Please join the Newport born filmmaker Jason Caminiti at the screening of his first full length documentary film "Pawtucket Rising" on Sunday, Sept. 21st, 2008, at 4:30 p.m., at
The 9th Annual Pawtucket Film Festival
Blackstone Valley Visitor Center
175 Main Street
Admission $10 at the door or at www.ARTTIXRI.com
Admission includes short films, a feature film, live music, refreshments, a free
t-shirt, and Q&A with all filmmakers. 21+ only please.
For more information go to www.pawtucketrising.info
About the Film
Pawtucket Rising is the unlikely story of the revitalization of the city of Pawtucket, Rhode Island. Pawtucket was once a burgeoning mill city. It is the home to the Slater Mill, the birthplace of the American Industrial Revolution. Pawtucket's fortunes fell when the country plummeted into the great depression and it has never fully recovered. When artists could no longer afford the skyrocketing real estate in nearby Providence they were forced to take their business elsewhere. Mayor James E. Doyle recognized that The Arts could be an important catalyst in his city's revitalization. The city seized the opportunity to invite these small businesses to relocate to Pawtucket. As a result, Pawtucket is now restoring and renovating mill and industrial space that had once sat vacant and decaying. The city is experiencing its greatest boom in decades. Pawtucket is rising.
About the filmmaker
Jason Caminiti is an award winning Public Access Television Show host. Born and raised in Newport, Rhode Island, Mr. Caminiti is a graduate of Northeastern University with a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science. He has produced programs for Public Access in Plymouth and in Fall River, Massachusetts - where he now resides. As a communtiy activist, Mr. Caminiti is involved in several organizations working to revitalize the city of Fall River. He is currently the Co-Chairman of The Lower Highlands Historic Downtown Neighborhood Association, a member of Green Futures and a board member of Arts United. In 2007, Mr. Caminiti began producing films highlighting the culture and history of the Fall River community. It is this work that first brought Pawtucket, Rhode Island to his attention and inspired Pawtucket Rising, his first wide audience feature length documentary film.
People in Documentary
The following people were interviewed for this documentary: Researcher Ann Galligan, Ph.D, Northeastern University, Artist Bill Chisolm, Bob Billington, President of Blackstone Valley Tourism Council; Artist Deborah Goldhaft, Gail Ahlers, President of Ahlers Design and former President of the Foundry Artists, Artist Gretchen Dow-Simpson, Herb Weiss, Economic and Cultural Affairs Officer, City of Pawtucket, Graphic Designer J Hogue, creator of Art-In-Ruins web site, Janice Kissinger, Executive Director of the Slater Mill, John Haidemenos, Principal of the Jacqueline M. Walsh School for the Performing Arts, Artist John Mitchell, Real Estate Agent Len Lavoie, Artist and Realtor Linda Dewing, Architect Luke Mandel, Pawtucket Mayor James E. Doyle, Artist Mimo Gordon Riley, Interior Designer Morris Nathanson, Nick Steffey, President of the Pawtucket Mutual and Narragansett Bay Insurance Company, Ron Wierks, former Director of Operations for Urban Smart Growth, Steve Kidd, Sandra Feinstein Gamm Theater, Steve Kumins, former Executive Director of the Pawtucket Armory Association, Tony Estrella, Sandra Feinstein Gamm Theater, and Patricia Zacks, the owner of the Camera Werks and Program Chair, Pawtucket Arts Festivals.
For more information about Pawtucket Rising, go to www.pawtucketrising.info.
For more information about The Pawtucket Film Festival, go to www.pawtucketartsfestival.org