On Friday, February 27th and Saturday, February 28th, the latest installment of the Lake Placid Film Forum Screening Series presents 50 Years with Peter, Paul and Mary, a new documentary by Jim Brown, winner of four Emmy Awards. Premiered on PBS this past December, the film features rare and previously unseen television footage, including a BBC program from the early 1960s that embodies many of the trio’s best performances and most popular songs. This is Peter, Paul and Mary at the peak of their artistry, a time when this popular and influential trio dominated the Billboard music charts.
From the group’s emergence in Greenwich Village, to the Civil Rights and anti-war era of the 1960s, through the decades of their later advocacy and music, to Mary Travers’s moving memorial, and finally to the present — in which their legacy continues to inform and inspire successive generations — this deep and intimate exploration of the trio reveals the impact of their artistry and activism on their generation and the world.
50 Years with Peter, Paul and Mary features many of the trio’s best-loved songs, including “Five Hundred Miles,” “Early Mornin’ Rain,” “Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?,” “If I Had My Way,” “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face,” “Puff, the Magic Dragon,” “If I Had A Hammer (The Hammer Song),” “Blowin’ in The Wind,” “The Times They Are a-Changin’,” “Cruel War,” “If You Love Your Country,” “The Great Mandala,” “I Dig Rock and Roll Music,” “Hymn,” “There But For Fortune,” “Day Is Done,” “Plane Wreck At Los Gatos (Deportee),” “Stewball,” “Where Have All the Flowers Gone?,” “Sweet Survivor,” “Leaving On A Jet Plane,” “Don’t Laugh at Me,” “We Shall Not Be Moved,” “One Light Many Candles” (formerly titled “One & Many [Reprise]”), and “Tell It On The Mountain.”
Jim Brown is responsible for some of the most popular and critically acclaimed musical documentary programs of the last three decades. In addition to 50 Years with Peter, Paul and Mary, Brown has recently produced and directed Billy Joel: A Matter Of Trust — The Bridge To Russia for Showtime and restored Billy Joel’s 1987 concert, Live in Leningrad. Other recent documentaries include: Woody Guthrie at 100! Live at the Kennedy Center and Don McLean: American Troubadour, both for PBS; and Concert for Newtown for WNET, the PBS affiliate in New York City. He is currently in the final stages of completing Free to Rock, a documentary that explores the role that cultural diplomacy and the power of rock ‘n’ roll played in bringing an end to the Cold War. He may be best known for directing the Emmy Award-winning feature documentary Pete Seeger: The Power of Song,which was included on Roger Ebert’s list of best documentaries, won a Christopher Award and a Gold Plaque for History/Biography Documentary from the Hugo Television Awards, and was nominated for Best Documentary Film of the Year by the Producers Guild of America.
Mr. Brown will introduce 50 Years with Peter, Paul and Mary at the Friday evening screening and participate in a Q&A following the film; both segments will be recorded, to be aired along with the film during Saturday evening’s screening.
The Northwoods Inn, only a short drive to the Lake Placid Center for the Arts, is the perfect location to for your stay. Tickets to the event are $7 and can be purchased from the LPCA.