to present the
Japanese Film Festival
SIDE-BAR TO CELEBRATE NEWPORT’S BLACK SHIPS FESTIVAL
In 1984, a dedicated group of
civic and community leaders were drawn together to help
create an event that celebrated the arts, culture and
Rhode Island’s historical friendship with Japan.
One of the founding members of this group was Flickers—The
Newport Film Society, which participated by creating,
curating and presenting the Japanese Film Festival.
Now, 24 years later and as many years of screening this
festival, Flickers has evolved into the Flickers Arts
Collaborative and produces the Annual Rhode
Island International Film Festival (RIIFF)
which is now celebrating its 10th Anniversary Year.
a prelude to its August event (August 8-13 2006), the
Rhode Island International Film Festival,
through Flickers, is proud to again continue to salute
Ships Festival in Newport. On Saturday, July 22nd,
and Sunday, July 23rd, RIIFF will present its annual
two-day celebration of the best of Japanese filmmaking
in collaboration with the newly restored Redwood
Library at 50 Bellevue Avenue, Newport. Along with
16 United States Premieres, this mini-festival will
feature award-winning shorts, cutting-edge anime, and
several feature-length films. It is also free to the
general public, with seating at a first-come, first
served basis. The program is curated by James Hinsey
“We feel that this is a great way for the general
public to discover how Japanese cinema has influenced
so many of the world’s leading filmmakers and
artists,” said RIIFF Executive Director, George
T. Marshall, founder of both Flickers and RIIFF.
“We began screening Japanese films for the Black
Ships Festival in 1984,” added Marshall. “Thanks
to the worldwide reputation of the Rhode Island International
Film Festival, we have access to major new work that
is submitted. This year alone, we had over 2,000 entries
and about 53 came from filmmakers in Japan. Since RIIFF
is the only New England Film Festival that is a qualifying
festival for the Academy of Motion Pictures and Sciences,
(aka, the Oscars), is has seen its entry base grow exponentially
on a yearly basis.”
Black Ships Festival commemorates the historic achievements
of Commodore Matthew C. Perry, USN, of Newport, Rhode
Island. The "Black Ships," or "Kurofune,"
refers to the Japanese term for foreign ships which,
with one exception, were excluded from Japan for two
hundred years until 1854. Commodore Perry negotiated
the Treaty of Kanagawa in 1854, the first treaty between
the United States and Japan, thus ending two centuries
of Japanese isolationism. The Black Ships Festival celebrates
the signing of the treaty, which brought the two countries
together as trading partners.
The Black Ships Festival is presented by The Japan-America
Society Black Ships Festival of Rhode Island, Inc.,
a non-profit, non-partisan organization. For further
information, contact The Japan-America Society of Rhode
Island, 28 Pelham Street, Newport, RI 02840, call (401)
846-2720 or their website at www.BlackShipsFestival.com.
The special film program being presented this year by
RIIFF will take place at the historic Redwood Library
and Athenæum, 50 Bellevue Avenue Newport. The
dates are July 22 –23rd. Programming will run
from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, and 1:00 p.m.
to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday. There is no admission charge
to the general public.
For more information, write
RIIFF, P.O. Box 162, Newport, RI 02840. Telephone: 401-861-4445.
AT A GLANCE:
Who: RIIFF and the Black
What: The 23rd Annual RIIFF Japanese
Redwood Library, 50 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI
When: Saturday, July 22, 2006 from
12:00 Noon to 4:00 p.m
Sunday, July 23, 2006 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
How: Free to the general public