LAKE PLACID - The Lake Placid Film Forum was named as one of the nation's best small-town film festivals by POV, television's longest-running showcase for independent nonfiction films.
The list mentioned 12 small-town documentary film festivals located in areas each having a population less than 100,000.
In the Lake Placid Film Forum entry, it said, "The absence of paparazzi and publicity marks this festival as a place for those truly passionate about the power of film to inspire. ... But don't let the lack of publicity fool you! A wide range of celebrities and film legends are known to make appearances and hold intimate forums for discussing their personal experiences and growth within the film industry. And catch filmmakers of tomorrow in the sub-festival Sleepless in Lake Placid, a 24-hour student filmmaking competition."
Kathleen Carroll, who has been artistic director of the Lake Placid Film Forum since she helped establish it in 2000, was pleased that it was recognized by POV.
"To be included in POV's list of the nation's best small-town film festivals is a most welcome vote of confidence," Carroll said in an email. "Lake Placid in some ways resembles a movie set with its cozy shops, the scenic backdrop, and its vintage movie theater. There's a certain intimacy about the village that explains, at least in part, why the Lake Placid Film Forum has become known in the film industry for its unusually congenial atmosphere."
Carroll said both the audiences and such guests as actor Steve Buscemi (who was stunned if not slightly disappointed to find that he could walk down Main Street without being pursued by anyone) feel comfortable enough that they can freely exchange ideas about the films they see while also learning about what it takes to make a film.