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A documentary called "Hudson Rising" has been in the works for the last three years and is now nearing completion. YNN's Jessica Chen talks to the producer about his vision and hope for the movie.
PINE ISLAND, N.Y. -- British filmmaker Japser Goldman had never been to the Hudson Valley, but now he has become a true advocate for the region.
"60 or 70 years ago, cities like Pougkeepsie, Newburgh and Kingston were thriving metropolitan cities," said Goldman. "When you look at old historic pictures, you cant believe how full the cities were."
For the last three years, Goldman and his team have been creating a documentary about the Hudson Valley called "Hudson Rising." It's all part of the effort to inspire people to revive the area.
"All the ingredients are there to create a wonderful reinvented 21st century Hudson Valley. The only thing that is missing is the will and the inspiration of people to believe that it is possible," said Goldman.
Cheryl Rogowski of W. Rogowski Farm is one of twelve characters in the film.
"We did have to change to survive, we wouldn't be here now if we hadn't gone down a different route," said Rogowski.
After starting as just an onion farm more than 50 years ago, Rogowski said her family had to revive itself. They did so by expanding their farm to make a variety of produce, and most recently, opened a restaurant to serve customers.
Stories such as this, is what Goldman wants shared in his documentary.
"We’re not trying to be persuasive in the movie, we’re not trying to tell you what to do, or imitate people who have gone before, we want you to be inspired with what’s happened before and start new projects," said Goldman.
The premier of Hudson Rising is scheduled for Saturday, October 26 at the Basilica Hudson. It will also air on PBS outlets in the Hudson Valley area. The documentary was commissioned by OurHudson.
To find out more about the movie, visit www.indiegogo.com.