NEWPORT, R.I. – The Salve Regina community is invited to an early screening of “BEHIND THE HEDGEROW: Eileen Slocum and the Meaning of Newport Society,” the first-ever feature-length movie about the secret world of old-money Newport.
The film, which will premiere at the 2010 Rhode Island International Film Festival in August, will be shown on Wednesday, April 28 at 6 p.m. in the Bazarsky Lecture Hall, located in O’Hare Academic Center, Ochre Point Avenue.
A question and answer session will follow with writer/producer G. Wayne Miller and director David Bettencourt, an adjunct faculty member in the department of art.
Part history, part contemporary look, “HEDGEROW” is told through the focus of Eileen Gillespie Slocum, Newport’s last grand dame, who died in the summer 2008. Slocum’s family has granted the filmmakers exclusive access to her archives and private Bellevue Avenue estate, where much of the film was shot over the last year.
“HEDGEROW,” also scheduled for PBS broadcast, is now in post-production. It is the second title from non-profit Eagle Peak Media. “ON THE LAKE,” its first title, premiered in February 2009 to critical acclaim. PBS broadcasts in major national markets began in March 2009 and continue today.