Marc Levitt's new film, "Woven in Time, the Salt Pond Preserve" will have two premiers, one on November 18, 2015 at Metcalf Auditorium at the RISD Museum and one at the South County's Courthouse Center for the Arts on November 19, 2015, both at 7pm.
The film, sponsored by RIDOT and the Federal Highway Administration, is the story of a recently preserved 11th-14th centuries, pre-contact Narragansett village located in South County and how its resiliency parallels that of the Narragansett. The film is directed and produced by Marc Levitt, with animation by Dennis Hlynsky, edited by Irene Su, with Director of Photography Richard Goulis and music by both local and international musicians, including the great late contemporary composer, Moondog. The Executive Producer is Michael Hebert.
Marc Levitt's first documentary film, co-produced
and co-directed with Lilach Dekel is a film about the Narragansett Tribal stonemasons who, over
the last four hundred years, have built many stonewalls that wind picturesquely
through the woods of southern New England. Interspersing footage that
elegantly captures the beauty of the walls with interviews with tribal
elders and members of two prominent Narragansett mason families, Lilach
Dekel and Marc Levitt weave a story that is at once poetic and inspirational.
Stories in Stones is a story of love; for place, heritage and family and
a tale that demonstrates how a craft, utilized initially at the point
of European contact, has served as a strategy for resiliency and resistance.
Stories in Stones is the first film that looks at the Narragansett wall
building tradition from multiple perspectives, artistic, spiritual, multi-generational
and as a story of tribal affirmation. While some would see wall building
as the haphazard placement of rocks, Stories in Stone, demonstrates that
the wall’s beauty is the result of a finely honed and ever evolving sculptural
aesthetic. While some see the walls as ‘the only option’ for the Narragansett,
Stories in Stones makes clear, that more often than not, becoming a mason
is a choice, a choice that allows freedom of movement, freedom from ‘inside’
work, freedom from working for others and the freedom to join a long and
illustrious line of ancestors. While many believe that ‘tradition’ among
New England Tribes is long gone, Stories in Stone makes clear that wall
building remains a means to assert and perpetuate Tribal identity; in the
choice to be a mason, in the placement of symbols, in the use of a particular
aesthetic, in the visceral relationship to stone and in one’s spiritual
connection to nature. Stories in Stone elucidates the stories that lie beneath
one’s initial appreciation for the stone walls of Southern New England and
in doing so, illustrates how the seemingly ordinary, can be indeed be, quite
extraordinary. For information about purchasing and/or showing Stories in
Stones please contact Marc Levitt at MarcLevitt[at]aol.com.
Documentary Produced and Directed
by Marc Levitt and Lilach Dekel
John Meyers and Dan Akiba
Rod Bachar, Laura Colella
Films and Levittation Production
Rhode Island State Council for the Humanities, Rhode Island State Council
for the Arts, Rhode Island Department of Transportation, United States
Department of Transportation and the Mohegan Tribe
Levitt was also a screen writer for Ms. Lilach Dekel's documentary, "Living
for Tomorrow", a film about Israel's pioneering women.
in Stone’ received its Television debut on April 2nd, 2008 on
Channel 36, RIPBS