NASHVILLE, Tenn. – In 2016, photographer John Guider took to the water in a small boat of his own making and retraced surveyor John Donelson’s 1,000-mile journey from the northwest corner of Tennessee to Nashville. Voyage of Adventure: Retracing Donelson’s Journey, a Nashville Public Television original documentary, premieres 8 p.m. Thursday, July 26. Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Kathy Mattea narrates the one-hour program, which was produced by Will Pedigo.
Voyage of Adventure includes stunning river footage, excerpts from Donelson’s journal and images shot by Guider during his autumn excursion.
Parallels between Guider’s journey and that of the Donelson party are found throughout the documentary, making the film both a historical exploration and a celebration of Guider’s love of Tennessee’s natural heritage.
Additional broadcast times for Voyage of Adventure: Retracing Donelson’s Journey are 8 a.m. July 30 and 1 p.m. July 31 on NPT2; 8:30 p.m. Aug. 22 on NPT; 8:30 a.m. Aug. 24 on NPT2; and 10:30 p.m. Aug. 25 on NPT.
The documentary will also be available for online viewing at www.wnpt.org/voyage-of-adventure.
This NPT original production is in partnership with The Tennessean. Major funding for Voyage of Adventure was provided by The Anne Potter Wilson Foundation, Bank of America, N.A. Trustee; Martin S. Brown Jr. and the MSB Cockayne Fund; Gilbert S. Merritt; and Dell. Additional support was provided by Eileen Beehan; Karen Dunn Cochran; Julie Davis; Rachel Stockley Donelson Chapter, DAR; Sally L. Dunn; Andrew Donelson Dunn; Sally Pack Farms; Calvin and Marilyn Lehew; and Ophelia Paine.
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