Hope on the Hudson, Restoring the 'Clearwater'

In the 18th century sloops were the workhorses of New York Harbor and the Hudson River; with the advent of train and truck delivery, ships fell out of favor in the U.S. Until the late 1960s, when activist/musician Pete Seeger and his unique environmental group, Clearwater, built a boat modeled after those earlier versions to help educate and draw attention to environmental pollutions then wracking America's First River. Launched in 1970s, among the 'Clearwater's' first sails was to Washington D.C., to deliver petitions to Congress that eventually helped create some of the country's first environmental laws, particularly the Clean Water Act of 1972. Ever since the wooden ship has come to be recognized up and down the Hudson, as it continues its mission of education and environmental protection. During the summer of 2016, the boat was in dry-dock being repaired and we followed the restoration from beginning to relaunch. The film is both a link to the past and a look to the future: In June 2017 the 'Clearwater' will again sail to D.C., this time carrying petitions asking for the continuation of the environmental protections we have, but are at great risk. The film is also a look at the history of activism in the Hudson Valley, where many believe today's environmental movement was born, led by Pete Seeger and others. (A 20-minute version of the finished doc will be available on 6.15.)

Running Time
20 minutes
480p, 720p, 1080p, 2K, 4K
Devin Pickering, Chris Rahm
Audio Languages
English, Deutsch, Français, Italiano, Español, Svenska, Gaeilge, Nederlands
日本語, Čeština, Tiếng Việt, Português, 한국어, Australia, Filipino, हिन्दी

Comments about documentary «Hope on the Hudson, Restoring the 'Clearwater'» (21)

Adam Bryant avatar
Adam Bryant

Light entertainment with a great cast. If you like the actors, and enjoy something light hearted, think you will enjoy this film.

Helen avatar

Chris Rahm has already made a few such films. But THIS is the best, One of the most interesting, artistically impressive and overall films of the year so far!!!

Michael avatar

Brilliant concept. Great execution. A Documentary classic. It is really closing your loop!

Judy avatar

The movie is brilliantly paced, all feels fresh, new, innovative and unique! Brilliant, Funny and Innovative.

Alan Brooks avatar
Alan Brooks

Saw the movie.. again and again. Besides the fact that the script is great, the actors are at their best.

Joseph Scott avatar
Joseph Scott

The movie is littered with interesting themes which adds further depth to this already amazing story.

Victoria avatar

Such a great movie! Lovely!

Ashley Rodriguez avatar
Ashley Rodriguez

One of the best original movie i have ever seen.

Juan Hoffman avatar
Juan Hoffman

Definitely would have picked this to win.