Tuesday, April 19, 2022

Searching for Timbuctoo discussion with filmmaker Paul Miller on May 10

The Kelly Adirondack Center at Union College is pleased to present a discussion with Paul Miller, Searching for Timbuctoo filmmaker, on May 10 at 7 p.m. at the Reamer Auditorium in the Reamer Campus Center at Union College. The event is free and open to the public.

Miller is a writer, filmmaker and photographer based in upstate New York. A long-time (20-year) veteran of both broadcast and cable television, Miller has worked for national networks and shows, such as The History Channel, National Geographic Channel, PBS, and The Oprah Winfrey Show.

Film synopsis:

In 1846, in an effort to level a blow against racism, wealthy New York landowner and well-known abolitionist leader, Gerrit Smith, gave away 120,000 acres of wild land to nearly 3000 African-American men so that they could have the right to vote in the State of New York. What Smith could not know is that his plan would also lead one man to the brink of insanity; send another to the gallows, and help hurtle the nation towards a catastrophic civil war.

Searching For Timbuctoo reveals the hidden history of this long-lost community and follows an archaeology team trying to unearth it. Join filmmaker Paul Miller for a preview of the film and a Q&A session about this incredible story.

To learn more about the how the film was created via collaboration between a nonprofit, an archeologist and filmmaker Paul Miller, read Holly Riddle’s Adirondack Explorer story here: https://www.adirondackexplorer.org/stories/finding-timbuctoo

More information about the film can be found by visiting  www.timbuctoofilm.com.

Photo at top courtesy of Margie Amodeo, Kelly Adirondack Center Coordinator.


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2 Responses

  1. Tim says:

    Where in the Adirondacks can I see this film?

    • Bill Ott says:

      Tim, I found Union College to be in Schenectady. I had never heard of Timbuctoo and found the Wikipedia article fascinating.

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