Residents will provide footage and stories for the next edition of the ‘Our Town’ series.
Middletown will be featured as Rhode Island PBS continues its “Our Town” series.
Residents of the town and interested members of the public are invited to attend a planning meeting on Monday, March 18, at the Middletown Public Library, 700 West Main Road. The meeting begins at 5:30 p.m.
“Our Town” is a community-based project in which residents become filmmakers who share the charm and characteristics of their town. PBS describes the program as a “day-in-the-life” video scrapbook, giving viewers a glimpse into what makes a town special.
Middletown will be the 10th project.
“The ‘Our Town’ series gives local residents the opportunity to showcase their town’s favorite qualities and distinct features, from their perspective and in their own words. The project slogan is ‘your voice, your vision’ and we are excited to see what Middletown has to offer,” said David W. Piccerelli, president of WSBE Rhode Island PBS.
Rhode Island PBS offers technical advice and stitches together the stories into a one-hour film, but all other aspects are created by the participants. This provides the community with its own platform to share local anecdotes about the town.
“After all, the residents are the most qualified experts to speak about the ins and outs of their own town. Without their stories and participation, this series would not exist,” said Jodi Mesolella, director of membership and special projects at Rhode Island PBS, and director of “Our Town.”
There are no restrictions on age or experience and there is no cost or compensation to participate, PBS said in a press release. For people with a story to tell but no camera to capture it, Rhode Island PBS has a camera to lend by appointment and with a security deposit, which is returned when the camera is returned.
During the March 18 planning meeting, participants will discuss and choose the subjects and locations they want to include in the documentary. Residents of Middletown are especially urged to participate, but interested parties do not need to be a resident. They simply can have a story to tell about the town.
While there will be two days dedicated to filming, “Our Town” Producer Nicole Muri said “we encourage participants to shoot footage of any relevant event or story line at any time before the submission deadline. Those who wish to start filming right away do not have to wait for the filming dates — just contact the station and let us know.”
The Middletown edition of “Our Town” will air in September.