Long Island Traditions Presents
Boom and Bust: America's Journey on the Erie Canal
A Film Screening and Panel Discussion
Sunday, April 30, at 2 pm in the Koenig Center
Boom and Bust: America’s Journey on the Erie Canal tells the story of industrial expansion and decline along the Erie Canal, while creatively meditating on economic cycles and the American Dream. The film examines the impact of this economic expansion and decline on the lives of workers in steel, grain, textiles, and shipping. Produced and directed by Paul Wagner and Steve Zeitlin in partnership with Daniel Franklin Ward, Boom & Bust asks the overarching question, in the wake of economic collapse: can the people of America’s cities find meaning and worth? A panel discussion will follow, featuring producers and folklorists Steve Zeitlin and Dan Ward, and Steve Wunder, a retired canal barge boat captain.