Niagara County Community College – FRCAE Presentation

Risking Everything: A Story of Niagara’s Freedom Seekers

This 34-minute documentary tells a story about the many ways stories are told: in song and the singers, in clay and the hands that mold it, and in the landscapes that create us. Filmed, directed and produced by Emmy Award-winning and 5-time Emmy nominee CBS cameraman Isadore Bleckman, Risking Everything is a story with many voices: those of Canadian ancestors who dreamed of freedom, of descendants and townspeople in the United States who remember the role their town played, in the words and hands of a sculptor, and in the voices of a renowned choir of young African Americans who carry forward the hopes of our ancestors.  It’s a story that continues to be told every day.

Director Biography – Isadore Bleckman and Mary Roseberry

Legendary cameraman Isadore (“Izzy”) Bleckman has worked in television film and video for more than 50 years, first with Movietone News and then with CBS News, doing his Emmy Award-winning camera work for “The Evening News” and special reports; for “On the Road” with Charles Kuralt, for more than three decades (1966-2002); and for “CBS Sunday Morning.”  Since Izzy’s retirement from CBS News in 2002, he has continued to work in film. He produced a film on photographer Milton Rogovin, and filmed the last of Buffalo’s grain scoopers, and served as editing consultant on the documentary “Luminous Shadows: The Artists of Eastern Cuba.” He was also a consultant on Acorn Media’s release of the “On the Road” DVD collection, and has given numerous audio-visual presentations in the Buffalo NY area where he lives with his wife, researcher and writer - Mary Roseberry.  Mary Roseberry served in the NCCC Humanities Division for 21 years, teaching Literature and Writing courses including Journalism.

Film Festivals Reviews

“A beautiful story, and beautifully told.”

Mary Lou Teel, Producer, CBS Sunday Morning

“A testament to the human spirit…a documentary that touches the soul of America.&rdquo

Rich Newberg, retired Senior Correspondent for CBS affiliate WIVB-TV

Thursday, October 3, 2019 at 12:30pm to 1:45am

Niagara County Community College,
Room: Fine Arts Auditorium

3111 Saunders Settlement Rd., Sanborn, NY 14132

Event Type

Lectures & Presentations


Faculty Resource Center for Academic Excellence

Target Audience

Students, Faculty, Administration & Staff, Alumni, General Public, Prospective Students

Event Contact Name

Gail Tylec

Event Contact Email

Event Contact Phone

Ext. 6771

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