Featured Filmmakers Series

Friday October 22 - Tribute Gala Dinner

Adirondack Film collaborates and cross-promotes with numerous arts and cultural organizations and venues to bring quality and diverse film programming to Essex County and the Adirondacks.

Short films. Deep Conversations. No charge.

Each winter we host a live weekly series where finalists from our latest short film competition showcase their films followed by a lively moderated Q & A led by a film professional. 

Our Featured Filmmakers Series showcases some of the best films and filmmakers from an international field of short films submitted to our Your Shorts Are Showing competitions. Check out the 2020 filmmakers’ bios and current work.


Featured Filmmakers Series

Short films. Deep Conversations. No charge.

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Meet the moderators

Each week, filmmakers will be interviewed by moderators who have previously presented at the Festival. Moderators include university-level film professors, producers, directors and an on-air guest host of Turner Classic Movies.

They’ll discuss how the filmmakers have worked and found opportunities during the pandemic; other projects of the filmmakers, either in production or under consideration; and memorable moments from the making of the selected films.

Nicole Franklin

Nicole Franklin is a writer, educator, award-winning filmmaker and podcaster. She produces and co-hosts the podcast, Before You Go, which features first-person accounts from adults 100 years young with stories the history books may have missed. As an award-winning writer/director, Nicole’s feature films include the recently released TITLE VII, an award-winning narrative film on the rarely discussed subject of same-race discrimination in the workplace and her award-winning Sundance Channel debut, I Was Made to Love Her: the Double Dutch Documentary. Having directed projects for both stage and screen, Nicole’s other credits include the multi-award winning documentary The Double Dutch Divas!, Journeys in Black: the Jamie Foxx Biography, Gershwin & Bess: A Dialogue with Anne Brown, and the documentary series Little Brother.

Nicole is the author of several screenplays and a recent children’s book, Ella’s Sunday Song, co-authored with her mother, Irene Franklin, a music educator and pianist. Nicole is currently an Assistant Professor of Television Production at Hofstra University and a member of the Directors Guild, Producers Guild, New York Women in Film & Television, Film Fatales and the Black Documentary Collective. In national news television she has worked as a stage manager on The Today Show and as a video editor on several Emmy Award-winning teams including NBC Nightly News and CBS Sunday Morning.

M.I. Devine

M.I. Devine is a writer, artist, and performer whose work explores the poetics of pop forms. His award-winning book of experimental essays, Warhol's Mother's Pantry, will be published in November 2020 (Mad Creek Books/Ohio State). Cofounder of AdironDocs, a regional initiative for place-based filmmaking, Devine won the Snowtown Film Festival North Country Filmmaker's Award in 2020. He earned his Ph.D. at UCLA and teaches in the English Department at SUNY Plattsburgh.

Alan Hofmannis

Alan Hofmanis is the first American to visit Wakaliwood, a team of actors, filmmakers, and technicians producing Hollywood-inspired action films from the slums of Wakaliga, Uganda. Adopted by the Nkima (Monkey) clan and given the name Ssali, he starred in director Nabwana IGG's upcoming film, BAD BLACK, and in the process became the first muzungu (Westerner) to appear in Ugandan cinema.

That same year he produced Wakaliwood: The Documentary, a profile of Ugandan filmmaker Nabwana IGG and the first look at the emerging independent film movement in Uganda, and in particular Ramon Film Productions, the action movie studio behind the viral sensations Who Killed Captain Alex: Uganda's First Action Movie and Tebaatusasula.

In 2014, Alan Ssali Hofmanis founded Ramon Film Productions International with filmmaker Nabwana IGG. Upcoming films include Ugandan Ninja, Eaten Alive in Uganda, and Tebaatusasula: EBOLA.

Previously, Alan Ssali Hofmanis served as Director of Programming for the Lake Placid Film Forum and Director of Special Programming for Cinema Arts Centre in Huntington, Long Island. He lives in Wakaliga, Uganda and New York City.

Charlie Turnbull

Charlie Turnbull is an award-winning documentary filmmaker with a background in  journalism and a focus on telling rural American stories. His debut documentary, The Bikes of Wrath (2018), took out the Banff Film  Festival’s Audience Choice Award and went on to screen in over 400  cinemas around the world. He has directed and produced short  documentaries in Iceland (Summer Dreaming, 2014), Mongolia, Finland and Australia (Tales To Tell, 2015) and worked commercially with companies including Patagonia and Toyota.

Dylan Skolnick

Dylan Skolnick is Co-Director at the Cinema Arts Centre, Long Island’s leading venue for alternative film. Mr. Skolnick is Programming Director of the Lake Placid Film Festival in Lake Placid, NY. He is a Consultant and Film Buyer for a number of Cinemas across the USA. He is a provisional board member of the Art House Convergence, an association dedicated to advancing excellence and sustainability in community-based, mission-driven media exhibition. Dylan is a graduate of New York’s School of Visual Arts.

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