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2018 Rhode Island Film Forum

Thursday, August 9, 2018 • 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Providence Biltmore Ballroom, 11 Dorrance Street, Providence, RI


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Only $40 for the event, brunch included;

Tickets Available on a First-Come, First-served basis

(with special rate available to visiting filmmakers who preregister at RIIFF)




Flickers' Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF) will offer members of the local filmmaking community and visiting filmmakers an opportunity to meet and ask questions of some true stars of the Rhode Island film industry at its RI Film Forum, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018. Aspiring filmmakers and those already in the business can network with the most prolific filmmakers in the State, find out how to be a part of their movie-making magic, and learn about new aspects of the industry.


The Flickers' Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF), in conjunction with the Rhode Island Film & Television Office and The Harrington School of Communication and Media at URI, Johnson and Wales University, Providence College and Roger Williams University will host this year’s Film Forum in the Providence Biltmore Hotel Ballroom, beginning with registration at 9:00 a.m., closing with buffet lunch and networking. Steven Feinberg, Executive Director, RI. and Dr. J. Scott Oberacker, RIIFF Educational Outreach Director will serve as the event Hosts.


The Rhode Island Film Forum is designed to provide a networking platform, spur dialogue and get answers to your questions from those who make decisions.


First held in 1998 at the Aldrich Mansion in Warwick, the 2012 will be bigger, cover more ground and will be capped by two memorable industry interviews.


Seating for this event will be limited to 100.


Apply to the RI Film Forum 2018


Order Your Pass Online Now:


Eventbrite - 2016 RHODE ISLAND FILM FORUM 



August 9th 2018 • 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

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

Questions? Call 401-861-4445 and speak with Shawn Quirk

or email at quirk@film-festival.org




Thursday, August 10th:


9:30 AM         


Welcome and introduction. Steven Feinberg, Executive Director, RI Film & Television Office, Dr. J. Scott Oberacker, RIIFF Educational Outreach Director/Communication's Faculty, Johnson & Wales University.


10:00 AM



10:45 AM


Presented to Visual Effects/Director, Johnny Wilson


11:00 - 11:45 AM




Hosted by Steven Feinberg, Executive Director, RI Film & Television Office



JwilsonBorn in Arkansas, Johnny's early influences were films like “The Wizard of Oz”, “King Kong” and the films of Ray Harryhausen. Movies, comic books, drawing, writing stories and nature walks in the rural South were among the only things to pass the time while growing up far from the city. In high school and throughout college Johnny liked to write and draw comic strips and shoot home movies with his friends.


After college and an internship at a local production company where he learned to operate the AVID, Johnny learned of a movie being filmed in his current home town. He visited the production office and with his experience in non-linear editing, Johnny was offered the non-paying position of editor’s assistant/on set p.a. The film was “Billy Bob Thornton’s “Slingblade”. After filming wrapped, Johnny drove to Los Angeles to help finish posting the film.


Many jobs later including editor, graphic designer, publication coordinator, billboard painter for Tower Records as well as a production assistant for Walt Disney Studios, Johnny decided to pursue visual effects. Since then, he's worked for title houses, post production facilities, independent productions and finally major studios. Since 2010, Johnny has worked at Marvel Studios as an In-House compositor. While on a break in 2012, he wrote Girl of My Dreams and filmed it that September. It was completed in the fall of 2016, taking four years in all to complete the visual effects heavy short film.


See his IMDB Profile.


Statement On Directing:

Girl of my Dreams was a test to see what it would be like for one person to take on as many tasks as possible in the making of a film. Three months of pre-production were used to write, story board and create the film in animatic form which would be visual effects heavy. Working closely with a talented DP, we were able to visualize the film before production would start. I was lucky in the auditioning process. I knew what I wanted and the right actors came along quickly. The same for locations. I had a specific idea of what I wanted out of the locales/sets and I found everything I was looking for within a reasonably small radius. Photography was completed over eight days with the best cast and crew I could have hoped for. Post production would last the next four years since I work as a visual effects artist for Marvel Studios. I dedicated all my spare time as I worked on the next eight Marvel films back to back. Hundreds of visual effects are spread across 23 minutes of film. Some are very visual and some are invisible.


During this process I sacrificed much of my social life but my wife stood strongly in support all the way which is what made this film possible for me to complete. With much support from friends and family and some help from a couple of fellow visual effects artists I was able to forego any compromises visually.




12:00 p.m.



Presented to Producer/Director/Visual Effects, Douglas Trumbull


12:15 - 1:15 p.m.




Hosted by Steven Feinberg, Executive Director, RI Film & Television Office


BACKGROUND: (to read the full bio, click here)

Douglas Trumbull is a visionary master of visual effects, whose work both changed the industry standard and stood the test of time for decades to come.


dTrumbullTrumbull first gained acclaim for with his groundbreaking work on Stanley Kubrick's Oscar-winning sci-fi epic, "2001: A Space Odyssey" (1968). He went on to perform similar chores on the adaptation of Michael Crichton's "The Andromeda Strain" (1971) before being handed the directing reigns of the cult space adventure "Silent Running" (1972). After creating stunning imagery for Steven Spielberg's "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" (1977) and "Star Trek: The Motion Picture" (1979), Trumbull proved instrumental in crafting the look of the futuristic masterpiece "Blade Runner" (1982) for director Ridley Scott. Trumbull's second directorial effort, the intriguing techno-thriller "Brainstorm" (1983), was nearly shelved by the studio after star Natalie Wood drowned just prior to the film's completion. Frustrated by the constraints of the industry, he left Hollywood to focus on work for several popular theme park attractions, including Universal Studio's "Back to the Future... The Ride" and other immersive entertainment experiences using his innovative Showscan film-projection technology. Offering Trumbull a creative freedom he had not enjoyed since his days with Kubrick, director Terrence Malick brought him back nearly 30 years later to consult on his sweeping examination of humanity, "The Tree of Life" (2011). Arguably creating some of the most memorable and astonishing images ever put on film, Trumbull's achievements were all the more remarkable for being accomplished without the use of digital technology.


Born Douglas Huntley Trumbull on April 8, 1942 in Los Angeles, he was the son of Carroll Roy, an artist, and Donald Trumbull, an engineer who had received his start in Hollywood as a special effects rigger on "The Wizard of Oz" (1939). When it came to young Douglas, the apple would not fall far from the proverbial tree. From a very early age, he was interested in both art and technology, with photography a particular favorite. After high school Trumbull worked at an electrical contracting firm while putting himself through school at El Camino Junior College, where he studied technical illustration. He began working as an illustrator and airbrush artist for the animation studio Graphic Films, where he initially contributed paintings of space modules, lunar surfaces and the like on several documentaries for NASA and the U.S. Air Force. Trumbull provided similar services for Graphic when the company was contracted to produce the short film, "To the Moon and Beyond" (1963), which played at the 1964-65 World's Fair in New York.


One person to have seen and been suitably impressed by "To the Moon and Beyond" was director Stanley Kubrick. When Kubrick hired that film's director to work on the visual effects for his upcoming project, Trumbull - after some not-so-subtle lobbying on his own behalf - was also brought along to work on Kubrick's cerebral, science-fiction epic, "2001: A Space Odyssey" (1968). Relocating to England for the lengthy production, he began work on the film animating computer display images. Trumbull soon worked his way up the ladder to become one of four special effects supervisors over the course of the film's arduous three-year production. When the creative team found themselves utterly stumped on how to achieve a particular visual effect, Trumbull utilized his growing knowledge of experimental photography to create the revolutionary "slit-scan" photography process for the mind-bending "Stargate" sequence in which astronaut David Bowman (Keir Dullea) passes through a vast, hallucinatory portal on his way to another dimension. "2001" would go on to win the Academy Award for Special Visual Effects that year.


After a long and successful career, Trumbull left Hollywood and relocated to the Berkshire Mountains of western Massachusetts, where he formed the Berkshire Motion Picture Corporation. There Trumbull was able to let his imagination run wild as he continued to develop innovative technologies for use in theme park attractions. One of the most notable was Universal Studios' "Back to the Future... The Ride," which was developed due in large part to a suggestion made by Steven Spielberg, who was hoping to create something that would compete with Disneyland's popular "Star Tours," a motion simulator ride inspired by his friend George Lucas' "Star Wars" franchise. Not an entirely failed experiment, "Brainstorm" had been originally intended to be the first feature film to employ Turnbull's patented Showscan technology. Developed in the late 1970s, Showscan was a film process whereby 65mm film was photographed at 60 frames per second, and projected using 70mm prints at the same high rate, making for a crystal clear viewing experience the likes of which had never before been seen by audiences. Trumbull was at last given the opportunity to expose large audiences to the Showscan experience in the mid-1990s when he produced and directed several short films for in interactive/virtual reality experience, "Secrets of the Luxor Pyramid" at the Egyptian-themed Luxor Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV.


After nearly 30 years away from Hollywood, Trumbull was lured back to act as a visual effects consultant on director Terrence Malick's "The Tree of Life" (2011). Starring Sean Penn and Brad Pitt, the film was nothing less than the reclusive auteur's search for the meaning of life. Brought in by Malick - who was a fan of Trumbull's work - to consult on sequences that would depict the beginning of the universe, Trumbull suggested taking an experimental approach, much like he had done for Kubrick on "2001." Not surprisingly, "Tree of Life" was favorably compared in both scope and artistry to Kubrick's masterpiece. Trumbull was next rumored to be planning a fantasy-adventure film that would be filmed at a speed of 120 frames per second, doubling the speed used for its groundbreaking predecessor, Showscan.


See his IMDB Profile.


1:30 PM


Order Your 2018 Pass Online Now:


Eventbrite - 2016 RHODE ISLAND FILM FORUM 


August 9th 2018 • 9:00 AM – 1:30 PM

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

Questions? Call 401-861-4445 and speak with Shawn Quirk

or email at quirk@film-festival.org

Who's Who Behind the Rhode Island Film Forum:


stevenFSteven Feinberg is the Executive Director of the Rhode Island Film & Television Office. He formerly spent 22 years in Los Angeles and worked with every major Hollywood studio as a writer, director and producer. Since 2004, in his capacity at the Film & TV Office, he shepherded over $300 million of film and television production into the state, creating thousands of jobs for local talent, crew and small businesses.


He received the first Annual Imaginnaire Award from New England’s Imagine Magazine, has been the Honorary Chairman for Rhode Island's official Academy Award Oscar Night in 2009 and 2012, served as the Vice-President on the Board of Directors for “Celebrate Rhode Island” in 2010 to assist families with heating during difficult times, is a member of the Touro Fraternity, was designated the “Rhode Island Hospitality Ambassador of the Year 2010” by the Ocean State’s Convention & Visitor’s Bureau, received the George M. Cohan Ambassador Award from the Rhode Island International Film Festival in 2011 and, most recently in 2012, was nominated by the United States Coast Guard for the Department of Defense Joint Civilian Orientation Conference.


Steven studied cinematography at UCLA and film and television production at the prestigious USC Cinema School.


andrewAndrew Lund, a filmmaker and entertainment lawyer, Andrew is an Associate Professor and Director of the Integrated Media Arts MFA Program in the Film & Media Department at Hunter College of the City University of New York and a Faculty Associate at the Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute; he is also a faculty member of the Film Studies Department at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and has taught in the Graduate Film Division of Columbia University, where he received J.D., M.F.A. and B.A. degrees. Brief Reunion, a feature film that Andrew produced and co-edited, won the top prize for narrative filmmaking at the 2011 UFVA conference and the Audience Award for Best Film at New York’s 2011 Gotham International Film Festival. My Last Day Without You, on which Andrew served as executive producer, recently won the top producing honors at the 2011 Brooklyn International Film Festival and will be released theatrically in Europe this fall. Andrew is the Executive Producer of nine feature films, including The Hungry Ghosts, written and directed by Michael Imperioli; Vanaja, named by Roger Ebert as one of the top five foreign films of 2007, and Arranged, an international hit that Variety called “a pure pleasure to watch” Andrew has also written and directed five award winning short films. In addition to worldwide festival screenings and television broadcasts, his shorts are included in film textbooks, DVD compilations, and distributed theatrically and non-theatrically. Andrew founded and curates CinemaTalks, the independent film screening and discussion series, and he created the Short Film Repository, which houses educational extras that support short filmmaking. Andrew’s writing on film includes an essay, “What’s a Short Film, Really?” in “Swimming Upstream: A Lifesaving Guide to Short Film Distribution” by Sharon Badal, numerous book reviews for the journal, Film International, and two books on independent filmmaking in the works for Peter Lang Publishers.


You can learn more about Andrew on his website: http://andrewlundfilms.com/


MarlynBright, vivacious leading lady Marlyn Mason was born on August 7, 1940, in San Fernando, California, and began performing at the age of 5. Encouraged and inspired by her parents, she was given singing and piano lessons while young and appeared on the local "Doye O'Dell Show" at age 9. As a young teenager, she was cast in several stage shows with the Players' Ring Theatre troupe in Hollywood, including musical versions of "Tom Sawyer" and "Heidi," as well as the legit plays as "Pick Up Girl" and "The Crucible".


In 1956, the 16-year-old Marlyn moved into TV work with multiple episodes of "Matinee Theatre". Throughout the 1960s, she would establish herself firmly into in the medium with guest parts on all the popular shows at the time. Blessed with an inviting, effervescent smile, she added spark and sparkle to such lightweight sitcoms as "My Three Sons," "Father Knows Best," "Gomer Pyle," "Hey Landlord" and "Occasional Wife," while showing off her dramatic mettle on "Burke's Law," "Ben Casey" (a seven part story), "Dr. Kildare," "Laredo, "Bonanza," "Run for Your Life," "The Invaders" and "Perry Mason" (the original series' final episode). Seldom pigeon-holed, Marlyn offered a palatable range of "good girl" and "bad girl" interps during this productive time -- from the sensual and alluring to the offbeat and freewheeling. One of her more notable "bad girl" roles came in the form of a faithless wife who schemes to murder her lover's wife and set up David Janssen's Richard Kimble character in the process.


Although the actress made her film debut at the beginning of the 1960s with an unbilled role in "Because They're Young" (1960) starring Dick Clark and Victoria Shaw, Marlyn would not perk up the large screen again until the very end of the decade when she nabbed her best known cinematic part as Elvis Presley's girl in one of his final films. While shooting "The Trouble with Girls" (1969), she was given the opportunity to share a duet with the legend on the novelty song "Sign of the Zodiac".


Since the 1980s, Marlyn has continued her career with appearances in film and TV. She earned her first grandmother role on the TV movie "Fifteen and Pregnant" (1998), and, most recently, has been seen in a few short films in which she worked in front and behind the camera: "Model Rules" (2008) (also writer/producer), "Big" (2009) and "The Bag" (2010) (also writer/producer).


S.OberackerJ. Scott Oberacker

Educational Outreach Director

Scott has recently joined as Flickers' Educational Outreach Director, where he works to develop and maintain the festivals’ educational outreach programs as well as aids in the selection and adjudication of the festival’s films. He holds a Ph.D. in Communication and Media Studies from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and has worked as a film scholar and teacher for many years. His writing on film has appeared in a number of scholarly journals and he is currently co-editing a book on the television series, Friday Night Lights. Most recently, Scott taught film and media courses at Roger Williams University in Bristol, RI, where he also helped to coordinate the Roving Eye Film Festival and the Tournees French Film Festival, in conjunction with RIIFF. Scott is currently an Assistant Professor of Communications at Johnson & Wales University in Providence, RI.


shawnShawn Quirk is an independent filmmaker who has directed a number of short films and short documentaries. After receiving his Bachelors of Science in Film Production from Boston University, he worked for two years as an English assistant in France at the Cité Scolaire Vauban in Givet. During his time abroad he became involved with a number of film productions in both Belgium and France, which included camera work for the two time Palme d'or winning Dardennes Brothers on their most recent film "The Kid with the Bike."


In addition to teaching English to both French high school and middle school students, Shawn also worked in collaboration with the regional English inspector, Christine Minetto, of the Champannes-Ardennes Academy to create a pilot cinema education program for high school seniors. As part of this program, Shawn worked with local film producer, Benoit Giorgini, to create a hands on film workshop in which students collaborated amongst each other to create a series of short documentaries that explored the livelihoods of local shopkeepers and café owners in the Ardennes community and their struggle in competing with large chain retailers.


After his time abroad, Shawn then went on to work as a teaching assistant at the New York Film Academy at Harvard University, where he taught both high school and college students the technical and theoretical aspects of 16mm and digital filmmaking. He also worked as a high school French substitute teacher, and freelance newspaper photographer.


Shawn became a part of the Flickers team in the Fall of 2011, and is now the Program Director for the Rhode Island International Film Festival and the Rhode Island International Horror Film Festival. As a filmmaker in his own right, Shawn's goal is to help discover the next generation of auteurs, the new voices of independent cinema.


tomZDr. Thomas Zorabedian is the Assistant Dean of the University of Rhode Island College of Arts and Sciences and a member of the Film/Media and Communication Studies faculty. He teaches critical studies film courses in the University Honors Program.


Before coming to URI, Tom was Assistant Professor of Communication at Rhode Island College, and he has also taught at Salve Regina University and at Boston University. He has given numerous presentations on various film-related topics, worked as a film critic for several publications, was an independent film and video producer, and has “acted” as an extra in about a dozen feature films, from Mystic Pizza to Irrational Man.


Tom has been associated with RIIFF for more 18 years, directing its first master class in 1998, which featured director Robert Downey, Sr.


Tom earned his BA and MA at URI, and his doctorate at Boston University, working with the late renowned British film historian and scholar, Roger Manvell.


~ Produces

~ Directors

~ Rhode Island Cities & Towns Representatives

~ Film Teacher/Educators
~ Filmmakers
~ Film Production Crews
~ Film Exhibitors

~ Film Students
~ Artistic Directors, Film Vendors
~ Civic Organizations
~ Historic and Preservation Groups
~ Property Managers
~ Recreation Managers
~ Hotel Managers, Rental Agencies

~ Set Designers

~ Casting Directors

~ Writers


Be a part of this multi-million dollar industry here in Rhode Island


Here’s your chance to become involved with Rhode Island’s “stars” of the film community. The one-day forum will bring together leaders of the film industry with the decision-making community leaders and historic, natural and commercial property managers of Rhode Island. New technologies, the impact of tax credits, plus so much more will be addressed.


“How To” Sessions:


• How to work with the film industry
• How to get the film industry to work with you
• How to be prepared and pro-active

• The growth of college film programs
• What are the resources that filmmakers need?
• Understand how to create a partnership so that everyone involved benefits.
• What are the emerging technologies that will be impacting on future film productions?

• Union or non-union?

• Funding


The film industry in Rhode Island is growing by leaps and bounds. This program is designed to help facilitate a better understanding of the needs of the industry and the wants of the community to make Rhode Island the most film friendly in the country.


Rhode Island in Film & Television


Here are some of the films made in the Ocean State. To learn more about Rhode Island's film history, click here.

  • The Great Gatsby (1974)
  • The Scarlet Letter (1975)
  • The Betsy (1978)
  • Mr. North (1987)
  • Mermaids (1990)
  • Reversal of Fortune (1990)
  • Wind (1992)
  • Federal Hill (1993)
  • The Buccaneers (1993)
  • True Lies (1994)
  • Dumb and Dumber (1994)
  • Killer ( 1994)
  • American Buffalo (1995)
  • Code of Ethics (1996)
  • Ties to Rachel (1996)
  • Strangers in Transit (1996)
  • Outside Providence (1997)
  • Tax Day (1997)
  • Amistad (1997)
  • There's Something About Mary (1998)
  • Meet Joe Black (1998)
  • Me, Myself & Irene (1999)
  • NBC 's Providence (1999 -
  • The Brotherhood (2005 - )
  • Underdog (2007)
  • Dan in Real Life (2007)
  • 27 Dresses (2008)
  • Hachiko: A Dog's Story (2008)
  • Moonrise Kingdom (2012)
  • Infinitely Polar Bear (2015)
  • Irrational Man (2015)
  • November Criminals (2016)

Will you film be next? Will your community host the next film or photo shoot?









URI's College of Arts and Sciences,

URI's Feinstein College of Continuing Education, and the URI Film Media Program



Johnson & Wales College of

Arts & Sciences


The RWU Feinstein College of Arts and

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Roberta Adams



The Department of Theatre, Dance, and Film at Providence College.