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Contact: Kristin Tutino, (585) 258-0253

FREE, OUTDOOR SCREENING OF WXXI-PRODUCED 15 MILES ON THE ERIE CANAL ON MAY 17 AT 7 P.M.
Screening Part of the Rochester High Falls International Film Festival

Rochester, New York (May 12, 2009) – 15 Miles on the Erie Canal, a WXXI-produced documentary that travels from Palmyra to the Genesee River, featuring the people and places that make the canal a popular destination, will screen at Corn Hill Landing on Sunday, May 17 beginning at 7 p.m. The screening is part of Rochester High Falls International Film Festival’s Night Out at Corn Hill Landing, which includes a free boat ride on the Genesee River aboard the Mary Jemison, courtesy of Corn Hill Navigation. The film will begin at dusk, and can be best viewed under the Frederick Douglass-Susan B. Anthony Memorial Bridge on Exchange Blvd. in downtown Rochester.

In 15 Miles on the Erie Canal historian Thomas Grasso offers great insight into the making and the history of the canal while SUNY Brockport associate professor, accomplished musician and expert in Erie Canal songs, Dr. William Hullfish provides the documentary’s soundtrack. The Erie Canal was an engineering marvel in its time and remains so today. More than a feat of engineering, the Canal – which opened in 1825 – gave access to the rich lands and resources west of the Appalachians. The waterway brought wealth and a host of new influences to Rochester and the other towns it touched. 15 Miles on the Erie Canal premiered on WXXI-TV in March 2006.

For more information, visit www.rochestersmoviefest.com.

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