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Catherine Wyler

Catherine Wyler is an independent producer of film and television (including 1990 feature film MEMPHIS BELLE (starring Matthew Modine and Harry Connick Jr.) and documentaries DIRECTED BY WILLIAM WYLER and WITNESS TO HOPE (a biography of Pope John Paul II).  She was a Senior VP of Production at Columbia Pictures, and she has held leadership positions at major American cultural institutions including the National Endowment for the Arts and PBS.  From 2001 through 2009, she was the founding Artistic Director of the High Falls International Film Festival in Rochester, New York.  

She is currently developing a documentary on His Holiness, the Dalai Lama, and exec-produced the restoration of her father’s celebrated World War II documentary, MEMPHIS BELLE, which is featured at the 2018 New York Film Festival. 

Catherine will introduce “The Heiress”, directed by her father, William Wyler.  After the film she will be joined by Lake Placid Film Festival’s Artistic Director, Kathleen Carroll for discussion, commentary and audience Q&A.

This special screening will be held at The Palace Theatre, Friday October 26th at 6:30pm.


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Gabriel Abrantes, Writer & Director

Gabriel Abrantes, Writer & Director

Daniel Schmidt, Writer & Director

Daniel Schmidt, Writer & Director

Jeremy Arnold

Jeremy Arnold’s new book, Christmas in the Movies: 30 Classics to Celebrate the Season, has just been published by Turner Classic Movies and Running Press. His previous book, The Essentials: 52 Must-See Movies and Why They Matter, was published in 2016 as the companion to TCM’s Essentials series.

 Other writing work includes Lawrence of Arabia: The 50th Anniversary, a coffee-table book published by Sony Pictures Entertainment as a supplement to that film’s deluxe Blu-ray release; two essays in The Call of the Heart: John M. Stahl and Hollywood Melodrama, a new book tracing the career of classic director John Stahl; contributions to Jeanine Basinger’s 2003 edition of The World War II Combat Film: Anatomy of a Genre; numerous essays and liner notes for home entertainment releases, including four Frank Capra titles; and over six hundred programming articles to date for the Turner Classic Movies website.

 His commentating work includes nine audio commentaries for the Blu-ray or DVD release of classic films, and stints as a guest host on TCM with Ben Mankiewicz and on TCM’s streaming service, FilmStruck.  He will appear on TCM again the first weekend of this December to present four Christmas movies from his new book. 

 Born in Washington, D.C., Jeremy lives in Los Angeles and is a fourth-generation summer resident of Lake Placid.

Jeremy has selected “The Lion in Winter” as his classic film pick for LPFF 2018 and will be on hand to introduce the film and discussion following the screening. Show time is Saturday, October 27, 2018 at 6:30pm at the historic Palace Theatre, Lake Placid, NY.



 Gabriel Abrantes

Gabriel was born in North Carolina in 1984. He studied at the Cooper Union in New York, Le Fresnoy in Tourcoing and L’Ecole National des Beaux Arts in Paris. His work has shown in exhibitions at the MIT List Center for the Visual Arts, the Palais de Tokyo, the Centre Pompidou, the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, the Centre d’Art Contemporain, Geneva and Museu Serralves.

His films have screened in competition at festivals such as La Biennale di Venezia, the Berlinale, Locarno International Film Festival, and IndieLisboa.

 He was been awarded prizes such as the 2014 EFA Best Short Film Nomination at the Berlinale Short Film competition for Taprobana, the 2011 Film and Video Award at the Locarno International Short Film Competition for Liberdade, and the 2010 Golden Leopard for the Best Short Film at the Locarno Short Film Competition for A History of Mutual Respect.

Many of his films are made in collaboration with other artists and filmmakers such as Daniel Schmidt, Benjamin Crotty, and Ben Rivers. He is currently teaching cinema at the Haute Ecole d'Art et Design in Geneva and working on his first feature film, Tristes Monroes, co-directed with Daniel Schmidt, a screwball comedy in post earthquake Haiti.

Gabriel joins us with Co-Director & Co-Writer of “Diamantino” for the screening of their film on Saturday, October 27, 2018 at 12noon, Palace Theatre, Lake Placid, NY.


Daniel Schmidt

Born in New Haven, Connecticut, USA in 1984. He earned his BFA in Film at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. His films have screened around the world including premieres at the Venice Biennale, Rotterdam Film Festival and the Berlinale. They have been the recipient of a number of awards including the Golden Pardi di Domani at the Locarno Film Festival.

 His works have been shown or commissioned for Whitechapel (London), Kunst-Werke (Berlin), Centre Pompidou (Paris), Serralves (Porto), Institute of Contemporary Art (London), and the Biennale of Moving Images at Centre d’Art Contemporain (Geneva). 

 In 2016, a complete retrospective screening series was dedicated to his and his collaborators’ films at the Film Society of Lincoln Center in NYC. Daniel often works in collaboration with other artists including Alexander Carver, Raul de Nieves, ANOHNI, Gabriel Abrantes, and Susan Cianciolo.

Daniel joins us with Co-Director & Co-Writer of “Diamantino” for the screening of their film on Saturday, October 27, 2018 at 12noon, Palace Theatre, Lake Placid, NY.