First Trailer for “SLATERSVILLE: America’s First Mill Village”
Released as the Production Receives Fifth Grant Award
NORTH SMITHFIELD, RI – The first trailer for the documentary Slatersville: America’s First
Mill Village has been released online. This six-minute video represents a portion of the
interviews filmed for the documentary, which is almost halfway through its production. In one
week the trailer has been viewed over 2,500 times on YouTube and the film’s director has
received enthaustic responses from the public. This trailer will air on Rhode Island PBS.
The release of the trailer coincides with a second grant award from the Rhode Island Council for
the Humanities for Slatersville through its Major Grants Program. The film has also received
grant awards through the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts and the John H. Chafee
Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor.
“While we have a long way to go to bring the story of Slatersville to life, we continue to be
overwhelmed by the support and interest we’ve received.” stated Christian DeRezendes, the
The film’s website provides a link to the trailer on YouTube as well as access to some of the rare
images and stories that have been unearthed through the journey of making this film.
The film’s website is www.firstmillvillage.com.
Produced in cooperation with the Town of North Smithfield and Town Administrator Paulette
Hamilton, this film will tell the story of the Slatersville Mill and the design and settlement of
America’s first pre-planned mill village in Slatersville, Rhode Island (a village in the Town of
North Smithfield) and its important role in the Industrial Revolution. “This film will provide an
accurate historic representation of the village that set the tone for the Industrial Revolution. I am
proud to be part of this partnership.” stated Hamilton.
Slatersville is also being produced in light of legislation introduced in the United States Senate
and House of Representatives in October of 2011 to establish the John H. Chafee Blackstone
River Valley National Historical Park. The new proposed multi-site park would encompass land