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Jason Allard ’12 Documents the Life of an Abandoned School

Jason Allard ’12 is an independent filmmaker who, along with executive producer Scott Gabrielson and their team, produced a film entitled My Old School, a documentary about the former Woonsocket Middle and High School that was opened in 1914 and closed in 2009. The idea for the documentary came to Jason during a personal film project he called “Abandoned Mondays.” Each Monday he explored and filmed various abandoned sites across New England. It was on one of these expeditions that he came across the school he once attended and decided it could be the seed of a larger project.

The My Old School crew was granted exclusive access to the abandoned building, which was left virtually untouched since the doors closed on its last day in December 2009. They spent over 30 hours inside the school capturing its past life and tracked down former students, teachers, and city officials to discuss the building’s unusually complicated layout and the powerful memories it contains. The documentary is approximately 80 minutes long and, after a successful Kickstarter campaign this summer, premiered on October 5, 2013 to a crowd of over 400.

While he was a student at URI, Jason served as a videographer at the Office of Internships and Experiential Education. He directed and produced his first documentary, Perceptions of the Future, in 2011. Jason is currently a video production associate in a Boston-based company specializing in emerging technologies. Visit My Old School for more information about the film.

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