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2015 Rhode Island Film Forum Completed

Held: Thursday, August 6, 2015 • 8:30 AM – 2:00 PM

Providence Biltmore Ballroom, 11 Dorrance Street, Providence, RI


Only $40 for the event, breakfast 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. 6, 2015. 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, will host this year’s Film Forum in the Providence Biltmore Hotel Ballroom on Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015, beginning with registration at 8:30 a.m., followed by a buffet breakfast and networking at 9 a.m. and panels from 10 a.m. – 1:45 p.m. Steven Feinberg, Executive Director, RI. Dr. J. Scott Oberacker, RIIFF Educational Outreach Director will serve as the event MC.


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 a keynote address on Thursday, August 9th.


Apply to the RI Film Forum 2015


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August 6th 2015 • 8:30 AM – 2:00 PM

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

Questions? Call 401-861-4445 and speak with Tsutomu Brelsford

or email tbrelsford@film-festival.org

Last Year's Program:

Thursday, August 7th:


8:30 a.m.         



9:00 a.m.          


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.


9:50 – 10:00 a.m.


Desi Washington, RI filmmaker and kids film advocate


10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Panel One:


Learn the ins and outs of finding the best talent for your productions from New England’s A-List Casting Directors.


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


anneMAnne Mulhull

Casting director Anne Mulhall has established a home base for LDI Casting in Rhode Island. Less than one hour from Boston, she seems to be filling the gap between New York and Boston. LDI has been casting both principal and background performers for feature films, independent films, television, corporate video, and commercials for the past twelve years.





carolCarol Pickman

Carolyn Pickman is the director of The Studio and the cofounder and current president of CP Casting Inc. She is a member of Screen Actors Guild & Casting Society of America. Carolyn has won numerous casting awards for feature films, including The Departed, Gone, Baby, Gone, Shuttter Island, Mystic River, Good Will Hunting, The Crucible, and Mystic Pizza.


She has performed professionally in plays, soap operas, TV, and films; and since the late 70’s has taught professional and nonprofessional adults and teens, acting and auditioning skills. Along with the work she does at The Studio, she is currently an Adjunct Professor at Suffolk University working with Media and Theater Department students. This class, On Camera Acting, has been a successful addition to the TA curriculum at Suffolk for 5 years.


She’s often invited to teach workshops throughout the New England area at performing arts schools, centers and universities. A partial list of these workshops and seminars includes: Boston University, Boston College, Trinity Conservatory, R.I Film Collaborative, Bridgewater State, Brandeis University, Boston Arts Academy, Dorchester Youth Collaborative, Emerson College, Woods Hole and Provincetown Film Festivals and the ART Conservatory.


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.


11:00 – 11:10 a.m.


Laura Colella, RI filmmaker, artist and educator


11:10 a.m. – 11:40 a.m.

THE ANTHONY QUINN LEGACY: 100 Years Later Making History

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

Interview and Conversation


Kathleen Quinn, Anthony Quinn Foundation


Kathleen Quinn is the widow of legendary actor and artist, Anthony Quinn. From 1985 until his death in 2001, she worked very closely with Anthony Quinn in his creative life as a painter, sculptor and writer. To carry on his legacy, Mrs. Quinn established the Anthony Quinn Foundation in 2001, dedicated to promoting the importance of the arts in all areas of education. In 2004, Mrs. Quinn published a coffee table book, Anthony Quinn’s Eye: A Lifetime of Creating & Collecting Art, which was distributed by Norton & Co and was the catalyst for a traveling exhibition that toured U.S. museums for two years. A new retrospective is currently being prepared for an international tour. The exhibit will parallel the mission of the Foundation, raising awareness of the role the arts play in everyday life.


She currently resides in Bristol, Rhode Island with her and Anthony’s two children, Antonia and Ryan.


The Anthony Quinn Foundation Scholarship Program aims to perpetuate the legendary actor/artist’s vision for an art-conscious society. Through its scholarship, the Foundation supports high school students’ extracurricular study of Visual Arts & Design, Performing Arts, Media Arts, and Literary Arts. Foundation scholarships may be used for a recognized pre-college, summer or after-school arts education program, but may not be used for either secondary school or college tuition


11:45 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Panel Three:


Programming a Film Festival from an insiders Perspective


Sharon Badal, Tribeca Film Festival, Jonathan Bowers of the Hamptons Film Festival, Shawn Quirk, Rhode Island International Film Festival; moderated by Andrew Lund


sharonSharon Badal

Head Shorts Programmer, Tribeca Film Festival

SHARON BADAL is director of short film programming and initiatives for Tribeca Enterprises and head of shorts programming for the Tribeca Film Festival. She has been with the festival since its inception and has produced special projects for various Tribeca entities since 1999. She is the author of Swimming Upstream – A Lifesaving Guide to Short Film Distribution. Badal is on the faculty at New York University Tisch School of the Arts Kanbar Institute of Film & Television. She previously held executive positions in motion picture distribution and marketing and has extensive live-event producing experience. She is the executive producer of the feature documentary “Let’s Roll,” which follows a group of Los Angeles firefighters as they bicycle across the United States to reach New York on the 10th anniversary of 9/11. She holds a B.F.A in film & television production and an M.A. in cinema studies/business, both from NYU.


jeffreyJeffrey Bowers

Programmer Hamptons International Film Festival

Jeffrey has a lot on his plate, even though he isn't a food critic. Between programming at three different NY festivals – Hamptons International Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival and Rooftop Films – to writing and curating a weekly short film column for VICE, he keeps himself busy. He is also a Gemini, an identical twin, and more of a cat person — who loves jokes and puns.



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/


12:35 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.


Join The Independent's Guide to Film Distribution's editors Michele Meek and Erin Trahan along with filmmakers from the Rhode Island International Film Festival to discuss the changing world of independent film distribution. Whether you've completed a film or you're just embarking on a project, this panel will help you have a clearer overview of the current independent film distribution landscape, along with case studies in documentary and narrative film. Topics of discussion may include maximizing profits through rights allocation, choosing digital distribution, and understanding the advent of new technologies that have fundamentally changed both filmmaking and viewing.


Moderated by Adam David Roth, Director, Harrington School of Communication and Media.



erinTErin Trahan is the co-editor of The Independent's Guide to Film Distribution, the 2014 book that features listings of over 200 distributors along with advice on DIY and traditional independent film distribution. Erin's background in film includes producing, programming, and multi-platform film journalism. In addition to editing The Independent online since 2009 she has written about film for WBUR (Boston's NPR news station), The Boston Globe, NewEnglandFilm.com, among others. She has served as a series moderator for the DocYard and led film discussions for the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Boston Public Library, and several film festivals. She oversaw distribution of the documentary Love and Other Anxieties. She can be reached at erin@independent-magazine.org.


michelleMichele Meek is the co-editor of The Independent's Guide to Film Distribution. She founded NewEnglandFilm.com, the premiere magazine and resource for independent filmmaking in the northeast, and led the transition of the 30-year-old film magazine The Independent to the nonprofit organization Independent Media Publications, where she remains a board member. For nearly a decade, she worked in the independent and educational film distribution business where she worked closely with distributors such as First Run Features, Facets Multimedia, Strand Releasing, and dozens of others. She has also served on numerous juries for film awards, festivals and screenwriting competitions. She has written and directed several short films, both narrative and documentary. Her doc short film Conversations with Women: Masturbation has received over 200,000 views on YouTube, and her short narrative film Red Sneakers screened at festivals across the country. She has taught film, literature and writing courses at Boston College, Emerson College and Massachusetts College of Art. She can be reached at michele@newenglandfilm.com.


adamRAdam David Roth, Interim Director, Harrington School of Communication and Media at the University of Rhode Island. Adam graduated from the University of Pittsburgh’s business dual-degree program with a bachelor’s in Communication and Rhetoric and Business Administration. He pursued his graduate studies at the University of Iowa, where he earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in Communication Studies and Rhetoric, and received a post-graduate certificate for interdisciplinary inquiry. In 2007, Roth was appointed as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Studies and the Harrington School of Communication and Media at the University of Rhode Island, and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2013. At URI, Roth teaches a wide range of undergraduate classes, from public speaking, communication fundamentals, and organizational communication skills, to rhetorical theory, advanced rhetorical theory, and the ethics of persuasion, as well as graduate seminars on the rhetoric of medical discourses. His teaching has earned him several prestigious honors, including the Douglas Ehninger Award for Teaching Excellence and The University of Iowa Outstanding Teaching Award.

agneyahAgneya Singh is an Indian filmmaker and screenwriter. He is often identified with the revolutionary new wave of Indian cinema. Starting out as a documentary filmmaker in New Delhi, he subsequently began to explore narrative structures in story telling. Focusing as a director and cinematographer, Agneya has worked on a multitude of subjects in both documentary and narrative film. These works provide radical commentaries on various aspects of society and polity. Indeed the notion of rebellion and the idea of protest are recurring themes in his body of work. His short films and videos have been screened at several film festivals and media showcases. A graduate of the Tisch School of the Arts, New York University, Agneya has only recently directed his first feature film entitled M CREAM. Shot on location in India, the film is currently in post production and is scheduled to release in 2014.


Marie-EMarie-Emmanuelle Hartness, director, producer, writer. IFP Alumna, award-winning filmmaker Marie-Emmanuelle Hartness graduated from La Sorbonne in 2001. Her productions include Photographic Memory she co-wrote with Ross McElwee, for which she was nominated for a WGA Award. Hartness is producing Michel Negroponte’s IFP Independent Week 2013 selection The Autobiography of Michelle Maren. Hartness wrote, directed and produced After Ella, a short narrative film fiscally sponsored by IFP, successfully funded on Kickstarter, premiering at the 67th Cannes Film Festival. Hartness is a Berlinale Talents alumna, winner of the Berlinale Canon Competition 2014 with her script Writer’s Block. Hartness has been a Harvard lecturer in Production and Screenwriting.


1:15 p.m.


Order Your Pass Online Now:


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August 7th 2014 • 8:30 AM – 2:00 PM

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

Questions? Call 401-861-4445 and speak with Xuan Ngyugen

or email quirk@film-festival.org

Who's Who at the Rhode Island Film Forum:


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.




Rhode Island Cities & Towns Representatives

Film Teacher/Educators
Film Production Crews
Film Exhibitors

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


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)
  • Untitled Woody Allen Film (2014/2015)

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