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©2021 THE VALLEY BREEZE Living THE VALLEY BREEZE FEBRUARY 18-24, 2021 valleybreeze.com @ My Life RHEA BOUCHARD POWERS PAWTUCKET – The organization known for its performances featuring living statues is releasing a new short film that examines and comments on the debate over what to do with controversial monuments in the U.S. Pawtucket-based TEN31 Productions, in honor of Black History Month, is hosting a vir- tual release of "Unalienable" on Saturday, Feb. 20, at 8 p.m. The three-minute silent film is about an imagined interac- tion of living stat- ues portraying the likenesses of Ida B. Wells, a journal- ist, educator, early leader in the civil rights movement and a founder of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People; Robert E. Lee, an American Confederate general; and Virginia Brooks, a suffragist and political reformer who had a close relation- ship with Wells and worked with her to advance and broaden the role of all women within the suffrage move- ment, states a release. "Americans are being challenged to examine our past and to reimag- ine public spaces and how they can represent the true full story of our country," said Joe Pari, co-founder of TEN31 Productions. "This demands thoughtful debate around removing, relocating and/or contextualizing statues and monuments, and erect- ing new ones that celebrate inclu- sion." This is the organization's first film, which Pari wrote, directed, and produced. Eric Auger served as an editor, co-producer and creative consultant. The list of events that inspired the film, Pari said, include the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and many other Black Americans, to the vandalized Christopher Columbus statue in Providence, and street art- ist Banksy's response to the toppled Colston statue in England. From the Black Lives Matter movement and protests of 2020, Pari noted, came the debate about com- memorative statues in public spaces. As a living statue company, "we felt like we (could) tell a story about this," he said. "A lot of TEN31's work is about storytelling." After 20 years of TEN31 Productions, Pari said he's most proud of this project, adding that he's really excited for people to see it. The film, like statues, is silent, and "there's something about the power of silence that we've always hon- TEN31 Productions premieres short film examining controversial statues By MELANIE THIBEAULT Valley Breeze Staff Writer melanie@valleybreeze.com My new toy Unlike my sister Bev who never met a gadget she didn't like ... or want to own, I am generally pretty immune to the lure of that kind of thing. Stuff like hot pots, air fryers, and other space- occupying single-use items that don't seem worth wasting precious counter space on, or shelf space in the garage for that matter. I was even content with using a hand-held mixer until I received a big, bright red KitchenAid stand mixer as a gift a few years ago, and which now gets used on a regular basis. But then last week, in a relatively minor way, that changed. Here's what happened. I was on the phone with my daugh- ter Kathy when she casually men- tioned the sorbet she had recently made. "Sorbet?" I chimed in. "You made sorbet? No fooling!" And so she pro- ceeded to tell me how really easy it was with the nifty new ice cream maker she had received as a gift this past Christmas. I had previously read that you could make stuff like that by just freezing a big can of, say peaches, and then pureeing it in the blender, all of which seemed kind of sketchy to me, so I had never bothered trying it. But this was different. You just put the heavy, thick-sided See RHEA, Page 20 Clockwise, from left, RICHARD DAVIA, as a statue of Robert E. Lee; ERIC AUGER; STEPHANIE CAREY; and MARY ARNOLD as a statue of Virginia Brooks, on the set of TEN31 Productions' short film, "Unalienable," which was filmed at Prospect Terrace in Providence and will be released on Feb. 20. See TEN31, Page 22 PARI 1764 Mendon Road (McDonald's Plaza) Cumberland RI 02864 401-334-7317 www.cumberlandkitchen.com Design • Sales • Service Transforming a House into a Home - Your Home! www.valleybreeze.com/learning/ ONLINE LEARNING Find out more, call 401-334-9555 x134 • Career Building • Excel • Communication • PowerPoint • Digital Marketing • Women in Business • Entrepreneurship • Security Awareness Online Professional Development

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