Slatersville documentary series nominated for two Emmy awards

Slatersville Director Christian de Rezendes with the Massachusetts Independent Film Festival award for Outstanding Achievement.

NORTH SMITHFIELD – A documentary series on the history of a North Smithfield village and its place in the Industrial Revolution has been nominated for two Emmy awards by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Boston/New England Chapter.

Slatersville, America’s First Mill Village received nominations in the, “documentary,” and “music composition,” categories for the 46th annual awards ceremony, scheduled to take place in Boston, Mass. on Saturday, June 10.

The news follows the receipt of town-based director Christian de Rezendes’s first award for the series at the Massachusetts Independent Film Festival on April 16, where it was recognized for Outstanding Achievement.

Season 1 of Slatersville premiered on Rhode Island PBS last fall, bringing the first five episodes to audiences well beyond the small town that inspired it. de Rezendes, founder of town-based Breaking Branches Pictures, worked for more than ten years to bring part one of the story to the public, digging up long forgotten artifacts including documents and pictures through his research, with travels to England and beyond.

For the score, now up for an Emmy, the director tapped composer Stephen Gilbane who worked, in part, with the Budapest Scoring Orchestra to record the classical theme in Hungary.

Season 2 of the docu-series is expected to air in 2024, with dates to be announced.

The series has also been selected for the Block Island Film Festival, set to take place on Friday, June 2.

The Emmy Awards Gala will be held at Marriott Boston Copley Place, with Slatersville one of five documentaries up for the win. It is one of only two productions in New England, meanwhile, to be nominated for musical composition.

Season 1 of the series can be streamed anytime at

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