Thursday, October 12, 2023

Lake Placid Film Festival presents: Women in Horror, Oct. 28

The Halloween season is in full swing and the best place to celebrate is at the Lake Placid Film Festival. Take part in our Women in Horror panel on Saturday, October 28, where acclaimed filmmakers, Sol Miranda (Archive 81, Asynchronous), Chirstina Raia (Affliction, Silent Night), and Karen Walton (Ginger Snaps, Orphan Black) discuss genre filmmaking from a female perspective.

We are also excited to announce two horror films screening at the Festival: The Monkey and a special midnight screening of The Exorcist. Purchase your Festival Pass today and experience all the frights and films that the Lake Placid Film Festival has to offer.

Presented in partnership with UPWIFT (Upstate NY Women In Film and Television) and 518 Film Network

Join us on Saturday, October 28 for an exciting event celebrating the incredible contributions of women in the horror genre. Prepare to be mesmerized as renowned female horror filmmakers, writers and industry experts come together for a panel discussion.  Gain unique insight into their experiences, creative processes, and the challenges they’ve overcome.  Get ready to delve into the dark and mysterious world of horror.



Sol Miranda (she, her) was born and raised in Puerto Rico and is widely known for her roles as “mole woman” Donna Maria Nuñez on Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and the medium Beatriz on Archive 81, both series #1 globally on Netflix. Most recently, she co-starred in Daniel Poliner’s indie feature Come Find Me, a Latinx mother-daughter story with Victoria Cartagena and Tovah Feldshuh.

Last year, Sol co-wrote a short film with Daniel titled Asynchronous which he directed, starring Adam LeFevre, Reed Birney & Sol. With a career that spans more than thirty years, Sol has performed in regional theaters, Off-Broadway, Puerto Rico & Europe.

Christina Raia is a New York based Writer/Director who focuses on character-driven and socially conscious horror and comedy. Her mixed race background and particularly her mother’s Indo-Trinidadian culture play a major role in Christina’s interest in portraying underrepresented perspectives across diverse spectrums of identity in her writing and directing. Her work has screened at regional festivals all across the country, and has been covered on various press outlets, such as Indiewire and BuzzFeed.

In 2021, Christina was selected for film incubator Breaking Light Studio, where Lilly Wachowski serves as head of creative development. Through them, Christina has begun development of her next feature, a horror-comedy titled Silent Night, the first draft of which was a 2016 quarter finalist in Slamdance’s Screenplay Competition.

Karen Walton is a Canadian screenwriter and creative executive-producer whose critically-acclaimed work includes a modern cult horror classic, episodes/staff writing popular television series, and true-story Made For TV Movies. A celebrated graduate of the prestigious Canadian Film Centre’s Norman Jewison Film Program, Karen’s credits include penning her debut original screenplay for the independent Canadian feature film, Ginger Snaps (2000), episodes of the original US adaptation of Queer as Folk, as well as FlashpointThe Listener, and Bell Media/BBC America’s sci-fi sensation, Orphan Black — starring Tatiana Maslany.

Karen’s work as a screenwriter has been recognized with awards and honors from the Writers Guild of Canada, The Canadian Comedy Awards, and the Toronto International Film Festival’s sole Special Jury Citation for Screenplay.

Sunny Edelman

Sunny Edelman – Classically trained in acting, Sunny has directed and performed roles from Shakespeare to Disney, working in regional, Off Broadway theatres, as well as in an Emmy winning television program and numerous Indie films.

Sunny enjoys working with local Indie filmmakers both as an actor and as an associate casting director for Hudson Valley Casting.  Sunny also works as a programmer/host for many local film festivals including the Hudson Valley International Film Festival, Catskill International Film Festival, and more. She continues to advocate for women in film and currently serves as President for UPWIFT (Upstate Women in Film and Television).


Photo at top courtesy of Adirondack Film.

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