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Since the early days of cinema, Rhode Island has been a prime filming location. Things were a little slow around here filmwise during the 1930s and '60s, but the '90s made up for that, earning our state the sobriquet "Hollywood of the East." And ever since the General Assembly passed legislation in 2005 granting tax breaks to productions filming in the Ocean State, the number of local projects has exploded. Listed below are dozens of features, documentaries, and shorts with Rhode Island connections. We've tried our best to list every location, within our borders, that has been immortalized on celluloid. If you know of one we've missed, drop us a line at stuffie@quahog.org.

For further information on film production in Rhode Island, see the Rhode Island Film and Television Office website.

Copies of many of the early, silent films listed below are owned by the Rhode Island Historical Society and are in need of preservation. You can help by adopting a film.

Warning: Here there be spoilers!

Providence Commandery, Providence, R.I. (1898) kinetoscope clip

This silent, black-and-white short is perhaps the very earliest filmed record of anything connected with Rhode Island. It was shot by the American Mutoscope and Biograph Company in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in 1898. We're guessing it shows a Providence military unit marching in a Pittsburgh parade.

American Mutoscope was the first production company to visit Rhode Island (that we're aware of), and also happens to be the oldest movie company in the United States, established in 1896.

Arrival of Boat, Providence, R.I. (1899) kinetoscope clip

This is one of at least five silent, black-and-white shorts filmed by the American Mutoscope and Biograph Company in Providence in April 1899.

"Columbia" Winning the Cup (1899) kinetoscope clip

This short, silent, black-and-white clip from the Edison Manufacturing Company shows the USA's Columbia beating Ireland's Shamrock during the 1899 America's Cup competition. Columbia was designed and built by Bristol's Herreshoff Manufacturing Company.

From the Edison catalog: "The decisive moment in the great International Yacht Races is shown in this picture. Against a background of well defined clouds, the Light Boat is seen marking the finishing line in this great aquatic struggle. As the Columbia crosses the line, followed closely by the Shamrock, we see the steam from the whistle of the Light Ship announcing the well earned victory of the American yacht."

The races took place October 16 to 20, 1899, not in Rhode Island, but off Sandy Hook, New Jersey.

Market Square, Providence, R.I. (1899) kinetoscope clip

This is one of at least five silent, black-and-white shorts filmed by the American Mutoscope and Biograph Company in Providence in April 1899.

Parade in Providence, R.I. (1899) kinetoscope clip

Parades were apparently very popular subjects in the early days of film, perhaps because they showed lots of movement and pageantry. This is one of at least five silent, black-and-white shorts filmed by the American Mutoscope and Biograph Company in Providence in April 1899.

Providence Fire Department (1899) kinetoscope clip

This is one of at least five silent, black-and-white shorts filmed by the American Mutoscope and Biograph Company in Providence in April 1899.

Review of First Rhode Island Volunteers (1899) kinetoscope clip

This is one of at least five silent, black-and-white shorts filmed by the American Mutoscope and Biograph Company in Providence in April 1899.

Panoramic View of Newport (1900) kinetoscope clip

This is one of eight or nine short films (from twenty-seven to 121 seconds in length) that were made by the Edison Manufacturing Company in 1900 for use with Edison Kinetoscopes. Narragansett Bay and the Naval Training Station in Newport were the settings for these clips, which were filmed during two separate visits. The first four or five clips were filmed in late April or early May 1900, and the other four were made in September, October, or early November 1900. The quotes in this and the following eight entries (with one exception so noted) are from Edison's catalog summaries.

The United States Navy used Narragansett Bay as a torpedo testing ground during the early part of the twentieth century. The seventy-three-second Panoramic View of Newport is the first of a series featuring the United States torpedo boat Morris. "Possibly the sensation of the flight of a bird can be nearest realized by being on deck of one of the U.S. Government's fleet torpedo boats racing at its highest speed through the water. This picture was taken under these conditions and shows the beautiful scenery comprising the harbor of Newport, R.I. In the foreground, the spray of the vessel and the foam on the water gives a fair idea of the rapidity at which this boat is moving. In the distance can be seen the wharves and shipping, including the large steamers that ply between New York and Boston. Various other objects can be seen passing the rear, and the busy motion of the men on the deck and the immense volumes of smoke escaping from the funnels all add life and energy to this picture."

Full versions of some of these films are also available for download from the Library of Congress's American Memory website. Click on the film titles for access.

Discharging a Whitehead Torpedo (1900) kinetoscope clip

This seventy-five-second clip shows the crew of the Morris "loading a Whitehead torpedo into the tube and then discharging it. The torpedo can be seen running along the surface of the water for a distance of over half a mile."

Torpedo Boat 'Morris' Running (1900) kinetoscope clip

This minute-and-seventeen-second clip "shows this wonderful torpedo boat running at the rate of thirty miles an hour. When the boat came in front of the camera it discharged a gigantic Whitehead torpedo, which is seen to dive into the water like an enormous fish."

Exploding a Whitehead Torpedo (1900) kinetoscope clip

This twenty-seven-second clip is a continuation of the previous two. "The torpedo was exploded in fifteen fathoms of water. The picture shows the water, mud and rocks being thrown high up in the air, and will give an idea of the destructiveness of one of these missiles."

Torpedo Boats Racing off Newport (1900) kinetoscope clip

Another Edison short, this is listed on the International Movie Database with a release year of 1902, but is not listed on the Library of Congress's American Memory website. However, our suspicion is that it was filmed at the same time as the other torpedo boat clips in 1900. The IMDB offers this description: "This is doubtless the most exciting and thrilling picture ever secured. Three torpedo boats are seen racing at full speed. They come straight toward the camera, one of them about two hundred feet in advance of the other two. Running at enormous speed, they throw huge volumes of water and spray over their bows. When within about two hundred feet of the camera, they change their course slightly and pass very close to the lens, giving a full life-size view. This is sure to excite, thrill and interest any audience, as it doubtless shows three of the fastest running boats in the world."

Gymnasium Exercises and Drill at Newport Training School (1900) kinetoscope clip

This minute-and-twenty-two-second clip "shows the young cadets going through their daily exercises and drill, and is full of life, and photographically perfect."

Gun Drill by Naval Cadets at Newport Training School (1900) kinetoscope clip

This fifty-second clip "shows the cadets going through the gun drill, also loading, firing and charging. This is also a very stirring picture and is full of animation."

Naval Apprentices at Sail Drill on Historic Ship 'Constellation' (1900) kinetoscope clip

205 seconds of "young cadets climbing the rigging and going through the sail drill on board the famous historic ship Constellation. Loosing sail to buntline, making sail, shortening sail and furling; also loose sail to bowline. This picture is absolutely perfect photographically; also very thrilling, and makes a most interesting subject."

It's noted on the Library of Congress's American Memory website that this one was filmed around September to November 1900, with a copyright date of November 22.

Number 173 on Listology's list of Longest Movie Titles Ever.

Naval Sham Battle at Newport (1900) kinetoscope clip

This minute and thirty-five-second clip shows "the attacking forces drawn up in line of battle. They immediately commence firing on the shore batteries. The batteries return the fire with telling effect, but are at last silenced by the overwhelming forces of the enemy. In the distance can be seen the ruins of a bridge destroyed by the invading forces. The smoke thickens as the firing becomes general, and the effect is superb. This picture is full of action, also thrilling and very exciting, and every detail is brought out clearly and distinctly."

Sham Battle On Land by Cadets at Newport Naval Training School (1900) kinetoscope clip

Another clip by the Edison Manufacturing Company shot at the Naval Training Station in Newport. No further information available.

Number 198 on Listology's list of Longest Movie Titles Ever.

Military Scenes at Newport, R.I. (1900) kinetoscope clip

This is a black and white short made by the Edison Manufacturing Company at the Naval Taining Station in Newport in 1900.

School Fire Drill (1900) kinetoscope clip

This is a black-and-white short filmed by the American Mutoscope and Biograph Company in Providence in 1900. Silent.

Three Ones (1900) kinetoscope clip

Another silent, black-and-white short from American Mutoscope and Biograph Company. This one was filmed on October 16, 1900.

The Three Ones was the main fire station for the City of Providence. Built in 1873 on pilings over the Providence River, it was located in Exchange Place (today's Kennedy Plaza) approximately where the Post Office stands today. It was called the Three Ones because the building housed Hose Company Number 1, Hook and Ladder Company Number 1, and Protective Company Number 1. The station was torn down in 1902.

A Visit to Baby Roger (1900) kinetoscope clip

American Mutoscope and Biograph Company silent, black-and-white short. This one was filmed on October 20, 1900, and features a locally famous elephant walking around near Betsy Williams Cottage at Roger Williams Park.

In 1893 Baby Roger was loaned, at the age of four, to the Providence Zoo by an unscrupulous exotic animal dealer. After the elephant had been in residence for three weeks, the dealer tried to extort $1,500 from the city, threatening to take the elephant away. In response the children of Rhode Island donated their pennies to the cause and eventually raised enough to keep Baby Roger in Providence.

The elephant, who was named, naturally enough, for Roger Williams, became a much beloved attraction at the zoo. But male elephants become irritable and difficult to control as they get older, and Baby Roger was no exception. In early 1903 he was quietly sold. According to wikipedia, he "toured Europe and was killed in Georgia after attacking his keeper and killing a female elephant who was stealing his hay."

In 2011 the memory of Baby Roger was revived by Jamestown resident Patti Cassidy in her short film The Ballad of Baby Roger.

Westminster Street (1900) kinetoscope clip

This clip, another silent, black-and-white American Mutoscope and Biograph Company piece, shares a production date (October 20, 1900) with A Visit to Baby Roger. It probably shows Providence's Westminster Street during a busy time of day.

Columbia and Shamrock II (1901) kinetoscope clips

Five short, silent, black-and-white clips from the Edison Manufacturing Company—Jockeying and Starting, Start of Second Race, Finishing Second Race, Starting in the Third Race, and Turning the Outer Stake Boat—show the action between USA's Columbia and Ireland's Shamrock II during the 1901 America's Cup competition. Columbia, designed and built by Bristol's Herreshoff Manufacturing Company, won the Cup, three to zero.

The races took place September 28 to October 4, 1901, not in Rhode Island, but off Sandy Hook, New Jersey.

Here are the descriptions from the Edison catalog:

Jockeying and Starting: "Here we present a most remarkable view of the plucky challenger Shamrock and the defender Columbia. The yachts both pass and re-pass our camera in jockeying for the start, and we present a very close view and a most perfect photograph. The yachts finally make the start upon the firing of a gun and cross the line so close to our camera that we could have 'tossed a biscuit' on the decks of either boat."

Start of Second Race: " This picture is the most dramatic of any of the series. It shows the complete maneuvers before starting and while crossing the line. The Columbia is seen putting about and executing the wonderful movement of Captain Barr to get into the Shamrock's wind. The Shamrock crosses the line a few seconds ahead of the Columbia, the Columbia having the leeward position. The boats were so close and so equally placed as to suggest one great composite single sticker, and Captain Barr cleverly comes about under the Shamrock's stern and gets across the line just a few seconds before the handicap gun, one minute and thirty-four seconds after the challenger. On going about the Columbia tacks a distance of about 300 yards from our camera and sails straight at us under a fifteen-knot breeze. The full height of the great mast and sails is over her deck. When she passes our camera she is not more than twenty-five feet away and the movements of the sailors as they scamper over the decks..."

Finishing Second Race: "In this race the yachts cross the finishing line, as every one knows, under a nineteen-knot breeze. Our cameras are started while they are at a distance of about one-half mile and keep running until they cross the line. Both boats cross within twenty-feet of our camera and the effect is most stirring and interesting."

Starting in the Third Race: "This is the banner picture of them all and it almost defies description. The yachts crossing the line in this race follow tactics heretofore unknown in the cup races. As both boats went over the line the balloon topsails were shaken out and the spinnaker sails were set. The yachts were close to our camera when these sails were given to the winds, and the effect is most beautiful and adds one hundred per cent to the picture. Immediately the spinnakers and the balloon topsails catch the wind the yachts are seen to leap forward in the water as though propelled by steam. Our panoramic camera is here set in motion and the yachts are followed until they have almost passed out of sight."

Turning the Outer Stake Boat: "Here the yachts are both sailing under a twenty-knot breeze, and the effect is most beautiful as they turn the stake, the Shamrock leading by one-eighth of a mile. The sailors working at the ropes make a most beautiful effect as the yachts pull about for home and begin the great struggle which ended in the awarding of the cup to Columbia."

Shooting the Chutes at Providence, Rhode Island (1901) kinetoscope clip

This was most likely shot at Crescent Park Amusement Park in Riverside, East Providence, not Providence as the title suggests. The Edison Manufacturing Company catalog sez: "Taken Decoration Day, May 30th, 1901, at the Shoot the Chute grounds, Providence, R.I. Shows a roller skater skating at the top of the chute and descending into the pond. When he strikes the water, a huge splash sends spray high into the air. Shows the boats descending the chutes and skimming over the pond. The spray effects are the best ever recorded in a chute picture. The last thirty feet show a balloon ascension and parachute jump. Sold complete or separate scenes." Silent, black-and-white.

Drill by Providence Police Department (1903) kinetoscope clip

This silent black-and-white short by the American Mutoscope and Biograph Company shows exactly what the title suggests. The location appears to be Hollywood Road on the north side of Dexter Training Ground in Providence. It was filmed on November 23, 1903, and runs about one minute forty-five seconds.

The Honourable Artillery Company of London (1903) kinetoscope clip

Another silent, black-and-white parade clip, filmed on October 3, 1903, by the American Mutoscope and Biograph Company in Providence.

Noon Hour, Hope Webbing Company (1903) kinetoscope clip

Another slice of everyday life from the American Mutoscope and Biograph Company, this one shows workers leaving the factory for lunch on November 23, 1903.

The Hope Webbing Company mill complex, built between 1889 and 1913, is located at 999-1005 Main Street in Pawtucket. Hope Webbing was the world's largest manufacturer of narrow woven fabric by 1923, and in subsequent years branched out to produce hundreds of other products from underwear to life preservers. The company, which is now known as Hope Global, moved to Cumberland in 1995.

Panoramic View of Herreshoff Works from Bristol Harbor (1903) kinetoscope clip

According to the IMDB, this silent, black-and-white clip from the Edison Manufacturing Company shows "the rear view of the Reliance before launching, and also the Sunbeam (tender of the Reliance). Scene ends showing the Herreshoff residence and a son of Mr. Nat Herreshoff playing on the shore." Released May 1903.

Reliance, built by the Herreshoff Manufacturing Company was the 1903 America's Cup defender. She thrashed her opponent, Ireland's Shamrock III, in three out of three races.

The Providence Light Artillery (1903) kinetoscope clip

This clip, filmed October 3, 1903, shows a portion of a parade in Providence. One can identify Exchange Place with the train station prominently in the background. American Mutoscope and Biograph Company, silent, black-and-white.

Run of Pawtucket Fire Department (1903) kinetoscope clip

This one-minute thirteen-second American Mutoscope and Biograph Company clip shows horse-drawn fire apparatus rolling down a Pawtucket street. It was filmed November 23, 1903. Silent, black-and-white.

Rhode Island Light Artillery (1904) kinetoscope clip

This clip may be from the same parade from which Providence Light Artillery (1903) was taken. American Mutoscope and Biograph Company, silent, black-and-white.

Ben Bolt (1913)

This is the first known "feature" to be filmed, at least partially, in Rhode Island (New London, Connecticut, was another location). The silent, black-and-white, four-reeler, produced by the Solax Film Company, was released November 28, 1913.

A summary on IMDB describes the plot thusly: "Ben wins the hand of a prosperous merchant's daughter by finding the father's lost trading ship, but not before a rival suitor lays several traps along the way."

The film seems to have been based—very loosely— on a popular 1843 poem of the same name by Thomas Dunn English, which was turned into a song and recorded by a number of artists prior to 1913. The maudlin poem has an old codger prodding his friend, Ben Bolt, to remember their long-ago childhood, and how all the places they remember are changed, the buildings fallen down, their friends dead.

The poem and the song begin with the lines:

Don't you remember sweet Alice, Ben Bolt,
Sweet Alice whose hair was so brown,
Who wept with delight when you gave her a smile,
And trembled with fear at your frown?

Alice was the name of the "prosperous merchant's daughter" from the movie. In the last line of the poem the narrator describes Ben as "Ben Bolt of the salt-sea gale," implying he had been a sailor. Those few lines were apparently enough upon which to hang an entire forty- to sixty-minute tale.

Calvary Baptist Church (1914) short film

This ten-minute film, one of the holdings of the Rhode Island Historical Society, was shot on June 14, 1914, and documents part of a Children's Day celebration. The following description is from the RIHS catalog: "Outside church with cars and trolley moving past. Pastor Edward Holyoke, Superintendent Thomas W. Waterman and Assistant Treasurer Frank E. Ballou on steps of church. Parade of all the church members coming out front door of church and past the camera. Pastor Edward Holyoke and Thomas W. Waterman presenting a Loving Cup and bouquet of flowers to Fred C. Lawton on steps of church." The film was restored in 2010 using a National Film Preservation Foundation grant.

Calvary Baptist Church still stands at 747 Broad Street in Providence and has an active congregation.

The Christian (1914)

A silent, black-and-white Vitagraph Company of America feature production partially filmed in North Scituate. It was based on the 1897 novel of the same name by Hall Caine, and released March 16, 1914.

A Factory Magdalen (1914)

An October 4, 1914, Providence Journal article titled "Making movies while you watch," which documented in detail the process of making a feature-length silent movie, tipped us off to this flick made in Stillwater, Smithfield. The article failed to name the picture, but we tracked it down on IMDB via the name of the director, Elwood F. Bostwick.

Plot elements of A Factory Magdalen include a "mill superintendent… killed; safe robbed; running battle between sheriff and gang of desperadoes; attempt made to poison a remarkably fine dog; and the hurling of a perfectly lovely girl into the mill stream."

Bostwick, who reportedly grew up in the area, but had been away for some time, was nevertheless impressed with his experience in Stillwater: "I thought I knew the State pretty well, but it has been a revelation. We've found everything we wanted—fresh air, great weather, genuine country hospitality and settings—frankly there aren't better settings in the country. I need an old house, and it's only around the corner. I have a fine scene on a shady road—and the road is less than a mile off. I want some typical villagers to fill in—and I have to turn 'em away. This picture is a big one, but I've had to hunt less for excellent settings for it than I have for any picture which I have ever prepared for the screen."

At the time the article was written the film had been in production for three weeks. It was released in December 1914. At least two Stillwater mills were used as locations.

Shore Acres (1914)

A screen version of James A. Herne's popular melodrama of the same name, filmed on Block Island in September 1914.

Alibi Bill (circa 1915)

In 1914 Joseph Byron Totten, an actor, writer, and director, purchased a large farm in Voluntown, Connecticut, not far from the Rhode Island border. Soon he was churning out silent features and shorts, staging them on his farm and in nearby environs, including downtown Westerly, Rhode Island, which he often used for "big city" scenes. One of the first of these features was Alibi Bill, a western based on a play Totten had written for a 1912-'13 Broadway run.

"I certainly received big thrills," Totten told a Providence Journal reporter in 1938, "because when we took scenes on Westerly streets, people drove in for miles in buggies and autos to watch us. They stopped all traffic to look at the made-up actors and actresses. Little did we realize what a tremendous industry motion pictures would develop into..."

Cap'n Eri (1915)

Conimicut (Warwick) was the setting for this Eastern Film Corporation production, based on the 1904 novel Cap'n Eri: A Story of the Coast by Cape Cod writer Joseph C. Lincoln, and directed by George A. Lessey.

The novel tells the story of three retired sea captains living together in the fictional Cape Cod town of Orham. Realizing that none of them are very good housekeepers, they determine that one of them will have to get married, and so they advertise for a wife. Events proceed from there. Wanna read the novel? Find it for free on the Project Gutenberg website.

In December of 1914, the Eastern Film Corporation was founded by Frederick Peck of Barrington. The Corporation's headquarters, located at 1-17 McKinley Street in the "Old Park Brewery" buildings, bordering Roger Williams Park and Elmwood Avenue, was the place where some of our nation's first silent pictures were filmed. Shooting began in the spring of 1915 and continued through late fall with a company of over eighty actors, directors and technicians. When winter approached, the company moved to Florida, and, for financial reasons, never returned.

But during that year, at least thirteen films were made. Comedies, westerns, series, features, documentaries and war films were produced there, with titles such as The Man Who Looks Like Me, The Labor Day Parade (newsreel footage of the 1915 event in Providence), Nora Declares War, and A Christmas Story.

Filming continued at those studios through 1919 by companies leasing Eastern's space. [They included] the Amber Star Film Corporation, Harry Myers and Rosemary Theby (who later worked for Universal Studios in New York), the Burns Brothers, General Film Company, and a company with no known name, which produced The Wives Union, a comedy.

--From the Providence Film Commission's "Film History in Providence."

A Christmas Story (1915)

An Eastern Film Corporation Production. Silent. Not to be confused with the one about the kid who wanted a Red Ryder BB gun.

A Daughter of the Sea (1915)

Filmed on Block Island. Silent, black and white.

Diamonds (1915)

The Rhode Island Historical Society restored their deteriorated nitrate negative copy of this Eastern Film Company film in 2009. Narragansett Pier is one of the recognizable locations in this crime drama.


The Labor Day Parade (1915) newsreel

Russell S. Searles, in his unpublished manuscript Notes on Movies and Movie Making in Rhode Island, relates that this newsreel was produced by the Eastern Film Corporation specifically for Providence's Strand Theater. Management of the theater requested the newsreel as an extra attraction when the venue opened its doors in 1915. The print now in the hands of the Rhode Island Historical Society was rescued from Eastern's storage building at 101 Elmwood Avenue by film collector Wallace Tillinghast, who then traded it to Searles.

The Man Who Looks Like Me (1915)

An Eastern Film Corporation Production. Silent.

The Man's Making (1915)

Filmed on Block Island. Silent, black and white.

A Mansion of Tragedy (1915)

This was another production, directed by Joseph Byron Totten, that used locations in Westerly. The crew showed up one Saturday afternoon in 1915, and in a flurry of activity filmed a number of scenes at town hall and the courthouse. The town council chamber doubled as the meeting room of the board of directors of a shoe manufacturing company, the offices of the judge and clerk of the Third District Court were used as lawyer's offices, and the Superior Court naturally hosted a court scene.

The Minister (1915)

Filmed in Providence and Cranston and directed by George A. Lessey. Written by Mary Murillo, based upon Oliver Goldsmith's The Vikar of Wakefield. The Providence locations probably included set shoots in the Eastern Film Corporation's movie studio, a brewery converted for $300,000 by Rhode Island politician Fred Peck. The studio, "the most elaborate... outside of New York, Chicago and Hollywood," was very short-lived, being partially destroyed by fire in 1917. The Minister also included scenes shot in Roger Williams Park and scenes of auto racing at Cranston's old Narragansett Park Asphalt Speedway. Silent.

The Nation's Peril (1915)

According to the AFI Catalog of Silent Films this tale of World War I espionage uses "actual maneuvers by the U.S. Navy, shot at the Newport War College in Rhode Island. Josephus Daniels, the Secretary of the Navy, Admiral Cameron McRae Winslow, Admiral Frank Friday Fletcher, and Vice-Admiral Henry Thomas Mayo appear in the film." Probably referring to the same movie, a 1994 Providence Journal article stated that a silent, black and white film called The Peril, which included a "mock battle" was "filmed in Newport's... Point section."

Nora Declares War (1915)

An Eastern Film Corporation Production. Silent.

Partners of the Tide (circa 1915)

Based on a sea novel written by Cape Cod writer Joseph C. Lincoln, this is another silent Eastern Film Corporation film directed by George A. Lessey. A film copy is available for viewing at the Rhode Island Historical Society Library, but you have to be willing to crank the projector by hand while squinting into a tiny viewer.

The story, as best we can make out, concerns two friends, Bradley and Ezra, who are both in love with Clara. The men nevertheless go into the wrecking business together. They secure a big contract to salvage a sunken barge, but there's a time limit, and the owner of the barge would just as soon the men failed, so he sabotages the partners' schooner with dynamite. Although there are several able-bodied people watching from the shore, Clara is the one with enough presence of mind to rescue the two men from drowning. Without their schooner, they're stuck for a way to raise the sunken barge, and time is running out. Suddenly someone figures out that with a Nor'easter on the way, the tides will be exceptionally high and low. If they can pump water from the barge during low tide, they should be able to refloat it as the tide comes in. So they try that, and of course it works. The men fulfill their contract and secure their reward, thwarting the rich barge owner. But what of romance? Bradley is despondent, thinking Clara will surely marry Ezra, until someone points out that when they were drowning, Clara rescued Bradley first. Oh joy! Bradley goes to Clara and they embrace. Fade out.

Like The Minister, this production probably used the EFC movie studio in Providence for the interiors. Exteriors involving water may have been filmed near a lifesaving station in Newport, but the film is so faded, and the locations so nondescript, that exteriors could have been shot anywhere along the Narragansett Bay shoreline.

The Wives Union (circa 1915-1919)

Comedy filmed at the Eastern Film Corporation studios by an unknown production company. Silent.

America Preparing (1916)

War propaganda documentary filmed in Newport. Silent, black and white.

American Aristocracy (1916)

This early Douglas Fairbanks vehicle includes scenes shot at Ocean House in Westerly.

The 136-year-old Ocean House and its property were sold in 2004 to financier Charles Royce, who had planned to restore the hotel for continued operation. Unfortunately, the cost of restoration proved to be prohibitive, so the building was torn down in 2005. The new plan is to replicate the hotel with modern materials and building methods. The contents of the hotel were not included in the original sale and were auctioned off on November 27, 2004. Included among the items for sale were the dozens of wicker chairs that can be seen lining the porch of Ocean House in American Aristocracy.

Watch the full fifty-one-minute movie:

The Hero of Submarine D-2 (1916)

A lieutenant commander at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, foils a foreign plot to destroy the U.S. fleet. Filmed partially in Newport. Silent, black and white.

My Lady of the Lilacs (circa 1916)

An Eastern Film Corporation production filmed in Providence and (probably) Cumberland, My Lady of the Lilacs is about a poor painter who falls in love with one of his subjects.

Recently restored from a crumbling nitrate negative, this silent two-reeler had its first modern public showing at the Columbus Theatre in Providence on August 14, 2005, the last night of the 2005 Rhode Island International Film Festival.

Paying the Price aka Reparation (1916)

The plot involves a love triangle, espionage, and explosions. Partially filmed in Newport aboard the United States torpedo boat Wadsworth. Silent, black and white.

Inspiration (1917)

Film company unknown. In 2010 the Rhode Island Historical Society received a grant from the National Film Preservation Foundation to restore this film from the original nitrate stock. The plot revolves around a pretty woman and the theft of her jewels.

Not to be confused with the 1915 film of the same name that is believed to be "the first non-pornographic American film to feature full nudity of a woman."

Patria (1917) serial, 15 episodes

Some portion of this serial by the Fox Film Corporation was reportedly filmed in Newport. According to the IMDB, "Chapters one, two, three, four, and ten survive at the Museum of Modern Art in New York." Silent, black-and-white.

The Church with an Overshot Wheel (1920)

A silent, two-reel dramatization of an O. Henry short story, directed for Vitagraph by Joseph Byron Totten at and around his Revolutionary War-era farmhouse in Voluntown, Connecticut. We've seen two secondary sources that list this as a Rhode Island film, so it's possible that, like earlier Totten projects, it includes scenes shot in Westerly.

An "overshot wheel" is a mill wheel that is turned by the weight of water falling on it.

The Dangerous Paradise (1920)

Scenes for this silent, black and white movie were shot at a private club on Bailey's Beach in Newport. A 1994 Providence Journal article pointed out that "cameras of any description are now strictly forbidden" at the club, so this film may be the only way some of us riff-raff can ever see inside.

East Side West Side All Around the Town (circa 1920-1924)

A silent documentary produced for the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority by the Coronet Film Corporation. Coronet operated out of a studio on the Broad Street side of Roger Williams Park, across the street from the studios of Eastern Film Corporation.

According to Russell S. Searles in his unpublished manuscript Notes on Movies and Movie Making in Rhode Island, Coronet "produced mainly films of a commercial, documentary, industrial, medical, and scientific nature..."

It was tied in with Educational Pictures, Inc., producers of "Spice of the Program" comedies and short film subjects. Coronet did produce its own films such as Why Providence?, R.I. Tid Bits, and industrial films for firms such as Grinnell [Fire Protection Systems of Providence].

R.I. Tid Bits, created by a man named Harry W. Smith (I am not sure of the initial), had a short screen life. Shown at the Strand Theatre in Providence, it was planned as a weekly news-like release of Rhode Island happenings. The first issue, known as a split reel (500 feet), consisted of scenes of Fireman's Muster at Crescent Park using antique hand pumpers, a polo match at Point Judith Polo Club, women's latest fashions from Gladdings, and a military funeral for a private killed in an accident at Quonset Training Grounds.

At the close of Coronet's short career (late '20s), the property, because of its many tanks and vats used in film processing, was well suited to become Stork Diaper Service (1936). What a way to go! Today both sites, Coronet and Eastern, lie buried beneath super highway crossings on Elmwood Avenue."

Unhooking the Hookworm (1921) documentary

This educational documentary is one of the first such ever made. It was produced by the Coronet Film Corporation, then located on Elmwood Avenue in Providence. Typical of its ilk, it features oversimplified animation, lab-coated experts, and well-behaved and inquisitive children. One of the highlights is a visual comparison of an unsanitary outhouse with a sanitary one. The difference, it seems, is a coat of paint.

Co-starring with the hookworms is a ten-year-old boy, who apparently was drafted from the local population. He demonstrates that one way of catching the wily parasite is to run barefoot through the grass. At least some of the scenes, probably those that feature views of the countryside, were shot in Johnston and Hope Valley.

Because of the difficulty of keeping hookworms alive in a non-tropical climate, filmmakers infected a dog and used microscopic views of his blood to show the life cycle of the hookworm. At the conclusion of filming "the dog was etherized and buried in a hermetically sealed container in quick lime" to prevent an outbreak.

By 1927 the Providence Journal reported that Unhooking the Hookworm had been translated into nineteen languages and viewed in "scores of tropical and semi-tropical countries in three continents," where it "helped to restore to health thousands whose energy had been sapped by the hookworm." And yet, according to Wikipedia, as many as 800 million people around the world may be infected with hookworm today. They obviously need to see this film!

Why Providence (1921)

A silent two-reel promotional film geared toward economic development, produced by the Coronet Film Corporation in cooperation with the Providence Chamber of Commerce and Town Criers. Some of the locations seen include Exchange Place, the Biltmore Hotel, Providence City Hall, the Rhode Island Hospital Trust building, Union Trust Company, People's Savings Bank, Westminster Street (with people lining up for the B.F. Keith Vaudeville at the Albee Theater), the Outlet Store, Ostby and Barton, Manufacturing Jewelers on Richmond Street, a dam being built for the Scituate Reservoir, Providence Pier, Providence Gas, Rhode Island Country Club, and the Normal School (later the Community College of Rhode Island). At one point in the narrative, a title card proudly notes that "Our state has all macadam or asphalt" roads.

Construction and Opening of Mount Hope Toll Bridge (1929) newsreel

This newsreel, photographed by Arthur Rossi, is exactly what the title states, and includes scenes of the dedication of the bridge on October 24, 1929. The dedication was attended by Governor Norman S. Case and Senator William H. Vanderbilt, upon whom were bestowed the honorary titles of Chief Lightfoot and Wanumetonomy by representatives of the National Algonquin Indian Council, who were also present.

Just a Little Bit of All Outdoors (circa 1930) documentary

This is a tourism documentary shot by Arthur Rossi and produced by the State of Rhode Island. It begins with Roger Williams, dressed in traditional pilgrim garb, being banished from Massachusetts. He wanders south and meets up with two or three Indians, dressed in traditional Plains Indian dress, and they smoke a peace pipe next to a single teepee. Having dispensed with the questionable historical re-enactment, we move on to see biplanes taking off from What Cheer Airport (formerly located on the Pawtucket-East Providence line) and aerial shots of Providence. We see people hanging out on Narragansett Town Beach. At one point, about the middle, a title card says "Rhode Island isn't just beaches," then they show us several more beaches, including Matunuck Beach, Newport Beach, and Crescent Beach. Other scenes are of a polo match at the Point Judith Country Club, Plimpton House at Watch Hill, the Mount Hope Bridge, the Block Island Ferry, and Block Island's Mohegan Bluffs.

It's interesting to see what the State of Rhode Island thought were its best sales features around 1930, and which were excluded. Aside from the error-ridden re-enactment, no real effort is made to take advantage of the state's historic character. Instead, the emphasis is on modern infrastructure (the airport, views of the Providence skyline, the Mount Hope Bridge) and access to the ocean.

King Kong (1933)

We've heard that guides for a Providence tour company that shall remain nameless have been telling impressionable tourists that the Industrial Trust Building (1927) in Providence is the one the big monkey climbed in the 1933 production of King Kong. As any good student of cinema history should know, this is a falsehood. New York City's Empire State Building was the structure that Kong claimed for his own personal urban jungle gym.

It is likewise untrue that the scene in Ghostbusters (1984) with the giant rampaging Stay Puft Marshmallow Man was filmed in downtown Providence.

See also The Adventures of Superman.

Unusual Occupations (1940) documentary series

This documentary series was the Real People of its day, highlighting folks across the country with interesting jobs. Each episode ran about eleven minutes and appeared in movie theaters among other short subjects like newsreels and cartoons before the feature presentation. The series ran from 1937 to 1949. One episode from 1940 features "Nancy Allen, of Cedar Hill, Rhode Island, [who] runs her own volunteer fire department and is the first woman to be appointed a state district forest fire warden."

Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)

The musical life story of George M. Cohan, Providence native. The opening scenes, showing a noisy parade passing by the Wickenden Street home where Cohan was born, were filmed elsewhere.

Crash Dive (1943)

A U.S. submarine fights the Germans in the Atlantic, while its commander (Dana Andrews) and a lieutenant (Tyrone Power) romance the same woman (Anne Baxter). Won an Academy Award for special effects.

Powers and Andrews stayed with a Jamestown family during filming in late July to mid-November 1942. And Harry Waldman relates in his book Beyond Hollywood's Grasp: American Filmmakers Abroad, 1914-1945, that Crash Dive cinematographer Leon Shamroy was able to wrangle permission to film some final sequences at the Newport Naval Base because of an experience he shared with the officer in charge. They both were aboard the Empress of Canada in June 1931 when a fourth-class passenger went on a stabbing rampage, killing two and wounding twenty-nine [date and number killed and wounded corrected according to June 6, 1931, Lethbridge Herald article.—ed.]. According to Wikipedia, Tyrone Power was also aboard the Empress during the attack.

A Guy Named Joe (1943)

Spencer Tracy plays Pete Sandidge, a World War II bomber pilot who dies and becomes a guardian angel to pilot trainee Ted Randall (Van Johnson). At first there's tension because Randall has not only attended college, but is rich as well. Nevertheless, Sandidge helps him get the hang of flying by nagging his ass all over the sky like a mother-in-law in divorce court.

One evening, Randall is sitting by himself in a bar with his book (way to be, College Boy) and Sandidge prods him to ask a woman with aggressively shaped eyebrows to dance. As they glide about the room, Randall makes awkward conversation with her by asking what the deal is with some random, third guy sitting alone at the bar:

Ted Randall: You, um, you know who he is, where he comes from?

Shapely Eyebrows: Oh, you can't help knowing. Talks about it all the time. His name is Sanderson. He comes from a little town called Twin Hooks, Rhode Island. From what he says, Twin Hooks, Rhode Island is just about five times as beautiful as paradise.

Seems that Sanderson, the only "Rhode Islander" in this flick, is a big, homesick crybaby. Thanks, writers.

Randall excuses himself from Shapely Eyebrows and moments later calls out to everyone from the bar's phone booth. It's a call for Sanderson. Confused, Sanderson picks up the line. "It's my mom!" he blubbers to the whole bar. (He is so going to get a wedgie later that night.)

Sandidge is impressed that Randall spent some of his riches to make Sanderson feel better and spends the rest of the film convincing himself that it's okay if Randall and his old girlfriend want to play "hide the turret gunner."

There's no place in Rhode Island called Twin Hooks (nor, upon searching, does there appear to be such a place anywhere in the world).

Carolina Blues (1944)

Notable for the inclusion of the song "Poor Little Rhode Island":

Poor Little Rhode Island,
The smallest of the forty-eight.
You've got no prairie moon
For which coyotes croon,
But I still think you're great.

You're such a teentsy weentsy
Poor Little Rhode Island.
Let all the Texans 'yip-i-ay,'
You're still the best part of
This land I dearly love,
And I'll include I-o-way.

They've written songs about the South,
They've written songs about the North,
And I've heard them say
There's nothing finer than Carolina in the morning,
But how about the nights in
Poor Little Rhode Island?

Be careful if you're fancy free
In Providence one day.
She stole my heart away;
I dream of her constantly.

Let the sun shine bright
On your Old Kentucky Home,
Rhode Island's the place for me.

Words by Sammy Cahn
Music by Jule Styne

If you really want to know what it sounds like, a cover of "Poor Little Rhode Island" by The Gazetteers is available for sample or purchase at Amazon or Apple's iTunes Music Store.

Mr. Skeffington (1944)

In an early scene Job Skeffington (Claude Rains) reveals to Fanny Trellis (Bette Davis) and her cousin George (Walter Abel) that Fanny's brother Trippy (Richard Waring) has been embezzling funds from Skeffington's brokerage firm:

Skeffington: Then one day he handed in a very large order from a Mr. Clarence Pruitt of Big Falls, Rhode Island. So large an order it required an immediate confirmation. It turned out there was no Clarence Pruitt of Big Falls, Rhode Island. It even turned out there was no such town as Big Falls in Rhode Island.

Fanny: You mean he made them both up?

Skeffington: He created everything but Rhode Island.

Perhaps his first mistake was hiring a guy named "Trippy."

Till We Meet Again aka Tomorrow's Harvest (1944)

IMDB claims that this black and white film, set in occupied France during World War II, was filmed in Slatersville, North Smithfield.

They Were Expendable (1945)

Some portion of this film, we don't know which, was shot at the Motor Torpedo Boat Station in Melville (Portsmouth). The introduction to the 1942 book by W.L. White states that the story was told to the author in the officer's quarters there. The story concerns the first use of PT boats, then largely experimental, in the Philippines at the beginning of World War II. Black and white.

Cheaper by the Dozen (1950)

Paul from Lincoln dropped us a note to let us know of this film's Rhode Island connections. "It's the story of the Gilbreth family—former Rhode Islanders played by Clifton Webb and Myrna Loy. The story starts while they still lived in Providence. While I'm not sure if any of the movie itself was shot here, the opening tableau (after the credits) definitely was. Behind the graphics setting the scene for the movie are the Statehouse and the Masonic Temple (before it had noticeably deteriorated). It looks like it was shot from the East Side, probably at Roger Williams Terrace." This opening tableau also includes a panning shot of College Hill, possibly filmed from the roof of the Union Train Station.

Death of a Salesman (1951)

This classic Arthur Miller play has had a number of film and television treatments, of which this 1951 production is representative.

In Act One Linda, Willy Loman's wife, asks:

Linda: Oh, the whole block'll be at that game. Did you sell anything?
Willy: I did five hundred gross in Providence and seven hundred gross in Boston.

Later on in Act One as Willy is having another flashback, he envisions this conversation he had with his boys:

Biff: Where'd you go this time, Dad?
Willy: Well, I got on the road, and I went north to Providence. Met the Mayor.
Biff: What'd he say?
Willy: He said, "Morning!" And I said, "You got a fine city here, Mayor." And then he had coffee with me....

Thanks to our friend Marian, who supplied the quotes.

The Eternal Sea (1955)

This is a biopic of Admiral John Hoskins who was twice assigned to Quonset Point Naval Air Station. A few scenes take place at, but were not shot at, Quonset. The movie opened in Providence with Admiral Hoskins himself, along with Sterling Hayden, the actor who portrayed him, in attendance. The film also opened at the Air Station's Enlisted Movie Theater.

Guys and Dolls (1955)

Miss Adelaide (Vivian Blaine) wants to know when she and Nathan (Frank Sinatra) will finally get married. She told her mother back in Rhode Island that they were married years ago, because "In Rhode Island, people do not remain engaged for fourteen years. They get married." To which Nathan wonders, "So how come it's such a small state?"

High Society (1956)

Newport socialite Grace Kelly (in her final screen appearance) can't decide who she loves, ex-husband Bing Crosby, fiance John Lund, or scandal sheet reporter Frank Sinatra. Everyone sings and dances as she struggles to make up her mind.

The opening aerial views echo those that would be used thirty-four years later in Reversal of Fortune, but soon we find ourselves on a bus with Louis Armstrong, be-bopping down Bellevue Avenue (courtesy of rear-projected stock footage). Louis' ditty sets up the premise of the film:

Just dig that scenery floating by,
We're now approaching Newport, Rhode I.
We've been, for years, in Variety,
But, Cholly Knickerbocker, now we're going to be

In High, High So-
High So-ci-,
High So-ci-ety.

I wanna play for my former pal,
He runs the local jazz festival.
His name is Dexter and he's good news,
But sumping kind of tells me that he's nursing the blues.

He's got the blues 'cause his wife, alas,
Thought writing songs was beneath his class,
But writing songs he'd not stop, of course,
And so she flew to Vegas for a quickie divorce.

To make him sadder, his former wife
begins tomorrow a brand-new life.
She started lately a new affair,
And now the silly chick is gonna marry a square.

But, Brother Dexter, just trust your Satch,
To stop that wedding and kill that match.
I'll toot my trumpet to start the fun,
And play in such a way that she'll come back to you, son.

As the song ends the bus turns into a driveway. We've seen at least one source that claims this is the driveway of Clarendon Court Mansion, but unlike Clarendon Court's driveway, which is flat, the driveway in the film curves and slopes. And in any case, when the musicians get off the bus they are obviously standing on a studio set.

The only other Newport locations we're able to identify are seen in additional background footage of Bellevue Avenue and Ocean Drive, in a scene where Kelly takes Sinatra for a drive. An August 2006 Providence Journal article pointed out that "although the film involves a society wedding at the height of the Newport summer season, some of the leaves on the trees have fall colors while some trees are already bare; for scenes shot on the MGM backlot, the trees wear green leaves."

True Love, the schooner that was featured in the film (Bing and Grace sang and danced on her deck), was restored in 2002 and 2003 by Midnight Marine Associates of Bristol.

Jazz on a Summer's Day (1959) concert documentary

A musical documentary of the four-day, July 1958 Newport Jazz Festival. The film includes additional footage of the America's Cup Yacht Races, which took place in Rhode Island at the same time as the festival.

Lolita (1962)

We thank Bob from Westerly for directing our attention to our first X-rated entry (rated X in the United Kingdom, that is—unrated in the U.S.A.). Today this version of Lolita would no doubt be rated PG-13 for its content, but in its day, this version of the story of a middle-aged man's (James Mason) obsession with a 14-year-old girl (Sue Lyon) was notorious. (It remains a difficult story to film: A 1997 remake earned an R rating and had a hard time getting distribution.)

Bob tells us that, "...there is a brief scene early in the film (around the first five minutes) that was filmed in Westerly. The train station, a once well-visited Chinese restaurant (now replaced by a Mexican restaurant), and men's clothing store (still in business), appear prominently. No actors appear; [director] Stanley Kubrick must have used some stock footage to represent Humbert Humbert's [Mason] arrival in a small New England town."

Loren, another alert movie buff, dropped us a line to let us know, "There is actually a scene toward the end of the movie, when Lo and Humbert are traversing the states, in which they take a trip down Memorial Boulevard in Newport just past the Cliff Walk."

We've confirmed both these tips. The Westerly scenes do indeed show up in the first twelve minutes or so (at the very beginning of the flashback), and the Newport scene can be found at about the two hour mark (as Humbert narrates, "The brakes were relined, the water pipes unclogged, the valves ground.") Just don't blink or you'll miss them!

4 for Texas (1963)

Not sure what the context is here, but it probably makes no difference:

Joe Jarrett (Dean Martin): Oh, I give you a hundred thousand dollars and you'll give me a partner, right? You know in most states I can get a partner for five thousand dollars and they'll throw in a governor.
Zack Thomas (Frank Sinatra): Of course you must be thinking of Rhode Island. This here is Texas.

Oh, snap!

The Wonderful World of Tupperware (circa 1964) short film

Industrial rah-rah propaganda. Includes footage of several Tupperware factories around the world, most notably (as far as we are concerned) a plant on the Massachusetts border in North Smithfield (now known as the Blackstone-Smithfield Industrial Park).

IMBD lists this film as being made in 1959, but posters noticed that the inclusion of a rendition of "Hello Dolly!", plus Ford Mustangs as a sales prize, place it in 1964 at the earliest.

Festival (1967) concert documentary

Festival documents performances at the Newport Folk Festival between 1963 and 1966, including the legendary moment when Bob Dylan went electric.

Silent Sonata (1968) short film

A ten-minute short featuring a soundtrack by John Cage. Probably filmed at the Rhode Island School of Design.

Walden—Diaries Notes and Sketches (1969) documentary

This three- or six-hour opus (depending on the version you subject yourself to) is essentially a compilation of director Jonas Mekas' home movies, including appearances by a host of groovy 1960s icons like Timothy Leary, John Lennon, and Andy Warhol.

Mekas claims the work is meant to be viewed haphazardly, not as a whole, and to that end he thoughtfully indexed every snippet of film for our convenience. According to that index, Reel Five includes "One Day in Newport," which appears between minutes one and two (a short day, apparently). Between the nine and twenty-two minute marks he lists, "Viennese Music; PETER'S WEDDING; Newport, Peter, Minnie, Cushing's; aerial shots of Newport and Cushing's place; in the church; Wedding feast, in the tent; departure of Peter and Minnie by helicopter; at the neighbor's house, next morning."

Peter is Peter Beard, a documentary photographer, and Minnie is Minnie Cushing, a Newport "socialite." They were married only briefly. Cushing's may be the same Ocean Avenue property that was later used in BBC-WGBH mini-series the Buccaneers.

Love Story (1970)

At some point in the narrative Jenny Cavalieri (Ali McGraw) takes Oliver Barrett IV (Ryan O'Neal) to meet her father (John Marley), a baker in Cranston. A brief exterior shot was probably filmed in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

The Man Without a Country (1972) Made for TV

Portions of this ABC-TV movie were shot on board the Bill of Rights, a 125-foot topsail schooner owned by Captain Joseph Davis of Newport. Captain Davis and several of his crew members appeared as extras. The star, Cliff Robertson, had his lower leg in a cast for much of the filming and had to be shot from the thighs up.

1776 (1972)

This musical depicts the days leading up to the signing of the Declaration of Independence by the Second Continental Congress in Philadelphia, July 4, 1776. Although the other colonies are depicted as having up to three delegates, Rhode Island is only allowed one, in the person of Stephen Hopkins—portrayed by Roy Poole as a loud, unkempt, rum-swilling scalawag. In real life there was a second delegate, William Ellery.

Charles Thomson: [calling for a vote] Where's Rhode Island?

Andrew McNair: Rhode Island's out visiting the necessary.

John Hancock: Well, after what Rhode Island has consumed, I can't say I'm surprised. We'll come back to him, Mr. Thompson.

Charles Thomson: Rhode Island passes. [Roar of laughter from the Congress]

The Sting (1973)

The fake tip "Blue Note in the fourth race at Narragansett" helps set up the big con. Narragansett Park, opened in 1934, was a horse racing-venue located in Pawtucket. It closed in 1978 and today a Building 19 occupies the building where racing enthusiasts once placed bets.

The Great Gatsby (1974)

This third attempt to translate F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel to film relied heavily on Newport locations to portray the world of the wealthy of mid-1920s Long Island. The main story tells how Jay Gatsby (Robert Redford), a man with a shady past, prevails upon his neighbor Nick (Sam Waterston) to arrange a meeting between himself and Nick's cousin, Daisy (Mia Farrow). Gatsby hopes he will be able to rekindle a wartime romance with Daisy by showing how he has made something of himself in the intervening years. Unfortunately, since her dalliance with Gatsby, Daisy has married Tom (Bruce Dern). Tom, meanwhile, is seeing Myrtle (Karen Black), on the side, and she's married to Wilson (Scott Wilson).

One of the first scenes is of Nick gamely piloting a small motorboat between sailboats on his way to visit his cousin. Narragansett Bay stands in for the body of water between the fictional Long Island headlands, East and West Egg.

Daisy Buchanan lives in a mansion in fashionable East Egg. In the film the exterior of the Buchanan mansion is only a facade built at Hammersmith Farm in Newport. Owned by Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Auchincloss, Jackie Kennedy's mother and stepfather, the property also supplied the dock with the flashing green light that Gatsby is so fixated on. JFK docked his boat, the Honey Fitz, there. Interiors for the Buchanan mansion were created at Pinewood Studios in England.

We first see Gatsby as he stands beside a marble arch, gazing out over the water at the green light that marks the Buchanan's dock. The arch was fabricated for the film on the grounds of Rosecliff, on Newport's Bellevue Avenue. The mansion, which stood in for Gatsby's West Egg mansion, was the setting for most of the exterior filming. The building, owned by the Newport Preservation Society, was closed to the public from April to November 1973 for the production. It was there that Gatsby's three parties were staged.

Nick's cottage was specially-built on Rosecliff property. The one-story, three-room building contained no basement or bathroom. A bedroom that was meticulously furnished with period furnishings and objects was never actually used in the film. Trees and shrubs were removed from between the cottage and Rosecliff so that Nick would be able to see Gatsby's parties from his porch.

The same food was used for each of the three Gatsby parties during filming, and as the days passed, the "turkeys, hams, pyramids of roast beef and lamb, trays of unplucked pheasants, lobster trees, chickens, varieties of cold cuts, different cheeses and fruit, trays of cookies," began to rot. To keep it looking fresh, and to keep the bugs away, the prop people coated the food with oil and sprayed it with Lysol. The food was filmed arriving at Gatsby's mansion on June 25 and 26, 1973. The last party scenes were filmed July 10, 16 days later. Ew.

Rain dogged the production for a good part of the time it was in Newport. Many of the scenes where rain is falling are real. In one case the rain inspired a scene that wasn't in the book—when the guests jump into the fountain and dance. 200-300 local extras were used to fill out Gatsby's parties, but most of the dancers you see close to the camera are professionals.

Four rooms on the ground floor of Sherwood Mansion, across the street from Rosecliff, were used for the production offices. Two classrooms at Salve Regina College were used to house the two thousand costumes that were worn by the actors and extras.

The first time Nick is invited to one of Gatsby's parties, he is led by one of Gatsby's thugs to an elevator. That elevator is located in Marble House.

The truck that arrives at Nick's cottage bearing flowers for Daisy's visit was a 1922 model T Ford owned by Ed Smith of the Golden Retriever Antique Shop in Newport. Ed himself got to drive it and appear in the film.

Once the awkward reintroductions are made, Gatsby gives Daisy a tour of his mansion. The tricky tracking shot where Gatsby, Daisy, and Nick walk down one corridor, into the room where Klipspringer is, turn the corner into the ballroom and go back parallel to the corridor they've just come up is at Marble House. A later scene where Daisy caresses the many molds in Gatsby's kitchen was shot in the kitchen at the Breakers. When they dance and reminisce about Louisville, Kentucky, in 1917, that's Marble House again.

The brief Louisville flashback was filmed in front of Linden Place in Bristol. At the time it was owned by Jack Colt, the son of actress Ethel Barrymore.

Most of the remainder of the interiors—the living and dining rooms of the Buchanan mansion, Myrtle's party, Gatsby's study and bedroom, the basement sportsman's restaurant where we meet Wolfsheim (Howard Da Silva), the Valley of Ashes and Gatsby's pool and cabana—were done at Pinewood Studios west of London, England. The Valley of Ashes set incorporated a leftover piece of scenery from an abandoned production of Cleopatra—a bank of the Nile. Additional scenes were shot under and on the Queensborough Bridge, and at the Plaza Hotel in New York City.

Jaws (1975)

This classic fish story of a killer shark that terrorizes a Long Island beach community doesn't have much to do with Rhode Island, except for one thing: in one scene Captain Quint (Robert Shaw) slams back, and then crushes, a can of Narragansett Beer. 'Gansett was produced in Cranston, Rhode Island, from 1890 to 1981. The brand is currently produced and distributed by Fort Wayne, Indiana's, Falstaff Brewing Corporation, a subsidiary of the Pabst Brewing Company.

It takes more than just nasty facial hair to be a badass. Note the one-handed can crush.
Captain Quint drinks a 'Gansett.

Providence (1977)

This is a barely comprehensible mishmash about a dying writer (John Gielgud) trying to complete his final novel. During a long night of pain, booze, and nightmares he projects his family into the plot. At one point he has his son Claude (Dirk Bogarde) drive inexplicably from a city in Europe to Benefit and College Streets in Providence. In another scene Helen's (Elaine Stritch) veranda seems to look out over a painted backdrop of College Hill with Newport's Old Stone Mill in the foreground. The film's title refers to the name of the writer's house, which we see written on a sign on a vine-covered gate at the very beginning on the movie. Also at the beginning, as Gielgud utters "Damn, damn, damn," we see what looks like the towers of Providence's Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul.

Best line: "Don't you think to have only one bastard after sixty years of action is almost tantamount to self-denial?"

The Betsy (1978)

A horrible movie, and one which we don't imagine is being touted in tourist brochures for Newport's Rosecliff Mansion or the Elms, where some scenes were shot.

The Americanization of Itri (1979)

This short documentary about immigrants from the Itri region of Italy was filmed in the Knightsville section of Cranston.

Heaven's Gate aka Johnson County Wars (1980)

This film's reputation is well-deserved. Overlong at three and a half hours, with a muddied soundtrack and lacking enough story to sustain itself, the opus, some critics claim, is partially redeemed by the cinematography. But we say the whole thing—daytime and nighttime scenes, indoors and outdoors—appears to have been shot through a dusty yellow filter, and you'll be lucky to make it to the end without clawing your eyes out.

Narragansett Bay is onscreen for about twenty seconds at the very end of the movie.

Arthur (1981)

At one point Arthur (Dudley Moore) tries to pass off his hooker date (Anne De Salvo) as the princess of a small, unnamed country: "There's a very small country in the West Indies. I mean small. It's terribly small. Tiny little country. Rhode Island could beat the crap out of it in a war. That's how small it is. Eighty-five cents in a cab from one end of the country to the other. I'm talking small. They recently had the whole country carpeted. This is not a big place."

The House of Mirth (1981) Made for TV

This NEH/PBS production of the 1905 Edith Wharton novel was directed by Adrian Hall (founder of the Trinity Repertory Company) and partially filmed in Newport.

Wanna read the novel? Find it on the Project Gutenberg website.

Zapped! (1982)

The character of class president Bernadette (Felice Schachter) wears a Brown University sweatshirt in one scene. The actress, a high schooler during production, did go on to graduate from Brown in real life.

The Demon Murder Case aka The Rhode Island Murders (1983) Made for TV

Based on a true story that took place in Brookfield, Connecticut in 1981. Filmed in Newport.

The Bostonians (1984)

Scenes were shot in the sitting room at Château-sur-Mer.

The Electric Chair (1985)

This black comedy includes 16mm footage shot on Block Island in 1971. We're guessing it was from a home movie belonging to someone on the production team.

Love Lives On (1985) Made for TV

According to the IMDB this one was filmed in Providence, but we've so far been unable to confirm that. The story is about a rebellious teen-ager (Mary Stuart Masterson) who's undergoing treatment for cancer and faces a dilemma when she becomes pregnant.

Clue II: Murder in Disguise (1987)

Clue II is the sequel to the popular interactive video version of the Parker Brothers board game Clue. The American Hotel scenes were filmed in Newport.

The Witches of Eastwick (1987)

Reportedly Wickford and East Greenwich were the models for John Updike's fictional town of Eastwick, Rhode Island. When it came time to make the film version of the novel, Little Compton was initially chosen as the setting, but residents of the bucolic community voted the idea down. They felt that the film's racy storyline had no place in their town. Instead, Cohasset, Massachusetts, got the production's business, including an estimated $36 million in revenue.

Mr. North (1988)

Since this film takes place in Newport in the late 1920s, it features wall-to-wall location footage. Unlike Little Compton with the Witches of Eastwick, Newport had no qualms about hosting a production company; excitement during the summer of 1987 was high.

A Mr. North timeline:

1980: While producing the America's Cup coverage for Canadian public television, Steven Haft stays at the Inn at Castle Hill, where Thornton Wilder stayed during his later visits to Newport in the 1950s and '60s. There, Haft reads Wilder's charming, semi-autobiographical novel Theophilus North and decides to bring it to the big screen.

May-June, 1987: Thomas Shaw, production manager for Heritage Productions of Los Angeles, scouts locations in Newport. He shows a lot of interest in Château-sur-Mer.

July 18: The Providence Journal reports that locations will include "Château-sur-Mer, the Elms, the Breakers, the Mary Street YMCA, the Old Colony House, and many shops and streets."

July 26: The ProJo reports that additional locations will include the Newport waterfront and Blithewold Gardens and Arboretum in Bristol. Because the film is being made on a shoestring budget of $5 million, most of the cast will stay at the Budget Motor Inn in Middletown. Scores of locals are hired as production assistants, set designers, and extras. The Preservation Society of Newport County even agrees to close Château-sur-Mer for six days of peak summer visitation to allow filming. It's estimated that the production will add $1.5 million to the local economy.

July 27: Shooting commences in Newport. The movie is directed by Danny Huston, son of Oscar-winning director John Huston. It's his first feature.

Lauren Bacall, who plays Mrs. Cranston, enters the Washington Square Navy YMCA and asks for the wardrobe department. The surprised desk clerk says, "I think you have the wrong 'Y,' Miss Bacall," and directs her to the Mary Street YMCA. Mary Street is being used, not only as the wardrobe and production headquarters for the film, but onscreen as well.

July 28: Scenes are shot between Anthony Edwards as Theophilus North and Richard Woods as Willis the butler in the rose-colored drawing room of Château-sur-Mer. Lauren Bacall says of Newport, "I adore anything with water." Tammy Grimes, who plays Sarah Baily-Lewis, says of her accomodations, "I love my Budget Motor Inn. I can wash pieces of driftwood in the bathtub."

July 29: John Huston, who was to have played the part of Mr. Bosworth, is stricken by a serious attack of emphysema while en route to the set. The 80-year-old is taken to Charleton Memorial Hospital in Fall River where he is listed in serious but stable condition. Meanwhile, Danny Huston continues filming at the Breakers. Long-time friend Robert Mitchum flies in that evening to take over Huston's part.

July 30: Mitchum rehearses from 6:30 to 8:30 am, then begins filming at Château-sur-Mer. His performance is flawless, partly because, in anticipation of Huston not being able to fulfil his role, he had been given a copy of the script a week before. That night, Mitchum and members of the crew "whoop it up" in town.

August 2: The ProJo reports that John Huston continues to work on the film from his hospital bed, relaying ideas and advice to his son, Danny, back on the set.

August 3: John Huston's condition is upgraded from serious to fair.

August 3-6: Scenes are shot at the Old Colony House. Washington Square is closed to parking on the sixth for exterior scenes. Rhode Island Superior Court Judge Thomas H. Needham plays, what else, the judge. Another local with a speaking part, Bethany Nightingale, a professor of theater at the University of Rhode Island, gets to hold up a dollar and say, "Cure me!"

August 19: John Huston is discharged from the hospital after 22 days in the intensive care unit.

August 28: Around 2 am, John Huston dies in bed at Sea Meadow, the Middletown home where he was staying during production. Huston is pronounced dead by a local physician, Dr. Anthony Caputi, and his body is taken to the Memorial Funeral Home in Newport. Filming continues as scheduled at the Mary Street YMCA under the direction of Danny Huston. Thomas Shaw offers the following by way of explanation for Danny's seeming callousness: "Danny is doing what his father would want him to do. Have a drink and go on."

September 2: Parade scenes involving nearly three hundred extras, including the Portsmouth High School band (selected for its Colonial-style costumes), the Pawtuxet Rangers 1774 Rhode Island Militia, and the Kentish Guards of East Greenwich are filmed on Spring Street.

Sometime between the second and seventh, a chase scene is shot on Thames street, ending up at the harbor. Newport actor John Chatty was a part of it, and described his experience to a Providence Journal reporter in July 1994: "I think it was after Labor Day, and the sun was setting earlier in the day, and we had to dive into the water after Anthony Edwards. They kept reshooting it. You got paid per dunk; they called it fire pay. It was like thirty-five or forty-five dollars a dunk. There were about five of us who did it four or five times, until we got it right. It was fun."

September 7: Filming in Rhode Island concludes.

July 20, 1988: Mr. North premieres at the Opera House in Newport. Reviewers described it as a "gently whimsical," and "literate" movie, distinguished by several excellent performances and evocative 1920s settings.

Mystic Pizza (1988)

Total chick flick, featuring some of Julia Roberts' biggest hair ever. The scene where the yuppy architect, Tim (William Moses), shows Kat (Annabeth Gish) around a mansion he's restoring was filmed in a mansion in Watch Hill, Westerly. Shooting took place in mid-October 1987. Thanks are given in the credits to the Watch Hill Fire Department.

Shakedown aka Blue Jean Cop (1988)

Most of this was shot in New York City but some second-unit work—involving some stunts with a plane that ends up exploding—was done at the airport at Quonset Point. A taste of the Quonset scenes is included in this trailer at IMDB.

Title Shot (1989) short film

This is a short film written by Michael Corrente and partially filmed in Providence. The nine-minute thriller was conceived as a vehicle for raising interest in, and funds for, a longer Corrente production called Federal Hill. Corrente plays Bombazzo and Barry Blier (owner of the former Barry's Nightclub in Warwick) plays Joey.

(It's a) Complex World (1990)

The venerable music venue Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel was in danger of closing in 1987, prompting owner Rich Lupo to consider creative ways of raising money. As it happened, the bartender at Lupo's (and Rich's old college roommate), Jim Wolpaw, had been nominated for an Oscar for a documentary he directed in 1985. So Rich Lupo conceived the idea of throwing a benefit concert that would be documented on film. For narrative interest, a sub-plot about Lupo's closing was woven in. Such was Rich Lupo's clout that he was able to convince local favorites The Young Adults to have a reunion long enough to be featured in the film. Roomful of Blues, another famous local band, helped fill out the bill.

Rich Lupo financed and produced the movie himself, while Wolpaw handled directorial duties. Rich wore yet another hat, playing the character of the Mayor, and his mother, Miriam, played Woman with Handbag. Guy in Lawsuit was played by local attorney Steve Linder. Rhode Island Monthly reported in June 1996 that "Lupo's unfailing belief in the movie—which attracted a national distributor and good reviews and huge debt—only bolstered his reputation in the arts community. Lupo is guarded about the actual losses, but admits he failed to recoup all the costs."

At the time of the filming, Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel was located near the southern end of Westminster Street, near Empire. Despite its legendary status, development pressures in downtown Providence have forced it to move a number of times. As of 2006 it's located at 79 Washington Street.

By a Thread (1990)

Info on this film is extremely scanty. All we know is that it was made by Jamestown resident Craig Richardson (who later directed Anima), and it was shot at locations "throughout the state."

A Matter of Degrees (1990)

It's been years since Christopher saw this film at the Cable Car Cinema Cinema, and the scene he remembers most is the final one with the car hanging from the upturned railroad bridge over the Seekonk River. Christopher also has vague memories of a driving montage in which parts of Providence's downtown are seen. An Internet search scrapes up a few more tidbits of info: Brown University campus was a filming location, as was Babe's on the Sunnyside, a Wickenden Street bar. John F. Kennedy, Jr. (a 1983 Brown alumnus) had a cameo as "guitar-playing romeo," and John Doe of the rock band X was a campus radio DJ.

Mermaids (1990)

This story is about a dysfunctional trio of chickies who move around a lot, because mom (Cher) pulls up stakes every time life gets uncomfortable. Elder daughter Charlotte (Winona Ryder) is torn between wanting to be a nun and desperately needing to get laid, while Kate (played by a young Christina Ricci) has a water fetish that supplies our Rhode Island connection—the second swim meet scene, which takes place in the fictitious Massachusetts town of Eastport, was shot at the indoor pool at William E. Tolman High School in Pawtucket. Tolman's Closeup Foundation received a $2,500 donation for the use of the pool, which appears on the screen for a total of about 90 seconds.

Local folklorist Michael Bell was an extra in the audience of the pool scene, maybe six or seven seats away from Cher. He recalls that the director, Richard Benjamin, injured himself on the bleachers and the assistant director had to take over. Benjamin had been doing multiple takes but the assistant said they were going to do the scene in one take, and they did.

Reversal of Fortune (1990)

Reversal narrates events that took place at Clarendon Court Mansion in Newport in the late 1970s and early '80s. The only actual location footage is aerial views of Millionaire's Row that are shown behind the opening credits.

Scenes from the Lives of Frankenstein's Children (circa 1990)

An independent, black-and-white film that re-explores the familiar theme of the soulless mad doctor and his sympathetic creations, without really covering any new ground. Filmed primarily at Zambarano State Hospital in Burrillville, in an old tuberculosis ward, and at a seaside residence that may or may not have been located in Portsmouth. Some hospital employees were used as extras. The video copy we were able to view was a rough cut, without credits, and we so far have no evidence the movie was ever released at all.

Other People's Money (1991)

A Rhode Island company, New England Wire and Cable, proves attractive to corporate raider Larry "The Liquidator" Garfield (Danny DeVito), and he sets about trying to acquire it. The company is fictional and the factory in the film was actually located in Seymour, Connecticut (it's since burned down). When Larry first shows up at the factory he asks a company employee for Dunkin Donuts, but she replies that she doesn't think there's a Dunkin Donuts in the town—a sure tip-off that the film wasn't made in Rhode Island.

Providence (1991)

At 55 minutes this one's too short for standard theatrical release. It was filmed at Brown University in Providence and has to do with a overachieving high school student who sneaks on campus to (illegally) further his education. Keanu Reeves appears onscreen for about 30 seconds.

Wind (1992)

Wind is a fictionalized version of the real life story of American skipper Denis Conner, who lost the America's Cup to Australian Sir Alan Bond in 1983, then won it back for America in 1987.

Scenes were shot in Newport at The Elms, along the waterfront, in the harbor, on Rhode Island Sound, and on Conanicut Island (Jamestown) during June 1991. The party scenes and the part where Kate (Jennifer Grey) dances on the lawn were shot at The Elms. When the victorious Australians return, they tie up at Newport's Bowen's Wharf. The house where they weave the sails is in Jamestown, and the first kiss takes place overlooking Jamestown Bridge. About one thousand "Newport types" were used as extras for fifty dollars a day plus lunch.

The twelve-meter yacht sailed by Kate and Will (Matthew Modine) is the American Eagle, which was once owned and raced by Ted Turner. The boat still calls Newport its home, and is available for sunset cruises, regattas, and day trips through America's Cup Charters.

The Age of Innocence (1993)

According to the IMDB, some portion of this film, based on the novel by Edith Wharton, was shot in Portsmouth. It would make sense that the scene in question would be the one where Newland Archer (Daniel Day-Lewis) sees Ellen Olenska (Michelle Pfeiffer) on the pier, but doesn't speak to her. Although some of the action of the film takes place in Newport and Middletown, we're not aware of any filming done there.

Trusting Beatrice aka Claude (1993)

Here's a hard-to-find title. The $32.95 price for a VHS copy we spotted on eBay might lead you to believe it was a rare and much sought-after item. Rare, yes. Much sought-after? Probably not.

The plot concerns the relationship between a guy named Claude (Mark Evan Jacobs), and Beatrice (Irene Jacob), a homeless Frenchwoman who's in America illegally. Claude is kind of hapless and Beatrice is kind of eccentric. Beatrice also brings an additional complication to the plot in the form of a little Cambodian girl (Providence resident Nady Meas) whom she hauls around in a red wagon. Are these the ingredients of a winning comedy? Not from the reviews we've read.

In any case, what we're concerned with here is the Rhode Island connection.

The production company, J.J. Films, reportedly arrived in Providence on May 7, 1990, to get ready for five weeks of shooting beginning July 9. (We have reason to believe that the year was actually 1992, but have so far been unable to confirm this). Providence was chosen, producer Diana Phillips said in an article in Point of View magazine, "specifically, for its look, its aesthetic qualities, it's got architectural interest and beauty. It's such a mixed-up big city—big village, mini-city—it's an urban environment with some very interesting old architecture, and the area has not been over-filmed." Proximity to Trinity Rep, availability of local talent, support from the Rhode Island Film Commission, and access to specific kinds of shooting locations also played a part in the decision to locate the production in Providence.

A big snag popped up, though, when it came time to shoot a pivotal scene that involved staging a fire in a boarding house in Providence's Armory District. Apparently permission had been received ahead of time from Providence Fire Chief Alfred F. Bertoncini, but when the scene actually came up on the shooting schedule, he was on vacation or something, and Acting Chief Gilbert McLaughlin shot the idea down and refused to budge. Since we haven't seen this film it's unclear whether the burning scene was ever filmed, although the plot point is mentioned in later reviews of the movie.

Working out of an office at 389 Charles Street, the production company also used locations in Cranston, Warwick, and Barrington—the town in which Claude's parents live. Their house may be the "big old Victorian on the water—not a river, and not ocean" that Diana Phillips said was so important to the script. Narragansett Bay gets some screen time, too, in a scene where Beatrice swims topless. The opening shot, according to Providence Journal film critic Michael Janusonis in a 1995 article, "is of the Providence skyline from the embankment over what is now Waterplace Park." The Hospital Trust Building can be seen in a shot out one of the windows of the Turk's Head Building, and in another shot a "dim alley between the former Woolworth's and the former Luke's restaurant with the former Shepherd's department store in the background looks pretty darn photogenic."

One of the most entertaining aspects of viewing movies made in your own back yard is spotting evidence of the filmmaker's art that may be less obvious to people unfamiliar with the locations used. "At one point," notes Janusonis, "Beatrice goes to the immigration department, which in the film is located in the Providence City Hall. For reasons that eventually are unearthed in the script, she tries to flee out a restroom window. But when she comes out the other side, she's on the balcony of the State House!"

Dumb & Dumber (1994)

The beginning of this film, about a couple of morons (Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels) who go on a cross-country trip to return a briefcase, features several shots around Providence. When the boys leave town for Colorado (although at one point they appear to be driving into town), we catch a couple of glimpses of the Big Blue Bug. We understand that a bus station scene was filmed at the old circular Gulf Station (demolished in April 2003) at the intersection of Atwells Avenue and Broadway. Some shots of country roads in Lincoln and Cumberland were also used. Directed by Peter Farrelly, Dumb & Dumber debuted at a special pre-opening screening in Rhode Island.

In a 1998 interview with the Providence Phoenix, Bobby Farrelly explained one difference between filming in Rhode island vs. filming elsewhere: "When we shot Dumb and Dumber, we shot a little bit of it in Rhode Island. We were here for a few days, we did a lot of the exteriors and things like that. I myself was driving around in that Mutt Cut car, and there was a film car following it. You can imagine the attention that gets you, driving by the State House in that car. No matter where we went, everybody had to know what was going on, what is this, and they were all very excited. It actually becomes a concern, because you need everyone in the background to act normal instead of waving and all this. Well, from there we went to Colorado and Utah. Same car, same cameras. We'd drive that thing down the streets of Salt Lake City and, I'm telling you, people wouldn't even turn their heads! It was like: Wow! It just reminded me that in Rhode Island they stand up and take notice."

True Lies (1994)

The opening sequence of this film, set at a diplomatic party in a château in the snowy Swiss Alps, is an amalgam of Newport location footage and Hollywood magic. Many exteriors and interiors were filmed at Ochre Court, the main administration building for Salve Regina University, and at Rosecliff. The Newport portions of the sequence were filmed during the third week of February 1994 (four days at Ochre Court and two at Rosecliff).

The ice in the trees was made from water sprayed from a fire truck; snow-making machines supplied the snow. For the underwater scene, a lake was actually built on the lawn of Ochre Court, on the side facing the ocean. It was, of course, removed when filming was completed. The wall that Arnold Schwarzenegger scales is also at Ochre Court, although it wasn't actually Arnold, but a double. The arms dealer's private study, where Arnie hacks the computer, was an Ochre Court bedroom at the time of filming. Now it's a nun's administrative office.

The spot where Arnold and Tia Carrere first speak, in front of the Persian sculpture, is the first foyer of Rosecliff. Rosecliff's ballroom was the setting for the tango scene. According to IMDB, the mansion was unheated and it was a very cold night. "All of the women wore dresses with nothing underneath. A costume change room was set up outside in the cold. Kerosene lamps were used to heat the tents. One extra's blouse caught fire. For their suffering through the harsh cold that night, the extras were paid an additional $50."

The majority of the scene where the boat house blows up was filmed in one night. The Newport City Council granted a variance, waiving the local noise ordinance, and allowing the production to simulate explosions and gunfire between the hours of 4pm and 6am.

The production of this twelve-minute sequence is said to have brought $2.1 million to Newport's economy.

Federal Hill (1995)

Providence ambiance permeates this "Town and Gown" drama, written and directed by Michael Corrente, and featuring location shots all over the city. The story, based on the one-act play Not for Nuthin' by Corrente, concerns five friends from the Hill and the conflicts that result when one finds himself in debt to a mob boss and another falls in love with a wealthy Brown student.

We first see the five friends together when they meet at Barry's Video Dance Club, at 1473 Warwick Avenue in Warwick (demolished in October 2008), where Ralphy (Nicholas Turturo) tries to get an overweight woman to dance with him. The other four friends are Nicky (Anthony De Sando), Bobby (Jason Andrews), Frankie (Michael Raynor) and Joey (Robert Turano). From the dance club they head to downtown Providence to get a bite at Haven Bros. in front of Providence City Hall. Nicky meets his love interest there when he sells Wendy (Libby Langdon—Corrente's real-life wife) several ounces of cocaine on the City Hall steps.

Ralphy's ailing dad owns Carbone and Sons Construction. Director Corrente plays the part of Fredo, second-in-command at the construction company. The project we see the company working on was the Capital Center Project #5 in downtown Providence, which involved the moving of the Woonasquatucket and Moshasuck Rivers and the building of Waterplace Park. The construction company that actually did this project was Cardi Corporation of Warwick. Ralph's dad's apartment is at 228 Atwells Avenue on Federal Hill. The same building was used for Joey's apartment.

Briggs Clothing, at 200 South Main Street, is the setting for the scene where Frankie finds out his cousin, Bobby, has been passing funny money. Frankie subsequently confronts Bobby at the Classic Restaurant, formerly located at 1058 Charles Street in North Providence, where Bobby works as a valet. Nicky later brings Wendy and her parents there for dinner. The Classic has now been replaced by Pinelli's North End Cafe.

Nicky replaces Wendy's hubcap in front of 5 Euclid Avenue, across from the College Hill Bookstore at 252 Thayer Street on the East Side. He then takes her to Angelo's Civita Farnese at 141 Atwells, and when he fails in his attempt to get the waiter to serve a special dish, he takes her on a shopping spree through Federal Hill's specialty shops. Back at his apartment, he expertly prepares a meal from the collected ingredients. The scenes at Nicky's apartment were filmed at 59 Bainbridge Avenue, which, according to Rick Smith, "I believe was the real life home of Jeff Gage, a crew member on the film."

The pawn shop where Ralphy sells his stolen goods was Paradise Coin, formerly located at 1153 North Main Street. There's still a shop there, but it's called something else. Squire's Salon, where Wendy gets a haircut and meets Joey's wife, is at 10 Euclid Avenue. (In real life Squires was owned by Corrente's uncle, David Shwaery). The hotel where Wendy's parents are staying is the Omni Biltmore. When Ralph and Nicky have their long heart to heart talk, the monument we see is of Roger Williams at Prospect Park, off Congdon Street.

The stairs from which the sniper shoots used to go up to Francis Street from the parking lot of the University of Rhode Island College of Continuing Education. The stairs are gone now, as is the original URI Providence, obliterated by the Providence Place Mall. Corrente requested permission to film on Brown University campus, but Brown didn't like that the Wendy character, a Brown student, was a drug user, so Corrente used URI instead.

The funeral parlor scenes, in the parking lot with the limo, and at the chapel, were shot at Berarducci and Sons at 477 Broadway. Jet World Travel, where the viewer can assume Ralphy has just bought a plane ticket, was located at 87 DePasquale Avenue. The business has since moved to 338 Atwells. The building where the gun is hidden is the John O. Pastore Federal Building, located on the corner of Exchange and Thomas Streets.

Federal Hill cost only a quarter million dollars to make, much of it paid for with credit cards and a second mortgage on Corrente's house. During production, Corrente's office was located above Costantino's Venda Ravioli, on Atwells Avenue. Originally released in black and white, the distributor insisted the film be colorized when it was released to video, much to Corrente's annoyance.

Statuary (1995) short film

Statuary is a 27-minute experimental film made by Rhode Island native Laura Colella. It tells two parallel stories. The Rainbow Rock Manufacturing Company at 14 Douglas Pike in Smithfield is the setting for one half of the film, which tells about a reclusive statuary dealer (Marissa Colella). The other half follows a recent college grad (played by the director), looking for meaningful paying work, and was divided among several Providence locations, including Federal Hill, Geoff's sandwich shop on Benefit Street, and the old Rhode Island State Council on the Arts offices at 83 Park Street. A parade in West Warwick was also featured. The film toured the festival circuit extensively, winning several awards.

American Buffalo (1996)

This adaptation of a David Mamet play was directed by Michael Corrente and stars Dustin Hoffman and Dennis Franz. The story concerns the conflict that occurs between Don (Franz), owner of the run-down Hagist Appliances, his unstable friend "Teach" (Hoffman), and Don's teenaged protégé Bob (Sean Nelson) as plans are formed to rob a collector of his coins. As in most works by Mamet, there's plenty of tension and repetitive dialogue.

All filming took place around the intersection of Broad, Exchange, and Summer Streets in Pawtucket. Dustin Hoffman arrived in town on May 20, 1995, and May 22 was spent in rehearsals and blocking. The Providence Journal reported that "For one scene, Hoffman yesterday kicked a yield sign, then a garbage can, and then ripped the receiver off a pay phone to try to convey the anger of his character." The Times Square Diner was at the heart of the action, and would later play a part in the film, but remained open during preproduction activities. "Breakfast patrons appeared utterly aghast as Hoffman and company burst in the door and started their rehearsal shtick. Corrente... grabbed a broom from the diner at one point and came barreling out the door, making giant sweeping motions. Hoffman went back in and escorted waitress Sharlene Whitman from behind the counter and out onto the sidewalk where they posed for a photograph, arms around each other's waists."

An out-of-work construction worker named Dave Pepin, who apparently was just passing by, was hired off the street as an extra because he looked kinda like Hoffman. He had to work for free, however, so his SSI payments wouldn't be in jeopardy. Another local, Barry Coutu of Barrington, was hired as a stand-in for Hoffman.

Filming began on June 1, 1995. The initial scenes were shot inside the diner, which was renamed the Riverside Diner for the movie, and in the American Shoe Shining Parlor around the corner. In addition to the new name, the diner was also given a new silver and black exterior makeover. The pink exterior of another restaurant across the street, Restaurante Lisboa A Noite, was covered up with mustard-colored paint. New names were given to all of the storefronts in the sprawling Fanning Building on Broad Street, including the one where most of the film's action takes place, Hagist Appliances.

Teach's hotel room was located in the McDevitt Building on Broad Street, while the hotel stairway was in the Fanning Building. A parking lot at Broad and Humes Streets was transformed into a flea market. The decrepit 1915 Leroy Theater, which anchored one end of the Fanning Building and had been empty for a number of years, helped lend an air of economic desperation to the film. (Here's a little piece of coincidental trivia—the middle name of Libby Langdon, the director's wife, happens to be Fanning.)

Soon after on-site filming ended on July 11, the director and the three actors immortalized their achievement by placing their hands in cement in front of the Riverside Diner. This square of cement is optimistically referred to as the Hollywood Walk of Fame in some of Pawtucket's tourism literature.

The block that contained the Leroy Theater and the appliance store was demolished in 1999 to make way for a Walgreens. (125 of the Leroy's seats went to outfit the theater at the Blackstone Valley Visitor's Center on Roosevelt Avenue, and the first five three-foot-tall letters from the venue's sign now adorn director Corrente's Providence apartment). The Riverside Diner is still there and still serving, as is the shoeshine parlor, where nothing inside seems to have been touched since the production left town. Sun-bleached magazines and comic books dating from around 1995 can still be seen propped up in racks by the front window.

Killer: A Journal of Murder (1996)

Filmed in the maximum security wing of the Adult Correctional Institute (aka "Big Max"), and starring Warwick native James Woods, this film tells the story of murderer Carl Panzram. The film, and the book on which it is based, shows the sorts of brutal treatment prisoners were subject to in the 1920s and '30s and questions whether a criminal can be reformed through punishment. For the prison yard scenes the producers had to build a fence across the yard to separate the actors and crew from the actual prisoners.

Red Sky at Night (1996) short film

The IMDb entry for this short film by Dewey Thompson lists Rhode Island as one of the filming locations. Since the plot concerns a pair of strangers who "are paired in a canoe for a singles outing on New York City's notorious East River" who are swept out to sea, we assume the Rhode Island scenes were filmed somewhere off our southern coast.

Schizopolis (1996)

More statist bigotry from leftist pinko Hollywood writers! Yay!

Newswoman: The federal government announced today that in an effort to eradicate the national debt, it will be selling the state of Rhode Island to a group of private investors, for a reported $18 billion. The investors plan to enclose the entire state with an all-weather roof, and turn it into the world's largest shopping mall. When asked for comment, a White House spokesperson would only say, "Well, at least we didn't sell it to the f*cking Japanese."

Amistad (1997)

This tale of an 1839 revolt aboard the slave ship Amistad and the subsequent trial made excellent use of several locations in Jamestown, Bristol, Providence, and Newport during March 1997.

Jamestown: In the scene where the Africans row ashore in a lifeboat, they land on Fort Wetherill Beach.

Bristol: The river in the woods where the Africans fill their buckets is located on Hope Farm in Bristol. The house on the same property was used for the scene where the courier arrives at John Adams' (Anthony Hopkins) farm with the letter from Roger Baldwin (Matthew McConaughey).

Providence: All exterior scenes of the nation's Capital Building in Washington, D.C., including those with Adams in the garden, are actually the Rhode Island State House. The interior scenes of President Van Buren (Nigel Hawthorne) in his office were shot in Governor Almond's State Room.

Newport: Newport's locations helped recreate nineteenth-century New Haven, Connecticut. Washington Square was the setting for a couple of exterior shots, including the scene where the courier leaves New Haven with the letter for Adams. The jail façade was constructed out of painted fiberglass in Queen Ann's Square in front of Trinity Church. The Old Colony House hosted several scenes, most notably those that took place in the courtroom. The Old Colony House Green Room supplied the setting for Baldwin's office, where he composed his letter to Adams, and the attic of the building served as Theodore Joadson's (Morgan Freeman) bedroom. Marble House has the distinction of having doubled as both the Spanish Royal Palace (for the scenes with young Queen Isabella (Anna Paquin)) and Buckingham Palace (for the scene where Queen Victoria seals a letter with wax). The church where Judge Coglin (Jeremy Northam) wrestles with his decision is St. Mary's. The mansion where dinner guests are seen alighting from a carriage is Rosecliff.

Many extras were enlisted from Newport's winter population; local artist John Hagen sat in as the court artist and it's his hand that we see penning the letter requesting John Adams' help with the case.

Spielberg and his wife, Kate Capshaw, McConaghey, and Freeman all stayed at the Newport Marriot during filming, while the Hotel Viking hosted the crew and some extras.

During his stay, Spielberg made himself at home. According to the June 1997 issue of Rhode Island Monthly, "...he took in the Jim Carrey flick Liar Liar in Middletown; got a twenty percent discount at Newport's Rockport Company when he went shoe shopping with movie hunk and Amistad star Matthew McConaughey; and celebrated his son's birthday with wife Kate Capshaw at the Brick Alley Pub." And in the November/December 1999 issue of the online magazine MovieMaker, Spielberg was quoted as saying that he would film in Rhode Island again "in a heartbeat."

During the early planning stages of this film, Rick Smith, the head of the Film and Television Office of the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation, was reprimanded by his superiors for sending joke email—they didn't believe he was really corresponding with Steven Spielberg. That gives some indication of what the environment for film was like in Rhode Island at that time. All that changed when the production of Amistad came to Newport. The film boosted Newport's economy for nearly a year after filming wrapped up, bringing in about $5 million, and the doors were opened for a slew of new film projects.

Photojournalist Vic Farmer documented much of the action in Newport during filming in March 1997. His comments and photographs can be found online.

Andre the Giant Has a Posse (1997)

This 17-minute documentary, directed by Helen Strickler, details the origins and meanings (or lack thereof) behind the guerrilla art campaign that put the face of Andre the Giant on stop signs, billboards, and walls all over the world. It all started in a Providence skateboard shop...

A brief opening scene takes place in the parking lot of Atlantic Mills in Olneyville. The interview scenes with Shepard Fairey take place in his print shop, Alternate Graphics, formerly located at 410 Angel Street. Providence-based puppet troupe Big Nazo also makes an appearance.

Code of Ethics (1997)

This film by Dawn Radican, shot in Providence, Newport, and Jamestown during the summer of 1996, was the first of many films promoted by the Providence Film Commission. It's a thriller about Jo Deangelo (Melissa Leo), a quality control administrator at Medisys (a private company tapped to take over Medicaid administration from the government) who finds herself the unwilling accomplice of a serial killer bent on punishing perpetrators of Medicaid fraud. The plot is so full of holes it could be used as a sieve, and the accents owe more to Brooklyn than to Federal Hill, but the evil cartoon quahog that hosts the computer game that gets Deangelo in hot water is worth the rental price. Well, almost.

The film features much aerial photography, as though the production company wanted to get its money's worth from its rented helicopter. Providence Journal reviewer Michael Janusonis noted at the time that Radican "...seems to have shot every scenic nook and cranny in Providence except for Prospect Park and Federal Hill (plus the photogenic seaside parts of Newport and Jamestown). If the state were looking for a promotional film, it couldn't have asked for anything better than Brian Heller's lushly romantic cinematography which paints everything from Waterplace Park... to the State House dome to Kennedy Plaza and even the Fox Point hurricane barrier, with an inviting brush."

The pharmacy that shows up a couple of times in the film is Cameron's Pawtuxet Pharmacy, located at 2206 Broad Street in Cranston. Jo's open-architecture Medisys office is actually two locations, Richmond Square Technology Park on Pitman Street for the exteriors, and Davol Square on Eddy Street for the interiors. The first murder occurs at the northeast end of the Point Street Bridge.

The evil quahog sends Jo scurrying around the state looking for clues to a puzzle she doesn't know the shape of. Although the first address Jo goes to, the hospital where her doctor boyfriend (Jonathan Walker) works, is listed as 264 Dudley Street, we think the hospital interiors may have been shot at the Blue Cross Blue Shield building at 15 La Salle Square. The next address is 585 Blackstone Boulevard, which is Swan Point Cemetery, but the scene was actually filmed in the smaller, neighboring Riverside Cemetery. The gravestones may have been provided by the O'Neill Hayes Funeral Home. On her way to the last address at 50 Kennedy Plaza, Deangelo double-parks, which is exactly the kind of authentic little detail that we Rhode Islanders love to see. The Providence Civic Center has to stand in for the Fleet Center, though. The clues that Deangelo collects from these three addresses eventually bring her to Bowen's Wharf in Newport, where she encounters a nasty, and very redly-lit, surprise.

The Rhode Island locations come fast and furious: The radio station, WYAC, is actually Rhode Island College's student radio station, WXIN-FM. The hair salon where Deangelo's friend washes the spaghetti out of her hair is Scissor-Hand at 394 Wickenden Street. The shop across the street where we see some suspicious activity going on is the Aqua-Life Aquarium at 389 Wickenden. Jo interviews Tony Masconi (Ed "the Machine" Regine) at J.G. Goff's Pub, right around the corner from Davol Square at 7 Point Street. The hotel lobby where Jo bumps into her boyfriend is that of the Westin Hotel, 1 West Exchange Street. Jo and her friend then go for lunch at the Westin's restaurant, the Agora. Later, they go dancing at the Fish Company Bar and Grille, 515 South Water Street.

The office of Senator Peter Van Leuvan (David Beecroft) is actually that of then Providence Mayor Buddy Cianci. Dr. Loring's address, 345 Cassandra Drive, is fake—there is no such street in Jamestown. The actual location that was used is somewhere along Canonicus Avenue on the east shore of Jamestown, with a good view of the Newport Bridge. Both Jo and Eddie, Medisys's resident computer geek, supposedly live on Goat Island, one of the ritzier addresses in Newport, itself a pretty ritzy town. Jo's address is Harbor House #3, which also doesn't exist, but Eddie's apartment may have been in the Hyatt Regency on Goat Island, while Jo's place may have been one of the condos at the southern end of the island. But we're just guessing.

The climax of the movie takes us from the Capital building rotunda, to its cityside patio, to the downtown Amtrak station, and then down to Waterplace Park where Jo hijacks Captain Joe's Water Taxi to get away from the Medicaid killer. That's Captain Joe Dempsey, himself, running along the shore after his stolen boat, the Hurricane. He later admitted in a Providence Journal interview that he was disappointed with his fifteen seconds of fame—another actor, one with a higher voice, was dubbed over Joe's own manly tones. The chase continues down the Providence River (note the construction of what would later become Riverwalk, an extension of Waterplace Park), through the Fox Point Hurricane Barrier, and ends in Providence Harbor.

For an independent feature by a first-time director, Code of Ethics is a pretty impressive effort. However, we believe its true value is yet to be realized. Some day, perhaps fifty years from now, this film will be a nice little time-capsule showing what Providence (and to a lesser extent, Newport and Jamestown), looked like back in 1996.

Fast, Cheap and Out of Control (1997)

One portion of this patchwork documentary about people with odd jobs features gardener George Mendonca and was filmed at Green Animals in Portsmouth. Mendonca tells how he came to Green Animals after the hurricane of 1938, and how he reshaped the wrecked foliage into whimsical animals by hand.

The Hearts of Age (1997) short film

According to IMDB, this ten-minute black and white short is a "shot-for-shot remake of Orson Welles' first effort at cinema, filmed entirely on New Year's Eve 1996 in downtown Providence, Rhode Island." Did Welles' 1934 self-indulgent art flick really need to be remade? Well yeah, because the not-yet-famous director failed on one major point in putting his freshman effort together—he didn't film it in the Ocean State.

Race (1997) short film

In this twenty-minute film "An aging runner recalls the painful events of his past and shares with us his introspective journey to find peace after having survived the Holocaust." The Rhode Island stuff consists of scenes shot during the Ocean State Marathon in Providence.

Ties to Rachel (1997)

This film, based on short stories by Bear Kirkpatrick, concerns "four eccentric but endearing characters living in a small New England town—a shopkeeper, a housepainter, a mechanic, and a boxer—who each react differently to the absence of a beautiful, enigmatic young woman named Rachel." If it sounds straightforward, it's not. The stories intertwine, flashbacks occur with little to mark them as such, and there are precious few clues to the various characters' backstories or motivations.

Producers from Counterproductions Inc. chose Burrillville over Deerfield, Massachusetts, and an unidentified Connecticut town, for the shooting location of this "intelligent art film." Filming began in early to mid-July 1996 and continued for about five weeks. Locations that were considered, according to reports in the Providence Journal, included Pascoag's Main Street, as the site where one character was to run an appliance repair shop; a mobile home, which was to be used as one character's residence; a small pond, where several scenes were to take place; a cell block at the state police barracks on Putnam Pike; and Acotes Hill Cemetery in Chepachet. A boxing scene was staged on the third floor of an old mill in Harrisville. We've seen the film, but not being on intimate terms with Burrillville, we can only say that there are indeed an appliance repair shop, a mobile home, a pond, a jail cell, a cemetery, and a mill building in it. Also railroad tracks, a bar, and a red house that gets painted black.

Crew members stayed at Bryant College in Smithfield during the shoot. Many of the props, including a chain saw, a lawn mower, and a green trailer were borrowed from local residents or relatives of the crew, and many locals were drafted as extras.

Molly Price, who played Leah, co-owns with her two sisters a gourmet sandwich shop on Block Island called The Three Sisters.

The film premiered at the Los Angeles Independent Film Festival in 1997, and while it captured the Bronze Award at the Houston International Film Festival the same year, it was reported to us that Ties never made it into theaters or onto video because of poor audience reception.

Anima (1998)

Written and directed by Jamestown resident Craig Richardson, this independent film (original title: Perception) tells what happens when an investigative reporter begins looking into an elderly couple's odd hobby, involving taxidermy, mummification, and puppetry. Although the action supposedly takes place in Wyoming, Rhode Island, most of the story was filmed in Foster, with additional scenes shot in Jamestown, East Greenwich, Exeter, Clayville, North Scituate, Hope, and Providence.

Foster locations include the Moosup Valley Congregational Church and the Moosup Valley Grange on Moosup Valley Road, Helen's Place on Route 6, and the Valley Store. Providence's Bertucci and Pennine funeral homes also shared screen time.

Anima was the first feature film to win an award (Best American Feature) at the Newport International Film Festival.

BOXed Man (1998)

Written, produced, and directed by Middletown resident Nick Pasyanos, BOXed Man is a comedy about the corrugated box industry. It was filmed between July 11 and December 28, 1997 in 40 locations thoughout Rhode Island. Pasyanos estimates that about a third of the film was shot in office buildings in the Lincoln Industrial Park, the Cumberland Office Park, and the Warwick Industrial Park. Additional scenes were done in two Cumberland eateries on Mendon Road—Davenport's Restaurant and Eggs Up—and locations in Providence, Pawtucket, Newport, and Bristol were used as well.

Meet Joe Black (1998)

This sentimental and overly long film, based on Alberto Cassella's play "Death Takes a Holiday," stars Brad Pitt as Death and Anthony Hopkins as Bill Parish, the man Death picks to instruct him about life. All interior and exterior scenes at Parish's country estate, including scenes involving the preparation and execution of Parish's 65th birthday party, were filmed at the Aldrich Mansion on Warwick Neck. (The mansion was chosen from more than 200 possibilities on the East Coast). Party scenes, using many local extras, were filmed at the mansion during August 1997.

In their September 1997 issue, Rhode Island Monthly reported, "Hollywood hunk Brad Pitt has rented digs on Warwick Neck during filming of Meet Joe Black, while co-star Anthony Hopkins is sacking out at Holiday Inn at the Crossings." The magazine also noted that producers covered the cost of electronic gates for several homes adjacent to the mansion in order to "keep curiosity seekers at bay."

Another neighbor didn't fare so well. According to NewEnglandFilm.com, "A mini courtroom drama evolved out of one sleepless Warwick, Rhode Island, resident's complaints that the night-time filming and fireworks disturbed him and his family. Perhaps due to a delirium caused by lack of sleep, [he] thought $50,000 ought to settle the score. No such luck, but what they did get was a free hotel room away from the noise on the nights of filming."

Night of the Beast (1998)

Night of the Beast, produced by Warwick-based Star-Shadow Productions, was filmed mostly at the General Stanton Inn in Charlestown. It was shown at the Convergence Film Festival in June 1998, but lacking a distributor, it then apparently sank into oblivion. Providence Journal critic Michael Janusonis reviewed the movie during the festival and called it "relentlessly gory" and "mean-spirited and sick," and pointed out that "any sense of surprise and mystery are eliminated quickly." Night benefits from, but is ultimately not saved by, "tight, professional editing by Thomas A. Ohanian, ...Cranston Oscar winner."

Safe Men (1998)

In this low-key comedy, two hopeless singers are mistaken for skilled safe-crackers and forced to work for the Rhode Island Jewish mafia. It wasn't filmed in Rhode Island, but there are several Providence references. The mobster boss, Big Fat Bernie Gayle, lives at 119 Hope Street, a location that couldn't possibly have the large pool and beachside view seen in the movie. Also, the fence's warehouse/store is supposed to be on Wickenden Street, but there's no indication where.

Tax Day (1998)

Tax Day is a film by independent filmmaker and RISD professor Laura Colella. Irene (Kathleen Monteleone) and Paula (Donna Sorbella), two fortyish women, decide to go from the west side of Providence to the Central Post Office one April 15th. Their extremely meandering path leads them down the Woonasquatucket River in canoes, through Waterplace Park, on foot to the State House, then to Scialo Brothers Bakery and DePasquale Square on Federal Hill, into the apartment (above Antonelli's Poultry) of an elderly Italian woman, over to Fox Point Elementary School, back into downtown and Burnside Park (where they catch a RIPTA bus that goes astray), back past the oil tanks at Field's Point, across the Route 195 footbridge, and finally, to the Central Post Office.

Perhaps even more so than Code of Ethics, this film could be said to be a love letter to 1990s Providence. It shows a city where there is always something happening, if only you slow down enough to see it.

On-site production took place from June 8 to July 7, 1998. A few things to note: The street sweeper ballet sequence takes place at the intersection of North Main Street, Branch Avenue, and Cypress Street. The pile driver that you can see (and hear) in the background of a few scenes is driving piles for the Providence Place Mall. In the scene with the fruit seller, there is no park across the street from DePasquale Square. At that point along Spruce Street, the view is of parked cars, and beyond them, Route 10. We're not certain, but we think the park that was used is either on the property of the church on Dean Street, or farther down Atwells Avenue next to the pinecone arch.

There's Something About Mary (1998)

There's Something About Mary, directed by Bobby and Peter Farrelly, is the tender story of a bumbling thirty-something nerd (Ben Stiller) who's still obsessed with his high school crush (Cameron Diaz). He tracks her down, only to find out that everyone else around her is obsessed with her too.

Several Providence locations are featured. The office of the private detective (Matt Dillon) that Stiller hires is in the Industrial Trust Building. At one point Stiller and Dillon have a conversation in Kennedy Plaza—a scene for which, according to Eric Olin, director of the Providence Film Commission, traffic had to be rerouted during rush hour. Stiller's lawyer friend, played by Chris Elliot, works at One Citizens Plaza. The scenes at Elliot's house, with a view of downtown Providence, were filmed December 3 and 4, 1997, in the back yard of a home owned by John and Gloria Kilmartin, located opposite Prospect Terrace. (The children playing in the background of the scene are Bobby Farrelly's own five- and six-year-old kids). In a scene that was deleted from the theatrical version, Stiller and Elliot have a conversation at Prospect Terrace while Elliot practices putting. A couple of meetings between Stiller and Dillon, shot on December 5, take place at the Hot Club, overlooking the Providence River.

In early scenes outside the high school, Woogie, Mary's rumored boyfriend, is said to attend Barrington High School. Stiller's character calls it "Borrington High," a nickname that generations of Barrington students are familiar with. In addition, keep an ear out for the voice of Al Cerrone, which is featured in a radio commercial for Cerrone Oldsmobile.

Providence wasn't 20th Century Fox's first choice for this film—they wanted Pittsburgh because they thought it was more "film friendly." The Farrellys ended up having to drag some studio executives out here in order to show them how nice Providence really was. Crew members who worked on the Providence shoots were so impressed that, as Peter Farrelly noted to a Providence Journal reporter, "Some of them talked about moving here."

TSAM premiered at the Stadium Theatre in Woonsocket on July 14, 1998, the day before its national release, as part of the Rhode Island International Film Festival. If you happen to visit the office of the Stadium Theatre you can see the actual prop of Puffy, the unfortunate bandaged dog.

Dog Days (1999) short film

Filmed during September 1999 at the abandoned officers' quarters at Quonset Davisville Port and Commerce Park, North Kingstown, Dog Days is about a family struggling to survive post-World War III. Seeking some normalcy, the daughter adopts a delusional man in a dog suit as a pet. The man-dog fulfills his role thoroughly, playing fetch and protecting the family from intruders. But then the food runs out...

Duct Wars (1999-2005) short films

This is a series of five short films—The Rebellion (1999), The Silver Enemy (2000), Forgotten Past (2002), Midnight Shadows (2004), and Ductorian Chronicles (2005)—made by brothers Chris and Dann Thombs. Aside from the obvious fact that they are Star Wars parodies, they also purport to shine light on a little-known aspect of the age-old conflict between good and evil, or in other words, duct tape and masking tape. Locations used for the films include the Black Point area of Narragansett, Norman Bird Sanctuary in Middletown, and Ochre Court in Newport.

While we wouldn't call them cinematic geniuses, these guys are seriously prolific, with several dozen projects to their credit since 1987. Viewed in rough chronological order a progression from awful to not-so-bad can be perceived, although plots continue to rely heavily on sword fights, wrestling moves, and ninjas, augmented by some decent amateur CGI effects. Many of their films are available for viewing on their website, dcjproductions.com, or on Google Video.

Everybody Does It (1999)

A black and white independent feature, filmed partially in Providence, "about seven friends and their romantic travails."

Night on the Town (1999) short film

This nineteen-minute short takes a look at what three unattended children get up to while their parents enjoy a night out. Based on childhood memories of director James Holland (a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design), Night was shot in Providence.

One Soldier (1999) short film

Thirty-minute black-and-white comedy short by comedian Steven Wright. Includes some footage shot on Block Island.

Outside Providence (1999)

This film, directed by Michael Corrente and written by Peter Farrelly, concerns Tim Dunphy (Shawn Hatosy), a slow-witted stoner from Pawtucket who's sent to spend his high school senior year at a prep school in Connecticut in the mid-1970s. Filming took place in various spots around Rhode Island during October and November of 1997, with additional footage being shot in April of 1999. Hatosy, playing an 18- or 19-year-old, was 21 when filming started and 23 when it wrapped up. At one point during filming, Alec Baldwin (who played Hatosy's dad) was spotted in Caserta's Pizzeria ordering a Wimpy Skippy.

The Connecticut prep school, Cornwall Academy, was played by the University of Rhode Island in Kingston, and many URI students were hired as extras. The scene where Dunphy and his girlfriend (Amy Smart) try to hitchhike to Florida takes place next to a potato field on Plains Road in Kingston. The Larchwood Inn, at 521 Main Street in Wakefield, was to be used as a country restaurant in the film, but scenes shot there were left on the cutting room floor. The Providence skyline can be seen in the background of the scene where the boys say goodbye to their friend Drugs Delaney (John Abrahams), and Brown University's Van Wickle Gates set up the scene where Timothy attempts to convince a school official to reconsider his girlfriend's college application. Additional filming was done inside Providence's Cranston Street Armory (some interior prep school scenes) and at Mount Saint Charles Arena in Woonsocket (hockey scenes).

The bus station where Dunphy embarks on his trip to Cornwall is actually the Gulf Station that was located at the eastern ends of Broadway and Atwells Avenue in Providence. It was torn down in April 2004 to make way for a parking lot. Pay close attention and you may notice that the Bonanza bus taking Dunphy to boarding school carries different Rhode Island license plates when departing and arriving. First it's a new-style "wave" plate, then an old-style plain one.

Mike Cerrone of Cerrone Oldsmobile plays Caveech, and Corrente cast Samantha, his own sister's pet, as the three-legged dog. A number of former Trinity Rep regulars also help fill out the cast, including Tim Crowe (known especially for his seasonal portrayal of Ebenezer Scrooge).

Corrente's initial financial outlay for this film was two dollars. He laid the first dollar down for a copy of Peter Farrelly's novel in a second-hand store. Corrente liked the story well enough that he immediately contacted the author about the screen rights, and Farrelly let him have them for another buck. After that costs increased significantly—the budget topped out at an estimated seven million dollars.

Same Difference (1999)

Providence and Newport were the filming locations for this drama about AIDS, gang violence, sexual preference, and prejudice. According to the (now-defunct) Providence Film Commission website, demolition of the Gorham Manufacturing Plant was delayed for this project.

Say You'll Be Mine (1999)

Produced by Michael Corrente. Original title, Strangers in Transit. Filmed in Providence and Pawtucket, the Providence locations substituted for New York City.

A Wake in Providence (1999)

It's Guess Who's Coming to Dinner Rhode Island-style when Anthony (Vincent Pagano) joins his Italian-American family on the occasion of his grandfather's funeral, accompanied by his black girlfriend, Alissa (Victoria Rowell).

Filming took place during June 1998 in the Providence neighborhoods of Federal Hill, Mount Pleasant, and Olneyville.

Anthony and Alissa land at T.F. Green Airport in Warwick and take a taxi to Providence (the trip costs $28.50). During the cab ride we see establishing shots of Route 95, downtown Providence, and the pineapple arch on Atwells Avenue. The couple is dropped off in front of Confreda's Fruit and Produce at 292 Atwells. In the film the store is run by Anthony's brother, Frankie, played by Mike Pagano.

The wake takes place at V.J. Berarducci and Sons funeral home, located at 477 Broadway, and the scenes at grandma's house afterward were filmed in the dining room, living room, and kitchen of the house belonging to Pagano's real grandmother, Esther Reaves Grande.

The bar where Frankie goes to get away from his family is the Old Timer's Tap at 53 Mount Pleasant Avenue. While he has nothing to do with Rhode Island, it's worth noting that the lounge singer in the bar, Buddy Verona, is played by Jerry Vale. Camille's, the restaurant where Aunt Lidia (Adrian Barbeau) meets her boyfriend, is located at 71 Bradford Street. Camille's was fully renovated in the early 2000s, and the great old marquee sign over the door in the film now resides at the Culinary Arts Museum in Providence.

During the scene where the two mooks (Billy Van Zandt and John Mariano) are in the cab, the cabbie's girlfriend, Patty (Jane Milmore), can be seen slurping a Del's Lemonade.

The funeral takes place at St. Mary's Catholic Church, 538 Broadway. It was reported in the Providence Journal in June 1998 that another proposed shooting location was the Holy Rosary Rectory at 463 Benefit Street, but we don't know if it ended up being used. The burial scenes were shot in North Burial Ground. Robert Ianiero, director of the North Burial Ground, assured readers of the Providence Journal in September 1998 that "...there were no grave sites trampled on, unearthed or in any way desecrated. The area where the actual mock burial took place had no burials within twenty to thirty feet of the site. Also, there were fake gravestones brought in specifically for the filming, so no one could actually see the names of any dearly departed."

Friends and members of the Pagano family—Esther Reaves Grande as Aunt Esther, for instance—mix with professional actors in the cast. Michael Berarducci appears as an extra in some of the funeral parlor scenes, and AS220's own Joe Mecca, making an ill-advised comment about Senator Edward Kennedy, plays Man in Bar.

Partial writing credit goes to Providence natives Mike and Vincent Pagano, who based the script on their experience of returning to Providence from Los Angeles to attend the funeral of their own grandfather, Providence Municipal Court Judge William Grande. Although the film never found national distribution, it premiered at the Showcase Cinemas in Warwick on January 27, 2000, and enjoyed a good run at the Seekonk Showcase, where it was held over for six weeks.

Alzira's Story (2000) documentary

This is a documentary by Christian De Rezendes about his grandmother, Alzira de Jesus Soares, and her experiences immigrating to Rhode Island from Portugal as a sixteen-year-old in 1929. Alzira married a man from Valley Falls and, laboring over four decades, eventually sponsored twenty-four of her relatives—two brothers, two sisters, and their children—in their immigration to the U.S. The story is told through interviews that were recorded in the mid- to late 1990s, old photos, and home videos.

Alzira's Story was shot on location in Portugal; Attleboro, Massachusetts; Slatersville, North Smithfield; Pawtucket; and Woonsocket. It premiered in July 2000 at the Tourism Council Visitors' Center Theatre in Pawtucket, at the start of the Rhode Island International Film Festival, and had its television debut on Rhode Island PBS in 2004.

Cuppa Cabby, Piece o' Pie (2000) short film

This 28-minute short was shot over six days in August 1999 in several Narragansett Bay communities, including Jamestown, where the film's writers, Stephen and Kae Geller, live. The surreal narrative ties together a gregarious coffee-swilling cop, UFO encounters, an anthropomorphized clothespin, and disquieting sexual tension between three bickering siblings.

Me, Myself & Irene (2000)

Directed by Peter and Bobby Farrelly, from a script written by the Farrellys and Mike Cerrone back in the fall of 1990. Original title, Me, Myself & Ida. The story concerns a love triangle between the hapless, schizophrenic Rhode Island State Trooper, Charlie (Jim Carrey), his ultra-assertive alter ego, Hank, and Irene (Renée Zellweger), a woman he has been detailed to escort back to upstate New York on an outstanding warrant. Only thing is, Charlie's lost his medication. Hilarity ensues.

Filming commenced in Rhode Island in May 1999, and locations included Newport, Jamestown's Main Street, and Great Island in Narragansett, where Charlie made his home at #21 Mollusk Street. Production in Jamestown was disrupted when it was discovered that a tabloid photographer was taking unauthorized photos of Carrey from a hiding place in one of the buildings. The crew put a stop to his activities by using a giant mirror to reflect sunlight directly through the window the photog was using.

Mike Cerrone of Cerrone Oldsmobile plays Officer Stubie. The film debuted at a special pre-opening screening in Rhode Island.

The Farrellys had originally planned only to be co-writers and producers on the film, but then Carrey stipulated that he would play the part of Charlie only if the Farrellys directed. He might have been persuaded even if the Farrellys hadn't agreed, though, because apparently Carrey is a big fan of the Rhode Island State Trooper uniform, which he had once seen on the David Letterman Show. In MM&I he's seen wearing a typical winter uniform, even though the story takes place in spring and summer.

Miss Congeniality (2000)

Nothing here was filmed in Rhode Island. However, in the most egregious abuse of fiction since Ishtar, Miss Rhode Island wins the Miss United States pageant. (In real life, Miss Rhode Island never wins. Rhode Island hasn't even had a contestant finish in the Miss America Top 10 since 1968.) Furthermore, Miss Rhode Island speaks like a Midwestern hayseed, and although her name is Cheryl it's not pronounced "Cheval."

Yet, a Rhode Island connection may have snuck in. Consider this exchange between Stan Fields (William Shatner) and Cheryl Frasier, Miss Rhode Island (Heather Burns):

Stan Fields: Miss Rhode Island, please describe your idea of a perfect date.

Cheryl Frasier: That's a tough one. I would have to say April 25th. Because it's not too hot, not too cold, all you need is a light jacket.

Okay, sounds silly. But maybe she was really thinking that April 25th was perfect because on that date, in 1984, Vincent "Buddy" Cianci resigned—for the first time—as mayor of Providence.

Ooooh, eerie.

P.O.W. aka Plastic Operatives War (2000) short film

Fifteen minutes' worth of plastic army guys being knocked over, burned, and blown up with firecrackers. The beach scenes were done at some place called Perrault Estates.

There Once Was a Man from Pawtucket (2000) short film

Despite the title and the use of a few local town names, this fifteen-minute short has very little to do with Rhode Island. Filmed in Lexington, Massachusetts, it serves as a sort of public service announcement about a little-known medical condition called Ambulatory Mortosis.

It's unclear if the presumed "man" of the title, Al Wingtight (Bob Jordan), is even from Pawtucket, as his wife Sherry (Mary Klug), during a long monologue on the price of cigarettes, says she knows where to get them for $1.35 a pack, "…if you don't mind driving to Pawtucket." The other local reference, during the same monologue, is to "…the new Walmart down in Cranston…"

The song that plays over the credits at the end of the film includes a chorus that goes like this: "I love you to death, I love you to death; come hell or high water, I love you to death. In a town called Pawtucket, where you kicked the bucket…"

You can view There Once Was a Man from Pawtucket at iFilm.com or MovieFlix.com.

Thirteen Days (2000)

Thirteen Days is a dramatic retelling of the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis, starring Kevin Costner as Kenny O'Donnell, a real-life aide to then-President John F. Kennedy. Rhode Island filming took place in the Spring of 2000 in Newport Harbor and five miles off the coast. There, the destroyer Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr., towed from her berth at Battleship Cove in Fall River, Massachusetts, portrayed herself and her sister ship John R. Pierce.

Timeless (2000)

Filmed in Providence.

Titus Andronicus (2000)

This version of Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus was directed by Richard Griffin and shot entirely on Digital Video for a mere $12,000. The title role was played by Nigel Gore, the artistic director of the Sandra Feinstein-Gamm Theatre. Principal photography took place from August 1999 to May 2000 in Newport, Bristol, Narragansett, and Providence, with additional shots being made right up to four weeks before the premiere at the Cable Car Cinema in Providence on August 26, 2000.

If you happen to find yourself watching this three-hour epic, keep an eye out for scenes shot at Fox Point, the Temple to Music at Roger Williams Park, Holy Rosary Church, the State House rotunda, the Alderman's Chamber at Providence City Hall, and outside the Turks Head Building during a WaterFire. A scene set in a tomb actually takes place in the real-life Providence living room of Christopher and Zoya Pierson, who play Saturninus and Tamora, respectively.

Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001)

It's amazing what you can do with animation these days...

Audrey (Jacqueline Obradors): Wow. Look at all those tattoos.
Cookie (Jim Varney): Shoot. That ain't nothin'. Look here what I got. [lifts up shirt] All thirty-eight United States. Watch me make Rhode Island dance. [wiggles his belly] Go on, baby, dance. Dance!

Bedfellows (2001)

An army colonel, a businessman, a gangster, and a priest get together to play a board game. It's not the first line of a joke, it's part of the plot of Bedfellows, a $25,000, 30-minute short, written, produced, and directed by Cranston filmmaker Michael Grilli. The game participants are playing to decide the fate of a kidnapped young woman, and before the story ends, bet on it, blood will be shed. Filmed primarily in the G.E. Monowatt mill complex off Elmwood Ave in Providence, Bedfellows premiered at AS220 during the summer of 2001.

The Djinn SETI (2001) short film

Somehow someone thought Providence would make a good stand-in for Prague, Czech Republic. That's where this fourteen-minute film by Marc Robert, which is in German with English subtitles, takes place. You can decide for yourself if they made a good choice by viewing it on-line at iFilm.com

We spotted two possible local locations in the film: one could be a blurry view of Providence as seen from the southeast, across the bay; the other is a scene that appears to have been shot on a bridge in Waterplace Park.

Rhode Island Blue (2001)

So far we've been unable to find any information on this film, other than the fact that it stars Paul Sorvino (our pick to play Buddy Cianci in the upcoming production of Mike Stanton's Prince of Providence). We don't even know if any part of it was filmed in Rhode Island.

Siblings (2001)

This full-length feature, written, produced, directed, and edited by Kurt Hull, is about a brother and sister (played by real life sibs Tom and Colleen Conley) who hate each other, but "as they head off to college for the first time, they finally realize just how close they really are." We haven't seen the film yet, but our minds are firmly in the gutter, so we'll refrain from speculating about what this means.

The director truly made use of the resources that were handiest to him. Not only are the two stars brother and sister to one another, they're also step-siblings to Mr. Hull. His own mom, Ruth Conley, plays the mother and his brother, Eric, plays a psychiatrist. The rest of the cast is filled out with additional family members and friends. "The only strays," Hull told us via email, "are Derrick, whom I met while filming near Providence Place and cast as Sonnia's ex-boyfriend, two L.A. residents (also on the crew), and one Italian actress. The Los Angeles crew members were very fond of Dunkin Donuts, something we do not have in L.A."

Siblings was filmed over twenty-four days in August 2001. Locations include downtown Providence, Thayer Street, houses on Pemberton Street in the Mount Pleasant neighborhood and Pequot Street on Federal Hill (both then owned by the director's step-father, Patrick), and T.F. Green Airport. A dream sequence involving a mental hospital was shot at Providence College.

Siblings premiered at the Cable Car Cinema on March 28, 2002.

Swimming Upstream (2001)

This is apparently one of those tear-jerker human interest flicks that people are either tremendously moved by or tremendously annoyed by. It concerns a seventeen-year-old boy (Matt Czuchry) dealing with a dead mom, an alcoholic dad (Michael Moriarty), a budding romance, and terminal leukemia, all while maintaining a positive mental attitude. The film is based on the novel The Greatest Thing That Almost Happened by Don Robertson. Director Robert J. Emery, who grew up in Bristol, changed the setting of the story from the suburbs of Cleveland, Ohio, to Bristol in order to capture the small-town feel of his own home town.

Filming began August 28, 2000, in Bristol, and for the next twenty-one days the production crew was "all over the town... shooting scenes and gathering extras among local families." One location specifically mentioned in news reports was 69 High Street. Use of new high definition video technology allowed the production to come in under $2 million.

Swimming premiered at the Jane Pickens Theater in Newport on May 20, 2001.

Wonderfluff Sandwiches (2001) short film

A lonely housewife (Molly Schiot), a leather chick (Kristen Dodge), some plastic wrap, and some duct tape. You do the math. The eight-minute Wonderfluff was shot on color 16mm in two Providence interior locations: in the kitchen of the Power Street apartment of a friend of director Leah Meyerhoff, and at the Stop-n-Shop on Branch Avenue. At first, management at Stop-n-Shop was reluctant to allow their market to appear on film, but eventually a deal was struck to shoot between 2 and 6am.

Aleister (2002)

Aleister is a mockumentary horror film based on the life of occult legend Aleister Crowley. It was shot on digital video during the summer of 2002 in Newport and Providence.

Bedford Springs (2002)

We don't know much about this film, other than that it's a dark comedy that was partially filmed in Newport and Middletown.

By The Sea (2002)

A young pastry chef (Elena Aaron) rediscovers her Cuban heritage while working in a hotel in Westerly. The October 2001 shoot included scenes in Wilcox Park and at the Westerly Train Station, but the Weekapaug Inn in Watch Hill is the locus of most of the action. The film premiered at the Castle Cinema on Chalkstone Avenue in Providence, on April 28, 2002, the last night of the Providence Festival of New Latin American Cinema.

Dear Julia (2002) short film

Dear Julia is based on a graphic novel of the same name by Brian Biggs, and stars Christian de Rezendes as Boyd Solomon, a dude who believes he can fly. Although the novel is set in San Francisco, the nineteen-minute short was filmed in Providence, at RISD, in student apartments, and on Benefit Street. A scene in a snowy field was shot in North Kingstown. The piece was made in early 2001 and was shown publicly the following May.

Easy Listening (2002)

Burt (David Ian) is a depressed trumpet player in a late-'60s 101 Strings-style orchestra who aspires to play jazz. Then pretty, young, Pollyanna-ish flute player Linda (Traci Crouch) joins the orchestra and teaches him that orchestral pop can be cool, too.

Easy Listening was filmed on a tight shooting schedule of twenty-four days during the summer of 2000. The story is set in Boston, so the crew used as many Boston and Brookline locations as they could, but Providence proved to be a better fit when it came to some period architecture. The apartment building with the courtyard where the two lead characters live is located in Wayland Square, at the corner of Wayland Avenue and Angell Street. The bakery they stop at is actually a candy store, Sweet Creations and Gifts, at 184 Wayland Avenue, and the beauty shop where Linda gets her hair cut earlier in the movie is in the same neighborhood. The woman doing the cutting is the owner.

Timothy Crowe, one of Trinity Repertory Theatre's principal actors, and a mainstay in Rhode Island film, plays the orchestra leader, Perry. The film's director, Pamela Corkey, said in the DVD commentary that she cast Crowe after seeing his performance as Mr. Funderberk in Outside Providence, and that she enjoys his work so much that she has since written two or three scripts with him in mind.

Hope High (2002)

This feature-length "edutainment" video was written and directed by Dawn Radican (Code of Ethics) and produced by Fox Point Films. When an FBI agent recruits several high school students to help him with a bomb threat case, the diverse crew of races, creeds, and ethnicities must find a way to work together to uncover the culprit.

The film was made on location at Hope High School, the Wheeler School, the Met School, Federal Hill, the Fleet skating rink, downtown Providence, Kent County Hospital, the Warwick Country Club, and in private homes in Lincoln, Bristol, Foster, and Warwick.

Many of the actors, as well as many of the behind-the-scenes workers, were real local teens from public and private schools who had been identified as being "at risk." Working on the film was such a positive experience for them that the non-profit Scene: Teens was created to bring filmmaking opportunities to other young people around the country. Hope High premiered at Warwick Showcase Cinemas in 2002 and raised almost $10,000 for the organization.

K-19: the Widowmaker (2002)

The unsung star of this cold-war thriller is the Juliet-484, a diesel-powered Soviet submarine that found a new home at Collier Point Park in Providence, thanks to the U.S.S. Saratoga Museum Foundation. The sub stands in for the K-19 of the title for some exterior and interior scenes in the film. Because the sub depicted in the film is much larger than those of the Juliet-class, the production crew had to attach a one-hundred-foot false steel hull to the stern, and a bigger conning tower made from fiberglass completed the look topside.

The Juliet-484 was open to the public for tours beginning in July 2002. The plan was to eventually make her part of the U.S.S. Saratoga Museum, anchored alongside the huge aircraft carrier at Quonset Point, but during a severe storm in April 2007 she sank. Efforts are underway to refloat her, but it's speculated that seawater damage to her interior may make restoration cost prohibitive.

When tours were operating, guides would point out spots where equipment was inexpertly replaced after having been removed by film technicians. (The parts were taken to a Toronto sound stage where they were reassembled, so that movie crew would have room to maneuver). If you looked carefully, you might have seen at least one life preserver still bearing the K-19 moniker.

The film's New England premiere took place at Hoyts Cinema in Providence Place Mall on July 18, 2002, with the proceeds going to benefit the U.S.S. Saratoga Museum Foundation.

Kiss the Bride (2002)

Feature film by Westerly native Vanessa Parise, who wrote, produced, directed and starred. It was shot over an eighteen day period in October 2001. It takes place in Westerly and, in general, exteriors were shot in Watch Hill and downtown Westerly and interiors were shot in L.A. The movie premiered at the Columbus Theatre during the Rhode Island International Film Festival in August 2002, where it won the Viola M. Marshall Audience Choice Award.

The screenplay was originally called Rhode Island Blue, which makes us wonder if this may be the same project as the 2001 entry with that name on IMDB.

Providence Dirt Newsreel (2002) short film

This was a project spearheaded by artist/activist Jay Critchley, AS220's first artist-in-residence, back in the spring and summer of 2001. It consists of four short films loosely tied together by the theme of Providence dirt (both the kind you grow plants in and the gossipy secrets kind), all presented in 1930s and '40s newsreel style.

In "Foxwoods Loves Roger Williams," our state's founder (played by Tom Paulhus) inexplicably travels through time and lands a job as a PR guy for Foxwoods Casino. Scenes were filmed inside and outside the State House, at the First Baptist Church of America, Brown University, Video Expo on Empire Street, and (surreptitiously) inside Foxwoods itself.

A secret rehabilitation program, dubbed Cell2Sell, is uncovered in "Providence Place Mall Prison." High school students are enlisted to train prisoners in the fine points of shopping, with the aim of turning them into good consumer citizens. The idea for this one stemmed from the fact that Providence Place Mall is built on the site of Rhode Island's old state prison. Footage was shot inside and outside the mall.

These two segments can be viewed online at www.dovetail.tv.

In "The Chicken and the Chip" ad exec Juanita (Marcella Kroll) finds herself the target of video transmissions from a Rhode Island Red rooster whose brain has been implanted with a computer chip. Parts of this were filmed on Atwells Avenue and in the back room of Antonelli's Poultry on Federal Hill.

This segment can be viewed online at www.harvestworks.org.

"Genius Artist at Large" is about what happens when the mayor (Danny Crenca), in an effort to further boost the profile of America's Renaissance City, sponsors a competition to find an artist to represent the city. But the winner, Pablo Van Bulo (Jonathan Wisehart), causes a riot after unveiling an offensive painting, and escapes to wreak havoc. Parts of this one were filmed at AS220, inside the Masonic Temple, and inside the abandoned railroad tunnel that runs between Benefit and Gano Streets.

A fifth segment, "Grave Violators Revealed," was at least partially filmed but apparently never completed. It had to do with a local H.P. Lovecraft cult, Lovers of Lovecraft (LOL), and how their innocent activities are misinterpreted by the media. It was filmed in Swan Point Cemetery and inside a crypt (now well-sealed) at North Burial Ground.

Romeo and Juliet (2002)

Another Shakespearean opus from Richard Griffin and South Main Street Productions, filmed entirely in Providence and East Providence between the end of May and end of August 2001. Locations include Providence's Jewelry District and India Point Park. In a 2002 ProJo article Griffin recalled staging a fight scene on South Water Street that took five hours to shoot. Passing motorists didn't seem to notice the bloody spectacle. "Not once did anyone even slow down!" said Griffin.

The world premiere took place at Providence's Castle Cinema on July 26, 2002.

The Cat in the Hat (2003)

The Cat (Mike Myers): Hey, look, Rhode Island license plate. You never see those.

Yeah, because Rhode Islanders almost never leave home. Why should they? Everything they could possibly want is found within Little Rhody's borders. And for anything that's not, there's television.

Cold Heart of Crystal Lake (2003) short film

Joe Patnaud directed this fifteen-minute fan film based on the Friday the 13th series of movies. It was filmed in Exeter, possibly in Arcadia Management Area.

Extra Credit (2003)

The comedy Extra Credit, written and directed by Dawn Radican, was the first film to come out of her Scene:Teens program, which aims to teach life lessons and instill confidence in "at risk" and creatively gifted teens by having them work on projects alongside professional filmmakers.

The cast of the film is made up almost entirely of local high school and college students. Hope High School's Khari O'Connor plays Kookie Woods, a teen who figures out a way to steal money from credit card companies.

The movie boasts an impressive number of shooting locations all over the state, including the dunes in Coventry (a large waste area, visible from Route 95, frequented by dirt bike and ATV riders); Cameron's Pawtuxet Pharmacy in Cranston; the Johnston Motor Lodge; Narragansett Town Beach; Hope High School, the Wheeler School, Fire and Ice Restaurant, the Federal Reserve restaurant (exteriors), Beneficent Church, Saints Peter and Paul Cathedral, and Don Jose Tequila's in Providence; the Scituate post office; Bryant University in Smithfield; the University of Rhode Island, the Coachman Motor Inn, and Hannah Robinson Tower in South Kingstown; and the Aldrich Mansion in Warwick. Additional scenes were filmed in downtown Edgewood, all over the streets of Providence, and in private homes and offices in Edgewood and Foster.

49 Take Street (2003)

ProJo film critic Michael Janusonis calls this a "tense thriller with a marvelous twist." Starring Diane St. Laurent as a woman in trouble, it was filmed at Pontiac Mills in Warwick.

Getting Out of Rhode Island (2003)

Morgan Stipe (Jeremy Banks) is desperate to escape his small-town Rhode Island roots and make it big in Hollywood, so he launches his own production company. To get things kick-started, he hosts a fundraising rollout party and invites his semi-famous friend, Jake Mattison (Robert Merrifield), as networking bait for a motley cast of forty-two actors, screenwriters, artists, choreographers, newspaper reporters, and other assorted wannabes. Egos clash, ambitions are dampened, secrets are revealed, feelings are hurt.

The party, and the filming, took place in the basement of director Christian de Rezendes' apartment at 409 North Main Street in Slatersville between 6:45 and 9:18pm on November 17, 2001. Filming was almost continuous, with only two breaks to reload the video camera. While backstory, basic character traits, and motivations were supplied to some of the actors, there was no script, and participants were left to improvise, in character, for the full two-and-a-half hour shoot.

Although almost the whole film takes place inside an apartment (with a few forays outdoors), Rhode Island permeates the movie. A Code of Ethics poster is prominent on one wall, as is one advertising "Blackstone Valley, Rhode Island." There are two video screens running during the party, one of which is showing something called, Road Movie RI. de Rezendes and actor John Dolber created this video especially for the movie on September 10, 2001, just driving randomly around Rhode Island's back roads with a video camera. The reporter who keeps interviewing party guests is from the Woonsocket Call. The bartender's table is dressed with a Newport Storm beer banner. And of course a great deal of the party talk has to do with being a filmmaker in Rhode Island and the state's standing as "Hollywood of the East."

We learned from one of the DVD's extra features that, in the scene where Quinley Blais (Ken Spassione) threatens to call 911, the actor meant to dial 411, but in the heat of the moment he accidentally dialed the real emergency number. The Rhode Island State Police showed up very soon afterward. Fortunately, the film shoot was completed when they arrived, and apparently no one was charged.

Getting Out of Rhode Island premiered April 9, 2003, at the Castle Cinema in Providence, then went on to win Best of the Fest at the Black Point Film Festival.

Oh, and if you plan to view this movie, we advise taking some kind of motion sickness preventative.

Goldie's Move (2003)

We don't know much about this film and only found out about it because we spotted a poster for it on the wall of LJ's BBQ back when it was located at 605 Douglas Avenue in Providence. According to some text that accompanied the poster, two-and-a-half days of exterior and interior filming at LJ's resulted in about eight seconds worth of screen time. The film premiered April 27, 2003, at the Columbus Theatre.

An Imperfect Solution: A Tale of the Re-Animator (2003) short film

Director Christian Matzke uses locations in Providence and Maine and lots of 1920s period detail to bring to life a section ("The Scream of the Dead") from H.P. Lovecraft's short story "Herbert West: Re-Animator".

Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003)

We don't usually list a movie just because it happens to have a Rhode Islander among the cast, but we don't mind making the odd exception. In this case the Rhode Islander in question is a ship, the HMS Rose, which plays the part of the HMS Surprise.

Although she was built in 1970 at Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Rose spent most of the 1970s and '80s as a dockside attraction in Newport. She is a replica of the original HMS Rose, a ship captured from the French by the British in 1757 which was refitted and used against the colonies in the American Revolution. The original Rose saw a lot of action in Rhode Island waters, conducting anti-smuggling operations and raiding Block Island and Jamestown for supplies.

North of Providence (2003) short film

This short, based on a one-act play by Edward Allan Baker, takes place in a Rhode Island bedroom on Valentine's Day, 1984, but wasn't filmed in the Ocean State. In it, a sister confronts her indifferent brother over their father's impending death.

While the action never leaves the bedroom, there are a few references early in the piece that lend verisimilitude. A radio announcer identifies his station as WPRO, takes a call from "Nancy... from Mt. Pleasant Avenue," and offers a prize of "...a week's worth of pizza from Caserta's on the hill."

It turns out that New York City-based Baker, who was born in Providence and graduated from Cranston East in 1969, always sets his plays in Rhode Island—"A place," he says, "I loathed growing up." He adds that he "couldn't wait to get out of the Ocean State," but having written more than thirty plays with titles like "Prairie Avenue," "Bride of Olneyville Square," "A Public Street Marriage, and "Off Chalkstone" he admits that mentally, he never really left.

Pacmouse (2003) short film

This is a two-minute short, in the timeframe of which (accompanied by the soundtrack from the Pacman video game), a male mouse tries to mount every one of six females with whom he shares his cage. It was filmed in director Leah Meyerhoff's apartment at the corner of Wickenden and Brook Streets in Providence.

Leah explains the inspiration for the film: "I originally bought the mice for a video installation I was working on for a class at RISD (I was projecting an image onto a sink full of white mice), but then the pet store wouldn't let me return them, so I kept them as pets. I named them in the beginning but then they just kept multiplying and multiplying..."

And where are the stars of Pacmouse now? "In the end, I had so many mice and they smelled so bad that I was forced to give them away. I had a yard sale and offered to give away one mouse with every purchase. One girl came and took twenty of them (probably had a snake). I kept three of them (thinking of three blind mice) for a few months after that, but eventually gave those away, as well. ...they were really cute when there were only three of them and not so cute when there were thirty."

Pay Your Way (2003) documentary

While most people stay away from the beaches during hurricane season, there's no better time to surf in Rhode Island, and that's where about eighty-five percent of this surfing video was made. That's right, not Hawaii, Rhode Island. Footage was shot at Ruggles Reef, Tuckerman's Reef, and other "secret" spots around Newport during the fall and winter of 2003 by Portsmouth natives Nathaniel Tanner and Eric Seider. Tanner commented in a January 2004 Newport This Week article that the film presents "a new perspective for people who don't surf, because you just don't see these views from these spots unless you're a surfer." The soundtrack includes tracks by local bands No Means Yes and Verbal Assault. The forty-five-minute video had its big screen debut at Loca, a bar/restaurant on Newport's Long Wharf, on December 26, 2003.

Sweeping up the Popcorn (2003)

The original version of this film about a moviehouse janitor haunted by ghosts was seventy minutes long, which was apparently too long for the Newport International Film Festival's judges, because they chose not to include it in the 2003 festival. But Justin H. Brierley and Erran Sousa, who filmed the movie on location at Newport's Jane Pickens Theatre, also happened to work there, so it was no problem for them to arrange their own screening during the festival. As they boasted on promotional posters, "NIFF said no, but we've got the keys!"

A couple of sources since then have said that the pair are working on editing the film down to under thirty minutes, with the goal of legitimately breaking into the festival circuit.

Bone Sickness (2004)

If you are a fan of tremendous amounts of watery arterial blood spraying from the ruptured bodies of the dead and the living alike, and are bored with scenes that actually progress the action of the story, this is your movie. Shooting took place at locations in Attleboro, Seekonk, Rehoboth, Pawtucket, and Providence between April 14, 2002 and January 2004. Most of the interior house shots are a pastiche of the homes of director Brian Paulin in Seekonk and lead actor Rich George in Pawtucket. The only recognizable Rhode Island location is a shot of downtown Providence, probably taken from Prospect Terrace, that shows up around an hour-and-a-half into the film.

Die You Zombie Bastards! (2004)

Die You Zombie Bastards! bills itself as the "first ever Serial Killer Superhero Rock 'n' Roll Zombie Road Movie Romance," and more than half of it was filmed right here in little old Rhode Island. The following shooting information was supplied by Caleb Emerson, co-president of Zombastic Productions, Inc.

April 2002: Interiors and exteriors at a warehouse/factory on Oak Street in Olneyville passed for Pittsburgh. Sweden was represented by interiors at the Red Fez in downtown Providence (as a village bar), and at a bed and breakfast on Power Street on the East Side. Exteriors at the recreation field on Gano Street stood in for West Virginia.

September 2002: Exteriors in the vacant woodsy lot behind Eastside Marketplace on Providence's East Side were used for the tropical "Hell Island," while Colt State Park in Bristol lent more exteriors to bring the fields of Sweden to life.

November 2002: The back yard of Caleb Emerson's Fox Point apartment became the fictitious town of Kimister, Rhode Island. Sweden came into the picture again with exteriors shot at RISD's Woods Gerry Gallery. Checker's Pizza on Benefit Street played the part of a pizzeria in West Virginia, and additional interiors were shot in RISD's bluescreen studio.

December 2002 and January 2003: The Monahassett Mill in Olneyville became an abandoned "Hell Island" sugar mill.

A plethora of local music talent lent their living corpses to the proceedings, including Jason "King" Kendall (lead singer of the Amazing Royal Crowns and the Deterrents), who plays Kentucky Bob, the host of a game show called "Kentucky Bob's Wife-Swapping Rodeo." All four members of the band Superkollider play zombies and a ninja, and Ricky Magic from the Photon Torpedoes plays another ninja. Members of Vincibus Eruptum, Sawzall, Throne of Blood, Ninja vs. Wrestler, and the White Mice lent their makeup-wearing talents, as well. In fact, Pippi Zornoza, bass player with Sawzall and a singer with Throne of Blood, is the blood-bespattered heroine of DYZB!.

Die You Zombie Bastards! is based on three short films, also made in Rhode Island: "Red's Breakfast" (1995), "Red's Breakfast 2: Dawn of the Red" (1997), and "Red's Breakfast 3: Die You Zombie Bastards!" (1998). All three have been compiled on VHS, along with behind-the-scenes documentary footage, as The Red's Breakfast Experience (2002).

The North American premiere of DYZB! took place on March 12, 2005, at the Columbus Theatre in Providence.

Feeding the Masses (2004)

2004 seems to be the year of the zombie movie in Rhode Island. Here's another, this time from local director Richard Griffin, whose previous efforts were all adaptations of Shakespeare plays.

So zombies, as usual, are taking over the world. This time we see the action from the perspective of a television news crew trying to subvert the government's attempts to control the media and downplay the seriousness of the apocalypse. The film was shot mostly in Pawtucket, specifically in the Main Street/Maple Street/Summer Street area, between May 15 and 31, 2004. Some obvious exteriors from these streets include the old Pawtucket DMV, the parking garage across the street, and the Pawtucket Public Library. The TV station scenes were done at Cox Communications. The snuff club exterior was in an alley off Main Street, while the interiors were split between a Pawtucket warehouse and a Hope Street, Providence, apartment. Members of the Rhode Island Science Fiction Club were recruited to play both zombies and victims, streets were closed down, and in a bit of cinematic luck, Pawtucket fire and police vehicles responding to a report of a "foreign smell" at the YMCA were incorporated into the shoot.

Tom Viall, who wrote many of the questions in our Quiz, played the governor, channeling then-Rhode Island Governor Donald Carcieri.

The premiere took place September 25, 2004, at the Blackstone Valley Visitor Center, during the Pawtucket Film Festival.

According to MovieFreak4702 on IMDb, the movie shows that "...all Rhode Islanders swear like sailors and are stubborn as hell."

God is Alone (2004)

This is a full-length independent thriller that was released straight to video and DVD on July 31, 2004. According to the official website, some interior and exterior scenes were shot in Woonsocket.

Island (2004) short film

From what we can gather, a father (Henry Allen), mother (Susan Fenley), and son (Alexander Livingston, who also directed) experience some sort of epiphany in this eleven-minute film, either while riding on the Block Island Ferry or on the island itself.

Island Bound (2004) short film

When his car breaks down, a North Providence carpet salesman (Sean Mahoney) finds himself trapped on Block Island in February. The thirty-minute Island Bound was filmed on Block Island between February 26 and March 1, 2004. The cast is made up almost entirely of Block Island residents, most of them making their acting debuts. Locations include the Block Island Ferry dock and Spring Street at Old Harbor, the Airport Diner, Snake Hole Road, a seaside house, a Victorian house on a hill, Paul's Garage, and the Sand Bar. There's also a driving scene in North Providence.

The film is a collaboration between Block Island residents Leigh Medeiros, manager of the Eisenhauer Gallery and an aspiring screenwriter, and Sean Mahoney, a waiter at the Beachead who, odd as it may seem, is also an actor.

The Last Shot (2004)

The Last Shot is loosely based on a real-life FBI sting operation that took place in Providence in the early 1980s. Operation Dramex (for "Drama Expose"), used a fabricated film company as a front, and tempted members of organized crime with bribes to allow non-union workers on a film production. Three reputed mobsters and two teamsters were indicted in the case.

Work began on the film version of the story in Los Angeles in early February 2003. On April 3 casting for local extras took place at the Federal Reserve Restaurant at 60 Dorrance Street in Providence. (The press release noted that, "Union and non-union extras may audition." We should hope so, considering the film's subject matter). The Cranston Street Armory was set up to host the costuming department.

In mid-April, crews came to Providence for a week of on-location footage. In outdoor scenes, actors had to wear heavy coats to simulate winter, although the temperatures ranged in the 70s and 80s.

Scenes were filmed on one of the Providence Riverwalk bridges on April 13.

On April 14, Matthew Broderick (as the unknowing screenwriter) and Alec Baldwin (as the FBI agent running the show) were filmed scouting locations from the top of the Johnston landfill, which, within the premise of the film-within-a-film, was to stand in for the Arizona desert. Scenes were also shot at Prospect Park that day.

On April 15, Baldwin and Broderick ran through scenes in front of the Federal Reserve restaurant. Inexplicably, it was used for some exterior shots of the Biltmore Hotel, but not for others (most notably a nighttime shot of the elevator ascending/descending). Later, Broderick and Calista Flockheart (as the screenwriter's girlfriend) filmed an argument outside the Federal Reserve during which Flockheart is almost hit by a taxi.

A 7- to 10:45am shoot on April 16 yielded the scenes on the State House steps where the mayor presents Broderick with a key to the city and Providence is declared "The Arizona of the East." The clumps of snow that can be seen on the lawn are cotton. Providence Journal columnist Mark Patinkin is one of about forty-five extras in the crowd. The extras, who were paid $50 a day, had to sing "God Bless America" at least seven times while bundled in their winter coats. "Boy, was it hot," grumbled Patinkin.

Also filmed at some point during this week was a scene where FBI higher-ups arrive at a small farm by helicopter. Both the Westin Hotel and Providence Place Mall (built in 1994 and 1999, respectively) can be seen in the film, even though the action takes place before they were built. A scene subtitled "New York, 1985," may actually have been shot on Washington Street.

The last day of filming was April 17, when the Federal Reserve was used again, this time as a restaurant (not a big stretch). Pretty much every prop in the scene, from linens to chairs, was brought in by truck from Los Angeles.

The original name of the production was Providence, and that was what it was referred to throughout the filming, but the name was later changed to avoid confusion with the television show of the same name.

Stay Until Tomorrow (2004)

A restless young woman (Eleanor Hutchins) moves into the apartment of a childhood friend (Barney Cheng), setting up a series of anti-adventures, flashbacks, and casual sex. Stay was written and directed by Rhode Island native Laura Colella, and filmed in Providence and Pawtucket during July and August of 2002.

The library where Jim works is the Providence Public Library, although the roof scenes are actually the roof of The Providence Performing Arts Center. Jim's apartment is on "the second floor of an old factory building just off Exchange Street" in Pawtucket. Other identifiable locations include the Red Fez (renamed Hassan's for the bar scenes), Mark's Deli at 73 Washington Street, India Point Park, Prospect Terrace, and the fountain designed by Howard Ben Tre in the Sovereign Bank Plaza. Sharp and knowledgeable eyes will spot a few other downtown Providence streets and businesses, as well, including Empire Street and AS220.

Stay Until Tomorrow's Providence premiere, attended by most of the cast and crew, took place on October 28, 2004, at Providence Place Showcase Cinemas.

A Totally Minor Motion Picture (2004)

Directed by Alix Flood Benson of Newport, this ensemble comedy was filmed in Newport in a rented house on Catherine Street, over eight days in March 2002, using some local cast and crew. At least one face among the cast is familiar—Middletown's Richard Hatch, original Survivor winner and convicted tax dodger, plays himself. Shot in documentary style, ATMMP is about "a guy who assembles a group of friends to make a film in one day." It premiered publicly at the Jane Pickens Theatre during the Newport Film Festival on June 13, 2004.

Welcome Back Miss Mary aka Jesus, Mary, and Joey (2004)

Yet another Italian-American romantic comedy, but this time the spotlight is on Cranston. Vincent Pagano's (A Wake in Providence) latest foray onto the big screen features scenes shot at 60 Rhode Island Street, home of Knightsville resident Vito Iacono; at Gino's Salon of Hair Design; at the corner of Massachusetts and Cranston Streets; and at Duva's Gas Station, 435 Mount Pleasant Avenue, Providence.

Pagano, a native of Providence, wrote the screenplay and has the title role of Joey Vitello; he plays an Italian-American who falls in love with an Irish-American childhood friend (Marley Shelton) who has been miraculously cured of cancer.

Buddy (2005) documentary

Cherry Arnold spent almost a year following Providence Mayor Vincent A. "Buddy" Cianci, Jr. around with a camera. Just about any year in Buddy's thirty-year political career would have made a fine documentary, but Arnold happened to capture the one (2002-2003) in which Cianci was tried and convicted for running a criminal enterprise out of City Hall, and sentenced to more than five years in prison.

Arnold doesn't only cover that year, though. Through interviews, news footage and photographs, and even materials from Cianci's own archives, tied together with narration by Warwick native James Woods, the film outlines Buddy's whole life, including a glimpse of his childhood. And as much as the piece is about Buddy, it's also about Providence, the city he promoted, bullied, sweet-talked, threatened, and charisma'ed from "armpit of New England" to "Renaissance City."

We'd argue that the film is also, at least nominally, about hairstyles. See Channel 10 news anchor Doug White's coif go from brown to white, without ever changing shape. Can you spot the point at which Buddy went from au natural to folically enhanced? Which toupee is he wearing in this clip, in this photograph? Is that the tousled salt-and-pepper piece used for fires and crime scenes, the distinguished silver-gray model for when he wants to appear statesmanlike, or the longer one he wears to cover up the fact that his real hair is in need of a trim?

The eighty-six-minute film premiered on the evening of August 11, 2005, at the Columbus Theatre in Providence, as part of the Rhode Island International Film Festival. Interest in the film was huge, with hundreds more people showing up than the theater had seats for. Among the crowd were Sheila Bentley, Buddy Cianci's ex-wife; FBI agent W. Dennis Aiken; and various ex-Cianci staffers.

Providence Journal film reviewer Elizabeth Gudrais noted the irony of the fact that Cianci had tried to have the Columbus shut down in the early 1990s. "At the time, the theater showed X-rated films; Cianci proposed taking it through eminent domain and making it into a high school for the performing arts."

With less than two percent of available footage being used in the documentary, Cherry Arnold promised that the DVD would be "a total collectible," incorporating tons of anecdotes and outtakes from the cutting room floor. And indeed, when it was released on October 26, 2007, the DVD did include all that plus Cianci's first post-prison interview and the twenty-three-minute mini-documentary, "A Promise for Change," which Cianci had made in 1976 to commemorate his first run for mayor in 1974.

Call of Cthulhu (2005) short film

Most of this forty-seven minute long, silent, black and white film was shot in California, but in April 2005 the crew made a special trip to our little corner of the world to film a scene in the Fleur-de-Lys building in Providence. The film purports to be a period- and text-faithful adaptation of the H.P. Lovecraft novel of the same name.

Dirty Deeds (2005)

Banned in Barrington! You read that right, this movie was deemed so morally damaging to the youth of Barrington that in 2005 it was banned from being shown in town schools. You may well ask why such a film would be shown in a classroom setting in the first place. The answer is simple: It was the senior project of 2001 Barrington High graduate Jon Thies, who wrote the screenplay with the help of Barrington novelist Jon Land, author of such titles as Dead Simple and Blood Diamonds. A portion of the film was shown to an eighth-grade language arts class in June 2005 to cap off a chapter on screenwriting.

Based partly on the mythical twelve labors of Hercules and partly on Thies's own experiences at Barrington High, Dirty Deeds follows a high school teen (Milo Ventimiglia) as he attempts to complete ten dares in twelve hours. The film received a rating of PG-13 for salty language and lewd behavior, but it wasn't until it had its New England big screen premiere at the Showcase Cinemas Seekonk on October 7, 2005, that it generated any outcry. Soon after the showing the Barrington School Department received complaints from a pair of local residents, Pamela Lowell and Richard Gamache, who were incensed that the filthy film had been shown to minors in school. Lowell, a founder of a quasi-watchdog group called Barrington Cares, and Gamache even suggested that Land, who had been volunteering in Barrington schools for twenty-two years, be banned, as well.

On November 3, the School Committee reacted by banning the movie from Barrington classrooms, while claiming to reserve judgement on Land's future status as a volunteer. This despite the fact that all the parents of the students who saw the film had signed permission slips allowing their children to see a PG-13 movie. What's more, the students reportedly saw only about thirty minutes of the movie, and one scene was censored from their view. Land defended the showing, saying that the intention was to show students what one of their own had accomplished, with the message that the sky was the limit for their dreams, as well. Land also wanted students to see that the required senior project could become far more than a simple assignment.

Before the School Committee had even rendered their decision, petitions were circulating in support of Land, and they filled up fast. Letters from parents, praising Land's years of service, appeared in the Barrington Times. Then the ACLU weighed in, calling the ban "an invitation to widespread censorship." Fifty to sixty residents showed up at the December 8 School Committee meeting at which Land's volunteer status and an appeal of the ban was to be considered. Most were there to support Land and the movie, and dissenting voices were few.

So it was that only one month and five days after comdemning Dirty Deeds to the figurative bonfire, the Barrington School Committee caved in and unanimously reversed their ban on the film. Hurrah!

By the way, as far as we know, no Rhode Island locations were used in this film; however, we were so tickled by the dust it kicked up in Barrington we couldn't resist including it here. In a recent viewing of the movie, we spotted one possible Rhode Island reference—one of the deeds involves stealing a dead body, and the place where that is attempted is called the Swan Point Funeral Home.

Raving Maniacs (2005)

Another offering from local director Richard Griffin, this time with ghouls instead of zombies. What's the difference? Well, in this case, ghouls are more talkative and have a sense of humor. The film was shot over a period of two years, mainly in The Strand and Club Therapy nightclubs in Providence. Other recognizable locations include India Street (prior to construction of the I-Way), and the parking lot at University Heights shopping center on North Main Street. According to the commentary, the opening scene was shot somewhere in Pawtucket.

Pretty Dead Things (2006)

For his fifth official feature film, director Richard Griffin takes on two subjects that are dear to all our hearts—vampires and porn.

The story takes place in Providence, but also includes locations in Pawtucket and Westerly. The vampires' lair is in the Hotel Savoy, Canal Street, Westerly. Since filming, the historic 1888 building has been redeveloped into condos. Club Ultra is a real club, still open as of 2013 at 172 Pine Street, Providence. The Pawtucket Public Library was used to represent the exterior of City Hall, while the Mayor's office interiors were shot at Pawtucket Armory. The Armory was used for a lot of miscellaneous scenes, as well, either taking advantage of the building's own spaces, or purpose-built sets. The strip club scene was probably done at Club Trixx, a Providence all-male strip joint that's had at least three different addresses between 2006 and 2013. The scene at the gas station took place at a Shell at 664 Admiral Street, Providence. Club Hell was a real dance club located at 73 Richmond Street, Providence. It closed in December 2011. The redneck bar was played by Senor Flaco's, a Mexican restaurant at 15 Canal Street, Westerly. Protest scenes were shot on the grounds of the Rhode Island State House in Providence.

Another location mentioned in the credits is Club Alley Cat, a gay bar at 17 Snow Street, Providence.

Pretty Dead Things premiered at Rhode Island International Horror Film Festival on October 26, 2006.

Some Kind of Funny Porto Rican? (2006) documemoir

This documentary traces the history of the Cape Verdean community in Fox Point, Providence, the second-oldest such community in America, through old home movies, photographs, letters and journals, and the recollections of "old-timers." The title refers to the fact that many people don't know what a Cape Verdean is.


Dan in Real Life (2007)

Dan Burns (Steve Carell), a widower with three daughters, falls in love with his brother Mitch's (Dane Cook) girlfriend Marie (Juliette Binoche), during a family get-together on the fictional island of Nassimoluc, Rhode Island.

Production began in Rhode Island on October 23, 2006, and ran though mid-December.

Dan's New Jersey house is actually located on Providence's East Side. Those scenes were shot on October 23 and 26.

Yumm's, the cafe where Dan fetches his middle daughter (Brittany Robertson) is Seven Stars Bakery at 820 Hope Street in Providence. This scene was shot on October 25. Reportedly, the bakery was able to carry on its usual baking schedule during filming, allowing them to fill ongoing orders for a number of area restaurants.

Dan fills up on gas at Rhode Island's Only Twenty-Four-Hour Truck Stop, located off exit 5 in West Greenwich. Posters to IMDB's bulletin boards have questioned why Dan's gas appears to cost about $3.78 a gallon when local gas prices at the time of filming were much lower, around $2.25 a gallon. The answer is that Dan's car, a 1979 Mercedes Benz 300TD, runs on diesel, and diesel is usually more expensive than regular gas.

In the travel montage between New Jersey and Rhode Island we see an aerial shot of a cloverleaf which is the intersection of Route 95 and Route 10 in Providence. Providence Place Mall can be seen at right, and the since-demolished produce depot at left. Dan's car is heading north, away from his destination. Another aerial shot, of Narragansett Bay and the Jamestown-Verrazzano Bridge, follows, then a close-up from the hood of the car as Dan drives across the bridge. Dan's car is shown heading south on Conanicus Avenue with the sunset-lit Newport Bridge in the background, then south on North Road, a sequence that is unlikely unless he was taking the scenic route, or was lost.

Dan's family's summer house is located on Melrose Avenue on the west side of Jamestown. The eight-bedroom 1911 house, called "Riven Rock" in real life, is available for rent from June to September. Because the bathroom in the real house was too small, all those scenes take place on a set. Filmmakers added awnings to the front of house, and a door and steps on one side of the porch. They also modified the layout of the driveway to open up desirable camera views.

A number of the younger family members in the movie were played by locals—two-year-old Jessica Lussier of North Providence, six-year-old C.J. Adams of Middletown or North Providence (reports differ), Henry and Ella Miller of Middletown, and Margot Janson of Newport.

The bookstore scenes were originally to have been filmed in a real store, The Book and Tackle Shop in Westerly, but two weeks before the scheduled shoot it was discovered that the whole building was being demolished to make way for condos. Producers had to hurriedly create a bookstore inside the Dockmaster's Office at East Ferry in Jamestown. All of the Westerly store's books, which would have been in storage anyway, were employed to outfit the fake store, and producers even went to the trouble of arranging them by genre. The scenes were shot on December 18 to 20. The original Book and Tackle has since reopened in the condo space that occupies the same spot as the old store.

The ferry terminal where Dan talks too much about himself to Marie was constructed on the wharf at East Ferry.

Dan receives his first moving violation on Ocean Avenue in Newport, and the cop tells him, "Welcome to Rhode Island."

In the scene where Dan pretends to be explaining to Marie where they are, he correctly points to Jamestown Island on a map of Narragansett Bay, but his finger indicates a spot a bit north of where the actual house is. To be fair, he was distracted.

The beach that the whole family walks along is located on the south edge of Napatree Point in Westerly.

The first few places that Dan takes the children to—Shack O' Shells, the water slide, the bowling alley—are located at Atlantic Beach in Misquamicut. The bowling alley exteriors are actually the Windjammer Bar.

The lighthouse where Dan and the kids finally end up is the Point Judith Lighthouse in Narragansett. In a deleted scene they use a set of sightseeing binoculars at the site that don't exist in the real world.

Director Peter Hedges asked the younger actresses where they would go to make out, and the spot they showed him, the flat rock at the water's edge, is the one he used.

The double date at the bar was shot at Jimmy's Saloon, 37 Memorial Boulevard, in Newport.

When Dan drives to meet Marie, we see him traveling north on Beavertail Road, past Mackerel Cove. If he had really driven from the house he couldn't have gone that way unless he had first driven to the southern end of the island.

The interior bowling scene with Dan and Marie was filmed at Alley Katz Lanes in Westerly on or around December 15. Wayne Lima, owner of The Bowler's Edge, 110 Smithfield Avenue, Pawtucket, supplied custom-drilled bowling balls and taught both Carell and Binoche how to bowl like seasoned experts. He drilled fourteen balls, four each to be used in filming, two extras each to serve as backups, and one each to be given as gifts to the actors. At Lima's suggestion, Binoche practiced bowling in disguise at Alley Katz. The woman behind the counter is eighty-year-old real-life Alley Katz employee Pauline Gregory. Much of the special lighting in the alley, including all the blinking strips and a disco ball, was installed by the production crew, and the alley got to keep it all afterwards.

The New York City gym scene was actually filmed in Providence. An open casting call for local extras for this scene took place in Warwick on October 14.

Deleted scenes on the DVD include one with Dan and his youngest daughter (Marlene Lawston) walking down a school hallway and one where Dan allows his oldest daughter (Alison Pill) to drive his car out of the school parking lot. The latter was shot at James Eldridge Elementary School in East Greenwich, corner of First Avenue and School Lane, on October 24. Some local students, including some cheerleaders, served as extras. Reportedly, only exteriors were filmed at this location, so the earlier hallway scene may have been shot at the Melrose Avenue School on Jamestown in mid-December.

A special pre-release screening of the movie was held for 300 Jamestown residents at PPAC on October 23, 2007.

Evening (2007)

Evening is an adaptation of Susan Minot's 1998 novel of the same name. The book was set in Maine, but production there was too expensive, so Newport and Tiverton were chosen as the main locations for the movie. The story concerns a dying woman, Ann Grant (Vanessa Redgrave), remembering the wedding weekend of her friend Lila Wittenborn (Mamie Gummer) back in 1953.

Grant's house in the present, located at 43 Highland Road in Tiverton, is the longtime residence of John Foley and Lisa Finn. Scenes were filmed there from about September 17 to 29, 2006. Grant's bedroom, shown in the movie to be on the second floor, was actually Foley and Finn's first floor living room. The couple ended up buying Grant's deathbed after filming ended, and they got to keep a gazebo that had been added to the property, as well.

The scene in which Buddy (Hugh Dancy) meets a young Ann Grant (Clare Danes) as she gets off a bus was filmed on Ocean Avenue at Brenton Point in Newport on October 11, 2006.

The Wittenborn House is the real-life home of the Cushing family—The Ledges—on Ocean Avenue in Newport. It previously played a part in The Buccaneers (1995). The elaborate interior murals are original to the house, not added by the production crew, and while some of the framed paintings on the walls are reproductions, others belong to the Cushing family.

The beach where Ann and Buddy find the bottle is Gooseberry Beach, just to the north of The Ledges.

The wedding scenes, the last scenes shot in Rhode Island, were done at Trinity Church in Newport on November 1, 2006. The reception was filmed in Rosecliff's grand ballroom.

Additional scenes were filmed on or near Third Beach Road in Middletown, and Providence reportedly also served as a location for some scenes.

Many of the period vehicles used in the film were provided by locals.

The Rhode Island premier of Evening took place at both the Jane Pickens Theater and the Opera House Cinema during the Newport International Film Festival on June 9, 2007.

The Long Road (2007) short film

This nine-minute drama from Daylight Films was filmed in and around Kay Studios in East Providence, with additional footage shot in East Greenwich.

Lost in Woonsocket (2007) documentary

Lured by the sight of the name Woonsocket on a highway sign, John Chester and Andre Miller, creators of the A&E humanitarian documentary series Random 1, find themselves in Rhode Island's northernmost city in the winter of 2005. They soon come across an object for their philanthropy in the form of Mark, an alcoholic living in a tent in the woods. The filmmakers convince him to go into detox at SSTAR (Stanley Street Treatment and Resources), 1950 Tower Hill Road, North Kingstown. Emerging sober six days later, Mark's next stop is Joe the Barber's, 394 Pawtucket Avenue, Pawtucket, for a quick haircut and a temperance lecture. Then it's off to Robert J. Wilson House, 80 Summit Street, Pawtucket, for extended treatment and counseling. The Random 1 episode about Mark's successful rehab aired in November 2005 and proved to be one of the series' most uplifting. Not uplifting enough to prevent Random 1 from being cancelled, however.

Cancellation didn't keep the filmmakers from continuing their good works, though. A year and a half after helping Mark they return to Woonsocket to search for Mark's friend, Normand. The story of Normand gaining control over his alcoholism and Mark's subsequent backsliding makes up the second half of this documentary.

The film features lots of footage of the men driving around northern Rhode Island's urban landscape, under leaden winter skies. One other recognizable location worth noting is the Matthew 25 Center for Hope in Woonsocket (which we have driven past more times than we can count, without knowing it was there). When the documentary was screened at the sold-out Stadium Theatre on May 12, 2007, proceeds from the ticket and DVD sales went to the Matthew 25 Center and Crossroads Rhode Island.

Noise Boys (2007—) comedy shorts

The Noise Boys are Trevor Bowman and Chris Broadbent, two schmoes from Rhode Island who make short comedy videos. The comedy is hit and miss, but they speak English, so there's that. Most, if not all, of their little comedy experiments are shot in Rhode Island and nearby Massachusetts.

Underdog (2007)

Description pending.

Writer's Block (2007) short film

This ten-minute comedy from Daylight Films was First Runner Up in the Providence 2007 48-Hour Film Project. It was shot at a private residence on Johnson Pond in Coventry.

You Must Be This Tall (2007) documentary

Director David Bettencourt brings Rocky Point Amusement Park back from the dead in this nostalgia-packed documentary. The story of Rocky Point's 150-year history is told through old postcards, photographs, home movies, news footage, and interviews with more than seventy people, including former park employees and patrons, the Cardi Brothers, Governor Donald Carcieri, Warwick mayor Scott Avedesian, and former Providence mayor Buddy Cianci. There's also footage of the demolition of the remains of the park in the summer of 2007, and a montage showing where some of Rocky Point's most prominent rides ended up.

You Must Be This Tall premiered at the Stadium Theatre in Woonsocket on September 7, 2007. The DVD, released on December 11 of the same year, is packed with even more historical tidbits for which there was no space in the film proper.

After the Storm: Lessons from the Northern Edge (2008) documentary

This documentary about the December 2004 loss of the scallop boat Northern Edge includes some footage shot in Portsmouth and the port of Galilee in Narragansett.

Beyond the Dunwich Horror (2008)

Another Richard Griffin effort, this one based on the H.P. Lovecraft short story "The Dunwich Horror." Rhode Island locations include Block Island, Foster, Narragansett (at the stone ruins at Black Point), Pawtucket (at Pawtucket Public Library), and Providence. An asylum set was built at Bristol Community College in Fall River.

The official premier took place on May 23, 2008, at the Columbus Theatre in Providence, although we also have a report that it was shown at the Rhode Island International Film Festival on October 26, 2007—but that may have been a rough cut.


The Clique (2008)

Description pending

Movers 'n Makers (2008) short film

A comedy short written and directed by Rich Camp, Movers concerns a pair of brothers who see a local kids' film festival as their entré to Hollywood success. The film was shot in Cranston.

Pawtucket Rising (2008) documentary

Jason Caminiti made this film to show how Pawtucket took advantage of tax credits and its large inventory of vacant industrial buildings to provide a haven for artists forced out of Providence by development. One of the more public projects was the conversion of the former Pawtucket Armory Annex into a permanent home for the Sandra Feinstein-Gamm Theatre, but other renovations in old mill buildings made space for condominiums, apartments, artist studios, and business offices. The result is a vibrant and growing artistic community that draws interest and dollars to the erstwhile armpit of Rhode Island. Production took place in Pawtucket between November 2007 and September 2008, and the film was completed in time to debut at the 10th Annual Pawtucket Arts Festival on September 21.

Side By Each aka A Second Wind (2008)

Description pending.

Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 (2008)

We've watched a lot of really insipid productions in the interests of this website. We suffered through almost half the episodes of Providence, struggled to stay awake through Ties to Rachel and even watched Scenes from the Lives of Frankenstein's Children twice, but this is where we draw the line. Maybe you like the idea of spending two hours with four teenagers as they negotiate the journey from girlhood to womanhood and have feelings and stuff, but we'd rather be buggered with a six foot length of rough-cut pine.

So what we know about this film's connections to Rhode Island was gleaned from a safe distance: IMDB's database. There we learned that Bridget plays on a soccer team at Brown University, and that Lena is on a scholarship to RISD. Someone helpfully noted in the Goofs section that one soccer player is seen wearing blue Adidas, whereas Brown players always wear black or white. The listed filming locations do not include the aforementioned educational institutions, so stand-ins were apparently employed.

To Hell and Back (2008) short film

Another 48-hour Film Project entry from Daylight Films. This twelve-minute nugget was shot on Ives Road near Goddard Park in Warwick.

Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North (2008) documentary

Many of us were taught in school that slavery in America was largely a disease of the South. This documentary turns that idea on its head, revealing that Rhode Island, and specifically Bristol, was deeply complicit in two centuries of "unrighteous traffick" in human beings. The story comes to light through producer/director Katrina Browne's determination to uncover and confront the secret history of her ancestors, the DeWolfs, a family that for more than fifty years was intimately involved in the trade.

Katrina contacted more than 200 scattered DeWolf descendents and invited them to join her on her quest to discover the practices and places from which much of their family's wealth and position originated. Only nine responded. They started in Bristol, where they visited Linden Place, a former seat of DeWolf power; a former DeWolf rum warehouse (which, after their visit, was renovated and opened as a tavern) on Thames Street; and the James DeWolf cemetery on Woodlawn Avenue, where a pair of family slaves—Pauledore and Adjua—lay buried. They next explored a slave fort in Ghana on the Gold Coast of Africa, then continued on to Cuba, where they tracked down an abandoned sugar plantation once owned by the DeWolfs.

Traces of the Trade was completed in June 2007, and was previewed before an audience of 300 at Roger Williams University School of Law on November 6, 2007. The official release of the film, at the Sundance Film Festival on January 21, 2008, was timed to coincide with the bicentennial month of the United States' abolition of the slave trade.

Death Force (2009)

Description pending.

Ghosts of Girlfriends Past (2009)

Much of the film takes place in Newport, but the part of the wedding mansion is played by Ipswich, Massachusetts' Crane Estate. Some scenes (maybe just b-roll) were reportedly shot on the Newport Bridge and America's Cup Avenue.

Hachiko: A Dog's Story aka Hachi (2009)

Description pending.

Herbeast Comes to Life (2009)

Feature film shot at locations in Woonsocket, Burrillville, North Smithfield, Coventry, and Providence.


Home Across Lands (2009) documentary

A documentary about the relocation of Eritrean refugees to Rhode Island. Among the locations known to have been used are T.F. Green Airport, Block Island's Spring House Hotel, the International Institute of Rhode Island in Providence, and a number of local farms.

Invictus (2009)

East Providence-based Rugby Imports Ltd supplied most of the 1995 World Cup-period rugby uniforms worn by the teams from England, South America, Western Samoa, and New Zealand in the film.

Lumberjacking (2009)

Written and directed by Rich Camp, Lumberjacking is a sort of John Henry story of a lumberjack (Frank Iacobucci) in the 1960s who refuses to trade in his axe for a new-fangled "motor saw." The film was shot in Cranston between late July and September 1, 2009. Three locations in particular are recognizable: McShawn's Pub, 1336 Cranston Street; Knightsville Garage, 1487 Park Avenue; and the exterior of Durfee's Hardware, 65 Rolfe Square. Other, not so recognizable locations include Rich Camp's back yard, where Horst's (Harold Ashton) hut was constructed, and the log pile scenes and most of the forest scenes took place. The back of Camp's house stood in for the exterior of Buono's Lumber, while the office interior was filmed at Camp's parents' place of employment. The main character's apartment is on the third floor of a tenement owned by Frank Iacobucci's grandfather, and other house exteriors were actors' actual residences.

Characters drink Narragansett Beer, and at one point a piece of an old 'Gansett commercial is seen on TV. The brewery is sponsoring, oddly, a children's show called Chaffee's Morning Wood. The titular surname, we are told, has nothing to do with the famous local family that includes former Rhode Island Governor John and ex-U.S. Senator Lincoln among its ranks, but was instead picked because "the name's meaning describes the character." WPRO radio personality John DePetro plays the bartender and supplies the voice of the narrator. And if the maroon and mustard taxi looks familiar, you may remember it from A Wake in Providence.

Lumberjacking premiered at the newly remodeled Rhode Island Center for Performing Arts at the Historic Park Theater on November 28, 2009. The 1,150-seat theater was sold out at $10 a head, which may mean that the $1,000 budgeted production actually ended up in the black after only one showing.

The Mailbox Fairy (2009)

Boy loves girl. Girl hardly notices boy. Girl co-owns diner, but may lose it to evil, moneygrubbing partner. Boy takes to stealing ratty old mailboxes and replacing them with spiffy, handmade ones. Will the boy get the girl? Can the diner be saved? What do mailboxes have to do anything? See the film and find out.

The Mailbox Fairy is the first feature from Johnston resident Panos Trikoulis, who wrote, directed, and coproduced. It was filmed during the summers of 2008 and '09 on Block Island and in Matunuck, Woonsocket, Cranston, and Foster. These places are jigsawed together to create the fictional Hope Island, the small insular community where the story takes place. The main action occurs at Paul's Family Restaurant, 867 Social Street, Woonsocket, which portrays the island's only eatery. Matunuck provides the backdrop for the mailbox swaps, there's a brief scene on Cranston's bike path, a Foster police department jail cell takes a bow, and Block Island's Southeast Lighthouse is the setting for a pivotal scene.

The Mailbox Fairy premiered at the Rhode Island Center for Performing Arts at the Historic Park Theater on December 13, 2009.

Nun of That (2009)

Another B-movie opus from local director Richard Griffin, Nun of That follows the exploits of a group of heavily-armed resurrected vigilante nuns as they take their revenge on a New England mob family. Griffin describes the action-comedy as "Death Wish meets the Sound of Music." Among the featured locations are the Alderman's Chamber at Providence City Hall as the mother superior's office and Olneyville's Club Therapy as Nun Heaven. Cranston and Pawtucket supply additional settings. Nun of That premiered at the Columbus Theatre in Providence on April 10, 2009, Good Friday.


On the Lake: Life and Love in a Distant Place (2009) documentary

A film about Burrillville's Zambarano Hospital in the early part of the twentieth century, when it was primarily a sanatorium for tuberculosis patients. Written and co-produced by G. Wayne Miller, a veteran ProJo writer, based on his 2006 twelve-part series on a TB patient at Zambarano. Directed by David Bettencourt.

Premiered at Woonsocket's Stadium Theatre on February 13, 2009.

View the whole fifty-seven-minute film on YouTube:

Providence Center for Immortality (in production)

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Tell-Tale (2009)

Description pending.

The Tent: Life in the Round (2009) documentary

This documentary includes footage and other material from Larry Bonoff's extensive collection of film, photos, and memorabilia from the Warwick Musical Theatre's four-and-a-half decades (1955–1999) of hosting many of the biggest names in show business. Narrated by Channel 10's Patrice Wood, the film also includes archival footage from local TV stations and the Rhode Island Historical Society, and current interviews with some of the stars who played the Tent in its later years. The premier took place at the Providence Performing Arts Center on August 22, 2009. The film began a week's run at Showcase Cinemas Warwick on August 28, 2009, but proved so popular its engagement was extended two additional weeks.

Behind the Hedgerow: Eileen Slocum and the Meaning of Newport Society (2010) documentary

Another feature-length excursion from G. Wayne Miller and David Bettencourt, makers of On the Lake, the 2008 documentary about Zambarano Hospital. This one is about the life and times of the late Eileen Slocum, Newport's "last grande dame," and largely features narration mined from a series of interviews conducted with her by Miller for his 2000 Providence Journal series on Newport Society, "A Nearly Perfect Summer."

Behind the Hedgerow premiered on the opening night of the Rhode Island International Film Festival on August 10, 2010, at the Veteran's Memorial Auditorium in Providence.

Children of Providence (2010)

This feature was written and directed by Barrington resident Gary Shore, and concerns three stores, their owner-artists, and an annual town talent festival. It was filmed in Bristol and Warren and premiered at the Cable Car in Providence on April 11, 2010, during the SENE Film, Music and Arts Festival.


Gotta Find Barry aka 'Til Sprague Do Us Part (2010)

Rich Camp, the guy behind 2009's Lumberjacking, brings us another low-budget indi effort. This one is about a pair of ghost hunters who break into a haunted mansion in search of the spirit of their dead friend. Filming took place entirely in Cranston and included the following locations: Sprague Mansion, Butterfield Funeral Home, the Miss Cranston Diner, the Knightsville branch of the Cranston Public Library, St. James True Value Hardware on Dyer Avenue, 39 West Restaurant and Lounge and Tony Papa's Restaurant on Phenix Avenue, and St. Ann's Cemetery off Cranston Street. The film premiered at Cranston's Park Cinema on November 20, 2010.

It's A Bash! (2010) documentary

This third project by documentarian David Bettencourt tells the story of local punk band Neutral Nation. The band was formed in 1983 by a bunch of Attleboro, Massachusetts, skater friends and spent the next decade as a vital part of Providence's music scene. Officially split up in 1993, the band still gets together a few times a year for special one-off gigs. Bettencourt became interested in the band while doing research for You Must Be This Tall, when he decided to use the Nation's version of the "Rocky Point Theme Song" in the film.

The movie premiered at Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel in Providence on April 30, 2010.

Watch the whole frickin' film:

The Mulberry Tree (2010)

Description pending.

His Take On Her (2011) short film

Keep an eye out for Rose Larisa Park, East Providene; Firehouse 13, 41 Central Street, Providence; Waterplace Park, Providence; and Brooklyn Coffee and Tea House, 209 Douglas Avenue, Providence.

View the whole 33 1/2-minute film on YouTube.

Inkubus aka Shift Change (2011)

The script for Inkubus, originally titled Shift Change, was one of the top finishers in Michael Corrente's 2007 ScareRI screenplay competition. Penned by Coventry's Carl Dupre, Inkubus is about an ageless demon (Robert Englund) who drops in at an old police station in fictional Woodhaven, Rhode Island, on the last night of its service. He's seeking some kind of bloody revenge, of course, and woe betide any who would get in his way.

The only location used in the film, and the one Dupre had in mind when he wrote his script, is the old Cranston Police station on Atwood Avenue. It's rumored, however, that some exterior shots may show a softball game taking place at the adjacent ball field while mayhem unfolds inside the station. Shooting took place from May 10 to 26, 2010. Among the cast is Rhode Island's own Mike Cerrone as Mudge.

Before filming was even completed, Verdi Corrente Productions principals Chad A Verdi and Michael Corrente were referring to Inkubus as the beginning of a franchise on par with A Nightmare on Elm Street.

Loosies (2011)

Description pending.

Moonrise Kingdom (2012)

Description pending.

The Conjuring (2013)

This popular horror film takes place in Harrisville, but exteriors were filmed in Wilmington, North Carolina.

The film is based on events that allegedly occurred at a real Burrillville farmhouse in 1971. The current owners of the property, Norma Sutcliffe and her husband, say that since the film's release, they've been plagued by film fans seeking out the haunted house. Trespassers, harassing phone calls, and threats on social media to break into the house have left the couple afraid for their safety. For that reason we will not add to their misery by revealing the address here.

To read Norma's take on the movie, the alleged haunting, and the real history of the property, visit her Facebook page.

This article last edited December 6, 2015

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