The new feature documentary, My Native Air: Charles Evans Hughes and the Adirondacks, co-produced by MDT Publishing and Snarky Aardvark Films, is premiering on-demand in a limited run from January 15th to February 15th, 2021.
The film’s premiere is acting as a major fundraiser to benefit the Arts District of Glens Falls and the Charles R. Wood Theater. Advance tickets are available online for $15. The film’s trailer can be viewed on YouTube.
The 43-minute documentary tells the story of the life and career of Glens Falls native Charles Evans Hughes, his role in Adirondack forest land conservation and preservation of the springs at Saratoga Springs, and his connections with cultural attractions in the district such as The Hyde Collection art museum and Crandall Public Library in Glens Falls, Fort Ticonderoga, Silver Bay Association in Hague, scenic Lake George, and Lady Tree Lodge at Upper Saranac Lake.
Charles Evans Hughes (1862 – 1948) was the the 36th Governor of New York, the Republican nominee in the 1916 presidential election, the 44th U.S. Secretary of State, and the 11th Chief Justice of the United States.
The film, two years in the making, is the creative effort of filmmaker Caitlin Stedman, sound engineer Tom Appler, and history writer, author, and former longtime Post-Star reporter Maury Thompson, who is a regular contributor to the New York Almanack.
Singer-songwriter Ray Agnew, who composed and recorded original theme music for the documentary, will be releasing a soundtrack album which will also benefit the Charles R. Wood Theater.
Underwriters of the production include Behan Communications, Adirondack Chip Carving, JMZ Architects and Planners, Glen and Carol Pearsall Adirondack Foundation, Touba Family Foundation, Glens Falls Foundation, Warren County Bar Foundation, and individual donors.
Lower Adirondack Regional Arts Council and Warren County Historical Society were non-profit partners. The Folklife Center at Crandall Public Library, Silver Bay Association, The Hyde Collection and Fort Ticonderoga provided use of historic photographs.
Updates about the documentary can be found on the Facebook page My Native Air: Charles Evans Hughes & The Adirondacks.