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The Blue Ridge Parkway: A Long & Winding Road

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This documentary is the story of two schools six thousand miles apart but side by side in finding an alternative to foster care for children. Documentary filmmaker Bruce Bowers and Bowers Media Group, Inc. present Without Perfect Answers, a film that raises compelling questions about foster care in the United States.

The Crossnore School, isolated in the remote North Carolina mountains, dates back a century. The Goldstein Youth Village in Jerusalem began with the birth of Israel to serve the children of the Holocaust. Both schools, one Christian, the other Jewish, apply compassion and high expectations to bring hope and success to otherwise desperate children.

Neither school knew about the other until recent times and both go against the widely accepted view that residential education, what once was called an orphanage, is discredited and harmful.

Participants present compelling arguments that residential education is far more likely to redeem and encourage a troubled child than the chaotic U.S. foster care system ever could.

And then there is the story of Phyllis Crain. Dr. Crain was leading The Crossnore School in setting new standards in residential care when cancer attacked. Phyllis’s response runs parallel to her continuing determination to save neglected, abused and abandoned children.

Without Perfect Answers introduces the viewer to extraordinary, courageous and compassionate adults and children you will want to hug.

In addition to Bowers, a national award-winning documentary filmmaker and investigative reporter, Without Perfect Answers is co-produced and co-written by Daniel Hayes. Director of photography is award-winning cinematographer Charles Shedd.

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I was VERY impressed with the documentary and thought it was then by far the most complicated and complex video presentation about the Parkway that I'd ever seen. Yes, many parts of it DID and DO very well reflect the complexity of the region and of people's experiences with the Parkway! Yes, yes, yes! Many affirmations!! --Anne Mitchell Whisnant, Author; Super-Scenic Motorway: A Blue Ridge Parkway History

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  • Actors: None
  • Directors: Bruce Bowers
  • Format: Multiple Formats, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Bowers Media Group, Inc.
  • DVD Release Date: September 15, 2010
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003ZZPL6A
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #118,933 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Here in Vermont, we had an opportunity to be part of FDR's park-to-park system. The Green Mountain Parkway was designed at about the same time as was the Blue Ridge Parkway. Laurie Davidson Cox, the chief resident landscape architect for the National Park Service, did an exemplary job meeting many objections to the original Vermont parkway plan, which would have been more of a skyline drive approach. Cox moved it off the summits onto the flanks and into the valleys. Eventually, the Green Mountain Parkway and National Park were defeated in a statewide referendum in 1936, but that's another story.

What I like most about the Blue Ridge Parkway documentary is that its treatment of the controversies over building the parkway truly exemplifies the debates in other states about similar proposals: taking land out of production, skyline vs flankline approach, questions about environmental effects, arguments among business groups (in this case Tennessee vs. North Carolina). I also appreciated the commentary from regular folks in North Carolina as well as the observations of the academics. It packed a lot of information into one hour.

That said, I would have appreciated more background on the claim that Cong. R.L. Doughton ended up horse-trading with FDR over the Blue Ridge Parkway: Social Security in exchange for the North Carolina route. Sometimes, politicians don't like to put that kind of back-room dealing on paper. Yet, a bit more information on that score would have been nice.
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"As a result of serving twenty five plus years as a seasonal interpretive ranger on the Blue Ridge Parkway and because I authored the pioneering history of the Parkway, I a frequently called upon for interviews regarding the historical and cultural legacy of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Some of those interviews become television programs.

The latest, and by far the best program, is that of Bruce Bowers whose "THE BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY: A LONG & WINDING ROAD," is ably documented, has a well flowing commentary, and is superbly illustrated.

Harley E, Jolley, PH.D
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If you love the mountains and it's history ,you will love this video about the building of the parkway and it's people.
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Interesting doc. On the Blue Ridge Parkway. Filmed beautifully.
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