An Illuminating Movie

A Providence tradition finally gets its closeup


Since 1994, Providence has been the fortunate home of WaterFire. The experience is uniquely ours: the aroma of wood smoke wafts through the air among living statues, fire-breathers, ballroom dancing and enticing indulgences.

On December 1, WaterFire: Art & Soul of a City, a fascinating hour-long film will premiere at The Vets, guiding viewers through the fruition of WaterFire from the mind of creative artist and director, Barnaby Evans, to its present existence. Produced by Joe Rocco, a two-time New England Emmy award winner, the premiere will include a pre-screening celebrity party for guests that opt for VIP treatment, which will include access to an open bar and hors d’oeuvres. Buddy Cianci, Rhode Show hosts Michaela Johnson and Will Gilbert, and Barnaby Evans will all be in attendance. WaterFire’s history unravels with commentary from volunteers, historians and fans alike. In addition, the documentary also sheds light on other cities that have asked the WaterFire team to create unique experiences for them, too. It’s a whole new way to experience a beloved city tradition.