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“Working the Boats: Masters of the Craft” airs in Rhode island

The first three episodes of the documentary Webisode, “Working the Boats: Masters of the Craft” is airing on the P.E.G. (Public, Education & Government) TV-RI special program cablecast throughout Rhode Island.


PROVIDENCE, RI (February 16, 2016)— SPIA MEDIA PRODUCTIONS, INC. is pleased to announce the P.E.G. (Public, Education & Government), TV-RI statewide cablecast of the first three episodes of ‘Working the Boats: Masters of the Craft,” a documentary webisode by filmmaker Claire Andrade-Watkins.

The six episodes capture the golden years of Local 1329 of the I.L.A. (the International Longshoremen’s Association), the first predominantly Cape Verdean labor union in New England, founded in Providence, Rhode Island in 1933 by Manuel Q. Ledo, a Cape Verdean community leader.

The P.E.G. TV-RI special program features the first three episodes: “Community,” about the relationship between the workers of Local 1329 and the community; “Craft,” the skills required to work on the waterfront and changing conditions over the years; and “Dangers”, injuries suffered and accidents witnessed on the waterfront. The final three episodes are scheduled for release in Spring 2016.

DIRECTOR_CLAIRE640‘Working the Boats: Masters of the Craft, “is the second of a trilogy of documentaries about the Fox Point Cape Verdean community. “Some Kind of Funny Porto Rican?” A Cape Verdean American Story” (SKFPR) the popular and critically acclaimed documentary about the Cape Verdean community in the Fox Point section of Providence, RI displaced by gentrification and urban renewal premiered in 2006. The third, “Atlantic Portals” is in post-production.

Producer/Director Claire Andrade-Watkins is a second-generation Cape Verdean born and raised in the Fox Point section of Providence, RI. She is a Professor at Emerson College, and a Visiting Scholar, Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice, and Fellow, Swearer Center for Public Service, Brown University. She is the President of SPIA Media Productions, Inc., and Director of the Fox Point Cape Verdean Project, a community based research initiative founded in 2007dedicated to creating sustainable record of history, culture and traditions of the Fox Point Cape Verdean community. This program made possible in part by a grant from the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities and community based direct and online donations.


For easy reference, here is the schedule:

WORKING THE BOATS: MASTERS OF THE CRAFT Producer/Director Claire Andrade-Watkins (©2016, 30 min)


Tuesdays at 9:00 PM

February 16th and 23rd



Mondays at 9:00PM

February 22nd, 29th, March 7th, l4th


*NOTE: Anyone with Verizon Cable can see the Providence cablecast from anywhere in the State of RI that has Verizon


Attached is the press release with details about the program and screening dates.


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