The Lost Highway

Mar 27, 2014

"The Lost Highway", a film about life along a remote yet colourful stretch of Ontario's Highway 7 between Kaladar and Perth will air at the end of April on TVO.

World Broadcast Premiere on TVO:

  • Wed., April 23 at 9:00 p.m. and midnight EST
  • Sun., April 27 at 11:00 p.m
  • Tues., April 29 at 9:00 p.m

 
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Sixty years ago, travellers filled the motels, restaurants and gas stations along Highway 7 between Kaladar and Perth, Ontario. Now weeds grow high around rusting cars and the buildings of once-prosperous businesses are collapsing. Highway 7 was once the main road between Toronto and Ottawa, but just like the interstate highway killed America’s Route 66, the construction of nearby four-lane highways siphoned Highway 7’s traffic and razed its businesses.

"The Lost Highway" is a documentary that chronicles a year in the life of the roadway. It tells a range of stories—from old-timers hanging on to what little remains, to tenacious entrepreneurs and artists carving out a future. The film paints an intimate portrait of an impoverished region poised on the verge of transformation.



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