Slow Road is about making the past live again through engagement travel. The grassroots documentary travel series focuses on the beautiful and historic towns that are found when we take the roads less traveled here in New York State. We are bringing the viewer into Main Streets, neighborhoods, and historic buildings that we may have never known existed and creating an intimate look at these places. Our hope is that this exposure will lead to people visiting these amazing places.
In our first pilot of Episode 1 we had the amazing privilege of stepping into a mid 19th century opera house in Medina, NY that has been abandoned for over 50 years. These glimpses of hidden places is what the core of the show is all about. Slow Road seeks to challenge our perception of our area by connecting people with towns that are rich in history and culture and deserve to be explored!
So often these culturally rich and beautiful spaces do not receive the attention they deserve and too often it is the inability of the public to encounter these spaces that leads to their dismissal and demolition. How can we understand what these places have to offer if access is restricted or these places remain forgotten? How can we better understand that the fabric and identity of our region is rooted in history in a way that we can engage and connect with in the here and now?
Please help us accomplish this goal as we seek to bring awareness to the amazing people and places that exist all around us!
In addition to premiering this local travel series, Slow Road will be working with The Landmark Society and Joe Bean Coffee Roasters in an effort to create community events in revived historic properties and in buildings in need of preservation, through “The Origins Project.” The project will combine a mobile coffee bar, obscure and dynamic places, and additional screenings of Slow Road on location.
Guest post by Benjamin Woelk
Founder/Host/Co-producer, Slow Road