Our Town

Our Town is a community project with Rhode Island PBS where neighbors become filmmakers and tell the stories of Our Town.

The purpose of the Our Town project is to share the charm and character of Rhode Island towns and villages - in particular, untold or uncelebrated stories that capture the essence of life in the town. Building community by enhancing connections and relationships between Rhode Island PBS and town residents, the stories are told by resident storytellers and videographers, who choose the stories they want to tell about their town. The role of Rhode Island PBS is to offer technical advice and then stitch together the stories into a one-hour film.

Part fund-raiser, part community builder, part historical and cultural documentary, and part “day-in-the-life” video scrapbook, Our Town shares with viewers the local legends, historical happenings, and backyard secrets of a town and its villages.

Of its 39 municipalities, Rhode Island has 31 towns - each offering plenty of great stories and great people to tell them. What makes your town special? Do you have a story to tell about your town? Let us know you are ready and waiting to start!

If you have any questions about the project please reach out to our team:

  • Jodi Mesolella-Director of Membership & Special Projects/Our Town, Project Director (jodim@ripbs.org , 401-222-3636 x 209)
  • Nicole Muri-Our Town, Producer (nmuri@ripbs.org 401-222-3636 x 225)
  • Gretta Jacobs-Corporate Relations Manager (gjacobs@ripbs.org, 401-222-3636 x 381)
  • Lucie Raposo-Director of Public Information/Media Contact (lraposo@ripbs.org, 401-222-3636 x 216)
11 Towns Visited, 20 Towns to Go