Film festival heads to Lake Placid

Photo submitted Dave and Amy Freeman walk along Minnesota’s Boundary Waters for the film, “Bear Witness.” The film will be featured at the Reel Paddling Film Festival in Lake Placid. (Photo submitted)

LAKE PLACID — The Reel Paddling Film Festival will stop at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts on Thursday for an evening of adventure films. The annual event is hosted by the Northern Forest Canoe Trail and Adirondack Lakes and Trails.

The festival will feature several films, including “Bear Witness,” the story of Dave and Amy Freeman’s year in the wilderness of Minnesota’s Boundary Waters; “The Canoe,” a reflection of what the Canadian canoe culture looks like today; and “Noatak: Return to the Arctic,” the story of two adventurers returning to the Noatak River in Alaska’s wild Brooks Range.

NFCT’s showings are co-sponsored by NRS, maker of innovative paddling apparel and accessories.

Festival proceeds support the Northern Forest Canoe Trail, which maintains paddler access and campsites along its route in New York, including the Raquette and Saranac Rivers, Fulton Chain of Lakes, and the Saranac Lakes.

The 740-mile Northern Forest Canoe Trail is the longest inland paddling trail in the nation and runs from Old Forge through Vermont, Quebec and New Hampshire to Fort Kent, Maine, following ancient Native American travel routes. NFCT’s mission is to protect and steward the water trail.

There will be a free raffle featuring gear from major outdoor brands, including NRS, Thule, Exped and SOG, as well as drinks and snacks.

The Lake Placid Center for the Arts is located at 17 Algonquin Drive.

Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and screenings will begin at 7 p.m.

Tickets cost $12 in advance online at, or $15 ($12 for students) at the door.

By Patricia Older

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