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GLENS FALLS — The locally filmed “Radium Girls” movie will headline the Adirondack Film Festival, set to take place in downtown Glens Falls from Oct. 18-21.

“Radium Girls,” a film about a 1920s group of factory workers who advocate for safer work conditions after their colleagues become ill from radium exposure, was shot in Warren County in October 2016. Scenes were shot at Wiawaka Center for Women, the Lake George Courthouse, Haviland Cove and two locations at Miller Mechanical.

The film, directed by Lydia Dean Pilcher and Ginny Mohler, will kick off the four-day festival, now in its third year, the evening of Oct. 18 at the Charles R. Wood Theater.

“When they shot here, it was the first year of the film festival, so we didn’t really exist at that time,” said Chad Rabinovitz, festival organizer and the producing artistic director of the Adirondack Theatre Festival. “‘Radium Girls’ coincided with our film festival being created.”

The festival's feature film, “The Song of Sway Lake,” was filmed in the Adirondacks, while the shorts “Unattainable,” starring Bridget Dunigan of The Park Theater, and “Sins of the Son” were filmed locally.

About 1,000 films were submitted for inclusion in this year’s film festival, of which 100 were selected.

“We watch them and we select what we think are the best,” Rabinovitz said. “We’re also looking for, when it comes to features and the headliners, what’s the next exciting new thing?”

Over four days, 100 films will be shown on screens at The Queensbury Hotel, The Park Theater, The Charles R. Wood Theater, Crandall Public Library and The Hyde Collection.  

“One of the things I love about the film festival, even more than the theater festival, is that it gives you a walking tour of Glens Falls,” Rabinovitz said, adding that the festival really shows off Glens Falls as a community.

The festival has grown every year, he said, and this year, the festival committee added the “Best of the Fest,” replaying the weekend’s two most popular films on Sunday.

Ticket prices, however, have not changed. The VIP pass is $75, which gains entry into every event and film. There is also a $55 festival pass and a $30 day pass. Tickets go on sale Thursday at www.adkfilmfestival.org/tickets/.

While dramatic films are always a big draw, there will be more comedies this year. The panel discussion on Saturday evening will be titled, “What Makes Things Funny,” and will include actors, writers and directors in the field of comedy. The Saturday night feature film has not yet been announced.

The international film segment of the festival will focus on France and will feature the movie “Mrs. Hyde,” which will be shown at The Hyde Collection on Warren Street.

“They’re going to have an art gallery complementing it that’s French artists,” Rabinovitz said.

There will also be a discussion with a French film expert after the movie.

“So it takes you on a nice little trip to France this year,” Rabinovitz said.

The movie “Anna and the Apocalypse,” a zombie Christmas musical, will actually make its debut at the Adirondack Film Festival. It will not be in movie theaters until Dec. 7.

“So we’re getting this from the studio much earlier,” he said. “You really are seeing this first.”    

The festival will partner with the Lower Adirondack Regional Arts Council, and artists will create an art piece based on their favorite Christmas story turned into a zombie movie.

New this year will be a 360-degree virtual reality experience for VIP ticket holders.

“It’s a cool experience and something that’s growing,” Rabinovitz said.

There are only 300 seats for “Radium Girls,” and the first 300 VIP pass-holders will get into the Thursday night show.

The $75 VIP passes also include unlimited popcorn and soda, a swag bag, access to the nightly parties and the “What Makes Things Funny” panel discussion and the virtual reality experience.

The festival is expected to drive people to downtown as well as the shops and restaurants. It showcases Glens Falls, Rabinovitz said.

“With 100 films,” he said, “there is literally something for everyone all the time.”

Trailers: Adirondack Film Festival — headliner and feature films

Watch the trailers for the headliner and feature films for this year's Adirondack Film Festival. 

The festival starts Oct. 18 at venues across downtown Glens Falls.

Headliners:

  • "Won't you be my Neighbor?"
  • "Three Identical Strangers"
  • "The Song of Sway Lake"
  • "Mrs. Hyde"
  • "Anna and the Apocalypse"
  • "Radium Girls"

Feature films:

  • "About a Donkey"
  • "After Hours Trading"
  • "Don't Be Nice"
  • "One Bedroom"
  • "Rodents of Unusual Size"
  • "Skippers"
  • "Rendezvous in Chicago"

For more information visit adkfilmfestival.org.

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