Slatersville: In-Progress Film Screening

color drawing of an industrial mill along a grassy water source .

Date: April 19

Time: 2:00 p.m.

Join us for a special screening of selections from “Slatersville: America’s First Mill Village” – an in-progress historical documentary series by critically acclaimed filmmaker, Christian de Rezendes.

"SLATERSVILLE: America's First Mill Village" has been in production over the past decade.  The film is expected to be completed by the Fall of 2021. The series focuses on the first industrialized mill village in the United States founded by brothers Samuel Slater and John Slater, uncle and father of Norwich's John Fox Slater.  With interviews spanning seven states and three countries, the story of Slatersville covers over two centuries in the evolution and international influence in America's industrial journey.  

This screening is one of a series in “SLATERSVILLE-In-Progress Screening Tour,” created by de Rezendes. The screening tour highlights different parts of the series at this point in production at each participating venue. The screening at the Slater Memorial Museum will focus on the work and legacy of John Fox Slater who ran the Jewett City textile Mills and Norwich's Ponemah Mill.  His accomplishments with the John Fox Slater Fund and its major contribution to the education of African-Americans in the late 19th and early 20th centuries will be highlighted.  John Fox Slater’s son, William Albert Slater, created the Slater Memorial Museum – the host of this special screening - in memory of his father in 1884. A Q&A will the filmmaker will follow this screening. 

*Please note that the sequence shown will not be a final version, because the film is currently in post-production