by Carolyn Batt

The life story of one of the most influential and controversial American (or shall we say Buffalo) figures will air on Monday, November 23rd at 10pm. Elbert Hubbard: An American Original will be broadcast on WNED-TV in Buffalo and nationwide on PBS.

The documentary, narrated by actor Liev Schreiber, with Adam Arkin providing Hubbard’s voice, will chronicle the life of the founder of the Roycroft artisan community in East Aurora.

The ultimate non-conformist, Elbert Hubbard rose from anonymity to become an influential author, publisher, lecturer and entrepreneur. He influenced popular culture at the turn of the twentieth century, and led the Roycroft community to be at the forefront of the Arts & Crafts movement, which rejected industrialization and emphasized the hand-crafting of everyday objects.

WNED Producer Paul Lamont, who also produced Frank Lloyd Wright’s Buffalo for PBS, describes his latest film as “a story of love, art, passion and controversy set against the backdrop of the Arts and Crafts Movement.”

The Roycroft Campus Corporation is still flourishing today, currently restoring its original multi-building complex– a national historic landmark and the nation’s only authentic Arts and Crafts community.

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