The River Is Not The Enemy

My thoughts on this week’s focus on the 40th Anniversary of the Agnes Flood:

Much has been made of the 40th anniversary of the “Flood of ’72” that caused so much devastation to the East Coast including, of course, Elmira, Corning and New York’s Southern Tier Region. “Facing The Wall” spends a great deal of time discussing the flood and its impact on the region. But just as the movie is about the river and not the flood, it’s important to remember that the river, not the flood, is what defines our city. Continue reading “The River Is Not The Enemy”


A former boss once told me that the best way to find an error in a project was to publish it, and the errors would become immediately obvious.

I was reminded of that today, when someone pointed out that “Facing The Wall” contains one factual error that, despite my best efforts, slipped through. It will be corrected in future DVDs, but for now, many copies are in circulation that include the error, and I want to correct it here. Continue reading “Errata”

Now Available for pre-order on DVD

“Facing The Wall” is now available for pre-order on DVD. The estimated availability is early December; we will definitely have copies available in time for Christmas.

I want to give special thanks to the Chemung County History Museum; everyone there was very helpful in negotiating terms for the use of their archival material that made this release possible. I’m also working with the museum to come up with a special public screening of the film, most likely in January, where DVDs will also be available for purchase.

Thanks again for your interest in this film; I’m excited to see it get in the hands of as many people as possible.

Reflections on the Premiere

You couldn’t have asked for a better night.

On Tuesday, October 26, “Facing The Wall” had its premiere on the floodwall that lines the Chemung river in the parking lot of B&C Photo. We estimated that between 120 and 150 people came out on a weeknight to stand in a parking lot to watch a documentary. Considering that I brought 20 chairs, and expected a crowd of a couple dozen or so, it was heartening to see so many people there, and receive so much support. Continue reading “Reflections on the Premiere”