ADK Film Society Screening: In Search of Greatness


Lake Placid Center for the Arts
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ADK Film Society Screening: In Search of Greatness
February 15, 2019February 16, 2019
Lake Placid Center for the Arts

The Director of “Red Army” Returns with a ‘Cinematic Journey into the Secrets of Genius’—as Seen through the Eyes of the Great Wayne Gretzky, Jerry Rice and Pelé

ADK Film Society Screening Series @ LPCA continues Feb. 15-16 with Gabe Polsky’s “In Search of Greatness”

LAKE PLACID, NY — The Adirondack Film Society (AFS) is thrilled to present the regional premiere of “In Search of Greatness,” the latest groundbreaking feature documentary from award-winning filmmaker Gabe Polsky (“Red Army,” “Genius”). It is a cinematic journey into the secrets of genius, told through the eyes of some of greatest athletes of all time—most prominently, hockey great Wayne Gretzky, football Hall of Famer Jerry Rice and soccer legend Pelé.

The film is based largely on original interviews with Messrs. Gretzky, Rice and Pelé and features such giants in their respective fields as Muhammad Ali, Michael Jordan and Serena Williams and non-athletes David Bowie and Albert Einstein. Mr. Polsky’s previous documentary, “Red Army”—about the creation and development of the Soviet Union’s national hockey team and its fate after the squad’s breathtaking loss to the vastly underrated U.S.A. team in the 1980 Lake Placid Winter Olympics—remains one of the best-attended programs in the four-and-a-half years of the AFS Screening Series at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts (LPCA).

As he did following one of the “Red Army” screenings back in November 2014, director Polsky will appear live via Skype to participate in a Q&A session with the LPCA audience after each evening’s screening of “In Search of Greatness” (

The 2018-2019 edition of the AFS Screening Series @ LPCA, Version 5.0, continues with this highly acclaimed documentary feature on Friday and Saturday, February 15-16, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased in advance by visiting or calling the LPCA box office at 518-523-2512; they will also be available at the door. To learn more about the Screening Series or other AFS programs, please contact AFS Operations Manager Fred Balzac at 518-523-3456 or 518-588-7275 or and/or visit


Driven to Be Exceptional

“The filmmaker Gabe Polsky always starts with sports—in this case, the great Gretzky,” hails Adirondack-based photographer Nathan Farb, a highly regarded artist in his own right (and friend to the AFS). “He then tells a lot more about his real subject—in this case, ‘Greatness’—which can then be generalized to all human endeavors…. A wonderful film for sports fans and an audience interested in what drives each of us to be exceptional.”

What the critics and other media observers are saying about “In Search of Greatness”:

• “A must-see” — Sports Illustrated

• “A worshipful big-think” — Los Angeles Times

• “Peels inside the minds of geniuses” — Time

• “Great characters... filmed beautifully” — The New Yorker

• “An insightful and entertaining film” — San Francisco Chronicle

• “A welcome tribute to vision, innovation and knowledge” —

• “Eloquent and inventive look at self-expression in sports” — The Globe and Mail

Rated PG-13 (for brief language and some partial nudity) • running time: 1 hr., 20 mins.

These screenings of “In Search of Greatness” are partially underwritten by the Law Office of Brian P. Barrett, PLLC.


Coming Attractions You Won’t Want to Miss

The AFS is also pleased to present or co-sponsor the following film screenings:

● On Friday and Saturday, March 15-16, at 7 p.m., the AFS Screening Series at LPCA continues with “Eighth Grade,” a comedy-drama written and directed by Bo Burnham in his feature-film directorial debut. It is told through the perspective—including via selfie videos posted on Facebook—of 13-year-old Kayla Day (played by Elsie Fisher, who was nominated for a 2019 Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Musical or Comedy) enduring the tidal wave of contemporary suburban adolescence as she makes her way through the last week of middle school—the end of her thus-far disastrous eighth-grade year.

     Common Sense Media hailed Ms. Fisher as “fabulous in writer-director Burnham’s poignant, sensitive exploration of the challenges of early adolescence in the age of social media and constant phone use,” while Screen Rant raved that the film “masterfully captures the emotional horror of being a Generation Z middle-schooler, yet tells a universally relatable coming of age story.”

● In the meantime, the Film Society is pleased and honored to be partnering with several other Lake Placid-/Adirondack-based organizations on two very special programs. First up, on Thursday, February 21, at 4 and 6:30 p.m. at the Palace Theatre, Elderwood of Uihlein (, the Palace ( and the AFS will present FREE community screenings of “Miracle,” commemorating the 39th anniversary of one of the greatest events in sports history—the hockey game between the U.S. and the Soviet Union during the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid. The film stars Kurt Russell as legendary coach Herb Brooks. The Palace is located at 2430 Main Street in the heart of Lake Placid’s downtown dining and shopping district, where the box office phone number is 518-523-9271. Last year’s free community screenings, which were also at the historic, Art-Deco movie theater, drew approximately 500 moviegoers. And just like last year, this year the free admission includes free popcorn!

● Then, on Thursday, March 7, at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts, the AFS will again collaborate on a screening (film and curtain time TBA) with the Adirondack Global Arts Festival (AGAF) (, LPCA and the grassroots freedom education and human rights project, John Brown Lives! (, as part of the festival, which runs through Saturday, March 9. Last year’s AGAF screening was the 2018 Best Animated Feature Oscar-winner, Coco. While this year’s film choice was not yet selected at press time, members of the AGAF film committee promise it will be global in nature as well as an excellent illustration of the universal appeal of movies all around the world.

The 2018-19 AFS Screening Series at LPCA (Version 5.0) is scheduled to conclude on Thursday and Saturday, May 2 and 4 (film TBA). And save the dates for 18th Annual Lake Placid Film Festival (née "Film Forum"): October 24-17, 2019!

To learn more about the AFS Screening Series at LPCA or other AFS programs and activities, please contact Operations Manager Fred Balzac at 518-523-3456/518-588-7275 or or To learn more about the February film, you can visit