Saturday, June 2, 2018

June is Bustin' Out all Over... on Mountain Lake Journal!

















Looking for ideas for you and your family as spring turns into summer?  Producer Paul Larson hosts Mountain Lake Journal this week, an episode that travels through the North Country in search of warm weather adventures.


High Falls Gorge 
This natural attraction in Willmington, New York, allows you close access to some fantastic waterfalls.  It lets you explore the wonders of the west branch of the AuSable River as it explodes into deep crevices in its journey through ancient granite cliffs formed over a billion years ago by the forces the of ice, water and wind.   Larson produced this piece for his Adirondack Journeys series. You may learn about amazing destinations at mountainlake.org/adkjourneys.

Kayaking and Paddleboard Yoga


Summer is a great time to get out and experience the region’s amazing water sports.  Kayakers of all experience levels can rent equipment and take classes out on the beautiful Ausable River at the Bagg’s Landing Paddlesports Center.  Classes and equipment are available all summer.  Our reporter Kevin Cooney went down to give kayaking and paddle board yoga a try.  For more info visit: http://kayak-shack.com/index.php/baggs-landing/

Author Interview: It’s the time of year to rediscover the pleasures of reading outdoors.  Glenn Pearsall discusses his first work of historical fiction, Leaves Torn Asunder. The novel follows the lives of people living in the Adirondack region, affected by the destruction of the American Civil War.  Pearsall is a history buff who lives in North Creek, New York.    Enjoy our many author visits at mountainlake.org/authorvisits.
 


Plattsburgh Blues and Jazz:  Many people are heading to clubs and venues in downtown Plattsburgh, to hear world class blues and jazz music performances.  The not-for-profit group Plattsburgh Blues and Jazz is inviting internationally renowned musicians and local acts in for an evening’s entertainment.   plattsburghbluesandjazz.com


Mountain Lake Journal airs tonight at 7, and Sunday at 5am & 10am.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Remember Officer Clemmons singing on Mister Rogers' Neighborhood?

As we celebrate the life and career of Mister Rogers on Mountain Lake PBS this week, with airings of "Mister Rogers:  It's You I Like," we've uncovered this gem from the Mountain Lake PBS archives.  Producer Paul Larson interviewed Francois Clemmons at Middlebury College, where the artist in residence would entertain with opera and spiritual songs. Clemmons retired in 2013. 


This archival segment from “Art Express” was produced in 2004.  “Mister Rogers:  It’s You I Like” airs on Mountain Lake PBS this Saturday, March 10 at 10am, and Sunday, March 11 at 6:30pm.


ADADEMY AWARD UPDATE: and the Oscar goes to ...

OSCAR WORTHY WORK from a Montreal Company 

Employees of a Montreal company are celebrating this week, after their work on a film paid off at the 90th Academy Awards March 4th.
 
Last week, Paul Larson took you inside the headquarters of Rodeo FX, the Montreal-based visual effects company.   For the first time in its eleven-year history, Rodeo FX worked on three of the films nominated for Best Visual Effects:  "Star Wars:  The Last Jedi," "Kong: Skull Island," and "Blade Runner 2049." Much to the delight of Rodeo FX president Sébastien Moreau and his team, one of these films won the Academy Award for Visual Effects.

See the Oscar moment here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p4CUi8AoUDE

As the video shows, Visual Effects Supervisor John Nelson thanked Rodeo Art Director Deak Ferrand, and the entire Rodeo FX team.  Visual Effects Supervisor Richard Hoover also gave a nod to Rodeo FX and other Montreal companies who worked on the film. 

Rodeo FX has contributed its talents to several Oscar-winning films.  This marks the second time the company has worked on a film that won the Academy Award specifically for Best Visual Effects.

Enjoy Paul Larson's preview story, featuring Visual Effects Producer Adam O'Brien Locke, and Rodeo FX President Sébastien Moreau, here:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kZGykjDN-e8