Brandon’s “longshoremen” exhibit opens in Rhode Island

COE Professor Emeritus Liane Brandon’s formal portraits of members of Local 1329 longshoremen, their families and descendants who were interviewed for “Working the Boats”, a documentary-in-progress by Claire Andrade-Watkins, associate professor, Emerson College, are part of an exhibition “Masters of the Craft: Gallery of Memory”, at the Providence, RI, City Hall. The show runs from January 24 to March 15.

It is part of the Fox Point Cape Verdean Project, a research initiative launched in 2007 by Andrade-Watkins, that is dedicated to preserving and documenting the history of the Cape Verdean community in Fox Point, RI. The goal of both the documentary and photo exhibit is to create a sustainable legacy about the Cape Verdean community in Fox Point and their contributions to the history and patrimony of the State of Rhode Island. Upon completion, “Working the Boats” is slated for broadcast on Rhode Island Public Broadcasting Station WSBE TV 36.  Read more at www.spiamedia.com, Andrade-Watkins’ website.

Brandon taught in the UMass Amherst College of Education from 1973 until her retirement in 2004. She is a co-founder of New Day Films, a nationally known feminist/social issue cooperative that has pioneered in the distribution of films and videos about women, and a founding member of FilmWomen of Boston, and Boston Film/Video Foundation. Before becoming a filmmaker, Brandon was a ski instructor, high school teacher and professional stunt woman.