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?
I believe Slow Road is the answer to those questions as we venture out to explore and tell the authentic story of place in our neighboring communities.
Please help us accomplish this goal as we seek to bring awareness to the amazing people and places that exist all around us!
Visit us at www.slowroadtravel.com or support our Kickstarter campaign.
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
8 thoughts on “Slow Road: A new documentary travel series”
In Rochester, there’s a wonderful building, 40 Franklin Street. It was the Rochester Savings Bank building, designed by McKim, Mead and White in 1929. Most Rochesterians have no idea it’s there and it’s too bad. It’s worth considering, it’s a true masterpiece.
Thank you Landmark Society for sharing this!
Please do connect to our efforts!
Rich the building you are referring to will now be the new home to the RIT Center for Entrepreneurship correct?
Thanks for the suggestion!
We need your help to fund season 1 and we have some amazing incentives for you!
Yes, it’s the building that RIT is moving into. It’s a spectacular structure.
As Robert Frost put it so beautifully “The Road Less Traveled”. It truly makes all the difference!
I continue to feel so inspired every time I can take those journeys.
Just this past weekend I drove up to Lake Placid, NY along Rt. 3, such a beautiful stretch!
The drive to Lake Placid is a very special one, especially at this time of the year.
Saw an article in the newspaper in Nov. and wanted to invite you to Lyons, New York to visit our historic town. We, the Lyons Heritage Society, own and manage the HG Hotchkiss Peppermint Museusm which is located right on the Erie Canal. I would love to give you a tour of our village, the canal, and the building!! I am the chief docent but am in Florida til May. At that time, hopefully you could contact me and we could connect for you to visit!! Please send me your email address and I will attach a brochure. THANKS!!
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