The Downtown Providence Parks Conservancy has released a short film produced by local filmmaker Jamie McGuire entitled Public Memory/Public Spaces about their efforts to restore the Soldiers and Sailors Monument located in Kennedy Plaza.
Come and view the film where McGuire introduces viewers to two descendants of soldiers, Geneologist Diane Boumenot and LTC John A. Connor, retired United States Army. Their ancestors’ names are on this monument and they speak personally about the importance of remembering these soldiers and the inspiration for erecting the monument. Senator Jack Reed and Mayor Jorge Elorza are also among those interviewed, and speak about the significance of this monument to our city’s public spaces.
Public Memory/Public Spaces also includes a very special appearance by documentary filmmaker Ken Burns who directed the landmark PBS film The Civil War. Burns speaks about Sullivan Ballou, a soldier he highlights in his film, whose name appears on this monument and the importance of preserving this monument.
Immediately following this short film, we will have a discussion about the film and the monument with the film maker. Jamie will talk about working on this film, as well as the work he does with the the Department of Rhode Island Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War. There will be time to open the floor to questions for Jamie about the monument, his film making, and more.
About the Filmmaker:
Jamie McGuire is an award winning filmmaker and educator from North Kingstown, Rhode Island. A creative professional for over 20 years, his work has ranged from documentary and narrative shorts, commercial and corporate production, a television pilot and a feature length film. An avid historian and researcher, he currently serves as the Department Commander of the Rhode Island Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, claiming lineage from his 3X Great Uncle Levi Long of Co. K, 148th Illinois Infantry.
Free and open to all.