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Featured In The Documentary

Here I will post some of the featured people, organizations and entities in the film. I will be adding short sketches of each over the next months. So please check back often to see the new content.

  • Rhode Island Commercial Industrial Realty, is one of the main movers behind the beginning of the mill movement in Pawtucket. Len Lavoie who is featured in the film, is another reason Pawtucket is so successful. This is great example of a private company working to revitalize space to rent out to artists.
    Rhode Island Commercial Industrial Realty

  • Hope Artiste Village is an example of an outside company taking advantage of the public policies. This project was made possible due to federal historic building tax credits, as well as state and city tax agreements. The community that is building here is vibrant. There is a restaurant, retail space, industrial space, and live/work space all in one large building.
    Hope Artiste Village

  • The Foundry Artists Show is an example of the many arts related shows and activities that have moved to Pawtucket because of the arts friendly atmosphere.
    Foundry Artists Show

  • Pawtucket Open Studios showcases the artists of Pawtucket, and the revitalized mills several times a year.
    Pawtucket Open Studios

  • Herb Weiss, Pawtucket's Economic and Cultural Affairs Officer, wrote this article about how to make an artist friendly community, and emulate the Pawtucket success.
    The ABCs of Creating a Customer Friendly Arts District

  • Find out more about the city's newest high school dedicated to the arts.
    Jacqueline M. Walsh High School for the Performing and Visual Arts


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 Mandle, Pawtucket Mayor James E. Doyle, Artist Mimo Gordon Riley, Restaurant 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, call Jason Caminiti.

About The Filmmaker

Jason CaminitiJason 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 community 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. These days Jason Caminiti can be found researching in libraries and Archives, and posting at his blog Intro To Genealogy

About The Composer

Francisco J. Rodríguez is a musician from Galicia, Spain, who has recently settled in Rhode Island. He has done many soundtracks for short films, 3D computer animations, TV commercials and backgrounds. His collaborations with Gabriel González (…dijo el monje) in "Amanta", "Elgiroeneleje" and "Primario" put his music in many film and art festivals all around Spain like Sonar, Art Futura or Bilbao Film Festival, to name just a few. He wrote the music for two short films of director Nacho Benítez, "El Bebé 2" and "Me aguanto", featuring very well known Spanish actors and also played in several festivals in Spain like Alcalá de Henares film festival. The better known musical side of Fran Rodríguez is as the keyboard player of the melodic rock band Nexx, with two albums, "Colours" and "Another Dawn", published by British indy labels, and with many shows done in Spain and the United Kingdom. Today Fran is working in Kurzweil Music Systems and starting to make new collaborations with local musicians and film directors.

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