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RAILS TO THE CATSKILLS - DVDs available June 1, 2014

Rails to the Catskills, Documentary Film

RAILS TO THE CATSKILLS is a history of the dynamic railroad industry in the Catskills of New York State. Catskill railroads have roots in the canals of the 1820's and the post Civil War railroad boom.

RAILS TO THE CATSKILLS explores:

• For Love of Trains
• Canajoharie & Catskill Railroad
• Before Railroads - The D&H Canal
• New York, Ontario & Western Railway
• Electric Trolleys
• Ulster & Delaware Railroad
• Catskill Mountain Railway/
   Otis Elevating Railway
• Wallkill Valley Railroad
• West Shore Railroad
• Delaware & Ulster Railroad
• Catskill Mountain Railroad
• Rails & Trails Conflict

RAILS TO THE CATSKILLS uses original footage, contemporary and vintage photographs, postcards, rare films, railfan-movies, newspapers and historic archives. Music is by Dick Staber and Paul Lounsbury. The film includes historians Eugene Dauner, Dale Flansburg, Robert Haines, John M. Ham, William Helmer, Evan Jennings, and Bob Mohowski.

Check out this clip for “Rails to the Catskills – The Catskill Mountain Railroad:”


And “Rails to the Catskills – The Delaware and Ulster Railroad."

Willow Mixed Media is a not-for-profit arts organization whose documentaries include films about Catskills/Hudson Valley history and issues of social concern.

 

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Sweet Violets Now Available
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Sweet Violets is a documentary about the commercial violet industry in Rhinebeck, NY when it was the Violet Capital of the World. At its peak in 1912, growers shipped more than five million blooms for Easter by train from Rhinecliff Station.

By the roaring 20's violets began to be replaced by other corsage flowers. In 1927, "The Captive” was a scandal on Broadway involving violets and lesbians. Violets became politically incorrect and the flower fell further out of popular fashion.

The last of the Violet Kings gave up in 1979. Now, one remaining strip of cultivated violets grows in an anemone greenhouse outside Rhinebeck. In the late winter and early spring deep purple Frey's Fragrant violets are picked for culinary purposes and bunched for the occasional Valentine's Day bouquet.

Sweet Violets Movie

Willow Mixed Media is a not-for-profit arts group that specializes in
documentary production on topics of social interest. Since 1970, Willow Mixed Media
has produced films that are available online here at www.documentaryworld.com.

Film topics include:

Sweet Violets

Sweet Violets is a documentary about commercial violet growing and Rhinebeck, New York, when it was the Violet Capital of the World. In the Victorian era and beyond, violets were the corsage and bouquet flower of choice. At its peak in 1912, growers shipped more than 5 million blooms for Easter by train from Rhinecliff Station.

By the late 20's fashions changed and violets became politically incorrect to wear and the flower fell further out of popular fashion. Now, one remaining strip of cultivated violets grows in an anemone greenhouse outside Rhinebeck and Frey's Fragrant violets are picked for culinary purposes and bunched for the occasional Valentine's Day bouquet.

The Catskill Mountain House and The World Around

The Catskill Mountain House and The World Around is the fascinating story of America's first great
mountain top hotel, romantic tourism, and cut-throat competition in New York's Northern Catskills.

For 140 years, from 1823 to 1963, The Catskill Mountain House stood atop the Catskill High Peaks as a
symbol of the Gilded Age. Beginning in the 1850's, The Laurel House, The Hotel Kaaterskill, The Woodstock
Overlook Mountain House and The Grand Hotel also became world famous vacation spots that attracted
business tycoons, artists and Presidents.

New York City Water Supply

 Deep Water: Building the Catskill Water System
The definitive film history of the Catskill water system - the Ashokan and Schoharie Reservoirs and the Catskill
Aqueduct. Woodstock Film Festival selection hailed as a gem. An award winning production. Our most popular DVD.

Woodstock Summer of '94

Not the Music, Just the Scene
An independent documentary of the 25 year Woodstock Anniversary Music Festival in 1994. The film exhibits the site before, during and after the event, buying and selling of hundreds of thousands of T-shirts, festival action on the Woodstock Town Green, mudstock and mud-people. Visit the people in their tents, follow the gate crashers, pay per view hippies, site clean up, and more!

The March for Disarmament

A powerful documentary of the June 1982 march and rally for Peace and Disarmament in NY City. Nearly 1 million people joined in the protest for nuclear disarmament. The film is edited from the most extensive television coverage of the day's events. The program features Dick Gregory, Joan Baez, Theodore Bikel, Holly Near, Abbie Hoffman and many others.

Giving Birth

A pioneering video documentary of a home birth. Shot in the Yucatan, Mexico, where a child is delivered Mayan style, in a hammock, by a Mayan midwife. "...The result is graphic as planned, and hilarious as not planned." - NY TIMES.

UNC Nuclear Lake

The documentary story of an experimental plutonium plant near Pawling, NY. The film takes a tour of the closed plant and talks with two former workers about the plutonium spill that finally closed the facility.

Two Woodstock Hippie Films

From the archives of the late 1960's and early 1970's comes this period documentary.
A combination of two experimental films,"The True Light Beaver Film: After The Revolution", and
"Family Astrology"
. This program provides an intimate glimpse into communal ways at the height of the Hippie culture.
Cameo appearances by Abbie and Anita Hoffman and Paul Krassner.

CITIZEN WEALTH is a feature documentary currently in production by Joey Carey & Nick Taylor. It follows controversial ACORN founder and Labor and Community Organizer Wade Rathke, while looking back at his 40-year career on the front lines of the war for economic justice. The film is equally a history lesson, a look at the state of organizing and social movements today and an intimate character study of a man that even his enemies have described as 'the most talented political organizer of his generation'. Upcoming costs include production expenses, editing, music, color correction, audio mixing, and archival research and licensing, among other things.

Citizen Wealth

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We are grateful for any donations to support our projects.

Now Return Us to Normal

In NOW RETURN US TO NORMAL, documentary filmmaker Leslie Koren endeavors to reconstruct her time spent at a controversial behavioral modification school in an attempt to answer unsettling questions about mental health, memory, and recovery.

We are currently fundraising for production expenses such as equipment rentals, travel to locations and editing.

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NOW RETURN US TO NORMAL:

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