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100 years ago, seven members of the Providence Water Supply Board forcibly removed the residents from five villages to create the Scituate Reservoir. Today, seven individuals continue to privately decide matters related to public water usage, impacting 66% of the State of Rhode Island. Although the capacity of the reservoir has not changed, the demand for clean, accessible water has gone up exponentially. As the filmmaker uncovers the true story which led to the creation of the reservoir he engages with Providence Water as a citizen and rate payer who believes we must all take action and hold the few accountable, while protecting our most valuable natural resource.
As a self-described autobiographic documentary filmmaker, Evan Villari creates small pictures from his own experiences, which contribute to larger societal conversations. His films, shot both digitally and on celluloid, have shown in group and solo screenings from Boston to Anchorage.
As an educator, the past fifteen years have found him in the classroom teaching a variety of media production, filmmaking, photography, animation and communications courses. He is currently a professor of Media & Communication Studies at Johnson & Wales University where he serves as lead faculty responsible for developing and teaching their media production courses.
Previously, he served on the faculty at Rhode Island School of Design in both the Film/Animation/Video degree program as well as in the Continuing Education Division, where he was the Program Advisor to the Digital Video Production and Animation + Video Programs. In 2009, while at RISD, he was recognized with a “Teacher of Excellence” award.
His current project, Blood and Watershed is his first feature-length film.