Film producer finds inspiration in history and at home

By Shenandoah Briere | Feb 25, 2018
Photo by: Aaron Cadieux Producer Aaron Cadieux interviews Jeff Belanger for his film on the Bridgewater Triangle.

Most people don’t know what they want to be when they’re young, but for Aaron Cadieux it was a no-brainer. He wanted to be a filmmaker.

The accomplished filmmaker already has several big projects to his name and more planned. His 2013 documentary on the paranormal happenings in the Bridgewater Triangle aired on the Discovery Channel, and he’s now shifting gears to chronicle two major South Coast historical topics: Paul Cuffe and the New Bedford highway killings.

Cadieux’s journey in filmmaking began in the sixth grade, when he started filming his own home videos. He took advantage of a rare opportunity to work for Dartmouth Community Television through a class offered at Dartmouth High School.

Cadieux filmed town meetings, sporting events and other community activities for DCTV. For Cadieux, who was also an athlete, this meant going from classes to sports practice and finishing long days filming for the station. It only helped him though once he went off to college.

At Fitchburg State University, he had an advantage compared to some of his classmates who had never produced before, and he realized documentary filmmaking was something he wanted to continue doing.

Fast forward four years, and Cadieux crossed the stage with a degree in communications with a concentration in video production. Cadieux immediately got into the business right after college, but it hasn’t been easy.

That included getting accustomed to special areas he wouldn’t have normally worked in - from writing to producing and editing and special effects.

In 2013, he released The Bridgewater Triangle, which chronicled the supernatural happenings of the area in Massachusetts known for supernatural activity. Cadieux worked on every frame of video in some way with a crew of four others.

It was his biggest accomplishment to date because of how far it got on only a “shoestring budget.”

The film was picked up by the Discovery Channel, and was the number one selling documentary of its genre at the time. It also won several awards, including the audience award at the Terror Con Film Festival in 2014.

Now, Cadieux has a new project in the works: a documentary about the New Bedford highway killings. a series of nine unsolved murder. There are also two women still missing believed to have been victims.

From July 1988 to April 1989 the bodies of nine women were found along roads and highways in the region. The women all shared a history of drug use and frequently visited the Weld Square area of New Bedford, which was known for prostitution. Two other women who remain missing are also believed to have been victims.

This documentary trudges up its own history right at home. Cadieux lives off of Reed Road in Dartmouth where one of the bodies had been found.

The four-part series is expected to be released by the end of the year.

After finishing that documentary he will begin work on piece about one of the first minority business owners and activists in the South Coast: Paul Cuffe.

Inspiration for his documentaries comes mainly from historical events that have national interest and are easily accessible, he said.

“I guess it’s to educate people about something they otherwise wouldn’t have known much about,” he said.

However, the self-proprietor said staying focused on pieces to cover the bills is often hard.

“The job for a paying client has to take priority over any creative project that I might be working on, but the itch to work on the creative stuff is a lot stronger than to work on something that’s not necessarily an interest of mine,” Cadieux said.

While, many filmmakers eventually move to bigger cities don’t expect Cadieux to say goodbye to Dartmouth any time soon.

“I never really thought about that, I tend to be a homebody,” Cadieux said. “I’m an only child, my parents are here, my roots are here, so I’ve kind of taken a more difficult road but it’s just because I was born and raised here in this area and I really have a hard time imagining living anywhere else.”

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