Press Release for “Rural Transitions”

June 18, 2013 · 0 comments

For Immediate Release
Contact: Rich LaVere, Producer/Director
Phone: 607-737-5096

A New Documentary from LaVere Media:
“Rural Transitions” follows two “way of life” transitions 

Who: Rich LaVere from LaVere Media
What: “Rural Transitions” – A new documentary film
When: Currently in pre-production and fundraising stage
Where: LaVere Media, 111 N. Main St., Elmira, NY

What this project is about:

Rural Transitions” is a documentary (currently in pre-production) that focuses on the photography of Chris Walker as he embarks on his 25th year photographing rural county fairs using traditional photographic methods; namely using large format film in an 8×10 view camera. The documentary will follow Chris both in the field with his camera, and in the darkroom where he explains his unique and proprietary techniques and creative process.

me-by-judd-mccollum-2 Recently, he received a share of the last production run of the Kodak film he uses to create these images. This will be the last time, probably ever, that film of this type will be developed. Chris’ photographic work is all about transitions: The transition of rural landscapes, the transition of youth to adulthood, and now his own transition from the traditional methods of photography that he knows and loves so well. We’ll follow him as he photographs this final year, and gain insights into his creative and technical processes as he creates prints from the last film of its type that Kodak created. LaVere says, “The only constant in life is change and this project is truly just that.”
The project is currently in pre-production, and LaVere Media is in the fund raising mode, using the “crowdfunding” website Indiegogo to raise funds for its completion. The project received nearly 6% of its funding goal in its first 48 hours.

The project is being produced by photographer and filmmaker Rich LaVere, who owns LaVere Media in Elmira, NY. This is his third documentary project. The first, “Famiglia Italiana”, is an exploration of the roots of the Italian-American community in Corning, NY, with an emphasis on the matriarchs of the family, who produced beautiful, intricate crocheted lacework. The documentary premiered on two screens at the Palace Theater in Corning NY, and ran in conjunction with a special installation at the Benjamin Patterson Inn in Corning.

His second project, “Facing The Wall”, was funded in part by a grant from the New York State Council on the Arts, administered locally by the ARTS of the Southern Tier. That project documented the history of Elmira NY and the Chemung River, with an emphasis on the devastation caused to the region by Hurricane Agnes in 1972.



Photo caption: Photographer Chris Walker is the subject of the new documentary “Rural Transitions”, now in pre-production from Elmira filmmaker Rich LaVere.

If you’d like more information about this topic, additional media materials or to schedule an interview, contact Rich LaVere at 607-737-5096 or e-mail

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