Friday, January 16, 2015

Why Should Your Town be "Our Town"?


After the warm and friendly reception for its first Our Town film project with residents and friends of Glocester, Rhode Island PBS now launches a search for the next Our Town location.

Our Town is a community project where neighbors become filmmakers to tell the stories of Our Town. Rhode Island PBS invites residents to nominate their town by January 31. The town with the highest number of nominations will be the next location for filming in March.

“Everyone has something they love about their town - and they are happy to talk about it, given the chance,” said David Piccerelli, president of Rhode Island PBS. “Our Town taps into that town pride, giving people the opportunity to tell those stories now on television and preserve the stories for future generations to enjoy.”

The Our Town series shares with viewers the local legends, historical happenings, and backyard secrets of Rhode Island towns and villages – those untold or uncelebrated stories that capture the essence of the town. Using a simple online survey form, town residents are especially urged to participate, but one need not be a resident of the particular town - just have a great town story to tell. The nomination form is also available as a PDF to download, complete, and mail-in. Even without the official form, nominations will be accepted by email or regular post if accompanied by an essay that answers in 100 words or less, “Why should your town be Our Town?”

Deadline for submission of nominations is January 31. The winning town will be announced on February 16. Entries are available online at www.ripbs.org

For information about the Rhode Island PBS Our Town project, visit www.ripbs.org/ourtown.

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