Adk Film Society & Zonta Present: RBG

New Film About Women’s Rights Champion and Unexpected Pop-Culture Icon Ruth Bader Ginsburg to Be Screened June 15 in Lake Placid

The Adirondack Film Society and the Zonta Club of the Adirondacks Team Up for Special Screening at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts (LPCA) of the first documentary about the legendary Supreme Court Justice — “RBG”

LAKE PLACID, NY — At the age of 85, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has developed a breathtaking legal legacy while becoming an unexpected pop culture icon. But without a definitive Ginsburg biography, the unique personal journey of this diminutive, quiet warrior’s rise to the nation's highest court has been largely unknown, even to some of her biggest fans—until now. “RBG” is a revelatory documentary exploring Ginsburg’s exceptional life and career from co-directors/co-producers Betsy West and Julie Cohen, co-produced by Storyville Films and CNN Films.

The film, which had its world premiere as an official selection of the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, will be screened on Friday, June 15, at 7 p.m. at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts (LPCA) in a special presentation co-sponsored by the Adirondack Film Society, LPCA and the Zonta Club of the Adirondacks, one of the newest local chapters of Zonta International, a leading global organization of professionals and businesspeople whose focus includes empowering women worldwide through service and advocacy.

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased in advance by visiting or calling the LPCA box office at 518-523-2512; they will also be available at the door. To learn more about the Zonta Club of the Adirondacks, please visit and/or visit its Facebook page. To learn more about the Film Society or other AFS programs, please visit or contact AFS Operations Manager Fred Balzac at 518-523-3456 or 518-588-7275 or


The Fierce Urgency of Making the Film Now

“It was three years ago, January 2015, that we first had the idea of making a feature documentary about Ruth Bader Ginsburg,” write Betsy West and Julie Cohen in their “Directors’ Statement.” “We had both, separately, interviewed the Justice for projects in the past, and had both admired her trailblazing work for women’s rights. But that was before she had broken out as the octogenarian rock star “Notorious RBG,” with millennials extolling her virtues on Twitter and Tumblr, stocking up on RBG tee-shirts and tote bags and, in extreme cases, getting tattoos—big, permanent, multi-color tattoos—of her face.

“Talking about the RBG phenomenon one day, we turned to each other and said ‘we need to make a documentary about Justice Ginsburg right now’.… Meeting RBG in person is a powerful experience. Her voice is soft, but her words are so clear and carefully chosen that you find yourself drawing closer, riveted. After Donald Trump’s election, the most frequent reaction we got when we told people about the film was, ‘How is her health? Is she OK?’ We want audiences to see for themselves the Notorious RBG in action—staying up late into the night crafting blistering dissents and doing the planks, squats and push-ups that keep her in shape to do the job she loves.”

“A loving and informative documentary portrait of Justice Ginsburg during her 85th year on earth and her 25th on the bench.…The movie’s touch is light and its spirit buoyant, but there is no mistaking its seriousness or its passion. Those qualities resonate powerfully in the dissents that may prove to be Justice Ginsburg’s most enduring legacy, and ‘RBG’ is, above all, a tribute to her voice.” — A.O. Scott, New York Times

Running time: 1 hour, 37 minutes • Rated PG

Next up for the Adirondack Film Society will be special screenings in July and August at the Strand movie theater in Schroon Lake, NY—dates and films to be announced soon. And save the dates for the annual Lake Placid Film Forum, which, for the first time in its 18-year history will be held in the fall—Friday through Sunday, October 26-28, 2018!




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