Five Miles Astride the River: The Story of Wayland is a seventeen-minute documentary that traces the historical development of Wayland, Massachusetts, a small town located 20 miles west of Boston. The film was funded in 2013 by the Wayland Historical Society on the occasion of the Town of Wayland’s 375th anniversary.
The film primarily discusses three important eras of the town's development: its origins in the colonial era, rapid development during the late 19th Century Industrial Revolution and lastly its transition to a modern bedroom suburb of Boston during the post-World War II period.
Period footage is on location at Plimoth Plantation and Sturbridge Village, both living history museums in Massachusetts. Additional footage in period dress features the Sudbury Companies of Militia and Minute, a local group that performs re-enactments of Revolutionary War era events.
Five Miles Astride The River was written, directed, and produced by Zander Cowen and Jacob Sussman, co-founders of Pelham Island Pictures.
The film premiered on Friday, November 21st, 2014 at an event co-hosted by the Walden Forum and the Wayland Historical Society. The premiere was held at the Wayland High School.
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