The Rhode Island Historical Society, the state's oldest and only statewide historical organization, is dedicated to honoring, interpreting and sharing Rhode Island's past to enrich the present and inspire the future. Founded in 1822, the RIHS is an advocate for history as a means to develop empathy and 21st -century skills, using its historical materials and knowledge to explore topics of timeless relevance and public interest. As a Smithsonian Affiliate, it is dedicated to providing high-quality, accessible public programming and educational opportunities for all Rhode Islanders through its four sites: the John Brown House Museum, the Museum of Work & Culture, the Mary Elizabeth Robinson Research Center and the Aldrich House.
Filmmaker Christian de Rezendes presents his story on the process of making his award-winning documentary series "Slatersville: America's First Mill Village" for over a decade, the first half of which premiered on Rhode Island PBS in the fall of 2022. The second half of the series will premiere in late 2024. De Rezendes will share his journey from inspiration to research, filming, and editing, showcasing how telling the story of this village took a village.
Through his company, Breaking Branches Pictures (est. 1996), Christian de Rezendes has produced critically acclaimed feature films, including 41, a documentary about the youngest victim of the Station Nightclub Fire, Getting Out of Rhode Island, a fully improvised dramedy feature, Alzira's Story, the family inspired documentary, and Raising Matty Christian, a documentary about a man born without full limbs whose accomplishments inspired thousands. To date, his work has received more than 35 filmmaking awards. Many of his 20-plus directing credits have been broadcast on PBS and screened internationally at film festivals. De Rezendes continues to direct, film and edit promotional pieces for a wide variety of corporate, nonprofit and commercial clients as well as his own project.
Valley Talks are presented by Amica Insurance with additional support from the Museum of Work and Culture Preservation Foundation and the Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park.
Date & Time
Sun, Jan 21, 2024 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM