LatinxCine @RILA | Making Movies

Creating the next generation of Latinx videographers

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LatinxCine is an initiative of Rhode Island Latino Arts. Heading up this program is Alberto Genao, a self-taught videographer / cinematographer born and raised in Providence, RI.

One of our goals with this initiative is to create the next generation of Latinx videographers by offering mentorships and a place to learn the basics of creating videos, editing, colorization, etc.

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2022 | Emerging Latinx Videographer Fellow

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Hector Vila

Would would like to welcome Hector Vila who was selected from among six applicants to become the first Fellow in our Emerging Latinx Videographer Program.

Hector grew up in Providence and attended the Juanita Sanchez High School. He is a December 2020 graduate of the University of Rhode Island with a double major in Criminal Justice and Spanish. His interest in our program came from having informal use of a video camera for the past four years.

Hector wrote: "I have some experience with a video camera, but I always wondered if I could learned more and follow a career as a Latino cinematographer. I am a person that loves to learn new skills and that is also willing to learn and listen to my peers and coaches. I also considered myself responsible, always looking forward on accomplishing my goals."

Hector will be learning from Alberto Genao about creating videos, editing, choosing scenes and colorization. The two will be creating two short videos, which will be Hector's capstone project and added to his portfolio as he continues to pursue a career in the field.

2021 Project | Aquí Me Quedo

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LatinxCine is currently reviewing transcripts, audio and documents from RILA's award-winning Nuestras Raíces Oral History Collections and transforming sections into a series of mini-documentaries to be released during the next 3-4 years.

In 2021, RILA's Executive Director and the LatinxCine Team will be focusing on the creation of a Trailer to introduce the subsequent documentaries. The Trailer will include images, video footage, voices and stories of the people who live or frequent places on Broad Street, South Providence.

A Call for Poetry or Spoken Word is currently out. Deadline to submit is May 15, 2021.

Click here for more details on submitting poetry.


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A chimi is a Dominican burger served on pan de agua with ground beef or pork, cabbage, and mayuketchu (a mayonnaise and ketchup mix). Some people add tomatoes or onions, but never cheese. In Dominican-dense areas in the US, chimis are usually sold at chimi trucks, and in the Dominican Republic, chimi stands are found on almost every corner.

For many Dominicans in Providence, chimis hold a special place in their hearts. On a recent walk en La Calle Broa’, residents shared these memories with Marta V. Martínez, Community Oral Historian: “Chimis remind me of nightlife in the Dominican Republic,” says Johana. “We have such a vibrant, festive culture where music and food are intertwined. After a night out dancing, you stop at a chimi truck to get one before heading home. Or if you’re taking an evening stroll in El Malecón with your family, you can grab chimis as you walk near the water. Chimis keep me connected to the experiences I’ve had in Dominican Republic. They remind me of family and friends and good times. They make me nostalgic, but in a good way.”
Her friend, Jasmin, associates chimis with happiness. “Every time I’ve had one, I’d just had a tremendous amount of fun, and the chimi is the best conclusion to a great time. I’ve always enjoyed a chimi with friends and family, and eating one is always a different, great experience that holds such fond memories.”

Do you have a memory or story to share about what a night out on Broad Street, eating or making chimis, whether in Providence or the Dominican Republic? Do you have a favorite chimi recipe to share? Or do you want to write a poem about the chimi? Write to:
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