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21 décembre

Le jour le plus Court dans le monde

(The Shortest Day)

byeDecember 21st is a symbolic day: the day of the winter solstice and the shortest day of the year, celebrated by many civilizations as the day of renewal. It is the perfect day to celebrate short films, an important speciality of Flickers, which greatly contribute to the renewal of audiovisual creations.

 

Through extended collaborations with both The Alliance Française de Providence and The Consulat Général de France à Boston, Flickers is proud to bring The Shortest Day to venues across Rhode Island. In it’s second year of existence, The Shortest Day (Le jour le plus court) is a global French film festival organized by the CNC, Le Centre National du Cinéma et de L’image Animée (the National Center of Cinematography and Moving Image). This year, Flickers will showcase "The Shortest Day" program in 3 out of the 5 venues within the United States. Along with the Lincoln Center for the Arts and the Nouveaux Cinémas Festival in New York City, Flickers will be one of three organizations representing the United States on this special day of short film screenings across the Globe.

 

cheveau"Le jour le plus court is a truly unique event celebrated for the first time last year in 350 cities in France and 15 countries. People from all walks of life unite on this very short day to celebrate the diversity and creativity of French shorts. It is an honor for the Alliance Française de Providence to be offering this program to Rhode Islanders through our partnership with the Flickers: Rhode Island International Film Festival." Said Flavien Collet, the Director of The Alliance Française de Providence.

 

Le Jour le plus Court is a chance to discover the great directors of today and tomorrow.

What Are the Goals of Le Jour le plus Court?

 

• Promote short films to the general public.
• Popularize showing these films on all screens and in all venues.
• Encourage amateur work and contribute to cultural democratization.
• Develop the essential role of networks and associations that work all year long to program and promote short films

 

Here is a synopsis of each of the films to be shown:

 

Bye Bye - Directed by Edouard Leduc | France, 2011 (Sentimental Comedy, Family Drama) - Cécile is 50 and divorced. While her daughter, Leila, helps to wax her legs, she begins to talk about her father and soon reveals to her mother that he has started to see someone else.

 

Mon Petite Frère de la Lune (My Little Brother From The Moon) - Directed by Frédéric Philibert | France, 2011 (Animation, Children) - A little girl tries to understand why her little autistic brother isn't quite like other children.

 

Un Homme Debout (A Man Standing) - Directed by Foued Mansour | France, 2011 (Family Drama) - A man returns to his home town after several years of absence. His new presence begins to invoke hostility from everyone who used to be a part of his everyday life, and many quickly view his return as a new form of provocation.

 

Alice et Moi (Alice and I) - Directed by Micha Wald | Belgium, 2004 (Family Comedy) - Simon has to drive his old Aunt Mala and her two friends to the coast. While driving, Simon gets a call from his girlfriend, Alice, and the conversation between the two of them quickly falls into a heated argument. Once Simon hangs up, the three women in the car begin to critique Simon's love life, which doesn't do much to help the situation.

 

Cheveau (Hair) - Directed by Julien Hallard | France, 2010 (Dramatic Comedy) -Phillipe is losing his hair. How much time does he have left before he becomes bald? His dermatologist is frank: only your father would know the answer to that question.

Location 1: Westerly Public Library, Westerly

44 Broad Street, Westerly, RI 02891

Time: 4:00 p.m

Click for more information

 

Location 2: Alliance Francaise de Providence, Providence

928 Smith Street, Providence, RI 02908

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Click for more information

 

Location 3: Sandywoods Center for the Arts, Tiverton

Muse Way, Tiverton, RI 02878

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Click for more information

 

Cost: These are all Free Events

En partenariat avec : Consulat General du France à Boston, Alliance Française de Providence, Sandy Woods Center of the Arts, Westerly Public Library

 

 

spotlightSpotlight on Rhode Island Screenplay Competition Returns

Contest Seeks Screenplays Showcasing the Spirit of Rhode Island

 

• download the entry form, click here

 

FLICKERS: Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF) is pleased to announce that it is now accepting entries for its annual Spotlight on RI Screenplay Competition from November 1 to December 21. The Festival invites talented screenwriters from around the world to submit screenplays that focus on the spirit and character of Rhode Island.

 

Scripts must be submitted by mail to RIIFF, 83 Park St., Suite 1, Providence, R.I. 02903. A filled out copy of the entry form must be submitted along with the script.

 

The winning screenplay will be placed in the hands of producers and industry professionals who have the power to take the script to full-scale production. The winner will also be promoted to the film & television industry by the Rhode Island Film Office and FLICKERS, as well as receiving an all-access RIIFF pass for 2013 including the ScriptBiz Screenwriters Workshop.


The deadline for submissions is December 21, 2012. For more information, click here

 

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December 20th

JAC Third Thursday Encore Film Series

Holiday Program

Join us for a special monthly series from the Flickers Rhode Island International Film Festival that presents some of the best films screened during the 2012 festival. This month we celebrate the Holiday season with an amazing and powerful program of short films that were discovered at RIIFF this past August. The JAC program this month is one not to miss!

 

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Location: Jamestown Arts Center, Jamestown

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Cost: $10.00 • Tickets available at the door

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Photos: Mark Turek

November 16 - December 29th

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens at Trinity Rep

Adapted by Adrian Hall and Richard Cumming

Directed by Tyler Dobrowsky

 

We are pleased to support our friends at Trinity Rep which is celebrating the 200th birthday of Charles Dickens with their 36th annual presentation of his classic tale, A Christmas Carol, as adapted by Adrian Hall and Richard Cumming. Now playing through December 29 and directed by associate artistic director Tyler Dobrowsky, set design by Eugene Lee, costume design by Alison Walker Carrier, lighting by John Ambrosone. Starring resident acting company member Timothy Crowe as Scrooge, this year’s production will feature lively musical numbers, special effects, traditional costumes and all the magic of the season.

 

Tickets can be purchased by phone at (401) 351-4242, online at www.trinityrep.com, or in person at the theater’s box office. Adult ticket prices for A Christmas Carol start at $36. Children’s tickets (age 2-14) start at $22. For information on group discounts for parties of 20 or more contact Group Sales at (401) 351-4242.

 

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December 3-7th

Flickers at the 2012 Guangzhou International Documentary Film Festival in China

Yonathan Friesem of the URI Harrington School of Communication and Media along with Joanne Arnold, RIIFF Administrative Director will Speak on Two Topics at the Guangdong Day Forum:

• BUILDING COMMUNITY AND EDUCATIONAL PARTNERSHIPS:

THE FILM FESTIVAL AND MEDIA LITERACY

 

• PROGRAMMING EXPANSION:

USING FILM TO CREATE NEW PERSPECTIVES ON ART

Since 2007, RIIFF has partnered with the GZ Doc Fest in China. In keeping with its mission to introduce regional audiences to international, independent cinema, the Flickers: Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF), through its partnership with the Guangzhou Documentary Film Festival in China, has been able to bring contemporary Chinese documentaries to local audiences that explore important facets of China’s culture and history. During its annual film festival in August, RIIFF has incorporated Chinese film premieres into its week-long extravaganza of international and independent films. RIIFF continues to build on the success and momentum generated by these screenings to increase the film offerings available to its audiences; and to build new alliances with Chinese cultural organizations to promote education and foster understanding within regional communities.

 

This year, Yonathan Friesem and Joanne Arnold, will be in Guangzhou to present to an audience of an expected 200 people who are directors, planners, writers, programme managers involved in TV documentary film-making from China. Obviously, we are very excited!

 

You can follow their adventure on the RIIFF blog: http://rifilmfest.blogspot.com/

 

To learn more about the Guangzhou Documentary Film Festival, please click here

 

waterfireDecember 1st

Waterfire: Art & Soul of a City

We are very pleased to sponsor and support this very special documentary screening and applaud our long-time friend, Barnaby Evans.

 

WaterFire has captured the imagination of more than 15 million visitors gaining national and international attention. This compelling one-hour program will take you behind the scenes of one of America’s most extraordinary events, with its sparkling bonfires and enchanting music. How did it start? How does it happen? Where else in the world is WaterFire happening? It’s all in this documentary produced by Joe Rocco in association with WaterFire along with commentary from WaterFire creator and artist, Barnaby Evans, participants, local historians, and passionate fans from around the world.

 

Tiered ticketing: $19-$78 tickets (The $78 ticket includes 6:30 PM on stage celebrity reception with open bar & heavy hors d’oeuvres).

 

To order tickets, please click here

 

globalSeptember 20 - November 29th:

Global Lens Film Series

Rhode Island College (RIC) and the Providence Public Library (PPL) present the award-winning critically acclaimed Global Lens film series – 10 full-length feature films by filmmakers from Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Latin America and the Middle East. Now in its ninth year, the series continues to be a platform for exceptional storytelling. Each screening is followed by a short discussion led by experts and film enthusiasts.

 

Screenings at Rhode Island College are held at 4:00 pm in Adam’s Library, Fortes Room.


Screenings at Providence Public Library Auditorium (3rd floor) are held at 6:00 pm.
Parking is available at the Providence Hilton Parking Garage: $3/3 hours. Bring ticket for stamping at the Library.

 

For more information, go to: www.provlib.org or http://www.ric.edu/unitycenter/globalLens.php

 

This is a free event!

 

November 13, 15 & 18th 2012

the other sideRWU Film and Speaker Series on the Jewish Life Experience

Three events in November that focus on the Jewish experience during the past 70 years through short films, documentary, and media. In partnership with FLICKERS: Rhode Island International Film Festival, the Edwin S. Soforenko Foundation, the Bernhardt Foundation, the RWU Communication Department, RWU Hillel, and the Spiritual Life Office.

These events are free and open to the general public.

 

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 13th:

Two Short Films on the Israeli Experience. Introduced by Adjunct Professor George T. Marshall

Sponsored by the Helene and Bertram Bernhardt Foundation

 

The Other Side | Directed by: Khen Shalem | 22 min. Israel, 2011

A simple soccer ball sparks an unusual friendship between two young boys on either side of the Israeli and Palestinian separation wall. Can this wordless and gaze free relationship over come the wall's towering presence?

 

Beyond the Boundaries | Directed by: Yonaton Nir | 62 min. Israel, 2011

Four Disabled Israeli veteran soldiers are part of a group invited to Aspen CO to participate in the program Golshim L'Chaim-Ski To Live. The program was started in 2008 by Rabbi Mendel Mintz of the Chabad Jewish Community Center, and is supported entirely by donations from the local community. These specific soldiers are transformed through their experience of learning to ski. The opportunity to remove themselves from their everyday existence gives them the freedom to forget the limitations of their disabilities. on the mountain, they experience the ability to overcome adversity and challenge themselves physically. with different disabilities, including amputees, paraplegics, etc. all successfully skiing and snowboarding by the end of the trip. These soldiers are able to use this experience to see a renewed sense of hope for their futures. The film takes them through how and where they were injured and how they learned to immediately deal with those injuries in the sense of moving forward and having a future.

 

 

Location: MNS 200 (Marine and Natural Science Bldg)

Roger Williams University, One Old Ferry Road, Bristol, RI

Time: 6:00 p.m.

Cost: Free Admission

THURSDAY NOVEMBER 15th:

Documentary on the Holocaust Experience, 6:00 p.m. Location: GH01 with Rabbi Ben Lefkowitz introducing the evening and why it is important to teach about the Holocaust. Also Rob Cohen, Director of "Kinderblock 66," will be available for Q&A.

Sponsored by the Helene and Bertram Bernhardt Foundation

 

• Kinderblock 66: Return to Buchenwald | Directed by: Rob Cohen | 87 min. Czech Republic, Germany, Israel, U S A, 2012 Kinderblock 66: Return to Buchenwald, is a feature-length documentary film that tells the story of the effort to save over 900 youth and children who were imprisoned in the Buchenwald concentration camp during the Holocaust. The film follows four child survivors as they return to Buchenwald to commemorate the sixty-fifth anniversary of their liberation. Additionally, the film sheds light on the efforts undertaken by the communist-led underground in Buchenwald to save the young boys who began coming to the camp in large numbers following the liquidation of the death camps by the retreating Nazis at the end of 1944-early 1945. A major story line of the film is about the attempt to have the block elder of barrack 66, the “children’s block” in

November 13, 15 & 18th 2012

 

RWU Film and Speaker Series on the Jewish Life Experience

Three events in November that focus on the Jewish experience during the past 70 years through short films, documentary, and media. In partnership with FLICKERS: Rhode Island International Film Festival, the Edwin S. Soforenko Foundation, the Bernhardt Foundation, the RWU Communication Department, RWU Hillel, and the Spiritual Life Office.

These events are free and open to the general public.

 

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 13th:

Two Short Films on the Israeli Experience. Introduced by Adjunct Professor George T. Marshall

Sponsored by the Helene and Bertram Bernhardt Foundation

 

The Other Side | Directed by: Khen Shalem | 22 min. Israel, 2011

A simple soccer ball sparks an unusual friendship between two young boys on either side of the Israeli and Palestinian separation wall. Can this wordless and gaze free relationship over come the wall's towering presence?

 

Beyond the Boundaries | Directed by: Yonaton Nir | 62 min. Israel, 2011

Four Disabled Israeli veteran soldiers are part of a group invited to Aspen CO to participate in the program Golshim L'Chaim-Ski To Live. The program was started in 2008 by Rabbi Mendel Mintz of the Chabad Jewish Community Center, and is supported entirely by donations from the local community. These specific soldiers are transformed through their experience of learning to ski. The opportunity to remove themselves from their everyday existence gives them the freedom to forget the limitations of their disabilities. on the mountain, they experience the ability to overcome adversity and challenge themselves physically. with different disabilities, including amputees, paraplegics, etc. all successfully skiing and snowboarding by the end of the trip. These soldiers are able to use this experience to see a renewed sense of hope for their futures. The film takes them through how and where they were injured and how they learned to immediately deal with those injuries in the sense of moving forward and having a future.

 

 

Location: MNS 200 (Marine and Natural Science Bldg)

Roger Williams University, One Old Ferry Road, Bristol, RI

Time: 6:00 p.m.

Cost: Free Admission

THURSDAY NOVEMBER 15th:

Documentary on the Holocaust Experience, 6:00 p.m. Location: GH01 with Rabbi Ben Lefkowitz introducing the evening and why it is important to teach about the Holocaust. Also Rob Cohen, Director of "Kinderblock 66," will be available for Q&A.

Sponsored by the Helene and Bertram Bernhardt Foundation

 

• Kinderblock 66: Return to Buchenwald | Directed by: Rob Cohen | 87 min. Czech Republic, Germany, Israel, U S A, 2012 Kinderblock 66: Return to Buchenwald, is a feature-length documentary film that tells the story of the effort to save over 900 youth and children who were imprisoned in the Buchenwald concentration camp during the Holocaust. The film follows four child survivors as they return to Buchenwald to commemorate the sixty-fifth anniversary of their liberation. Additionally, the film sheds light on the efforts undertaken by the communist-led underground in Buchenwald to save the young boys who began coming to the camp in large numbers following the liquidation of the death camps by the retreating Nazis at the end of 1944-early 1945. A major story line of the film is about the attempt to have the block elder of barrack 66, the “children’s block” in Buchenwald, recognized as a Righteous Among the Nations by Yad Vashem.

Location: GH01 (Global Heritage Hall)

Roger Williams University, One Old Ferry Road, Bristol, RI

Time: 6:00 p.m.

Cost: Free Admission

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 18th:

American Perceptions of the Holocaust Experience

 

"Living Room Witnesses: The Holocaust on American Television" with Guest Speaker: Jeffrey Shandler, Professor of Jewish Studies, Rutgers. Edwin S. Sorforenko Foundation Speaker Series Professor Shandler will discuss how the Holocaust has been presented on American television, looking at examples from the early 1950s to the mid-1990s.

Location: GH01 (Global Heritage Hall)

Roger Williams University, One Old Ferry Road, Bristol, RI

Time: 2:30 p.m.

Cost: Free Admission

RWU PARKING INFORMATION: From Providence: Take Routes 136 South or 114 S passing campus on the left. Take a left at the traffic light just before the Mount Hope Bridge, onto Old Ferry Road. Take the first right into the parking lot.

 

From Newport: Take 114N over the Mount Hope Bridge and take the first right off the bridge onto Old Ferry Road. Take the first right into the parking lot.

 

Guests should enter through the main entrance at the fountain. they will be able to obtain a guest parking pass. Lot 24a will be blocked off for guests of the festival. Proceed through the main entrance through to the lot 24a on left.

Buchenwald, recognized as a Righteous Among the Nations by Yad Vashem.

Location: GH01 (Global Heritage Hall)

Roger Williams University, One Old Ferry Road, Bristol, RI

Time: 6:00 p.m.

Cost: Free Admission

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 18th:

American Perceptions of the Holocaust Experience

 

"Living Room Witnesses: The Holocaust on American Television" with Guest Speaker: Jeffrey Shandler, Professor of Jewish Studies, Rutgers. Edwin S. Sorforenko Foundation Speaker Series Professor Shandler will discuss how the Holocaust has been presented on American television, looking at examples from the early 1950s to the mid-1990s.

Location: GH01 (Global Heritage Hall)

Roger Williams University, One Old Ferry Road, Bristol, RI

Time: 2:30 p.m.

Cost: Free Admission

RWU PARKING INFORMATION: From Providence: Take Routes 136 South or 114 S passing campus on the left. Take a left at the traffic light just before the Mount Hope Bridge, onto Old Ferry Road. Take the first right into the parking lot.

 

From Newport: Take 114N over the Mount Hope Bridge and take the first right off the bridge onto Old Ferry Road. Take the first right into the parking lot.

 

Guests should enter through the main entrance at the fountain. they will be able to obtain a guest parking pass. Lot 24a will be blocked off for guests of the festival. Proceed through the main entrance through to the lot 24a on left.

 

Our Congratulations!

 

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Congratulations to Susan and Katherine Procopio, "Piece of Cake" (Canada, 2012) for winning 1st Prize, Child-Produced Film for the Children’s Jury Prize at the Facets’ Children’s Programs and the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival.

 

The film was the Grand Prize winner this summer at RIIFF in the KIDSEYE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL division

 

November 17 & 18th

The Columbus Theatre Reopens

columbusIt's been a little over three years, but Providence’s Columbus Theatre will be back in business, along with our good friend, Jon Berberian, the owner of the Columbus. After closing in 2009 to comply with more stringent fire codes, the 825-seat theater reopens Saturday with a night of pop music and a new chapter in the history of the former vaudeville house on Broadway. Seven local bands will take to the stage, including the hugely popular The Low Anthem, which rehearses and records there. Food trucks from Julians and Nice Slice will be parked outside, and beer from Revival Brewing Company will be flowing inside according to Channing Gray, the Arts Writer for the Providence Journal.

 

RIIFF called the Columbus home from 2000 to 2009 and during that period saw the organization thrive and grow. From Patricia Neal to Julie Andrews, the Columbus was a magnet for the Festival that drew in amazing talent and loyal and supportive audiences. (To learn more about the Columbus and our history with it, click here).

 

We could not be happier for the Berberians, the Columbus and the arts community in Providence. For more information about the event and to order tickets, click here.

Location: The Columbus Theatre, 270 Broadway, Providence, RI

Time: Doors open at 6:00 p.m. and the music begins ar 7:00 p.m.

Cost: $15.00 and can be purchased in advance, click here

Facebook: click here

 

Upcoming Programs:

October 25-28th

Flickers: RI International Horror Film Festival

(with special preview screening on October 23rd)

Now in its 13th ghoulish year! (That's 13!!!!) This year's programming promises to be truly amazing with major premieres, forum, a walking tour and much much more. There will be something for everyone with our expanded programming that will take place across the state. It's four days of horror, murder, mayhem, music and the best independent film work that has been submitted to us from around the globe. Ground zero for this event will once again be the spookily historic Bell Street Chapel Theatre, with additional screenings taking place at the Providence Public Library, the Paff Theatre at the URI Feinstein College of Continuing Education in Providence, Fort Adams State Park in Newport, the University of Rhode Island in Kingston, Roger Williams University in Bristol, and at the Jamestown Arts Center. Click here to learn more...

 

October 25th

BEHIND THE CAMERA LENS

From script to screen, Rhode Island has become the Independent state for film. Starting with the foundation provided by the film and media programs at our colleges and universities, and the unique talent base of creative artists who have made their homes here, the Ocean State has built a reputation as a one-stop film studio. Among such notable filmmakers as Wes Anderson and the Farrelly Brothers, who have made their films within our state, the independent horror genre is steadily becoming an industry standard for RI’s film community. Meet Steven Feinberg, Executive Director of the RI Film & Television Office, the man behind the state’s high profile within the industry, and local horror filmmakers who have successfully made careers in Rhode Island: Richard Griffin of Scorpio Film Releasing, Director of “Exhumed”; Derek Dubois, Director of “Fallout”; and Ben Bornstein, Make Up and Special Effects Artist.

 

The panelists will discuss how Rhode Island is quickly becoming one of the premier destinations for independent filmmaking, and how it has come to play an important role in the independent horror film genre.

 

This program is presented by the RWU Film Production Club

 

LOCATION: Mary Tefft Cultural Center, University Library

Roger Williams University, One Old Ferry Road, Bristol, RI

Time: 10:00 a.m. THIS IS A FREE EVENT. GET YOUR TICKET BELOW

 

 

 

 

Sunday, October 28th:

hplovecraftH.P. Lovecraft Literary Walking Tour

One of our most popular events returns: College Hill gets especially eerie around this time each year, when the Rhode Island Historical Society celebrates the birthday of H.P. Lovecraft. This would have been his 122nd year, and his macabre stories are no less chilling for their age: See the spots that inspired Lovecraft to write some of his most horrific tales. Walk the streets he walked, and check out places that he mentioned in works such as "The Call of Cthulhu." Ticket includes admission to the closing program of the Horror Film Festival. The tour lasts 90 min.

Location: John Brown House, 52 Power Street, Providence, RI

Time: Noon for tour; 2:30 p.m. for film screening

Cost: $18.00

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September 1 - October 15th:

2012 Online New England Film Festival

RIIFF is once again pleased to be a partner Festival in the 2012 Online New England Film Festival. The Festival will be live from September 1 through October 15, 2012. This year, 28 filmmakers will have their work online that you can screen and judge and 9 festivals are involved as partners. Look for an incredible range of styles and genres. To see this year's award-winning films, click here.

Partner Festivals:

Boston International Film Festival

Camden International Film Festival

Green Mountain Film Festival

Maine International Film Festival

New Hampshire Film Festival

Rhode Island International Film Festival

Somewhat North of Boston Film Festival

Women Action & the Media

Woods Hole Film Festival

 

October 10-21th

Montréal Festival du Nouveau Cinema

Continue your Festival experience with one of our long-term Festival partner in Canada. It's their 41st Edition and one not to be missed.

 

NouveauThe Festival presents daring, one-of-a-kind films from here and abroad, ensuring their success as well as introducing audiences to auteur filmmakers like Atom Egoyan, Marc-André Forcier, Souleymane Cissé, Zacharias Kunuk, Denis Villeneuve, Guy Maddin, Léa Pool, Jim Jarmusch, Jane Campion, Alfonso Cuaron, Wong Kar-wai, Wim Wenders, Mohsen Makhmalbaf and Raymond Depardon. For 41 years now, the Festival du nouveau cinéma has fulfilled its mission with purpose and passion.

 

With an eye to the future and keenly aware of the importance of a solidly established base, the Festival du nouveau cinéma remains determined to expand the horizons of Montreal audiences by showing them original ways of presenting the moving image. Spurred on by its founders Claude Chamberlan and Dimitri Eipidès, the Festival has consistently juxtaposed bold ideas with impeccable taste. It is truly a class act !

 

Our staff will be heading north to support this extraordinary event. See you there!

 

To learn more: www.nouveaucinema.ca

 

About the Fest: August 7-12th:

Flickers: Rhode Island International Film Festival

THANKS FOR MAKING THIS SUCH A GREAT YEAR!

riiff2012The Flickers: Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF) ran August 7-12th at venues in Providence, Barrington, Bristol, Jamestown, and across the state of Rhode Island. Screening 210 films, it is the largest film festival in New England and every year attracted more than 4,700 entries from around the world. More than 150 filmmakers descended on the state’s capital city this year. RIIFF is a magnet for those who’ve made short films because it is a qualifying event for the short film category of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. In 2011, five of the films that premiered at RIIFF went on to receive Academy Award nominations, and two wins (“The Shore” directed by Terry George and “The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore” directed by William Joyce.)

 

The FLICKERS: Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF) discovers and empowers filmmakers. RIIFF incorporates gala celebrations, premiere screenings, VIP guests, industry seminars, educational programs, and award ceremonies into a weeklong extravaganza. Cited as one of the "Best International and Short Film Festivals in the United States," RIIFF is noted for its innovative programming, cultivated industry ties, and loyal audiences which have made the Festival a strategic and desirable platform for film premieres, drawing hundreds of independent filmmakers from around the globe.

 

This Festival was part of a year-round celebration of the 30th Anniversary of the Flickers Arts Collaborative and included a retrospective look at some of the amazing programming that has taken place since 1981.

 

• Click here to see the Festival Genius Roster of Films

 

• See the online Program Guide

 

• Click here to see this year's Festival Dedication

 

• Read about this year's Award Winners

 

Some of the highlights included:

• Showcase of films and cultural activities from the Province of Québec celebrating the Jubilé Franco-Américain programming from 1994-2011 and the 18 year partnership with the Délègation du Québec, Boston and Tourism Québec. Come and meet the filmmakers from the Québec City-based Spirafilms, our long-term cinematic/cultural partners, who will be celebrating their 35th Anniversary with us;

 

• Return of the Rhode Island Film Forum, on Thursday, August 9th in collaboration with the RI Film & Television Office, The Providence Journal, the Harringtion School of Communication at the University of Rhode Island, Roger Williams University and the Blacktone Valley Tourism Council (click here to learn more). • Download the Event Program

 

• New focus and thrust for the annual ScriptBiz Screenplay Pitch Seminar and showcase of this year's Grand Prize Screenplay competition winner, Carla Maria Sullwold and her work: "Raising Rufus: A Maine Love Story," including booksignings at the Barrington and Providence Public Libraries (click here to learn more).

 

DISCOVER RI: Walking Tour of Providence and film location sites in collaboration with the RI Historical Society and the RI Film & Television Office (click here to buy tickets and learn more).

 

• Retrospective of the work of noted Canadian filmmaker, Joseph Procopio whose first film premiered at RIIFF when he was eight years old. Set to take place at the KidsEye Red Carpet Premiere on Saturday, August 11th at 10:00 a.m., The Vets, Joseph will screen some of his most noted and celebrated films and speak about his journey as a filmmaker (click here to learn more).

 

barbaraROGER WILLIAMS INDEPENDENT VOICE AWARD presented to Trinity Repertory Actor, Barbara Meek, presented by Maia Farish, wife of Donald Farish, President of Roger Williams University. The award is presented semi-annually to an outstanding artist whose vision promotes tolerance, compassion and understanding. Named after the founder of Rhode Island, Roger Williams, who established an American tradition of religious freedom and individual liberty that was encoded in The Bill of Rights. This award honors a truly unique American whose ethics, philosophy and conscience reflects that of Roger Williams, who provided a refuge from rampant religious persecution, an open door to all people; a safe harbor in a vast sea of tyranny and oppression;

 

GEORGE M. COHAN AMBASSADOR AWARD presented by Karen Bordeleau, Acting Executive Editor of the Providence Journal to arts advocate and Rhode Island College President, Nancy Carriuolo on Thursday, August 9th, 12pm at the Providence Biltmore Hotel Ballroom. The award is presented semi-annually to an outstanding artist whose work, passion, and drive epitomizes a level of excellence which reflects creatively on their Rhode Island roots. Named after famed Providence entertainer George M. Cohan, who legend says was born on the 4th of July, this award honors truly unique Americans who have made a timeless contribution to the arts and have inspired future generations of Rhode Islanders;

 

PRODUCER'S CIRCLE AWARD presented to Assistant to the Executive Director, RI Film & Television Office, Carol Conley (Pawtucket); International Arts Advocate, Ineko Stephan (Newport); filmmakers William Smyth (Boston), Eric Latek (Providence); and former RIIFF Managing Director, Demetria J. Carr (Barrington). The event takes place on Wednesday, August 8th, 6:30 pm at The Vets. The award serves to showcase members of the community who have actively worked to support and promote the mission of the FLICKERS: Rhode Island International Film Festival;

 

• Partnership with swissnex Boston, Consulate of Switzerland and screenings of new film work;

 

• Celebrating its 50th Anniversary and a new partnership with the INSAS (Institut National Supérieur des Arts du Spectacle et des Techniques de diffusion), the Graduate School of Arts of the French Community of Belgium, one of the Europe's premier film institutes and screening of international student graduate thesis films. http://www.insas.be/;

 

• Partnership with the International Cinematographers Guild and showcase of short film winners of the Emerging Cinematographer Awards presented free at locations in Barrington and Westerly;

 

 

 

• Partnership programming of short films from UniFrance;

 

• Select films from New England filmmakers take the stage in partnership with the Woods Hole Film Festival and the Martha’s Vineyard International Film Festival;

 

• Films from Norway, South Africa, New Zealand, Australia, China, India, Germany, Italy, Belgium, Ireland, Lithuania, the UK and many many more -- 51 countries will be represented in all;

 

• Live music programming throughout the Festival by Flickers artists;

 

• A return of the PROVIDENCE underground FILM FESTIVAL with special screenings;

 

• Expanded Youth Film Jury Screenings and programming and new partnership with RI Foundation Equity Action to expand LGBTQ youth participation;

 

FUTURE FILMMAKING: Digital Documentary Bridging Cultures: a free panel discussion and film screening as part of a grant from the RI Council for the Humanities (RICH) on Saturday, August 11th, featuring a free screening of "The War on Terror: Coming Home," and the world premiere of "The White Picket Fence Project:" (click here to learn more).

 

• and much, much more....

 

RI Film Festival kicks off this week

BREAKING NEWS (7/8/12):

Oscar-winning actor, Ernest Borgnine passes away at age 95.

Won RIIFF Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009.

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Ernest Borgnine, the screen star known for blustery, often villainous roles, but who won the Best Actor Oscar for playing against type as a lovesick butcher in "Marty" in 1955, died Sunday. He was 95. Bornine spent some time here in Providence in 2009 when he accepted the Lifetime Achievement award at the Rhode Island International Film Festival.

 

His longtime spokesman, Harry Flynn, told The Associated Press that Borgnine died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center with his family by his side. Borgnine had the heart of a classic movie star whether in a drama, such as "Marty," or a comedy, like the 1960s sitcom "McHale's Navy."

Ermes Effron Borgnino was born in 1917, the son of Italian immigrants. He lived in Italy for a while as a child, then came back to the United States, where he joined the U.S. Navy, serving throughout World War II. Younger viewers might know him more as the voice of Mermaid Man in "Spongebob Squarepants." Borgnine's biggest kick, however, was going out and meeting people - even making a documentary about himself driving around the country in a big bus: "See, this is what it's all about - living!" Ernest Borgnine knew what it was all about. He will be greatly missed!

 

FridFor Fans of the Classic TV Series, "Dark Shadows," sad news that lead actor, Jonathan Frid passed away at the age of 87. Frid played vampire Barnabas Collins. We at Flickers were lucky to meet him in 1987 at Rhode Island College where he graciously taped an episode of our long-running series, "Between Takes." Frid was humorous, generous and just a wonderful human being. He shared stories about what happened behind the scenes at "Dark Shadows," and spoke lovingly about the adventures in his professional career as an actor. Our entire crew was enthralled and left us with truly great memories. Thanks Jonathan for your amazing gift!

 

See our Between Takes interview, shot in 1987 below:

 

 

 

Sunday, August 12th:

World Elephant Day ...

RIIFF "Indie Showcase" Closing Presentation at The Vets

Don't miss the Official 2012 "Indie Showcase" Closing Presentation at this year's Festival.

Today's Feature: Shangai Calling (click here to learn about the film)

An independent film, or indie film, is a film that is produced mostly outside of a major film studio. The term also refers to art films which differ markedly from most mass marketed films. In addition to being produced by independent production companies, independent films are often produced and/or distributed by subsidiaries of major studios. In order to be considered independent, less than half of a film's financing should come from a major studio. Independent films are sometimes distinguishable by their content and style and the way in which the filmmakers' personal artistic vision is realized. Usually, but not always, independent films are made with considerably lower budgets than major studio films. This is a showcase of some exceptional new work that demands your attention.

THE WHO, WHAT AND WHEN OF IT:

The Location: The Vets, One Avenue of the Arts, Providence

Time: 4:30 p.m., click here for more information

Cost: $10 for the General Public

Don't Miss our Official Closing Feature: "Hit and Run"

click here to learn about the film

 

Wednesday-Saturday, August 8-11th

Providence GLBT Film Festival

In its 13th year, the GLBT Film Festival brings Rhode Island filmgoers a diverse sampling of over 20 international films both made by and made for members of the GLBT community. The festival kicks off this year with an opening night filmmaker reception party at the Bell Street Chapel. The event starts at 6 p.m. To see the films playing throughout RIIFF that make up this popular sidebar, click here.

THE WHO, WHAT AND WHEN OF IT:

Location: Bell Street Chapel Theatre, 5 Bell Street, Providence

Time: 8:00 p.m.

Tickets: $15 for Opening Gala on 8/8 at 8:00 p.m.; $10 regular film admission

Friday, August 10th:

ScriptBiz Rewired 2012

A day-long workshop that explores how to hone your creative and business skills

Trying to navigate through the Hollywood system?  Tired of receiving rejection after rejection? Got a great idea for a movie script, but don’t know where to begin? Or have you finished that masterpiece, but no clue what to do next?

 

The 16th Annual FLICKERS: Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF) proudly presents ScriptBiz 2012 Rewired a one-day workshop that covers the nuts and bolts of being a scriptwriter. The program is broken down into two parts: introductory and advanced. The Flickers’ ScriptBiz Program is designed to guide writers not only through the creative process of writing, but ways to promote a screenplay to filmmakers through effective networking with tips on how to make a compelling pitch. For more information, click here

THE WHO, WHAT AND WHEN OF IT:

Date: Friday, August 10, 2012

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Location: The Rhode Island Foundation, One Union Station, Providence, RI

Cost: $85

Sponsors: Sony, Amtrak, InkTip, Final Draft, URI College of Arts and Sciences, URI Feinstein College of Continuing Education, and the URI Film Media Program

To learn more, click here

 

Saturday, August 11th:

FUTURE FILMMAKING: Digital Documentary Bridging Cultures

A free public symposium examining the impact on filmmaking and storytelling by new technologies. From internet uploads on YouTube to Vimeo to cell phone capture, documentary filmmaking has changed the face of modern news gathering. Technology has allowed information to flow outside of political gate keeping creating a true global village; bridging cultures and addressing topical social and political concerns. For more information, click here

THE WHO, WHAT AND WHEN OF IT:

Date: Saturday, August 11, 2012

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Location: Metcalf Auditorium, RISD, Providence, RI

Cost: Free

Sponsors: Rhode Council on the Humanities (RICH), the URI Film Media Program and the Harrington School of Communications

Book Talk & Signing: Raising Rufus: A Maine Love Story

by Carla Maria Verdino-Sullwold

cmsRaising Rufus: A Maine Love Story is a tender and tragic love story about a childless older couple, their Newfoundland dog, and their passion for the coast of Maine. Written after the sudden death of the author’s husband of forty years, this poignant novel will speak to anyone who has ever loved and lost a soul mate, to readers who cherish the bond between man and dog, and to all those captivated by Maine’s rugged beauty.

 

Ms. Verdino-Süllwold’s screenplay version of the novel won the Grand Prize at the Rhode Island International Film Festival in 2011.

THE WHO, WHAT AND WHEN OF IT:

Location: Providence Public Library, 150 Empire Street, Providence, RI

Time: 7:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Tickets: free

Parking is available at the Providence Hilton Parking Garage: $3/3 hours. Bring ticket for stamping to the Library.

August 9th

The Rhode Island Film Forum

The RI Film Forum is a one-day symposium hosting leading national and local film industry players, conversing about the key issues facing the Rhode Island and New England film community today. This informative and entertaining discussion presents our region's small business owners, filmmakers, community organizations, and film enthusiasts with the latest opportunities for better understanding, and getting involved with, local film production and exhibition. This year's keynote speaker is actress/director, Amy Redford. • Download the Event Program

 

Click here for the entire schedule

THE WHO, WHAT AND WHEN OF IT:

Location: The Providence Biltmore Ballroom, 11 Dorrance Street, Providence, RI

Time: 8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Tickets: $10 in advance; $20 at the door the day of the event

Tuesday, August 7th

RIIFF's Opening Night Premiere and Gala Celebration

Join RIIFF for our 16th annual Opening Night screening and celebration and revel in the talent, artistry, and creation that is the Rhode Island International Film Festival. RIIFF’s Opening Night screening spotlight’s the very best of our short film submissions serving to provide a taste of the breadth of subject matter, inspiration, and talent that is prevalent in the festival.

 

The post screening party is a celebration of cinematic excellence. We welcome all film patrons and visiting filmmakers to share in the festivities. An array of local restaurants are providing refreshments. To learn more, click here

THE WHO, WHAT AND WHEN OF IT:

Location: The Vets, 1 Avenue of the Arts, Providence

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Tickets: $15 for film screening / $30 for screening and gala party

July 9-13th:

KidsEye™ Summer Filmmaking Camp Takes Off with 39 Campers!

Now in its 14th Year!

KidsEye™ is a fun yet intensive five-day filmmaking camp for children ages 8-16 presented by FLICKERS: Rhode Island International Film Festival™. Over the course of the last 14 years, the camp has expanded, allowing children to learn more about what it takes to make a movie. We strive to incorporate as much hands-on learning as possible, therefore placing our focus primarily on production. KidsEye™ participants step into the roles of screenwriters, actors, directors and crew, and learn the importance of working as a team.

 

Thanks to Rule Boston Camera, the University of Rhode Island and the Harrington School of Communications for their ongoing support!

 

Watch for photos and videos posted this week during the camp by our Production Associate, Masha Paul.

 

Flickers 7DayPSA Wins New England Emmy Award!

 

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TWO NOMINATIONS THIS YEAR:

• Flickers-Festival 2011

Broadcast on WJAR-TV 10 & Cox Communications (RI) from July 15, 2011to August 14, 2011

Executive Producer: George T. Marshall, FLICKERS and RIIFF

Producers: Demetria J. Carr and Duncan Putney

Director: Eric Latek of Phantazma Pictures

 

ONE WIN:

• My Life, My Choice

Broadcast on WCVB TV 5 Boston from December 15, 2011 to December 2012

Produced by: New England Media Coalition & FLICKERS/7DayPSA

Producer: Chuck Green

 

This marks the tenth time PSA's produced by Flickers have gone on to be nominated for Emmy Awards and the fourth win. The 35th Boston / New England Emmy Awards took place on Saturday, June 2nd, 2012 at Marriott Boston Copley Place in Boston, Mass.

June 23rd:

You Be the Judge: French Night

Presented in collaboration with the Alliance Franciase du Providence.

See some of the most amazing films from France that have been submitted to this year's Film Festival and help us select what we will screen in August!

THE WHO, WHAT AND WHEN OF IT:

Location: 928 Smith Street, Providence

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Donation: Free Admission!

June 21st

Third Thursday Encore Film Series

Back by popular demand!

Join us for a special monthly series from the Flickers Rhode Island International Film Festival that presents some of the best films screened during the 2011 festival presented through our partnership with the Jamestown Arts Center in Jamestown, RI. The films have been curated by a community team lead by longtime RIIFF adjudicator, Jocelyn Donaghue.

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THE WHO, WHAT AND WHEN OF IT:

Location: Jamestown Arts Center, 18 Valley Street, Jamestown

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Donation: $10.00 • Tickets available at the door.

June 8th

FLICKERS: Providence GLBT Film Festival Preview

A celebration of the Best of GLBT Shorts; plus a sneak peak of a major new film

Films made by, for and about the GLBT community take the spotlight in a special celebration preview through a unique partnership among FLICKERS: Rhode Island International Film Festival, Equity Action and the Bell Street Chapel. The preview will feature cutting edge shorts and a sneak peak of a major new film. This year the GLBT festival during RIIFF in August is screening over 40 films from across the globe on an array of topics that touch everything from relationships, gay marriage to military policy. Contact 401-861-4445 for more information. To read more about the event, click here...

THE WHO, WHAT AND WHEN OF IT:

Date: Friday June 8, 2012

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Location: The Bell Street Chapel Theatre, 5 Bell Street, Providence, RI

Cost: $10 donation; $8 for RIIFF members. Tickets available at the door.

All proceeds from this event will go to the community outreach efforts of the Bell Street

Chapel

May 17th

Third Thursday Encore Film Series

Back by popular demand!

Join us for a special monthly series from the Flickers Rhode Island International Film Festival that presents some of the best films screened during the 2011 festival presented through our partnership with the Jamestown Arts Center in Jamestown, RI. The films have been curated by a community team lead by longtime RIIFF adjudicator, Jocelyn Donaghue.

 

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THE WHO, WHAT AND WHEN OF IT:

Location: Jamestown Arts Center, 18 Valley Street, Jamestown

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Donation: $10.00 • Tickets available at the door.

 

Today we lost Maurice Sendak, widely considered the most important children’s book artist of the 20th century, who wrenched the picture book out of the safe, sanitized world of the nursery and plunged it into the dark, terrifying and hauntingly beautiful recesses of the human psyche. In book after book, Mr. Sendak upended the staid, centuries-old tradition of American children’s literature, in which young heroes and heroines were typically well scrubbed and even better behaved; nothing really bad ever happened for very long; and everything was tied up at the end in a neat, moralistic bow. Mr. Sendak’s characters, by contrast, are headstrong, bossy, even obnoxious. (In “Pierre,” “I don’t care!” is the response of the small eponymous hero to absolutely everything.) His pictures are often unsettling. His plots are fraught with rupture: children are kidnapped, parents disappear, a dog lights out from her comfortable home. He was 83 and lived in Ridgefield, Conn. We are all the better for his having touched our lives with his genius.

 

 

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April 22, 23, 24 & 26th:

Seventh Annual Roving Eye Film Festival

FLICKERS: Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF) is proud to present its seventh annual Roving Eye Film Festival™. The popular and acclaimed festival celebrates the film arts from across the globe. All programming is curated by RWU students from current entries to RIIFF. Along with shorts and documentaries, this year's Festival will feature animation, Latin-American, and Asian film sidebars. All screenings, unless otherwise noted, will be free and open to the public . Screenings wioll take place at the Global Heritage Hall on the campus of Roger Williams University in Bristol, RI.

 

Every year the students who produce Roving Eye select a charity to support and solicit donations during the run of the event. This year the charity is the Jeffrey Coombs Memorial Foundation. The Foundation was created in response to the incredible outpouring of support Jeff’s family received after he was killed on Flight 11 in the 9/11/01 terrorist attacks. The Jeff Coombs Foundation was formed to assist families who are in financial need because of a death, illness or other situation that challenges the family budget. For more Information: www.jeffcoombsfund.org/

 

2012 Roving Eye Festival Schedule
2012 News Releases • A
Bios of Festival Organizers
How Get to RWU
2012 Winners Announced
Download the 2012 Poster  

 

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April 19th

Third Thursday Encore Film Series

You won't want miss this popular series!

Join us for a special monthly series from the Flickers Rhode Island International Film Festival that presents some of the best films screened during the 2011 festival presented through our partnership with the Jamestown Arts Center in Jamestown, RI. The films have been curated by a community team lead by longtime RIIFF adjudicator, Jocelyn Donaghue.

 

Scheduled Films:

 

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Location: Jamestown Arts Center, 18 Valley Street, Jamestown

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Donation: $10.00 • Tickets available at the door

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Tuesday, March 13th: RIIFF at the Newport County Chamber of Commerce Business Expo. Nicole Wielga and Joce Donaghue person our booth and debut this year's new poster (created by Michael J. Chevalier).

 

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GLBT EXPOMarch 17-18th:

The 19th Original GLBT Expo

RIIFF will once again be at the Original GLBT Expo, now in its 19th year. The event takes place at the Jacob Javits Center, W. 38th & 11th Avenue, NYC.This year, we will again co-host a video lounge with our good friends and Festival partners at the Long Island Gay and Lesbian Film Festival.Last year, the lounge was packed on both days during the Expo -- an event which draws over 27,000 attendees. Click here for a link to learn about the Expo

 

 

 

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March 15th

Third Thursday Encore Film Series

Back by popular demand. Find out what all the buzz is about!

Join us for a special monthly series from the Flickers Rhode Island International Film Festival that presents some of the best films screened during the 2011 festival presented through our partnership with the Jamestown Arts Center in Jamestown, RI. The films have been curated by a community team lead by longtime RIIFF adjudicator, Jocelyn Donaghue. The schedule:

sailclothSailcloth (18 m.) Directed by Elfar Adalsteins. An elderly gentleman (the incomparable John Hurt) absconds from a nursing home by setting in motion events that veil his disappearance. He heads to the local pier, where an old companion awaits him, ready for their last great journey. 2011 RIIFF opening night selection, Best Short Grand Prize winner and short listed for best live action short film Academy Award. More info: www.elfaradalsteins.com

 

Dark Side of the Lens (6 m.) From Ireland. Directed by Mickey Smith. A stunning visual insight into the mind and world of renowned surfing cinematographer Mickey Smith. 2011 RIIFF Best Cinematography award winner.

 

Noreen (18 m.) From Ireland. Directed by Ciaran Deeney, David Clarke, and Juliette Bonass. Two policemen learn life lessons on a house-call in rural Ireland. Frank is young and heartbroken, Con is middle-aged and weary. They’re both alone, and they’re both idiots. More info: www.noreenthemovie.com

 

shoreThe Shore (30 m.) From Ireland/U.K. Directed by Terry George. Northern Ireland, today. The Troubles are over. Two boyhood friends, long separated by history and misunderstanding, are reunited…with unexpected laughter and tears. 2011 RIIFF opening night selection, Award winner – Best Director, and Best Male Actor (Ciaran Hinds,) and WINNER ACADEMY AWARD for Best Live Action Short Film . More info: www.theshorefilm.com

 

Tooty’s Wedding (18 m.) From U.K. Directed by Frederic Casella. A young couple’s marriage hilariously hits the rocks during a weekend wedding in the country. 2011 RIIFF opening night selection and award winner – Grand Prize Best Comedy short. More info: www.tootyswedding.com

 

Location: Jamestown Arts Center, 18 Valley Street, Jamestown

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Donation: $10.00 • Tickets available at the door.

 

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March 13th:

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Join us at this wonderful outreach event at the Hyatt Regency on Goat Island in Newport Harbor. It's been a few years since we were at the Expo and we are looking forward to our return. We will be introducing this year's new poster design and have our graphics team, led by Michael J. Chevalier, onboard to share some of their work.

 

We will be giving away passes to this year's Festival and even offer a raffle prize of a full Festival Pass. The time for the Expo is 4:00 - 7:00 p.m.

 

EXPO 2012 showcases all that Newport County and the East Bay businesses have to offer. There will be hundreds of fabulous door prizes, plus free samples and souvenirs and live music. Over 100 businesses will be featuring products and services available throughout Newport County and the East Bay. Take advantage of Hassle Free parking and use the Viking Trolley from the FREE parking are at the Gateway Center. The Trolley will run every 15 minutes.

 

Location: Newport Hyatt Regency Hotel & Spa, Goat Island, Newport

Time: 4:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Donation: $3.00 • FREE to Chamber members and their employees • Tickets available at the door.

 

 

Oscar Night 2012

PRODUCER'S CIRCLE AWARD WINNERS: Dr. Robert E. and Mrs. Simpson, Jr., Executive Director/CEO, The Brattleboro Retreat; Mr. Konstantin von Krusenstiern, Filmmaker and Director of Development, with Julia Sorenson of the Brattleboro Retreat at the 2012 Providence Oscar Night® America VIP Gala

 

RIIFF Oscar Night® America 2012

 

 

84th Academy Awards® Winners

5 Films that Played RIFF in 2011 vied for the Best in their Category, plus Rhode Island's own, Viola Davis, was nominated for Best Actress. Sincere congratulations to this year's winners!

"The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore" D. William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg

 

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Tickets are on Sale Now

TThere are 49 Oscar NIght® America Parties across the United States. This is Rhode Island's Only Authorized and Officially Sanctioned Celebration by the Academy of Motion Picture

Arts and Sciences.

 

• Visit our Oscar Night® America Web page

See the evolving Silent Auction page

 

TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR THIS EVENING FOR THE AWARDS CEREMONY. THE DOORS WILL OPEN AT 8:00 P.M.

 

5 Films that Played RIIFF in 2011 vie for the Best in their Category, plus Rhode Island's own, Viola Davis is nominated for Best Actress!

 

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To see Bob Manley's photographs of the event (from BobDonPaul.com), Click Here

 

Sunday, February 26, 2012

RIIFF Hosts Providence Oscar Night® America

The 84th Academy Awards

JOIN US AS WE CELEBRATE AND CHEER ON VIOLA DAVIS UP FOR BEST ACTRESS!

ona2Oscar Night® America is the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' grassroots program that enables not-for-profit charities to host glamorous parties while raising much needed funds. In 2012, the FLICKERS: Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF) has again been selected to host Rhode Island’s only officially sanctioned party, one of only 49 official parties throughout the country sanctioned by the Academy.

 

Join our Honorary Chairman, Steven Feinberg, Executive Director/RI Film & Television Office and our hosts, Doreen Scanlon and Mark Curtis of ABC6, and Master of Ceremonies, Charlie Hall for all of the excitement, Sunday, February 26, 2012. Guests will experience the thrills and surprises of the 84th Academy Awards® at Providence's Oscar Night® America party, held at the The Vets (formerly VMA Arts & Cultural Center, 1 Avenue of the Arts, Providence).

 

For those who wish to watch the Awards ceremony only on our large screen, tickets are $10 with the doors opening at 8:00 p.m. TIckets are available at the link above or AT THE DOOR THIS EVENING. To find out more information, click here.

 


 

February 16th

Third Thursday Encore Film Series

Back by popular demand and starting the New Year off with a bang!

Join us for a special monthly series from the Flickers Rhode Island International Film Festival that presents some of the best films screened during the 2011 festival presented through our partnership with the Jamestown Arts Center in Jamestown, RI. The films have been curated by a community team lead by longtime RIIFF adjudicator, Jocelyn Donaghue. The schedule:

 

Bob (3 m.) from Germany. Animated. Directed by Jacob Frey. Who says a hamster can’t travel the world chasing down his lady-love? Uh, Bob? More info: www.bob-film.com

 

Johnny & Lyman: A Life Together (18 m.) Directed by Michael Chen and Paul Detwiler. A heartwarming documentary on two men who have spent 65 years together, surmounting challenges and living through decades of societal changes. 2011 RIIFF Best Documentary short award winner. More info: www.facebook.com/johnnyandlyman

 

Luna (6 m.) From Canada. Animated. Directed by Donna Brockopp. A flirtatious dance between a charming and debonair caterpillar and a stunning and graceful luna moth – will their attraction withstand the powerful attraction of other suitors and lamps? More info: www.rainmaker.com

 

Mancrush (14 m.) From U.K. Directed by Tony Haggar. In a metro-sexual mode of modern times, two guys competitively argue about which of them is best mates with their mutual friend Dave.

 

Memoires d’une Jeune Fille Derangee (Memoirs of a Disturbed Young Woman) (18 m.) From France. Directed by Keren Marciano. Twenty-five year old Lola is a virgin, and busy-body friends have taken an unhealthy concern for her welfare. More info: www.mitiki.com/html/production-image/memoires-d-une-jeune-fille-derangee.html

 

My First Claire (18 m.) Directed by Lou Howe. Eleven year old Teddy is grappling with his parents divorce and his friends’ recent discoveries of girls. When his new babysitter arrives, the beautiful and carefree Claire, he sets out to learn about the opposite sex.

 

Time and Love (7 m.) Directed by Bo Price. Sonny tries to reconnect with Katie, the love of his life from sixth grade. More info: www.timeandlovemovie.com

 

Two’s A Crowd (20 m.) Directed by Tom Isler. Documentary. A New York story about romance and rent control. Spurred on by economic downturns, a recently married couple deals with the question “to cohabitat or not to cohabitat.” 2011 RIIFF Best Comedy Short award winner. More info: www.gloamingpictures.com/crowd.htm

Location: Jamestown Arts Center, 18 Valley Street, Jamestown

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Donation: $10.00 • Tickets available at the door.

February 7th

Join the Caravanserai... "Made in Pakistan" with filmmaker Ayesha Khan : A FirstWorks Presentation

We are very pleased to partner with FirstWorks to support this important cultural event

 

made inMeet talented young actress and filmmaker Ayesha Khan as she showcases her documentary, "Made in Pakistan".

 

An insider's look into "The Most Dangerous Country in the World" (as labeled by a cover story in Newsweek, Oct. 29, 2007), "Made in Pakistan" follows the lives of four young Pakistani professionals who defy this prevailing stereotype of the country by the very choices they have made in their lives. Shot during Pervez Musharraf’s state of emergency in 2007, this real slice of life reveals a country where one definition of an Islamic State no longer holds true.

 

Presented as part of "Caravanserai: a place where cultures meet", a program managed by Arts Midwest on behalf of the U.S. Regional Arts Organizations with financial support from the Building Bridges Program of the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art.

Location: Granoff Center for the Creative Arts, Brown University, Providence

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Donation: $8.00 in advance / $12 day of screening • Tickets available at the door

• Order tickets here

February 8th

Join the Caravanserai... "Bridging Culture Through Film" Panel Discussion

We are very pleased to partner with FirstWorks to support this important cultural event

 

AyeshaJoin Why do we believe what we do about other people we’ve never met? Where does our information come from? How do we form the conclusions we make and how valid are they at the end of the day? Is there really such as thing as a universal truth and if so, how is that determined? As part of the Caravanserai, a special panel of international and regional filmmakers and educators explores the power of documentary film to break down cultural barriers and serve as a means of intercultural exchange.

 

Featuring Ayesha Khan, Executive Producer of the award-winning documentary "Made in Pakistan," Beena Sarwar, journalist and documentary filmmaker; Sara Archambault, Program Director of the LEF Foundation, Keith Brown, RI Filmmaker/Professor of Film at the University of Rhode Island; Reshad Kulenovic, is a writer/director and Student Academy Award finalist; and Dr. Kevin Esch, educator and author of a new book on screen acting. Moderating the panel is George T. Marshall, Executive Director of Flickers: Rhode Island International Film Festival.

 

The Panelists:

 

saraASara Archambault, Program Director of the LEF Foundation, and a programmer and co-founder of the award-winning documentary film series at the Brattle Theatre in Cambridge, The DocYard. Sara has an extensive professional history in production, programming, and foundation work. She was the Executive Director of the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities, Managing Director/Producer for Ebb Pod Productions on the Emmy-award winning documentary TRACES OF THE TRADE: A STORY FROM THE DEEP NORTH, and worked as a producer with Christopher Lydon on his online radio show OPEN SOURCE. Sara is currently producing the feature-length documentary film STREET FIGHTING MAN directed by Andrew James and creating an online audio map telling the stories of not-so-forgotten places in the Ocean State called RHODE ISLAND LOST LANDSCAPES: A PEOPLE’S HISTORY OF PLACES THAT USED TO BE. She advises and volunteers with a number of film festivals including her work as Chair of the Advisory Board at the Points North Film Forum of the Camden International Film Festival. Most importantly, she has an adorable baby boy named Oscar and looks forward to reading again someday.

 

KeithKeith Brown, RI Filmmaker/educator; holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Rhode Island and a Master of Fine Arts degree from Boston University. He developed and taught a course for the Experimental College at Tufts University which focused on the study of representation of youth in American film. He has also taught 16mm film production courses at Boston University. Keith is currently a Lecturer in the Film/Media program at the University of Rhode Island. In the Fall of 2011, Keith was honored with the Teaching Excellence Award from the College of Arts & Sciences at URI.

 

Keith's work has been exhibited at the Boston Cinema Census, the Antelope Valley International Film Festival, the Georgetown Indy Film Fest, the Syracuse International Film and Video Festival, Film Stock, and the Rhode Island International Film Festival. He is also one of the founders of Boston Open Screen, an open-mike night for filmmakers, which is now held at the Somerville Theater in Massachusetts.

 

Keith is also the program director of the KidsEye Filmmaking Camp, a summer week-long program, run by the Rhode Island International Film Festival, which teaches children how to be filmmakers. In addition to still working with 16mm and Super 8 film, he also works with digital video. Most recently, he produced a short documentary on the demise of the video store, which was shot in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

 

BeenaBeena Sarwar is a journalist, artist and documentary filmmaker with extensive experience working with television and print media in Pakistan and abroad. She holds a Masters in Television Documentary (Goldsmiths College, University of London, 2001) and a BA in Studio Art & English Literature (Brown University 1986). She was a Nieman Fellow, Harvard University (2005-06), Research Fellow, Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at Harvard Kennedy School (2006-07), and is currently a Fellow at the Ash Center for Democratic Governance at the Harvard Kennedy School. She is also editorial consultant for Aman ki Asha (www.amankiasha.com) a peace initiative between the Jang Group of Newspapers, Pakistan and The Times of India.

 

reshadReshad Kulenovic, is a writer/director based in Rhode Island and New York. He has worked in the production department of numerous films and TV shows, including THE EDUCATION OF CHARLIE BANKS and in the camera department for the Newport Jazz Festival. He has been awarded the Antonio Cirino Memorial Art Fellowship and the University of Rhode Island gave him the first ever President's Award for Excellence in Film. For his short film SNOVI he became one of the first artists to be funded by the Heinrich Boll Foundation. Another producer of SNOVI was the Centre Andre Malraux Sarajevo, which also produced Jean-Luc Godard’s NOTRE MUSIQUE. SNOVI is nominated for a 2011 Student Academy Award.

 

He is currently writing his follow up film and teaching in the film department at the University of Rhode Island

 

KevinEDr. Kevin Esch has taught film studies at Tulane University and Hofstra University, and currently teaches at Roger Williams University and the University of Rhode Island. His articles and reviews have been published in Film Quarterly, Journal of Film and Video, Film Criticism, and a forthcoming edited collection on screen acting from Routledge.

 

He is at work on his first book, to be titled In the Moment: Mythologies of Performance in the Contemporary Hollywood Industry.

 

In a previous life, he was a film reviewer for WORT-FM in Madison, Wisconsin.

 

The session will be moderated by George T. Marshall, Executive Director of Flickers: Rhode Island International Film Festival.

 

Presented by FirstWorks as part of their year-long Caravanserai project—introducing American audiences to Sufi artists, filmmakers & musicians through a series of intensive community engagement and performance programs. This project is an initiative of the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Arts, administered by Arts Midwest. This event is supported in part by a grant from the RI Council for the Humanities, an independent affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, with additional support from the Brown University Creative Arts Council.

Location: Granoff Center for the Creative Arts, Brown University, Providence

Time: 4-6:00 p.m.

Donation: Free • Tickets are limited, reserve today!

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myFrenchFilmFest

January 12 - February 1st

My French Film Festival

From our Festival partners at Unifrance comes an amazing gift: a free online film festival that features some of the best work over the past year that was submitted. This is the second year of the truly international festival (it's everywhere!) The Internet website and all the 23 films are available in 12 different languages. Be part of this event and vote for your favorite film!

 

Rendez-vous at : MyFrenchFilmFestival.com

 

Also make a point of joining the community on the official Facebook page of the festival. Thousands of free movies are offered and a trip to Paris and London to be won.

 

Rendez-vous at : The Festival's Facebook

 

La deuxième édition de myFrenchFilmFestival.com, votre festival en ligne mondial de cinéma français, sera lancé demain, pour une durée de 3 semaines. Le site Internet et les films sont accessibles en 12 langues différentes. Faites partie de cet événement et votez pour votre film préféré!

 

To learn more about Unifrance, click here

 

January 13 - 19th

EVERYDAY SUNSHINE: The Story of Fishbone

Don't miss this theatrical premiere and a chance to meet the Director, Chris Metzler

One of the hits of our Festival last year, Lev Anderson and Chris Metzler's triumphant film scored an amazing 100% on Rotten Tomatoes.com and has cited by major critics as one of 2011's Best Films.

 

FishboneEVERYDAY SUNSHINE is a documentary about the band Fishbone, musical pioneers who have been rocking on the margins of pop culture for the past 25 years. From the streets of South Central-Los Angeles and the competitive Hollywood music scene of the 1980's, the band rose to prominence, only to fall apart when on the verge of "making it."

 

Laurence Fishburne narrates EVERYDAY SUNSHINE, an entertaining cinematic journey into the personal lives of this unique Black rock band, an untold story of fiercely individual artists in their quest to reclaim their musical legacy while debunking the myths of young Black men from urban America. Highlighting the parallel journeys of a band and their city, EVERYDAY SUNSHINE explores the personal and cultural forces that gave rise to California's legendary Black punk sons that continue to defy categories and expectations.

 

At the heart of Fishbone's story is lead singer Angelo Moore and bassist Norwood Fisher who show how they keep the band rolling, out of pride, desperation and love for their art. To overcome money woes, family strife, and the strain of being aging Punk rockers on the road, Norwood and Angelo are challenged to re-invent themselves in the face of dysfunction and ghosts from a painful past.

 

More info: www.fishbonedocumentary.com

Location: Cable Car Cinema, 204 South Main Street, Providence, 401-272-3970

Time: Opening night at 6:45, other showtimes vary

Cost: Tickets available at the door

• For more information, please click here for the Cable Car website

Read the Boston Globe Review by Wesley Morris

Read the LAWeekly Review by Ernest Hardy

 

JAC2012A

January 19th

Third Thursday Encore Film Series

Back by popular demand and starting the New Year off with a bang!

Join us for a special monthly series from the Flickers Rhode Island International Film Festival that presents some of the best films screened during the 2011 festival presented through our partnership with the Jamestown Arts Center in Jamestown, RI. The films have been curated by a community team lead by longtime RIIFF adjudicator, Jocelyn Donaghue. The schedule:

 

Adios, Muneca (Goodbye, Doll) (15 mins.) from Spain. Directed by Hugo Sanz. A man and woman driving down a desert road make a stop at the woman’s request. She goes to the only private spot, an old broken down wall, and unexpected action ensues. More info: www.thehouseoffilms.com

 

Arthur (9 m.) Dir. by John Jacobsen. A young boy learns to take a stand for what is right as he uses his imagination to confront a dangerous beast threatening his family. More info: www.arthurshort.com

 

The Candidate (19 m.) Dir. by David Karlak. If you could kill off your most aggravating co-worker and get away with it, would you? More info: www.davidkarlak.com

 

The Carrier (18 m.) Dir. by Scott Schaeffer. A grieving mother dealing with the loss of her philandering son discovers a secret that will profoundly influence her life. With Anna Paquin and Rita Wilson. More info: www.thecarriershortfilm.com

 

Desperate Crossing (5 m.) Dir. by MinSeok Jeon. Animated. A notorious criminal exits a police van with a desperate need to get across the street. More info: www.minseokjeon.com Little Boat (4 m.) Dir. by Nelson Boles. Animated. One little boat, one big journey. More info: www.vimeo.com/nelsonboles

 

Little Larry (6 m.) from Canada. Dir. by Jill Carter. Sometimes we all wake up on the wrong side of the bed, and leave the house a bit too hastily.

 

Pinion (12 m.) from Australia. Dir. by Asuka Sylvie. Suffering from a mysterious affliction, a young boy is taken to a secluded hospital by his fearful parents. More info: www.pinionshortfilm.com

 

White Other (12 m.) Dir. by Dan Hartley. In the dead of night a troubled youth (Tom Felton) stalks into a hospital ward demanding to see a patient but the night nurse (Imelda Staunton) is skeptical about his motives. More info: www.whiteother.com

Location: Jamestown Arts Center, 18 Valley Street, Jamestown

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Donation: $10.00 • Tickets available at the door

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Finalists Announced for the

2011 RIIFF Screenplay Competition

billT... Record 364 submissions received from throughout the United States and across the globe

 

RIIFF Screenplay judges read 364 screenplay entries this year, the largest entry base in the competition’s history. Each submission was analyzed and scored according to a set of ten criteria, including Character, Dialogue, Setting, Plot and Technique.

 

After extensive reading and deliberation among the judges, 35 semi-finalists were chosen. From these, 12 will be chosen for top awards.

 

To read the list of 2011 Winners and Semi-Finalists, click here

 

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Announcing the list of Semi-Finalists for the "Spotlight on Rhode Island Screenplay Competition"

... Our list of finalists and semi-finalists have been determined.

The winner of the competiton will be announced shortly. To find out who made the list of finalists and semi-finalists, click here.

 


Announcing the 2011 RI International Horror Film Festival Winners

It rained, it snowed, we had power outages, but in the end, the Fest wrapped doing what it does best--providing chills and thrills to lovers of the genre. And, as if planned, the sun came out on Sunday for the popular H.P. Lovecraft Walking Tour. This year's Fest was an adventure ride from start to finish and once again proved how wonderful The Vets is as a screening venue. Our thanks to Steve, Doreen, Rafael, Bruce, Rob and Squid. The awards ceremony was held in our office conference room on Saturday night, it was an intimate affair and was a nice reminder that filmmakers are such wonderful people. To see this year's winners of our 12th annual Horror Film Festival, click here

 

inkubus

The cast, crew and producers of "Inkubus" at Roger Wlliams University on Friday, October 28th, for the presentation: "Behind the Camera Lens" part of this year's Flickers: RI International Horror Film Festival. Noted actor, William Forsythe in close-up.

 

Announcing the list of Semi-Finalists for the "Spotlight on Rhode Island Screenplay Competition"

Our list of finalists and semi-finalists have been determined. To find out who, click here.