Rome native’s work shines light on ‘real’ Bedford Falls

Dec 18, 2021 734

BY: Nicole A. Hawley

While this year marks the 75th anniversary of what has evolved into a holiday classic — “It’s a Wonderful Life” — a Rome native has co-produced and directed a documentary film that explores whether the fictional location in the movie — Bedford Falls — was in reality Seneca Falls, and that the beloved motion picture was in truth, influenced by a small upstate New York town.

Francis DiClemente’s “The Real Bedford Falls: It’s a Wonderful Life” received a coveted New York Emmy award and was co-produced with Stu Lisson. The half-hour documentary was screened at Trinity Church in Seneca Falls on Saturday, Dec. 11, as part of the It’s a Wonderful Life Festival. 

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