Monday, October 10, 2022

Lake Placid Film Festival lineup includes two documentaries, The Automat, and Brainwashed

The Lake Placid Film Festival is scheduled for Thursday through Sunday, October 20-23. Festival organizers have announced an eclectic lineup of featured films, including two documentaries, The Automat, and Brainwashed. See below for details on these documentaries including links to view their trailers. This year’s festival presenters will be Lisa Hurwitz and Paul Hardart.

The Automat (2022)

Directed by Lisa Hurwitz
Starring Mel Brooks and Paul Hardart
Check out this IMDB website review of The Automat at this link:

Makes you wish you could go back in time to enjoy life’s simple pleasures.

About The Automat: Documentarian Lisa Hurwitz looks back at an American institution, the automat – a self-service cafeteria in Philadelphia and NYC, that congregated the masses for its simple function of providing good food for literally nickels. Nostalgic pure and loving with famous folk like Colin Powell, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Elliott Gould, Carl Reiner, and the film‘s heart and soul, the irrepressible Mel Brooks, all recounting personal memories of attending the establishment in heartfelt detail.

View The Automat trailer by clicking here. 



Brainwashed (2022)

Directed by Nina Menkes
Starring: Rhiannon Aarons, Kathleen Antonia, Rosanna Arquette

About Brainwashed: Investigates the politics of cinematic shot design, and how this meta-level of filmmaking intersects with the twin epidemics of sexual abuse/assault and employment discrimination against women, with over 175 movie clips from 1896-2020.

Take a look at the Brainwashed trailer by clicking here. 

For more information about this year’s Lake Placid Film Festival, including a full schedule of events, visit

All photos courtesy of Adirondack Film.

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