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Archived 2007 RIIFF News

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Listen to interviews with RIIFF filmmakers along with Filmmaking Magic in Rhode Island that was held in 2007 at Borders in Cranston, RI. Speakers were filmmaker Jon Rabin; Steven Feinberg, Director of the RI Film & TV Office; filmmaker Michael Corrente; and, RIIFF's Executive Director, George Marshall. Click here

(Special Thanks to Toni Marie Pennacchia of MergingArts Productions, Spoiler Alert Radio)


• RIIFF Call for Screenplay Entries Announced (open for 2008)


• KidsEye™ Announces date for 2008 Summer Filmmaking Camp (closed for 2007)


• Courthouse Center for the Arts announces RIIFF Encore Screening Schedule. Details...


RIIFF named as one of the "Top 12 US Film Festivals" by TravelSmart, the nation's oldest consumer travel newsletter on January 16th


KidsEye™ News of Note:

• Radio Interview with the KidsEye™ Director's, Keith Brown and Christina Mealey

• Hasbro link with free downloads of KidsEye™ programming produced in 2006

KidsEye™ Announces partnership with Hasbro. Read the details here...

elaine2Elaine Lorillard, founder of the Newport Jazz Festival dies at 93

A long-term Board member of the Flickers Arts Collaborative, producers of the annual Rhode Island International Film Festival, Mrs. Lorillard was the recipient of the organization's highest honor: The Creative Vision Award for Artistic Excellence in 2001. In 1997, she was honored at the Flicker's produced, Jubilé Franco Américain in Woonsocket, RI for her role in promoting the importance of jazz as an art form. She also appeared on our fine arts television series, "Between Takes," which sparked the attention of Japanese author, Machie Sakai, leading to her biography on Elaine's work "Newport Jazz Festival, 1953-1960." Elaine Lorillard was a visionary and a true American original. Our deepest condolences to her family, loved ones and friends. She will be missed!


To read more, please click on this link to the Providence Journal for its story by Richard Salit...


Read the story in the New York Times by Dennis Hevesi...


Read the story in the Newport Daily News by James Gillis...

In Depth:


johnSNovember 1 - December 21, 2007: John Stephan, Paintings from the 1970s. A vibrant look at Newport, RI painter, John Stephan (1906-1995). Stephan was the creator of the critically acclaimed "The Tiger’s Eye," a widely read magazine of art and literature, which was published in nine quarterly issues from 1947 to 1949. It took its name from the poem by William Blake. "The Tiger’s Eye" featured European and American Surrealists, members of the Latin American avant garde, and young American painters soon to become known as Abstract Expressionists. The artists, among them Max Ernst, Alberto Giacometti, Adolph Gottlieb, Stanley William Hayter, André Masson, Pablo Picasso, Mark Rothko, Anne Ryan, KaySage, Kurt Seligmann, Rufino Tamayo, and Mark Tobey, as well as art editor and co-publisher John Stephan himself, range across the cultural forefront of the post-war period. John Walter Stephan was an early member of the New York School of Abstract Expressionism. He was born in Chicago and studied art at the University of Illinois and the Art Institute of Chicago. He created mosaics for a number of buildings in the Chicago area under the auspices of the Work Projects Administration. After World War II, he and his first wife, Ruth Walgreen, moved to New York City, where he had solo exhibitions at the Dayton Art Institute in Ohio; the Betty Parsons Gallery in New York City and the Newport Art Museum in Rhode Island. His work is in the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Cincinnati Art Museum, Loyola University in Chicago and other places. The exhibition of John Stephan's later work will take place at the Washburn Gallery, 20 West 57th Street, New York, NY 10019. For more information, call 212.397.6780 or log onto their website at www.washburngallery.com To learn more about John Stephan, click here.


Read the review in the New York Times by Ken Johnson, click here.


December 18th: Courthouse Center for the Arts, Third Tuesday Encore Films Series of the 2007 RIIFF, Showtime at 7:30 p.m. Admission Donation of $5; CCA & RIIFF members $4. For more information, click here.

December 13th: "You Be The Judge" Night. Held at the on the second Thursday of the month. Brooklyn Coffee & Tea House, 209 Douglas Avenue, Providence, RI, 401-575-2284. Time: 7:30 p.m. Preview and help select films for this year's RIIFF. Free and open to the general public.


December 11th: RIIFF FilmMaking Forums at Borders Bookstore. Join us at Borders Bookstore in Providence Place Mall for timely discussions about the filmmaking industry and you. Programming will take place at 7:00 p.m.

Tonight: Making an impact: The art and talent of casting for both narrative feature films and historical portrayals. Annie Mulhall, Casting Director, and Duncan Putney, Reenactment Coordinator, of LDI Casting join us to discuss acting and casting in RI and beyond. Discover what's involved when a Hollywood production comes to the New England region with the selection of actors in Hollywood and big independent films and historical reenactments. Learn the lingo of being a background actor or stand-in; the difference between union versus non-union, SAG/Indie or a free agent. Bring your questions and your head shot for this enlightening evening. Hosted by Toni Pennacchia of spoileralertradio.com and Adam Short, RIIFF's Producing Director.


wonderSaturday, December 8th: “The Wonder of It All,” Premiere screening. 4:00 p.m., Site: Bazarsky Lecture Hall, O’Hare Academic Center, Salve Regina University. From 1969 to 1972 12 men on 6 Apollo missions walked on the moon. Filmmaker Jeffrey Roth and his crew combine NASA file footage with in-depth interviews with seven of the men that made that fantastic journey to the Moon and back. These are intimate accounts of how these historical missions affected each man in his personal life. Captured are candid and emotional moments, as well as revealing statements about the real nature of space flight in the Apollo era. Filmmaker Jeffrey Roth will be in attendance to answer questions at a reception honoring his work. The annual “Movie Magic” presentation supports Christmas in Newport and is sponsored by the RI International Film Festival & the Flickers Arts Collaborative. The event is hosted by Salve Regina University and the Department of Music.


This "compelling" film with its "engrossing portraits of the original moon-walkers" received a four star review by Michael Janusonis of the Providence Journal


• learn more about the film here • read the Journal review here for advance tickets purchase, click here


tanghiNovember 29th: A NIGHT OF TANGO: RIIFF Annual Fall Networking Party. Join us for a very special event that puts the emphasis on "fun." The Rhode Island International Film Festival invites film buffs, dance buffs, and all buffs to our fall networking event on Thursday, November 29th from 6:00 - 8:30 p.m. Join us for a catered mix and mingle with guests from Rhode Island's diverse artistic communities, featuring a short film screening and tango exhibition. Hotel Providence, Tilden-Thurber Ballroom. See the Grand Prize Short Film Winner for the 2007 Festival, learn how to tango and meet some amazing people. For details and tickets, click here


November 29th: "You Be The Judge" Night: We return to the Barrington Public Library, located on County Road, Barrington at 7:30 p.m. Join us as we screen an amazing new documentary and some select short subjects. Free and open to the public. To learn more about the library and get directions, click here.


November 20th: Courthouse Center for the Arts, Third Tuesday Encore Films Series of the 2007 RIIFF, Showtime at 7:30 p.m. Admission Donation of $5; CCA & RIIFF members $4. For more information, click here.


clockSaturday November 17th 2007: If brevity is the soul of wit, then join us as we celebrate wit in writing, directing, and editing - films that put it all together in five minutes or less. RIIFF's first annual Short Short Story Film Festival features filmmakers from across the globe telling their unique stories in under five minutes. From documentaries to comedies to animation to dramatic shorts, you will see succinct presentations of all kinds of short stories. One night, dozens of short short stories. Short short attention spans welcome! Saturday November 17th 2007 at the Perishable Theater, 95 Empire Street, Providence RI. Sponsored by Imagine Magazine with Two Sisters' Productions. Read more about it, click here. To see the film schedule, click here.


November 13th: RIIFF FilmMaking Forums at Borders Bookstore. Join us at Borders Bookstore in Providence Place Mall for timely discussions about the filmmaking industry and you. Programming takes place at 7:00 p.m. Tonight: Writing Locally: Thinking Globally: Can local stories have a global edge and translate to other cultures? Now that you have that great idea that you think will make an amazing film; what do you need to do to insure that it resonates with an international audience. This session looks at the art of screenwriting and features Providence writer, Anthony Demmings, whose semi-autobiographical work, “Children of the Asylum” will be the focus from a cross-cultural perspective. Hosted by Toni Pennacchia of spoileralertradio.com and features Adam Short, Director of the RIIFF Screenplay competition.


November 8th: "You Be The Judge" Night - Held at the on the second Thursday of the month. Brooklyn Coffee & Tea House, 209 Douglas Avenue, Providence, RI, 401-575-2284. Time: 7:30 p.m. Preview and help select films for this year's RIIFF. Free and open to the general public.


horrorwebOctober 18-21st: Annual RI International Horror Film Festival. Ghouls, Goblins, Zombies, and Ghosts will all make an appearance on the big screen as the Rhode Island International Film Festival unwraps its eighth annual Rhode Island International Horror Film Festival. In addition to its traditional spooky fare, this years festival includes spectre-acular family-friendly events and screening locations across Rhode Island. To add to the fun, the Festival, much like a witches brew, will consist of various ingredients such as giveaways, lectures, and awards for Best Feature and Best Short, plus much more. Click here to learn more about this year's programming.


pennyOctober 16th: RIIFF FilmMaking Forums at Borders Bookstore. Join us at Borders Bookstore in Providence Place Mall for timely discussions about the filmmaking industry and you. Programming will take place on Tuesday nights monthly at 7:00 p.m.In October, we present a special program linked to our annual Rhode Island International Horror Film Festival where we will discuss the art of making films in the Horror genre. Special guests for this event are Penny Dreadful and Ric Rebelo, Director of our annual Horror Film Festival. For a flyer of events at Borders during the month of October, please click here...


October 16th: Courthouse Center for the Arts, Third Tuesday Encore Films Series from the 2007 RIIFF, Showtime at 7:30 p.m. Admission Donation of $5; CCA & RIIFF members $4. For more information, click here...


selenaSeptember 15 to October 15 is National Hispanic Heritage Month. Today, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, more than 44 million people in the United States are of Hispanic origin. That's about 14 percent of the United States population. Many Hispanic Americans tracetheir roots to the cultures of the indigenous peoples of the Americas -- including the Arawaks (Puerto Rico), the Aztecs (Mexico), the Incas (South America), the Maya (Central America), and the Tainos (in Cuba, Puerto Rico and other places). Some trace their roots to the Spanish explorers -- who in the 1400s set out to find an easier and less costly way to trade with the Indies. Other Latinos trace their roots to the Africans who were brought as slaves to the New World. For purposes of the U.S. Census, Hispanic Americans today are identified according to the parts of the world that they or their ancestors came from, including Mexico, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Spain, or the nations of Central or South America. During this month, RIIFF will be presenting special programming, including a free screening of the acclaimed film "Selena."


October 11th: Free Screening of the acclaimed film "SELENA" at the Providence Public Library, Washington Street, Providence. Time: TBA. This 1997 film, well directed by Gregory Nava, was the film that propelled Jennifer Lopez on to stardom. She is nothing short of sensational in this film. She is Selena! Join us for this special revival screening. This screening is part of RIIFF's salute to National Hispanic Heritage Month. It is presented in partnership with Warner Home Video and the Providence Public Library.


October 6th: New England Film & Video Festival Discussions. Panels & Workshops take place at the Marriott Courtyard in Coolidge Corner 40 Webster Street Brookline, MA. They are free to the general public. The Moderator is Ty Burr, Boston Globe and Entertainment Weekly Film Critic:




Congratulations are in order to Ted Delaney who held his World Premiere of his documentary: "The Times Are Never So Bad: The Life of Andre Dubus" at RIIFF in 2007. Through interviews with Mr. Dubus’ family, colleagues and friends, the 83-minute documentary explores the New England writer’s art and turbulent life—including a tragic highway accident that confined him to a wheelchair for the remainder of his life. On Friday, September 28th, Ted's film was the opening night presentation at the Newburyport Documentary Film Festival. The sold-out screening featured many of the Dubus children in attendance. Next up for Ted: the New England Film and Video Festival held at the Coolidge Corner Theatre (Screening Room) in Brookline, MA on Saturday, Oct 6 2007, 1:30 pm. (See more photos on the RIIFF Blog, click here...)


October 4th: The Rhode Island International Film Festival is proud to support the special Rhode Island release of "The Hollywood Librarian: A Look at Librarians through Film" during Banned Book Week at the Providence Public Library. The documentary by Ann Seidl is the first movie ever on the subject of the real lives and actual work of U.S. librarians. Using the “hook” of Hollywood motion picture clips, it introduces the audience to all kinds of librarians: school and children’s librarians, special librarians (medical and corporate), academic librarians, library educators and graduate libstudents, a cataloger, and public librarians. Beginning with the history of information organization –Hypatia and the Library of Alexandria – it then touches on Andrew Carnegie, Melvil Dewey, and early women library professionals. Moving on into the 21st century, the documentary gives audiences the chance to peer into the world of librarians: the skills and passion it takes, the challenges of book censorship, and most of all, declining library funding. The Screenings are free and open to the general public:

  • Thursday, October 4, 7:00 pm
    Rochambeau Branch, 708 Hope Street, 401.455-8110

plaffSeptember 22-29th: RIIFF announces that the Providence Latin American Film Festival (PLAFF) will be collaborating with the Rhode Island International Film Festival. This year's program is slated to launch in the city of Providence. Click here to go to the PLAFF website Click here to see the current schedule as posted by the Brown Center for Latin American Studies at the Watson Institute.


September 14th:

chinese7:00-9:00 p.m. – “Ping Pong Diplomacy” Speech and Friendship Match with Zhuang Zedong Location: Janikie Auditorium, Bryant University, North Smithfield, RI
R.S.V.P. is required. Please call 401-232-6539 to reserve your seat.

Zhuang Zedong, the world table tennis champion who in 1971 launched what came to be known as Ping Pong diplomacy, will speak about the pivotal role he played in the process. Zhuang’s talk, presented in Chinese with English translation, begins at 7 p.m. He will discuss how his simple act of friendship – presenting a silk item to an American table tennis player in an era when both countries looked upon each other with suspicion – paved the way for President Richard Nixon’s historic visit to China in 1972 and, in Zhuang’s opinion, to an environment in which China could host the 2008 Olympic Games. Afterward, Zhuang, the three-time world champion known as the Michael Jordan of table tennis, will participate in a friendship match against the winner of a campus tournament.


The Week of September 9th , all in Janikie Auditorium: The Inaugural Golden Jasmine Chinese Film Festival in collaboration with Bryant University. This program is part of the introduction of the Confucius Institute at Bryant University -- one of just 16 currently in the United States. Named for the Chinese philosopher whose once-banned teachings are enjoying renewed popularity throughout China, the institutes are being established around the world by China’s Ministry of Education to promote understanding of the Chinese language and culture. Bryant University President Ronald K. Machtley signed an agreement with Director General Madam Xu Lin of China’s Ministry of Education last November to establish a Confucius Institute at Bryant under the umbrella of the university’s U.S.-China Institute. Click here to learn more... Read the news release here...


RIIFF FilmMaking Forums at Borders Bookstore. Join us at Borders Bookstore in Providence Place Mall for timely discussions about the filmmaking industry and you:


With its rich history, New England is awash with stories that touch the core of the American experience. Learn what it’s like to shape and craft a documentary about the life of a New England original: Andre Dubus; whose stories celebrate human impulses and tenderness. Dubus’ work includes “In The Bedroom” and “We Don't Live Here Anymore, and touch on universal themes that transcend the region. Meet award-winning author, now turned filmmaker, Edward J. Delaney, who discusses his premiere work “The Times Were Never So Bad: The Life of Andre Dubus.” Learn what inspired its undertaking; how it was funded; and how the film was developed. 7:00 p.m. (Read about the World Premiere of Ted Delaney's documentary on "Andre Dubus," in an article by Jason Tait of The Eagle Tribune, Andover, MA. Click here...)


August 10th: Harold Lloyd's "Speedy"
What grander way to celebrate the history of the Columbus Theatre than with a screening of the newly restored silent film, "Speedy." This amazing film is Harold Lloyd's last silent film and certainly one of his best. See why Lloyd was more popular than even Chaplin and Keaton at the end of the silent era. This fast paced dramatic comedy, shot in the streets of New York, explores the theme of modernization, pitting the last horse drawn trolley in the city, against the evil forces of the transit monopoly. Orginal score by the acclaimed Alloy Orchestra, live on the Columbus stage! Click here for more information and to order tickets.


August 8-9th: The RI Film Forum - Everything you wanted to know about making a film in the Ocean State, plus new technologies and resources that are available to make your film a reality. Click here for more information and to download an application form.


August 7-12th: the 11th Edition of the Rhode Island International Film Festival featuring the following sidebars: KidsEye™ International Film Festival, the New England Student Film Festival, the Providence Film Festival, the Providence Jewish Film Festival & the Providence LGBT Film Festival.

MOLI Award Announced

(August 15th, 2007): RIIFF is pleased to announce the MOLI Award for the best short film submitted into our online short film festival. There were 23 short films submitted and over 150 votes received.  Every film submitted was excellent and many talented filmmakers participated. The winner will receive a cash prize plus passes to the 2008 RIIFF making the package worth more than $1,200. We thank all who particpated in making this new element of RIIFF such a success!


Arcadia” by Conor O'Kelly-Lynch, won the festival by not only receiving the most positive comments, but also for having great animation, amazing special effects, a strong use of music and a unique storyline. Conor is a recent graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and lives in New York. To view the film click below:




About the film:
Arcadia is a story of two brothers whose trip to a video arcade becomes a life or death adventure. When they approach 'The Devil's Game' the younger brother decides to play. Despite his older brother's warning, the younger brother disobediently thrusts a coin into the forbidden machine. He is instantaneously sucked into the game world. With his brother controlling him from above, the two navigate through this hellish new world. Their fun is put to a stop when the Angel of Death appears and unleashes his minions. The younger brother is chased and attacked by demons, only to be kept alive by coins from his brother above. The pain is unbearable, but they keep going out of fear what might happen if they stop. The Angel of Death hovers nearby waiting for his chance to claim his prey. Will this be Gameover? When the coins run out, the final countdown begins. 




Photos taken at News Conference Announcing 2007 Festival (July 11, 2007);

George T. Marshall, RIIFF Executive Director/CEO revealing 2007 Poster;

Mayor David M. Cicilline speaking with reporters.

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RIIFF FilmMaking Forums at Borders Bookstore. Join us at Borders Bookstore in Providence Place Mall for timely discussions about the filmmaking industry and you:

July 31th: The Art of the Short Film
7:00 p.m. Now that you have a degree in film or media, what do you do with that skill set? How do you find work and how insure that your unique voice is heard? For many, the road to breaking into the industry has come from the production of short films. No longer relegated to the dustbin of “paying one’s dues” and “learning a craft;” shorts have taken on a new life of popularity and have entered the mainstream. So how do you produce a short that is successful? What tools do you need and where do you take your completed work? Learn these answers and more from Kevin Anderton of Midnight Chimes Productions who has made 67 successful shorts; and Bill Smyth, Producer for WCVB TV 5 in Boston and independent filmmaker.


July 24th: Marketing your film and script in the digital age
7:00 p.m. From blogs to podcasting to digital downloads and online competitions, what does the future hold for artists who want to break into the entertainment industry. Join us for a spirited panel discussion that looks at cutting edge and traditional means to get out your message. Some things might surprise you.
Featuring Toni Pennacchia of Spoiler Alert Radio (spoileralertradio.com) on 89.3FM, WUMD; Jim Vickers, Editor, Motif Magazine, Jamie Benti, Image Icon Entertainment, Palmer Stinson, animation director who recently won the $5000 OurStage contest; and Jo C. Goode, freelance writer.


July-August: Return of Stars Under the Stars Outdoor Screenings. Locations, times and films to be announced.


July 21-22nd : Our 24th Annual Japanese Film Festival at the Black Ships Festival in Newport, RI. Two days of amazing film work from Japan; noon to 4:00 p.m. Free to the general public. The location will be the Newport County Campus of CCRI.


• July 9-13th: KidsEye™ Summer Filmmaking Camp -This event is at capacity for 2007 and sold out. Look for photos this week of the campers learning film production and creating their own work. We are very grateful to the University of Rhode Island, the Dean of Arts & Sciences and the Film Media Program for their continued support.


• July 11th: RIIFF News Conference at Providence Place Performing Arts Center (PPAC) announcing this year's Festival. Join Providence Mayor David M. Cicilline, Steven Feinberg, Director of the Rhode Island Film & TV Office, plus special guests as we provide details on the films and events that will take place during this year's Rhode Island International Film Festival. Time: 10:30 a.m.


• June 25th: The American Guild of Organists Region I Convention takes place at Providence's First Baptist Church in America. We are very excited to be supporting this event with technical equipment and assistance.


Monthly until the end of June: "You Be The Judge" Nights on the second and last Tuesday of the month. Held at the Brooklyn Coffee & Tea House, 209 Douglas Avenue, Providence, RI, 401-575-2284. Time: 7:30 p.m. Preview and help select films for this year's RIIFF. Free and open to the general public.


Francophone• This March, elementary school students at the French American School of Rhode Island enjoyed “La Francophonie”, a celebration of the French speaking world. As part of the festivities, the children watched some short French films, provided by the RI International Film Festival.

"The students and staff of the school wish to express their thanks to the RIIFF for supporting “The Francophonie” celebration and for providing films that proved to be such useful tools for classroom instruction."


• Saturday, June 16th: RIIFF at RI Pride. Visit us at our booth located in Burnside Park, near Providence's Kennedy Plaza. From Noon til 8:30 p.m. We are booth # 308.


• Friday, June 15th: RI PrideFlicks in the Park featuring "Short and Sweet II" - the best short GLBT films of the RI International Film Festival. Free Admission. Starting at 8:30 p.m. To see the photos of the event, click here...


The Roving Eye Documentary Film Festival Winners announced. Second successful season concludes with major new work screened throughout Rhode Island. Read the news release; click here.


June 8th: Special Screening and preview of the annual Providence Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, a sidebar of the annual Rhode Island International Film Festival. Joint Fundraiser and film presentation with RI Pride. Special Screening of "VACATIONLAND" by director Todd Verow. Location: Festival Ballet's Black Box Theatre, 825 Hope Street, Providence at 9:15 pm, (to get directions or for a map, click here). Suggested donation $10. Program will feature a special appearance by lead actor Brad Hallowell. To see the trailer, click here To se the photos of the event, click here...


• June 7th: "You Be the Judge Night," hosted by Adam Short, Producing Director of the Rhode Island International Film Festival. Help select films that will screen at this year's Festival from entries that have been submitted. Barrington Public Library, 281 County Road, Barrington, RI. Time: 7:00 p.m. This event is free and open to the general public.


RIIFF recently went to an auction at A.T. Cross in Lincoln, RI. Held by Thomas Industries, it was a fascinating event. We were able to bid and purchase some much needed office equipment and even found ourselves with a real conference table. The new display case we purchased is rather amazing, but the most interesting item was an old wooden phone booth that we will retrofit to be a kid's screening booth during the festival. How cool is that! See more photos....


April 26th: URI Visualizations Film Festival (a RIIFF sponsored event) held 7:00 p.m. in Chafee 277 at the Kingston Campus. Admission is free.


April 24th: Providence College Student Film Festival the program begins at 6:00 pm in Moore Hall Room 1 on the PC Campus. Admission is free. Rev. Kenneth Gumbert, O.P., (PC faculty member and Acting Chair of the Theatre, Dance and Film Department) will screen samples of their individual videos and discuss inspiration and techniques.


April 19th: Award-winning writer, Edward J. "Ted" Delaney presents an advance preview screening of his debut documentary “Andre Dubus." Join us for this special event and reception at the Columbus Theatre Arts Center, 270 Broadway, Providence. Tickets are $10 To read more about the film, click here. To see the Roving Eye Doc Fest Schedule, click here.


March 24-25th: The 14th Annual GLBT Expo, Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, NYC. RIIFF again heads to the Big Apple as we promote the Festival and our little state (plus the lovely city of Providence.) If you are in the city, stop on by and say "hello."


March 24th: LA DOUCE PAIX, An Exceptional Musical Gala Evening, French Americain School of Rhode Island, at Saint Martin’s Church Great Hall, 50 Orchard Avenue, Providence, RI, Tickets are $15 (members and parents); $20.00 general public. Please support this memorable event!


March 23rd:  Third Annual "FIRST LOOK" Night & Birthday Celebration. For the third year, our popular reception/party and premiere film screening returns as we celebrate friends and family of the Festival. Tickets sell fast, so order your today. Call us at 401.861.4445. Buy your ticket now by clicking her


March 9th: FILMMAKING MAGIC IN RHODE ISLAND— Film Lecture and book signing at Borders with Steven Feinberg, George T. Marshall, Michael Corrente & Jon Raben


March 4th: ICE KINGS Returns, 3:00 and 5:00 p.m., Columbus Theatre, Providence, in time for the Rhode Island state hockey playoffs. Filmmaker, Craig Shapiro, will be on hand to meet everyone. Tickets are $10 and available now by calling 401.861.4445. click here


• March 3rd, RIIFF CinemaRI Members Meeting/Party at 7:00 PM.


• March 1st: NEWPORT COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE BUSINESS EXPO, The Hyatt Regency, Goat Island Newport. Over 3000 attendees and over 120 Exhibitors--one being RIIFF as Flickers celebrates its 25th Anniversary! Time: Exhibitor networking hour from 3 - 4 p.m., general public from 4 - 7 p.m.


• February 7, 2007: "Dream with Me" Concert featuring music by Bernstein, Chabrier, Faure, Saint-Saens, and Quilter; Eric Bronner, tenor, Daniel Harp, cello, Nancy Nicholson, piano. The Salve Regina University Concerts at Noon Series; Wednesday, February 7, 2007, Noon, Cecelia Hall. Free and open to the public.


•The Rhode Island International Film Festival presented this year's Lifetime Achievement Award to acclaimed actress, Cicely Tyson. - learn more


• The Rhode Island International Film Festival is proud to announce this year's Creative Vision Award winner: filmmaker, actor and writer, Michael Corrente. - learn more


RIIFF built in 2005 a successful collaboration with Christmas-in-Newport which continues in 2006. This year we will be screening the acclaimed, award-winning film, "Three Women and a Chateau." The screening date is Saturday, December 2nd. The showtime is at 4:00 p.m. The cost for tickets is $10 with discounts available for CinemaRI members. All proceeds will be used to benefit Christmas in Newport - click to link • learn more about the film here


• Our 2006 RIIFF Fall Fundraiser is coming this November with a few surprise celebrity guests, a silent auction and announcements about planning for 2007. We're calling it a Film Industry Networking Party. Tickets are $30 per person and include food and beverages. The location is Gallery Z, 259 Atwells Avenue, Providence; the date is Thursday, November 30th from 5-8:00 p.m. More details ...


RIIFF's RI International Horror Film Festival takes flight October 5-8th - Details...


RIIFF 2006 Award Winners Announced - Details...


General Link for Information on the 2006 Festival - Details...


KidsEye™ Wrap Story; learn about the new collaboration with Hasbro, Inc. Details...


RIIFF to present "Stars Under the Stars," a special series of outdoor screenings this summer at the Bank of America Skating Rink, Providence. Four unique films, perfect for the entire family, will be presented. Details...


Four Corners Arts Center (Tiverton) will present the Third Thursday Film Series in collaboration with RIIFF - learn more


• Calling Non-Profit Organizations...

Are you an arts-friendly social service, recreational organization or non-profit business? Do you want to be part of the 2006 Rhode Island International Film Festival? — learn more


• The RIIFF Adopt-a-Film Program is back in place for the fifth year. Learn how your non-profit can benefit from an affiliation with the film festival. Details...




Our heartfelt congratulations to the 79th Annual Academy Awards nominees and their films that played RIIFF 2006!


matchTHE LITTLE MATCHGIRL (Best Animated Short)

Director: Roger Allers
Producer: Don Hahn


Walt Disney Feature Animation


Hans Christian Andersen’s classic tale about a poor young girl whose burning desire to find comfort and happiness comes to life through the magic of rich hand-drawn Disney animation in this powerful and inventive short film directed by Roger Allers (“The Lion King”). Desperate to keep warm, the girl lights the matches she sells, and envisions a very different life for herself in the fiery flames filled with images of loving relatives, bountiful food, and a place to call home. Set to the music of composer Alexander Borodin’s String Quartet No. 2 in D Major (Third Movement: Noturno (Andante), in an exciting new recording by the six-time Grammy Award-winning Emerson String Quartet, the film tells a captivating and emotional tale. Winner of the RIIFF Grand Prize for Animation.


RecycleA RECYCLED LIFE (Best Documentary Short)

Director/Editor/Cinematographer/Writer: Leslie Iwerks
Producer/Writer: Mike Glad


Iwerks/Glad, LLC


For over 60 years, the Guatemala City Garbage Dump has been home to the "guajeros," who recycle the city's trash. Children have been born and raised there. Parents and grandparents have survived there, and thousands of families have managed to thrive in the largest, most toxic and dangerous area in all of Central America. For decades, the guajeros were shunned by society and ignored by the government, until a disastrous event in January 2005 forever changed the face of this landfill and the dignified people who call it home. Through this compelling story, the filmmakers have captured the beauty, dignity and life-threatening drama that permeates this vast wasteland of garbage as generations of families have remained trapped in an ongoing cycle of poverty.


• Learn about the 79th Annual Academy Award nominations. click here. The 79th Annual Academy Awards ceremony took place on Sunday, February 25, 2007.

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  • June 15th: RIIFF's annual RI PrideFlicks in the Park featuring Short and Sweet II - the best short GLBT films from the RI International Film Festival was a huge success. Over 150 people brought chairs and blankets to what was a great opening to this year's RI Pride. It was a relaxed and comfortable evening for all. Kudos to Phil Capobres and Don Farias for making this a reality.

    Pictured ~ from left: Alyssa Holland, Adam Short, Phil Capobres and Larry Andrade.

Congratulations to our former Managing Director, Don Farias. He's an active soccer coach in the community and his team are now RI State Champs in their division. They have been invited to the RI State Cup Tournament on June 23 and 24. You can see them play this weekend (6/16-17) at a Father’s Day tournament in Portsmouth, RI; that's all day Saturday and Sunday.




MEET THE 2007 RIIFF Interns:



The Rhode Island International Film Festival has long been blessed with some exceptional interns. This year is no exception. We are very grateful to have these talented individuals joining our Team. They are (from left to right) bottom row: Valentine Lysikatos, Nick Carr, Nichelle Webber; and the top row: Rachel Round, Jordan Burbank, Sheri Hooton and Sara Quigley.




Our Sincere Condolences...



...to the family and friends of Ruth K. Myers, the much-beloved founder of Christmas-in-Newport in 1971. Her goal was to glorify the season in non-commercial and charitable ways into a month long celebration. What she created was a city-wide celebration fostering the historic traditions of the holiday season. This she achieved and her dream continues today in its 36th year. A true visionary, Ruth had an impact that has touched so many. She will be greatly missed. (Read More about Ruth here…)


• Ruth Myers, Founder of Christmas in Newport: AN APPRECIATION - click here

~ From your friends at Flickers and the Rhode Island International Film Festival!



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