INDIANLAKE - Indian Lake Theater (ILT) will soon bring the stars behind the screen to meet with local movie-lovers.
ILT announced this week two showings of documentary filmmaker Eddie Martinez's To Be Heard May 20 and 21 at 7:30 p.m. Martinez will join the audience after the Friday screening to talk about the ins and outs of the movie making business.\
This event is part of ILT's Meet the Filmmaker Program: In Creation, a program designed to provide Adirondack movie lovers with the rare opportunity to see great independent films and learn firsthand about how they are made.
To Be Heard To Be Heard explores the lives of three high school students who connect to one another in a power writing class. As the film unfolds, each character comes to a unique understanding of the defining principle of the film.
The film has been acclaimed acrosss the country as a brilliant example of slam poetry. It is the winner of both the Metropolis Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award at the DOC NYC film festival, and the Sarasota Film Festival Audience Award for Best Documentary.
"If you don't learn to write your own life story, someone else will write it for you," said Martinez. "The concept evolved into something less about the [writing] program and more about the characters' real lives. They approach language as a weapon - as active, powerful."
As a two-time recipient of artist residencies at the Blue Mountain Center, Martinez is excited to share his film with the Adirondack community. For more information regarding the film, visit www.tobeheard.org.
"This film is about the lives of three young people growing up in the Bronx, where I'm from," says Martinez, "I came to the Adirondacks several times during the four years filming, just to let the film breathe, to take time out and look closely at the story we were trying to tell."
ILT board chair and series coordinator Ben Strader is excited to bring this innovative film and filmmaker to the local stage.
"We hope as many people as possibly, especially parents and kids, will see this wonderful film about the power of words to change lives," he said. "Besides, it's just really fun to see a movie and be able to talk to the filmmaker afterwards."
Tickets to the show are $5 and can be purchased at the theater. For more information, call 648-5950 or visit www.indianlaketheater.org.
To Be Heard is the second event in the Indian Lake Theater's Get Reel! 2011 Documentary Film Series. Films are screened on the third weekend of every month through October. Upcoming films in this series include Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work - screening June 17-18, Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer - screening June 15-16 and Inside Job - screening Aug. 19-20.