Whatever you think a documentary about the Blue Ridge Parkway might be, this documentary probably will surprise you. It is definitely not a travelogue. Documentary filmmaker Bruce Bowers and Bowers Media Group, Inc. present a film entitled The Blue Ridge Parkway: A Long & Winding Road that raises fascinating questions about the Parkway, its past and its future.
Many videos have been published about the Parkway, but Bowers' historical documentary is the first to break news by revealing a 75-year-old family account, a stunning secret deal that may have determined the route of the Parkway and altered the course of American society.
The hour-long documentary also takes a fascinating look at the diverse people along the mountain corridor and addresses how the scenic road affected their lives and cultures. The Parkway changed lives in unexpected ways. It may be surprising to some that the 469-mile long scenic highway was not universally welcomed in the mountains of Virginia and North Carolina, and many people fought against it.
This controversial documentary has been guided both by noted Ph.D. historians and by ordinary people who helped to build the Parkway. The Blue Ridge Parkway is, by far, the most visited component of the National Park Service. In addition to Bowers, a national award-winning investigative reporter and producer, the documentary is co-produced and co-written by Daniel Hayes. Both Bowers and Hayes grew up near the Parkway and learned about it from an early age. Director of photography is award-winning cinematographer Charles Shedd.