I spent today in Indian Lake, NY attending the Annual Meeting for Adirondack Architectural Heritage (AARCH), of which I’m a board member.
The meeting was held at the Indian Lake Theater and led to a fantastic theme of architecture and film: telling stories with a sense of place. A bit of a tech mishap meant that we weren’t able to screen Huybertie, a short film by 16-year-old Eli Moore, documenting Meghan Weber’s portrayal of Robert Pruyn’s cousin’s impressions of Camp Santanoni.
We did, however, see a portion of Derek Muirden’s documentary on Arto Monaco, A Castle in Every Heart, detailing Monaco’s work on The Land of Make-Believe.
My photo above is of Michael Fisher’s film The Owner, filmed in part at Greystone Mansion in Essex, NY. I was really taken with this. It was beautifully shot and having been lucky enough to have visited Greystone a handful of times as part of my role with AARCH, it was a treat to see the home portrayed so stunningly on screen.
When I was speaking with Michael afterwards, I noted that apart from the way that architecture can instill a strong sense of place in a film, cinema and film such as home movies are often some of our best sources of “hidden” documentation in places like the Adirondacks thanks to people recording their vacations and trips.
I can still go back and change my thesis topic, right?
Overall, it was an excellent meeting for our 25th anniversary. And, as usual, it was terribly hard to make the turn south to drive back.