Valley Talks, a series of biweekly historical lectures by the Museum of Work & Culture, continues Sunday, February 7 at 1pm on Zoom.
Critically acclaimed filmmaker Christian de Rezendes will present a segment of Slatersville: America’s First Mill Village, a historical documentary series which will have its world premiere on Rhode Island PBS in the Fall of 2021. This sixth work-in-progress piece, “Henry Plimpton Kendall: They Will All Be My Friends,” will focus on Kendall, who purchased the Slatersville mill and village in 1915 and brought it from a state of low morale to a New England renaissance.
This year’s series is presented as part of the Rhode Island Historical Society’s Taking a Stand in Rhode Island, a yearlong examination of how the people who have called this place home, from the 17th century to the recent past, have identified aspects of society that needed to shift and how they worked to change them.
Through his company, Breaking Branches Pictures (est. 1996), 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 twenty 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, non-profit and commercial clients as well as his own projects.