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83 Park Street, Suite 5

Providence, RI 02903 USA
tel: 401/861-4445
401/490-6735 (f)


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PO Box 162

Newport, RI 02840 USA

Street Address:

36 Rhode Island Avenue,

Newport, RI 02840 USA



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Courtesy of Mike Braca


Video Promotions by

William Smyth,

Erik Latek, Nickolas Palermo,

George T. Marshall, Shawn Quirk, J. Scott Oberacker &

Duncan Putney


2015 Graphic Design by

Michael J. Chevalier





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RED Carpet

Sunday, February 28, 2016


This Year's Program Celebrates the 35th Anniversary of the Flickers Arts Collaborative



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The Red Carpet Experience: Providence is a production of the Flickers: Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF).


On Sunday, February 28, 2016, at 6:00 p.m. guests will experience the thrills, surprises and excitement of the 88th Academy Awards® live from the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, at Rhode Island's annual celebratory party that will be held at the The Vets, 1 Avenue of the Arts, Providence.


rce2014Our Black Tie (optional) evening in 2016 will be chaired by Steven Feinberg, Executive Director of the RI Film and Television Office with RIIFF Advisory Board President, Michael Drywa, Esq. WLNE, ABC6 is the media sponsor and will be providing live coverage for our Red Carpet entrance to the event.


The elegant event will feature live coverage by our friends at ABC6, a Red Carpet Entrance and Reception with Paparazzi, Media interviews, a Photo Booth, Producer’s Circle and Dream Maker Awards, hors d'oeuvres, Imported wines and beers, live music, a sit-down dinner. Gourmet desserts that will please and titillate, an amazing silent auction that will appeal to all lovers of film, a raffle of VIP Passes to RIIFF 2016, swag bags that will definitely surprise and, of course, the screening of the biggest awards ceremony of the year!


Special thanks to Cox Business for supplying the HD signal for the presentation of the Academy Awards®.


The cost is $125 for tickets. Order now. Red Carpet Experience: Providence tickets make for a great gift and the Red Carpet Experience: Providence is a wonderful escape from the winter blues.


Eventbrite - 2014 Red Carpet Experience: Providence 


The FLICKERS: Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF) has secured its place in the global community as the portal for the best in international independent cinema; earning the respect of domestic and foreign filmmakers, filmgoers and trend watchers. This confluence of art and commerce brought together world-class celebrities, award-winning filmmakers, new talent and audience members in record numbers last year.


Funding generated by The Red Carpet Experience: Providence will be used to not only underwrite the Festival’s 20th Season in August, it will support such community outreach and educational programs as the Youth Film Jury, Rhode Island Film Forum; Cine ¡OLÉ!; the Golden Jasmine Chinese Film Festival; the Vortex Sci-Fi Film Festival; the New England Student Film Festival; the Providence LGBTQ Film Festival; the Providence Underground Film Festival; the Roving Eye International Film Festival; the RIIFF Technology Forum; the 7 Day PSA Competition; the KidsEye™ Summer Filmmaking Camp; Flickers North Country Film Festival; ScriptBiz™; the RI International Horror Film Festival; the Flickers North Country Film Festival, the Québec Film Festival and an expanded KidsEye International Film Festival in August with workshops, tutorials and youth screenings.


“Many people do not realize that programming created and produced by the Flickers takes place throughout the year,” stated George T. Marshall, Executive Director/CEO. “From specialized screening events to internships, Flickers provides an ongoing opportunity to discover all the elements that compose the cinematic arts.


2016 sponsors for The Red Carpet Experience: Providence hosted by the Rhode Island International Film Festival include the RI Film and Television Office, WLNE TV6, WSNE, Just Ellen's Catering & Event Planning, Decadent Catering, Quality Rental, PMA Industries, Dominion Diagnostics, Amtrak and Cabot Cheese. Video Blog courtesy of the Roger Williams University Film Production and Ciné Club. Mike Braca of Rhode Eye is the event photographer.


For sponsorship opportunities or information, please contact Shawn Quirk, Program Director at 401.861.4445 or quirk@film-festival.org


The Red Carpet Experience: Providence Committee Members

Steven Feinberg, Honorary Chair

Michael Drywa, Esq. , RIIFF Advisory Board President

Lawrence Andrade

Carol Conley

Richard Corso

Dr. Ana Celia Grenier

Adam Grenier

Ellen Loconto, Consultant

George T. Marshall

Dean MIstretta, Consultant

J. Scott Oberacker

Shawn Quirk

Duncan Putney

Doreen Vitale

Plus members of the RWU Film Production Club and class members of "Curation and Film Festival Production

15 fun facts about the Academy Awards

1. Date of first Academy Awards, held in the Blossom Room of the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel: May 16, 1929


2. Price of guest tickets for the first Academy Awards: $5


3. Height of Oscar statuette: 13½ inches


4. Diameter of Oscar statuette base: 5¼ inches


5. Weight of Oscar statuette: 8½ pounds


6. Since 1929, number of Oscar statuettes presented: 2,947


7. The design of the Oscar statuette is a knight holding a crusader's sword, standing on a film reel. Number of spokes on the reel: five, for the five original branches of the Academy (writers, technicians, producers, actors and directors).


8. Number of Oscar statuettes created for this year's 87th Academy Awards: approximately 50


9. Date of the first televised Oscars show: March 19, 1953


10. Year of the first color broadcast of the Academy Awards: 1966


11. Year the best animated feature film category was added: 2001


The 2015 Red Carpet Experience Specialty Drink:

The Loyal Russian


1.5 oz. Chocolate Vodka from Sons of Liberty Spirits

.5 oz. Dave’s Coffee Syrup

1 oz. Cream (we use Rhody Fresh Half & Half)


Stirred, strained into martini glass. Dark chocolate shavings for garnish (optional)


And obviously you can add a little more syrup or cream.


ABOUT Flickers: Rhode Island International Film Festival:

The FLICKERS: Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF) has secured its place in the global community as the portal for the best in international independent cinema, earning the respect of domestic and foreign filmmakers, filmgoers and trend watchers. This confluence of art and commerce brought together world-class celebrities, award-winning filmmakers, new talent and audience members in record numbers last year. Ranked as one of the top 10 festivals in the United States, RIIFF is one of 19 festivals worldwide that qualifies short films and short documentaries for the Academy Award through its partnership with the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences. The next Festival will take place August 9-14, 2016.

For student rate, please call our office at 401.861.4445


Eventbrite - 2014 Red Carpet Experience: Providence 






Event Sponsors:












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Special Thanks to

Steven Feinberg, RI Film & Television Office

Carol Conley, RI Film & Television Office

Judy Shoemaker, WLNE ABC6

Doreen Scanlon & Mark Curtis, WLNE ABC6

Ellen Loconto, Just Ellen's Catering & Event Planning

Dean Mistretta, Decadent Catering

Quality Rental

The 1149 Restaurant

Adirondack II Sail Newport

Lawrence J. Andrade


The Block Island Ferry

Boston Duck Tours

The Boston Red Sox

The Boston Bruins

Andrew Burgess & RJ Scofield, musicians

Cabot Cheese

Carina & Dolce Specialty Cakes & Cookies

Carolyn's Sakonnet Vineyard

Caserta Pizzeria

Charity Grow

Alan Chille, Providence Performing Arts Center

Cox Business

Dave's Coffee Syrup

David Dipalma CPA

The Dean

DeLuca & Weizenbaum, Attiorney's at Law

Dominion Diagnostics

Ellie's Bakery

Empire Soda

Eric Latek

Glee Gum

Gracie's Providence

Granny Squibb's Iced Teas

Grey Sail Brewing Company

Hotel Viking Newport

The Huntington Theater

The International Tennis Hall of Fame
Johnson Brothers of Rhode Island

Narragansett Beer

Narragansett Creamery

The Olive Tap

Providence Performing Arts Center (PPAC)

The Preservation Society of Newport County

The Providence Children's Museum

Duncan Putney

RISD Museum

Mark Ruffalo

RWU Film Production Club

The Sandra Feinstein GammTheatre

Dan Schwartz and Doreen Vitale, The Vets

Seaside Pharmacy

Seven Stars Bakery

Sin Bakery

The Sons of Liberty Distillery

Soucy Insurance

Niko Stamatakos - Massage by Niko

Styleweek Northeast

Sweenor Chocolates

The Theatre by the Sea

Trinity Repertory Company


Vanuatu Beyond Organic Coffee Roasters

Viking Tuxedo of Newport

WCRI Classical 95.9

Whiskey Republic

WSNE Radio


Event Photographer:

Mike Braca