I have to applaud Levi’s for taking on this issue. For years, I have been explaining to friends, family, and neighbors that a place like Haverstraw is exciting. It’s a blank canvas, cast in a light that’s filled with incredible history, with which any “pioneer” can make a name for himself/herself. Haverstraw is a place for artists, entrepreneurs, organic farmers . . . community.
This short film, directed by John Hillcoat, captures this concept impeccably. It is a tribute to urban pioneers everywhere, and I believe that the message here is particularly applicable to Haverstraw and the Hudson Valley. In the film, a child narrates:
“We were taught how the Pioneers went into the West. They opened their eyes and made up what things could be. A long time ago, things got broken here. People got sad and left. Maybe the world breaks on purpose? So we can have work to do. . . People think there aren’t Frontiers anymore. They can’t see how Frontiers are all around us.”