Lake Placid fest fetes Sedgwick, Sayles

Event to honor f/x guru Harryhausen

Kyra Sedgwick, John Sayles and f/x master Ray Harryhausen will be guests of honor at the 2002 Lake Placid Film Forum, unspooling June 5-9.

Seeking to become an East Coast Telluride, festival’s out-of-the-way Adirondacks setting manages to draw a crowd of participants. Sedgwick will be an honoree June 7 when Lake Placid salutes women in film, an evening expanded from last year’s women’s forum featuring Allison Anders. Sayles will be feted June 8, joining author Russell Banks (“The Sweet Hereafter”) in conversation about his oeuvre. Fest’s Spotlight will be directed at Harryhausen that same afternoon and involve a discussion moderated by helmer Guillermo del Toro.

In its third year, festival’s slate includes public forums, roundtable discussions and intimate master classes. “Some people call it a think tank,” said artistic director Kathleen Carroll. “We felt strongly about the need to set it apart from other festivals, so the conference part, the writing part and the classes are the centerpiece — the films are the added attraction.”

Event’s educational component involves local upstate schools as well as NYU’s School of Continuing Studies.

Forum topics range from comedy as social commentary to staying independent in an AOL Time Warner world. John Cameron Mitchell, Paul Schrader, Neal Gabler and Elmore Leonard are among scheduled participants.

Informal roundtable discussions cover a variety of themes, such as distribution, critics, and distribution. Participating Gotham industryites include Sony Pictures Classics’ Michael Barker, Sundance Channel’s Paola Freccero and Emerging Pictures’ Ira Deutchman.

Master classes will be offered in areas including acting, screenwriting and documentary direction under the guidance of professionals such as Albert Maysles, Mira Nair and John Turturro.

Noncompetitive fest’s current lineup of films includes opening night’s “Gaudi Afternoon,” helmed by Susan Seidelman; new Sherman Alexie pic “The Business of Fancydancing,” and Gary Winick’s Sundance hit “Tadpole.” Docs and shorts also are skedded to unspool.

For more information, visit www.lakeplacidfilmforum.com

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