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Lake Champlain Film Festival Honors Women Directors, North Country Contributions

The third-annual Lake Champlain International Film Festival will be held Nov. 16-20 at the Strand Center for the Arts in downtown Plattsburgh and feature 50 films from 13 countries.

This year’s festival celebrates female directors, the North Country’s contribution to film and those submitted from around the world, according to festival organizer Dr. Michael Devine, assistant professor of English at SUNY Plattsburgh. Of special note will be those featuring women behind the camera, including Charlene Fisk, a 2000 mass media grad whose new documentary on the founding of the Ladies Professional Golf Association, “The Founders,” will be shown Saturday of the festival. 

“From suffragist Inez Milholland to Courtney Hunt, the fest celebrates women who’ve changed the world,” Devine said. But it’s much more, he said. It’s “a celebration of North Country culture, its problems and promise. And, of course, we’ll bring the world to Plattsburgh with international directors from Nepal and elsewhere attending.”

The five-day festival highlights include:

Wednesday’s opening with Hunt’s “Frozen River,” winner of the 2008 grand prize at the Sundance Film Festival and featuring Academy Award-nominated actress Melissa Leo

Thursday’s showing of the 1969 film, “Johnny Cash! The Man, His World, His Music!” and a lyrical look at local musician Adrian Aardvark by filmmaker Jason Torrance

Gala Night on Friday, which includes a look at North Country’s culinary delicacy, the michigan by Devine and 2016 grad and TV/film production major Jean Ulysse, and Martha Wheelock’s look at suffragist Inez Milholland from Lewis, N.Y.

Saturday and Sunday features films from Nepal, Greece, Spain, Khazakhstan and more

A “Women in Film” panel discussion introduces Saturday’s presentation of “The Founders” at 7 p.m

Tickets are $10 for the entire-five day festival. SUNY Plattsburgh and Clinton Community College students are free with ID. 

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