10.11.13 Hudson Valley Renaissance Featured in Movie Premiering Oct. 26

Hudson Rising: Stories of Revival to be Screened in Various Hudson Valley Cities

Final Funding Sought to Complete Film for Airing on PBS


Poughkeepsie, NY—A documentary film “Hudson Rising: Stories of Revival from the Hudson Valley” will premiere at the arts space Basilica Hudson in the City of Hudson on Oct. 26 at 6PM, the start of a series of screenings from Yonkers to Troy culminating in its broadcast on WMHT and other PBS stations in the summer of 2014.


The documentary has been in production since 2010 and features stories about individuals and projects that exemplify the revival of the Hudson Valley over the last two decades and the promise of a renaissance of its cities and towns, farms and open spaces, centers of culture, creativity and education, and a thriving economic hub for the New York State and the entire nation.


The stories include the efforts to revitalize Poughkeepsie and Beacon’s Main Streets, the initiative to convert the Poughkeepsie-HighlandRailwayBridge into the Walkway Over the Hudson, the new HudsonValley branded dairy farms and many others.  The documentary features Pete Seeger, Melissa Auf Der Maur, Albany scientist Alain Kaleyoros and others who have had a profound impact upon the Hudson RiverValley.


“There has been a HudsonValley renaissance in recent years,” observed Joan Davidson, Chair of the 2009 Hudson Valley Quadricentennial Commission and a founder of OurHudson . “But despite heroic efforts everywhere it’s not yet finished. Many of our towns, cities and farms have been left behind. This movie is intended to inspire more citizens to make that renaissance complete”.

OurHudson has launched a grassroots campaign on the website Indiegogo to pay for the final costs of preparing it for broadcast on WMHT in the summer of 2014. The group has so far raised nearly $5,000 of the $20,000 needed.


OurHudson co-founder Kent Barwick noted, “We think the stories in the movie will have an effect on people – it will change the way they see the future of the world immediately around them.”


Former New York Deputy Secretary of State Bob Elliott added: “The HudsonValley should be comparable to the NapaValley – a world-class destination and region. What’s needed is the political will and citizen activism to pull the pieces together. This movie will add momentum to that movement.”


Hudson Rising will premiere on Oct. 26 at the Basilica in Hudson, New York – itself a symbol of the renaissance of the HudsonValley. Formerly a glue factory, the Basilica is now one of the Valley’s leading venues for music, art and film events, drawing visitors from across the region.


After its premiere on October 26, Hudson Rising will be screened at over 50 venues up and down the HudsonValley and eventually broadcast on WMHT and other PBS stations. Each of the screenings will be followed by a “town hall” discussion of how the issues raised in the meeting relate to the local area and how citizens can get involved in the HudsonValley revival.


“This is a movie that WMHT is extremely excited to broadcast,” said WMHT President Robert Altman. “It brings public attention to both the critical threats and the opportunities before  the HudsonValley, and is ultimately a call to arms for citizens to get involved in the renaissance that’s underway here.”


OurHudson was established in 2010 as an outgrowth of the 2009 Quadricentennial  by Quadracentennial Commission Chair Joan Davidson, former Municipal Art Society of New York President Kent Barwick, former NYS Deputy of State Bob Elliott, and Hudson River Foundation Executive Director Clay Hiles. Our Hudson’s mission is to promote dialogue about the future of the Hudson Valley. OurHudson organized a series of task forces to lead the discussion about the revitalization of the Valley in specific areas, including agriculture and economic development, and sponsored a “Barge Tour”—a series of visits to Hudson Rover towns amd cities in 2011 and 2012 by a restored historic barge containing an exhibit about the past and future of the Hudson River and Valley.

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