Where We Live

Six Films About the Culture and Natural Beauty of Western Massachusetts


Beneath the River
explores the stretch of the Connecticut River that flows through western Massachusetts.
A Sweet Tradition portrays the love and labor of families who make maple syrup.
Together in Time tells the history of contra music & dance and the region’s vital role in sustaining a New England tradition.
Everyone’s Business depicts the region’s economic history and profiles successful local entrepreneurs.
Life After High School explores jobs and attitudes towards work at five companies.
Talking to the Wall examines sprawl development in western Massachusetts and one town’s encounter with the world’s largest retailer.
“The films approach Western Massachusetts with a graceful sense of awe, uncovering the internal beauty and distinctiveness of the landscape and its people.” — The Daily Collegian

“These six films show the uniqueness of our area: its landscape, history, economy, and people. We are fortunate to have the filmmaking talents of Steve Alves to help us better understand and appreciate where we live.” — Ann Hamilton, President, Franklin County Chamber of Commerce