WMHT documentary about Collar City Bridge and The Uniting Line will premiere February 17 – troyrecord

TROY, NY – WMHT Public Media (PBS-Public Broadcasting Service) will premiere a new documentary film titled BRIDGING THE DIVIDE about the legacy of Troy’s Collar City Bridge and the Uniting Line public art project on air and online Thursday, February 17 at 7:30 p.m. Prior to the first broadcast, WMHT is thrilled to present an online screening and panel discussion of the 26-minute documentary.

The same night as the on-air premiere, a virtual screening and panel will take place at 6 p.m. This online event is free and open to the public. People can RSVP at: http://bit.ly/BTDPremiere.

This preview screening panel will include participants from The Uniting Line public art project, Uniting Line selected artist Jade Warrick and Hillside resident James Mayben. The panel, with participants from the Capital Region Arts Center, TAP Inc., the City of Troy and Collar Works, will be moderated by WMHT producer Catherine Rafferty.

BRIDGING THE DIVIDE documents the work of more than a dozen artists who adorned the bridge piers with colorful murals at the foot of Hoosick Street in Troy. Beyond The Uniting Line, the film depicts the history of the neighborhood and the business district that once stood where the bridge stands today, while chatting with locals who remember this neighborhood before the opening of the Collar City Bridge in 1980. The documentary, Rafferty’s feature-length debut as a producer with WMHT, also examines the future of this location in Troy as a public gathering space to unite communities to the north and south of the bridge.

Along with premiering on February 17 at 7:30 p.m., the film will also air on Sunday, February 20 at 11 a.m. and Monday, February 21 at 9 p.m.

The full documentary film will be available to stream for free the same day it premieres on air. On-demand viewing of the film will be at: https://www.wmht.org/bridgingthedivide/

“Uniting Line’s Gems of Troy mural project is the perfect vehicle to explore the community that continues to be impacted by the creation of the Collar City Bridge. This project merges many elements essential to our mission at WMHT, providing meaningful content focused on arts, culture and issues important to the Capital Region. We look forward to supporting the ongoing conversation this public art project will inspire,” said Robert Altman, CEO of WMHT.

WMHT viewers and art lovers will also see Uniting Line artist Jade Warrick on AHA! A House for the Arts on Wednesday, February 16 at 7:30 p.m. This program will be broadcast and available for free online at: https://www.wmht.org/aha/

Additional stories from The Bridging the Divide Project, including with neighbor James Mayben and with community activist Joseph Fama, are available on WMHT’s digital platforms, including Facebook and Instagram.

Elizabeth J. Harless