’s a very charming, small-town environment and (it looks at) what happens when these young men, who have been friends forever, have this reunion. It gives you a revealing look of a generation of young people still struggling to find themselves, particularly in this environment we’re in now.”
‘MAKE A NOISE’
Carroll selected “American Masters – Mel Brooks: Make A Noise” for purely selfish reasons.
“I wanted to see it myself,” she said. “I had a desperate need for a good laugh after some of the films I’ve been seeing.”
“Whitewash,” directed by Emanuel Hoss-Desmarais and starring Thomas Hayden Church, is a French-Canadian film that screened at the Tribeca Film Festival.