February 11th, 2014 | The Exquisite Corpse Project | Lake Placid, NY
If you look up Lake Placid on Wikipedia, you get a description of a sleepy winter resort town nestled in the Adirondacks. It paints a picture of a sleepy village that is as beautiful as it is serene — and the real town doesn’t disappoint. But if it’s excitement you’re after, I highly recommend you perform the same search on IMDb instead.
And while the reality of Lake Placid turned out to be nothing like the Betty White classic (locals seemed more concerned about the negative impact of the reduced snowfall on winter tourism than with the imminent threat of crocodile attacks), the village was charming, the streets were alive with people despite the sub-zero temperatures, and the townspeople embraced me in the warm way that you can only experience in a small town.
But beforehand, I was worried about the attendance of our screening. It was a Tuesday night, it was snowing, and we were competing with the Olympics. Lake Placid has not only hosted the Olympics twice, but continues to be the home of a host of Olympic athletes and several US Olympic training facilities (I forget which ones. The cold ones.). So, understandably, the people of Lake Placid love the Olympics, and I was sweating the competition.
Thankfully, my concerns were misguided, and we ended up having one of the best, most receptive audiences our film has ever had. Their questions were great, their laughs were loud and often, and they shouted out the names of their executive friends at HBO who needed to see our movie (that last one sounds like absurd hyperbole, but it’s not! That’s how good of an audience they were!).
In short, Lake Placid was everything we could have hoped for and more. Except for the total lack of oversized, prehistoric monsters.
Post by OSIP touring filmmaker, Ben Popik.
To listen to a podcast interview with the filmmaker, click here.