A film about the three floor tenement unique primarily to urban and industrial New England, that was a central feature in the lives of many late 19th, 20th and 21st century immigrants and wells as others seeking affordable, decent quality, multi-unit housing.
This film is about the ‘everyday’ stories of those who lived in Triple Deckers; how their flexible interior and exterior spaces allowed for physically incorporating ‘old country’ patterns of life into their new lives as well as affording them the opportunity to align their domestic lives with newly acquired desires and cultural expectations of their adopted country.
This film will be one part architectural history, one part social history, one part economic history, one part urban history and one part American industrial and immigration history.
At the same time, Triple Decker; A New England Love Story will be a story of people, of those who lived in them, studied them and reviled them as ‘Trojan Horses’ for alien beliefs and culture.
Marc showing his trailer during the “Triple Decker Day” at McCoy Stadium, home of the Paw Sox on Saturday, August 26, 2017 at their 6:15 pm game.
Rhode Island documentary filmmaker Marc Levitt, left, at Bates Mill in Lewiston on Saturday afternoon at Museum LA. At right, videographer Will Lepczyk checks the lighting before they begin filming. (Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal)
Stories in the Sand: An Audio Art Walk Along Narragansett Beach
AudioWinds #2 is an audio enhanced walk along Narragansett Beach that reveals some of the conversations, sounds and music that might have been heard over the last one hundred and thirty years.
From conversations about tearing down the village at Narragansett, to romantic yearnings, to conversations about the Depression, these snapshots from our times are joined with the music of the beach’s history heard through transistor radios, boom boxes and seaside orchestras.
Idea, script, production: Marc Levitt
Sound engineer, editor and project advisor: James Moses
Curator: Viera Levitt
AudioWinds # 1 is a multi-channel orchestration of sounds that might have been heard at this location over the last few centuries, from before contact between local indigenous people and European settlers to the present time.
The sounds have been taken from their historical context and used as ‘notes’ in this orchestration. This spot has, at various points, served as the site of a Narragansett Indian settlement; a homestead to settlers as they arrived from Europe; a place with ties to slave-based labor; a location for stables, factories, and rooming houses; and the center of Providence’s commercial district.
In AudioWinds #1 you will imagine that the sounds of the last 500 years blowing around like leaves in the wind and haphazardly and consciously combining in ways that are surprising, lyrical, humorous, boring and shocking.