& Federal Hill
Jonathan D. Raben
(Producer / Director)
Born in New York City (1950), Jon received a BA
University in 1974 and attended Graduate School for Geology
at Boston University.
Having a parallel interest in gemology, Jon received his Graduate
Gemologist (GG) degree in 1996 from the Gemological Institute of
With several published works on Rhode Island
and Massachusetts geology,
Jon taught senior level geology courses involving the mineralogy
of gemstones at the University of Rhode Island.
As a percussionist and songwriter, Jon has performed
a number of musicians over the years.
His interests in music, film and cultural diversity
inspired this project
documenting the evolution of Italian American culture in
Rhode Island's "Little Italy," Federal Hill.
Initiated in 2001, this documentary required extensive research,
interviews and on location filming.
His goal to capture the Italian American experience
his first feature film, "Italian Americans and Federal
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