WMHT’s ‘Bridging the Divide’ documentary about Collar City Bridge and The Uniting Line will premiere on February 17

TROY – WMHT Public Media (PBS-Public Broadcasting Service) will premiere a new documentary film titled BRIDGING THE GAP on Troy’s Collar City Bridge Legacy 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.

On the same evening as the on-air premiere, a virtual screening and panel will take place at 6:00 p.m. This online event is free and open to the public.

The panel for this preview screening will include attendees from The unifying 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 GAP documents the work of more than a dozen artists who embellished 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 it opened of the Collar City Bridge in 1980. feature as a producer with WMHT, also examines the future of this location in Troy as a public gathering space to unify communities north and south of the bridge.

In addition to premiering on February 17 at 7:30 p.m., the film will also premiere on Sunday, February 20 at 11 a.m. and Monday, February 21 at 9 p.m.

Of the documentary, WMHT CEO Robert Altman said, “The Uniting Line’s Jewels of Troy The mural project is the perfect vehicle to explore the community that continues to be affected 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 that this public art project will inspire.

WMHT viewers and art lovers will also see artist Uniting Line Jade Warrick on AHA! A Maison des 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 Famaare available on WMHT’s digital platforms, in particular on Facebook and instagram.

Funding for Bridging the Divide was provided by Chet and Karen Opalka and the Troy Savings Bank Charitable Foundation.

WHAT: Premiere of WMHT’s new documentary, BRIDGING THE DIVIDE
OR: Live and Online – RSVP for a preview screening and discussion – http://bit.ly/BTDPremiere
WHEN: Thursday February 17


RSVP to the virtual screening and panel discussion at: http://bit.ly/BTDPremiere.

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

A preview of the film can be seen here.

Elizabeth J. Harless