A former Clinton native and Hamilton College graduate has traded in his calculator for a movie camera.
Adam Bedient, a director of photography and editor, spent his early years growing up in Clinton, graduating from Clinton Central School in 2000 and Hamilton College in 2004. His math degree from Hamilton was put aside for a passion to create art.
“The urge to make art as a professional took over, and I moved to Brooklyn to sink my teeth into visual storytelling, and I have lived there on and off for the last 10 years,” Bedient said.
A current storytelling project has brought Bedient up from the city to Utica.
“The main project I am working on now is a feature-length documentary about Utica, and the refugee population there. I am working with two other Hamilton graduates, Loch Phillipps and Dave Chanatry, and we have been shooting since last March,” he said.
The filmmakers have been following recently resettled refugee families to Utica. They have been focusing on how “they adapt to life in the U.S., and what The Mohawk Valley Resource Center for Refugees does to soften the landing.”
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