WOONSOCKET, R.I. – Virtual Valley Talks Summer Screenings, a series of free, monthly virtual documentary screenings by the Museum of Work & Culture, kicks-off on Wednesday, July 22 at 4pm when critically acclaimed filmmaker Christian de Rezendes will present a segment of Slatersville, “The Wedding Present with 27 Rooms.”
In this talk, documentarian de Rezendes will discuss his upcoming historical documentary series, Slatersville: America's First Mill Village, which will cover two centuries of history. Though the series is not set to premiere until 2021, de Rezendes will share a work-in-progress segment highlighting Clouds Hill Victorian House Museum in Warwick, RI, which was built by William S. Slater in the 1870s. Slater descendants Anne Holst and Zach Allen will appear, along with Clouds Hill Victorian House Museum Director Wayne Cabral.
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.