Woolf’s ‘Denial’ screens Friday at Palace Theatre

David and Jack Hallquist
(Photo provided — Derek Hallquist)

David and Jack Hallquist (Photo provided — Derek Hallquist)

LAKE PLACID – The fall season of the Adirondack Film Society extends into December with a special screening – and an Adirondack North Country premiere – at the historic Palace Theatre of a new feature-length, award-winning documentary by Aaron Woolf.

Woolf, who is best known in the region as a filmmaker for his documentary about Big Agriculture, “King Corn.”

For this new film, “Denial,” Woolf set out to tackle the complex issues of renewable energy and climate change by following the path of Vermont electric utility CEO David Hallquist.

As Hallquist struggles to build the kind of transparent company whose honest approach can get stakeholders to accept the realities of how we generate and deliver electricity in the face of climate change, David realizes he lacks transparency in his personal life and reveals to his family a lifelong secret: this chainsaw-wielding, hardhat-wearing CEO working in a male-dominated industry is a woman inside-soon to be named Christine. Thus, the initial narrative driving “Denial” takes an unexpected turn toward an entirely new direction-and, for the filmmakers, uncharted territory. Derek Hallquist, Dave’s son, directs, with Woolf serving as one of the film’s producers, writers and co-creators.

In a presentation by the AFS in association with Mosaic Films, “Denial” will be screened at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8 at the Palace Theatre, located in downtown Lake Placid at 2430 Main St.

Woolf will be on hand to introduce the film and do a question and answer session after the film. Among the awards “Denial” has garnered are the Audience Award at the Environmental Film Festival at Yale University and the rare honor of winning both the jury prize for Best Documentary Feature and the audience “People’s Choice” award at the Reading Film Festival in Pennsylvania.

Tickets are $10, available only at the door, cash only.

For more information, contact Operations Manager Fred Balzac at 518-523-3456 or 518-588-7275 or visit adirondackfilmsociety.org. To learn more about Mosaic Films, visit www.mosaicfilmsinc.com.

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