Rhode Island is America’s smallest state, and today there are around 30 craft breweries floating around Little Rhody. That beer scene is still heating up and expanding. Six new breweries opened in 2018 alone, and there’s even a new documentary highlighting the history of the local industry. That doc just won an award.
The Craft: Rhode Island won the Grand Prize in the Providence Film Festival Award Category at the RI International Film Festival. According to this WJAR NBC 10 news story, the award is presented every year to a New England director for cinematic excellence brought to an international audience. The film was produced by Eleven Design, a media and marketing firm run the Ricci family. From the WJAR piece:
When he won, first-time director Dave Ricci said he “sort of blacked out”!
The film looks good. Watch the trailer above. Here’s a quick summary:
The Craft offers a behind-the-scenes look into Rhode Island’s booming craft beer industry that examines this rich subject matter from a variety of angles and perspectives. It delves into the personal histories and career paths of a number of our state’s most well-known brewers, the history of Rhode Island’s oldest and still-beloved “craft” brand, Narragansett Beer, the industry’s growing impact on our state’s economy and recent legislative changes that have supported this growth, and, of course, the ins and outs of the brewing process itself.
The Craft is about much more than just beer and will appeal to a broad spectrum of personalities and perspectives — beer drinker or not. At its heart, The Craft is truly a human-interest piece and a celebration of local entrepreneurship and artisanship, and a tribute to the latest evolution of the culinary inventiveness and excellence that has defined and been a point of pride for Rhode Island for generations.