The much-anticipated local sci-fi adventure Recreator will have its premiere at The Wild Center on Thursday, August 19th at 7pm in advance of a local theatrical run, say the film’s producers, who shot the movie last fall in Tupper Lake. The premiere will benefit the Big Tupper Ski Area, according to Center Executive Director Stephanie Ratcliffe and ARISE Chairman Jim LaValley, co-hosts of the event. Tickets for the benefit, which includes the screening, reception and appearances by some of the actors and filmmakers are $25 and available online at www.wildcenter.org/recreator.
Recreator is the story of three teenage hikers who discover an abandoned laboratory in the woods and accidentally trigger a deadly experiment that creates their duplicates–clones who are stronger, faster, smarter, and plot to kill the teenagers and assume their identities.
Writer/director Gregory Orr said he chose the Adirondacks for its unique, dramatic landscape and distinctive architecture. “I had production advisors arguing with me to keep the film closer to the resources of New York City,” said the filmmaker who co-produced the movie with Academy Award winning producer Lynn Appelle. “But I chose beauty over convenience and now everyone remarks on how stunning it looks.”
Wild Center Executive Director Stephanie Ratcliffe saw an early version of the film and invited Greg to screen it at The Wild Center for the benefit of the Big Tupper Ski Area. “It’s a locally produced movie that will show off the region to a global audience,” said Ratcliffe. “Plus it’ll be fun for all of us to see Tupper Lake and Bog River Falls on the big screen,” added LaValley.
Recreator stars Stella Maeve–last seen in the Kristen Stewart movie The Runaways,– Alexander Nifong, and J. Mal McCree, with veteran actor John de Lancie of Star Trek: The Next Generation fame playing the menacing Dr. Miller, owner of the camp where the laboratory is located. Also featured are Saranac Lake twin brothers Kean and Kasey Riley, who make a pivotal appearance driving their father’s 1974 Ford pick up truck. During production the film hired a number of locals to work on the movie, and put the former Oval Wood Dish factory back to work as the interior of the abandoned laboratory.
Photo: Cast and crew of the film Recreator; Photo by Todd Bissonette.