Note that this year's screenings, while spread across the city of Providence, will once again be based at the Bell Street Chapel Theatre, 5 Bell Street, off of Broadway, Providence, and the RISD Metcalf Auditorium, South Main Street, Providence. The RI Film & Television Office Filmmaker Lounge will be hosted at the Hotel Providence and is a must-go location to meet other attending filmmakers.
FLICKERS:Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF) is very proud to be able to created the Providence LGBTQ Film Festival sidebar.
In its 17th year, the Providence LGBTQ Film Festival brings Rhode Island filmgoers a diverse sampling of over 40 international and domestic films made by and for members of the LGBTQ community. Ranging from romantic comedies, journeys of discover, to concerns affecting the trans community, the Film Festival has been curated to complement the LGBTQ Experience. This year, programming will also include an expanded focus on growing social and political issues for LGBTQ youth, the trans community and diversity.
Since it was first introduced as part of RIIFF,
we have been fortunate to premiere such notable LGBTQ
titles as "Married and Counting," "Black, White + Gray," "A Four Letter Word," "Before You Know it," "Brighton," "TransJourney," 'Boy Culture," "The Green," "Sedona," "Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia," "Eating Out," 'Jim in Bold,' 'The
Politics of Fur,' 'The Notorious C.H.O.,' 'Behind the
Red Door,' '24 Nights,' 'East of A,' 'Irma Vep,'
'Red Rain,' "The Go Doc Project," and so many many more.
Over a period of 17 years, the list has grown to be an amazing reflection of the issues, concerns and motivators of the community. This break-out platform has proven to be both exciting
and offer cutting edge work which challenges, provokes thought and has opened doors for dialogue.
The Bell Street Chapel, a Unitarian Universalist congregation in Providence, R.I., will once again be a venue for the popular Providence LGBTQ Film Festival, a cinematic sidebar of the FLICKERS: Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF). Other select screenings will be held in The VETS (formerly the VMA Arts & Cultural Center) and The University of Rhode Islandís Paff Theatre, the RISD Metcalf Auditorium, and locations in Jamestown, Newport, Westerly, Bristol and Tiverton.
The Providence LGBTQ Film Festiva closes with a bang at the Block Party Bash sponsored by The Dark Lady, Snow Street, Providence. With over a thousand attendees last year, this closing party acts as the climactic conclusion to the Rhode Island International Film Festival, and is one of the coolest events of the summer. The event is open to the public, and provides a rare opportunity to mingle with attending filmmakers from across the globe.
Programming we undertake for and with the LGBTQ community:
The LGBT Expo Video Lounge produced annually by the Flickers: Rhode Island International Film Festival (http://www.film-festival.org) and the Long Island Gay and Lesbian Film Festival (http://www.liglff.org) is a great way to be introduced to the art and artists who reflect the modern LGBTQ experience. Each year, the Festivals bring together a unique team of collaborators who help curate the Lounge, making for an entertaining and enlightening afternoon. From cutting edge new work, filmmaker interviews, live musical performances, comedy, dance and even a “You Be the Judge” program where you can select the films that will play at the Festivals, the Video Lounge has become an entertainment mainstay of the Expo.
Stephen Flynn and James Stewart of Long Island and George T. Marshall of Rhode Island have shared a long history of friendship and collaboration. They have been able to draw in the exceptional talents of Ryan Janek Wolowski (MTV), Neal Bennington (Broadway Pride), Tym Moss and Appolonia Cruz, making for two days of non-stop entertainment. Add to the mix the cinematic vision of emerging visual artists, and it becomes easy to understand the popularity of the Lounge for those attending the Expo.
The Video Lounge is a terrific place to network, discover new work, learn about the industry and ultimately support emerging new LGBTQ talent. This year, the lounge was packed on both days during the Expo -- an event which draws over 35,000 attendees.
The Providence LGBTQ Film Festival is sponsored in part by The Rhode Island Foundationís Equity Action, a field of interest fund at The Rhode Island Foundation that advances the equitable treatment and improves the quality of life of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Rhode Islanders.
Youth Film Jury
Again this year, the RIIFF Youth Film Jury, a group of 20-plus young Rhode Islanders (ages 16-19) that includes members of the LGBTQ community, will be in charge of selecting the festivalís top films for awards given out during the annual RIIFF awards brunch, held Sunday, Aug. 9th. The group also meet with visiting filmmakers, scholars, and Festival staff. The focus for 2015 will be diversity and feature an important media literacy component.
FLICKERS: Rhode Island International Film Festival™ (RIIFF) is now in it's 19th year. The
Festival will take place August 4-9, 2015 in the state's
beautiful capital city, Providence and throughout Rhode
The Providence LGBTQ Film Festival
PO Box 162 • Newport, RI 02840 (United States)
Office: 83 Park Street, Suite 5, Providence, RI 02903
Tel/Fax: (401) 861-4445/490-6735