Sullivan’s Pavilion

Director: Fred G. Sullivan
Screenwriters: Fred G. Sullivan

Institute History

  • 1987 Sundance Film Festival


Prepare yourself. You’ve never seen anything like it. Direct from the Adirondacks, a place wild enough for solitude, which still gets the New York Times. Mixing fiction, fact and fantasy, the film introduces America’s newest screen sensation, the semi-famous regional celebrity, Adirondack Fred—erstwhile filmmaker, creator of the wilderness epic Cold River (which, we’re told, plays extensively in hundreds of small theaters out west), winner of the coveted Brass Ball Award, dreamer, schemer, husband and father.

Sullivan’s Pavilion is an innovative comedy about raising kids, making movies, and drinking beer in the Adirondack Mountains (also known as the pursuit of happiness, or in this case, the pursuit of silliness). Stylistically like no other, Fred G. Sullivan, a.k.a. Adirondack Fred, has fashioned a lighthearted, personal odyssey into the loving chaos of an American family. His American family. Please go see this movie or his family may starve.

— Lawrence Smith

Screening Details

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