Lake Placid readies panels

Scott, Shalhoub, Henry to conduct classes

Campbell Scott and Jennifer Jason Leigh will be among the thesps participating in the fourth annual Lake Placid Film Forum.

Forum, which runs June 11-15, prides itself on the active participation of community and industry in discussions, panels and workshops.

Pair will be on hand with helmer Alan Rudolph to present Rudolph’s latest pic, “The Secret Lives of Dentist.” Screening will be followed by a Q&A, conducted by twin filmmakers Michael and Mark Polish, whose pic, “Northfolk” screens next on the bill.

Scott, Tony Shalhoub, and Buck Henry will all lead master classes in directing, acting and writing, respectively.

One of this year’s forum topics is “Silence of the Lambs, or Whatever Happened to Free Speech” which will be moderator by fest co-founder Russell Banks. Participants will include scribes Pete Hamill, Frank McCourt and Stephen Schiff.

Panel “State of the Art” will discuss the financial challenges facing the film industry. Bob Berney, Barbara DeFina, Ted Hope and Johnnie Planco will all participate. Final discussion will be “New York State Out of the My Mind or What’s the Future of Indie Film in New York State.”

Besides forums, fest will showcase dozens of indie pics, docs and shorts. Movie Marathon presentation will unspool classic films, including “King Kong,” which will open the festival in celebration of its 70th anni. George A. Romero will introduce “Night of the Living Dead.”

TNT miniseries “Caesar” starring Jeremy Sisto, Richard Harris and Christopher Walken will have its East Coast premiere at festival. Other slated pics include “Camp,” “Whale Rider” and doc “The Same River Twice.”

For more info, visit www.lakeplacidfilmforum.com.

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