“It really is quite unique,” Carroll said. “I don’t remember seeing a film quite like it. It all takes place in the woods, in very deep snow and bad weather. It’s one of the films you don’t want to say too much about. It’s more fun to let it just unfold in front of you. You’re pulled in and just going with it.”
Another forum returnee is Ohio University professor Frederick Lewis and a new crew of film students. “Monhegan Light” screens 3 p.m. Saturday at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts.
Lewis premiered his Rockwell Kent documentary in 2005 and returned four years later with “Trailerpark,” based on a short-story collection by Russell Banks. At the 2009 forum, Lewis met Richard Russo and discussed adapting his work. The result is “Monhegan Light,” an adaptation of Russo’s short story about a cinematographer named Martin (portrayed by Marcus DeAnda), who travels to Maine to confront a painter about his relationship with his deceased wife. The film is directed by Joe Battaglia, who co-wrote the script with Dan Wainio.
“Once the story was brought to my attention by one of my students, the wheels started to turn,” Lewis said.
The students raised $18,500 for the project, which evolved over an academic year. Lewis negotiated a sweet deal with the owner of Monhegan House for lodging for 19 students in April.
“Artist Alison Hill allowed us to use her studio with all the paintings about. It’s a strong film. We make films every year, but I felt this was a special one. Richard Russo is flying in from Maine for Saturday,” Lewis said.
At 6:30 p.m. Friday, a special presentation featuring “Nathan Farb’s Home Movies” will be presented at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts.