A documentary celebrating the Finger Lakes and its history, topography and seminal moments that provide its sense of place premieres tonight on WXXI-TV in Rochester.
“Journeys Through the Finger Lakes,” which is dedicated to the late John Adamski of Dansville, will air at 8 p.m. on WXXI-TV, channel 21 in Rochester and cable channel 11.
“While the Finger Lakes may be best known for award-winning wines and gorgeous waterways, this film shows that they are so much more than that,” said WXXI President Norm Silverstein.
“As we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, and step up the fight for social justice and equality for all, it’s apparent that this region has an important place in history,” he said.
The one-hour documentary spotlights a proud and resilient Native American culture, Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad, and Susan B. Anthony and the women’s suffrage movement.
“Journeys Through the Finger Lakes” also uses drone footage and intimate, on-the-ground shots, to offer breathtaking views of the region along with the stories of people, places and businesses. More than a dozen locations are visited, including the National Women’s Hall of Fame, Susan B. Anthony House, Harriet Tubman House, Ganondagan, Watkins Glen, Glenn H. Curtiss Museum, Cornell University and the Finger Lakes Land Trust.
Footage for the documentary was still being shot when the COVID-19 pandemic hit. WXXI’s production team quickly pivoted their work to abide by state-mandated safety regulations. Final shooting and interviews were completed with a limited crew that followed social distancing, mask-wearing and other health protocols. Much of the post-production work was then done remotely from the homes of the production team.
“We made sure that this film was completed and made available at a time when a beautiful and uplifting story was most needed for our community,” Silverstein said.
“Journeys Through the Finger Lakes” is dedicated to the memory of John Adamski, who worked tirelessly on behalf of the Finger Lakes and the Finger Lakes Museum. Adamski died July 11.
The film is a co-production of WXXI Public Media and the Finger Lakes Tourism Alliance.
To learn more about the documentary, visit wxxi.org/fingerlakes.
Additional airings are scheduled for 6 p.m. Aug. 12 and 10 a.m. Aug. 14 on WXXI-CREATE (DT 21.3/cable 1276), and 5 p.m. Aug. 16 on WXXI-WORLD (DT 21.2/cable 1275).