Sunday, August 24, 2014

America's Forgotten Heroine: Ida Lewis, Keeper of the Light

America’s Forgotten Heroine: Ida Lewis, Keeper of the Light is an historical documentary that focuses on the intriguing life story of this country’s most famous maritime heroine.

Written, directed and produced by Marian Gagnon of Goodnight Irene Productions, this 45-minute documentary film provides an intimate portrayal of Ida’s life from age 15 to 69 (from 1857 to 1911) and the passion and moral fiber she intrinsically brought to her work as a lighthouse keeper and unlikely heroine. It also explores the myriad decisions which led to a life of both fame and isolation, Ida’s unexpected celebrity in Newport as well as across the U.S., and the impact she inadvertently had on the early women’s rights movement.

As John Williams Haley, author of The Rhode Island Historian wrote in 1939: "...of all the Rhode Island women who have achieved fame in one way or another...and there have been many...none attained the world renown of a modest little woman who was born and lived most of her life in Newport. In fact, it would hardly be exaggeration to say that she was more famous, particularly during the latter half of her life, than any American woman of the past or present."

While this statement may very well stand today, Ida’s story has largely been forgotten. Gagnon’s goal with this film is to renew the “national memory” of Ida Lewis as an American heroine not only in her hometown of Newport and throughout R.I., but across the United States.

Indie-filmmaker Marian Gagnon researched, wrote, directed, and produced this film with the help of grants from the R.I. Council for the Humanities (RICH), the Rhode Island State Council for the Arts (RISCA), and a donation from the Ida Lewis Yacht Club.

Gagnon is a professor in the College of Arts and Sciences at Johnson and Wales University. The videographer and editor is Jim Karpeichik of Ocean State Video. Both are Emmy nominees. Chris Robadue of Wave Garden Arts is the animator. The film premiered to a standing-room-only crowd at the Casino Theatre in Newport in late May and recently screened at venues throughout South County. It also was selected for the 2014 R.I. International Film Festival.

Encore! WaterFire: Art and Soul of a City returns in September 2014

WaterFire has captivated more than 15 million visitors, gaining national and international attention. Now, WaterFire: Art and Soul of a City takes audiences behind the scenes of one of the world's most extraordinary nighttime events. WSBE Rhode Island PBS is proud to present WaterFire: Art and Soul of a City on Monday, September 8 at 9 p.m.

With its crackling bonfires sparkling on rippling water, and pungent wood fragrance mingling with enchanting music wafting from invisible speakers, WaterFire is a mystical sensory experience. How did it start? How does it happen? Where else in the world is WaterFire happening?

The answers to those questions and more are in this beautiful, compelling documentary produced by Joe Rocco and filmed by Jim Karpeichik in association with WaterFire Providence. The story of WaterFire is told through insightful and amusing commentary from WaterFire creator and artist Barnaby Evans, several participants and volunteers, local historians, and passionate fans from around the world.

WaterFire: Art and Soul of a City presents WaterFire in a rarely seen way. It reveals what inspires the artist, examines how this unique and living art installation touches people's lives, and speculates what is next for WaterFire.

Experience WaterFire: Art and Soul of a City again on WSBE Rhode Island PBS on Monday, September 8 at 9 p.m.

WSBE Rhode Island PBS transmits standard-definition (SD) and high-definition (HD) programming over the air on digital 36.1; on Rhode Island cable services: Cox 08 / 1008HD, Verizon FiOS 08 / 508HD, Full Channel 08; on Massachusetts cable services: Comcast 819HD, Verizon 18 / 518HD; on satellite:  DirecTV 36 / 3128HD, Dish Network 7776.

Encore of Watch Hill: Portrait of a New England Seaside Village

Watch Hill is not a place you can visit just once. It becomes a state of mind. It is a place that enchants and inspires you all year long. Now, a new documentary captures the essence of Watch Hill's charm.

Rhode Island PBS presents the encore of Watch Hill: Portrait of a New England Seaside Village on Monday, September 8 at 7 p.m.

The documentary is based on the book, Watch Hill Through Time, the Conservancy's history of Watch Hill, written by Chaplin B. Barnes. The beautifully filmed documentary takes a look at the strong and enduring sense of community in southern Rhode Island's Watch Hill.

Located on a peninsula, at the most southwesterly point of Rhode Island, Watch Hill is surrounded by the sea on three sides. It is the point where three states meet: Rhode Island, Connecticut, and New York. Watch Hill is scenic 12 months of the year.

Watch Hill: Portrait of a New England Seaside Village traces the area's history as a look-out point for Native Americans, and allows viewers to explore and appreciate the beauty of this coastal village.

The film also features vivid reminiscences of residents who, for generations, have summered, lived, worked, and come of age in the picturesque seaside village.

The documentary was made possible through a grant from the Alfred M. Roberts, Jr, Charitable Foundation and The Watch Hill Conservancy.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

A Lively Experiment, week of August 22, 2014

Dyana Koelsch – moderator
Ian Donnis – Rhode Island Public Radio political reporter
Maureen Moakley – political science professor, University of Rhode Island
Wendy Schiller – political science professor, Brown University
Lou Pulner – 630 WPRO-AM legal consultant

  • WPRI political poll results

A Lively Experiment airs on WSBE Rhode Island PBS (36.1) Fridays at 8:30 p.m., with rebroadcasts on Saturdays at 7 P.M. on WSBE Learn (36.2), and Sundays at noon on WSBE Rhode Island PBS.

WSBE Rhode Island PBS transmits standard-definition (SD) and high-definition (HD) programming over the air on digital 36.1; on Rhode Island cable: Cox 08 / 1008HD, Verizon FiOS 08 / 508HD, and Full Channel 08; on Massachusetts cable: Comcast 819HD and Verizon FiOS 18 / 518HD; on satellite: DirecTV 36 / 3128HD, Dish Network 36 / 7776.

WSBE Learn transmits over the air on digital 36.2; in Rhode Island on Cox 808; Verizon FiOS 478; Full Channel 89; and in Massachusetts on Comcast 294 or 312.

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