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University of Minnesota
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Minneapolis , Minnesota 55455
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  • Masters degree , Journalism and Mass Communication
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About Us | Workday Minnesota, 3 Mar 2015 [cached]
Randy Croce, Video Producer
Randy Croce has been doing documentary work since 1976, first as a still photographer, then in video. His early work focused on American Indian communities, including The Drum Is the Heart, about Blackfoot nation powwows, and Clouded Land, a documentary on White Earth Reservation land claims, which was broadcast nationally by the Learning Channel and PBS. Randy joined the staff of the Labor Education Service as a video producer in 1990, where he researches, shoots and edits programs about workers. He also teaches classes in media, labor history and other subjects and has been active in University governance. Since 2000, Randy has been especially interested in the challenges faced by newcomers to America. His documentary about Italian immigrant stonecutters, If Stone Could Speak, was broadcast by Twin Cities Public Television and screened internationally. In 2009, Randy initiated, Who Built Our Capitol? He is the project's director and has done the primary video work for the documentary and website.
Welcome to Workday Minnesota, your leading source for labor news!, 5 April 2007 [cached]
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Labor Education Service: Who We Are, 24 June 2007 [cached]
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Photos and event coverage by Randy Croce, Labor Education Service, University of Minnesota
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Labor Day weekend will be an appropriate time for the broadcast premiere of "If Stone Could Speak," a documentary by local labor filmmaker Randy Croce.
For Croce, the project was eight years in the making.
"I was impressed by the quality of the craftsmanship but just as much by the fact that they were ardent union members and socialists and anarchists who were very committed to political and economic change," Croce said.
Croce, who is Italian on his father's side, said for some time he had been interested in making a film about Italian craftsmen and going to Italy.
"All these interests in my heritage, labor activism, and art all came together," he related.
At the end of Vecoli's class that day, Croce said, "I went up to him and said I wanted to do a documentary."
The people interviewed in the film are "at the end of a long chain of relationships," Croce noted."It took years to build those relationships."
Croce, 57, works full-time as multimedia coordinator at the Labor Education Service at the University of Minnesota, where he has worked since 1990.He is a member of IATSE Local 219.For the most part, Croce had to keep his day job during the eight years he worked to produce "If Stone Could Speak," using his own funds and vacation time to pursue the project.
He learned "passable" Italian, won two grants from the Jerome Foundation to support travel and production work in Vermont and Italy, and by May 2006 had shot more than 40 hours of footage.
Next, he said, "I took a sabbatical from July to October 2006 when I did the bulk of the editing."To finish the film, "I edited on vacation days and early in the morning and at night."
He finished the final one-hour cut for broadcast on Twin Cities Public Television in July.
(The film had a premiere as a work-in- progress in Barre, Vermont on May Day 2007 at the stonecutters' union hall).
Croce observed that the art of making a film with digital technology shares some similarities with the craft of stonecarving."You start out with a mass of material and you have to carve it down to the essentials so you can communicate to an audience."
The film intersperses contemporary interviews and footage of modern day stonecutters at work with historical photos and shots of the buildings and monuments that are the lasting legacy of the Italian immigrant stonecutters.
The film also is the story of how an immigrant community maintained its heritage."I'm excited to share the story of how these people managed to maintain their culture, their politics, and their art in a new place," Croce said.
"They were suffering 90 percent fatalities from breathing the silica dust," Croce reported.
Workers organized, waged strikes, and fought for safer working conditions.The shop owners resisted and blacklisted many workers for their organizing activity.
The 1934 National Labor Relations Act, however, strengthened the stonecutters' right to organize.By 1937, they had organized all the granite sheds in Barre."It was only then that they could speak with a collective voice and compel the owners to install suction equipment," Croce said.No workers who began working in the granite sheds after 1938 would die of silicosis.
"The stonecutters' fight to achieve safer workplaces and save future generations of stonecutters is an important example of what collective action under a union can do," Croce said.
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