documentary

"Erie: The Canal that Made America" Official Trailer / pbs.org

The Erie Canal is credited with the development of much of Upstate New York when construction began 200 years ago. But a locally produced documentary sets out to prove that the impact was felt far beyond New York State.  PBS’s “Erie: the Canal that Made America” will be broadcast nationally next week.

Senior Director of Special Productions at WCNY Television Jim Aroune says the canal can be linked to endless political, cultural, and economic opportunities outside of New York.         

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Speak Up Productions / whatmattersfilm.com

LeMoyne college is presenting an award-winning documentary tonight on poverty that also includes some surprises.  “What Matters?” is the story of three friends living on $1.25 a day to experience and document what it’s like living in extreme poverty.  

Director and subject Dan Parris says, “What Matters?” lacks the guilt-trip of your typical documentary on poverty.  He says it's the film's realist attitude and sense of adventure that turned the movie into a success - and, he hopes, inspires viewers to make a difference.