A HISTORICAL DOCUMENTARY SERIES
Now 9 years into its making, Slatersville: America's First Mill Village will be an eight-episode historical documentary series that has been filmed in seven states and the U.K. Its focus is on the two-hundred-year history of the first industrialized mill village in the U.S., in the heart of the Blackstone Valley, located in northern Rhode Island. Slatersville is being directed by award-winning filmmaker and Slatersville native Christian de Rezendes, and will be used to educate and entertain a wide range of audiences, from local families in communities throughout southern New England to students of all ages from around the globe. Slatersville is currently in post-production and will premiere in 2021.
CAPTURING AN EPIC STORY THROUGH THE LENS OF TIME
Filming for SLATERSVILLE began in January 2012, though significant video was captured in 2005 and earlier. Since then we have filmed interviews with over 100 people, 19 of whom have passed away. In our gathering of images to tell this two-century-long story, we have uncovered historic materials never before seen by the public, and in some cases, never known by historians. These incredible discoveries lead to our decision to make Slatersville into a historical documentary series. Over four episodes, SLATERSVILLE will take the audience on an enriching journey from the early days of the Slater Family era to the influence of the Kendall Company's ownership and the saving of the Slatersville Mill 200 years after the founding of the village. Our goal is to premiere SLATERSVILLE in the Fall of 2021.
Slatersville Finishing Company in 1945. Photo courtesy Linda Thibault.
Through the years, this production has received financial support from several grant organizations, corporations and generous individuals from around the world. In order to meet our goal of completion, we continue to rely on this support. If you or your company may be interested in sponsoring or making a personal donation to SLATERSVILLE, we invite you to contact us below or visit our GoFundMe page below. Or if you're interested in making a charitable contribution through one of our non-profit sponsors, we invite you to contact us for more information. Thank you!
NEW YEARS DAY 2000 IN SLATERSVILLE
Photo by Christine Keene
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CHRISTIAN DE REZENDES
Filmmaker + Founder
P.O. Box 733 SLATERSVILLE, RI 02876
Workers in the Slatersville Mill Weave Shed, late 1890's. Photo courtesy Old Slater Mill.
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