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RED Carpet

Sunday, February 24, 2019


This Year's Program Celebrates the 37th 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).



Eventbrite - 2018 Flickers' Red Carpet Experience: Providence 






Walk the Red Carpet. Pose for Paparazzi. Hobnob with members of the film industry. The excitement and glamour of Hollywood are coming to The Providence Biltmore Hotel Grand Ballroom, 11 Dorrance Street, Providence, Rhode Island on Oscar Night®, Sunday, February 24, 2019.


Residents of New England can experience the thrills and surprises of the 91st Academy Awards® at the (10th Annual) Red Carpet Experience: Providence gala celebrating the 37th Anniversary of the Flickers Arts Collaborative, producers of the annual Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF).


The evening kicks off at 5:30 p.m. and will feature live coverage by WLNE ABC6, the event's media sponsor. The Academy Awards start at 8:00 p.m.


rce2014The Black Tie (optional) evening in 2019 is 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 event's media sponsor. The station will once again be providing live coverage for our Red Carpet entrance to the event.


Catered dinner provided by the Biltmore Hotel with hors d'oeurves by Ellen Loconto. Stage and Set Design by Event Audio Visual.


This year's Specialty Drink is the "Mary Poppins Returns" Ice Tea. Desserts by Carina e Dolce Specialty Cakes & Cookies, Sin Bakery, PVD Donuts, Knead Doughnuts, Wild Flour, A&J Bakery, and June Love's English Bakery . Coffee by Ellen Loconto . Music by Billy Quirk, piano. Francis Ferdinand, Soprano. Plus, Ava Gaudette and Evan Andrews.


"Oscar Night is my favorite time of year as we celebrate cinema and the very best crop of motion pictures made by the world's greatest moviemakers," said Steven Feinberg, Honorary Chair. "The stars will be shining as our glamorous guests stroll past the crowd of paparazzi and enter this year's magical Red Carpet Experience. The event will be hosted by our local star reporters from WLNE-ABC 6 and the blockbuster evening will include a welcome reception for this year's Producer Circle Award winners, tasty hors d'oeuvres, specialty drinks, live music, a Hollywood silent auction, a gourmet dinner, delicious desserts, coffee and most importantly, a big screen viewing of the 91st Annual Academy Awards in the Providence Biltmore Hotel's Grand Ballroom.

“Help us cheer on Rhode Island native and superstar writer/director, Peter Farrelly, whose film "The Green Book" is up for five major industry awards, including Best Picture!


The elegant event will feature live coverage by ABC6, a Red Carpet Entrance and Reception with Paparazzi, Media interviews, Producer’s Circle Awards, hors d'oeuvres, Imported wines, 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 2019 at The Vets, swag bags that will definitely surprise and, of course, the screening of the biggest awards ceremony of the year!


Live Action Short:

“Marguerite,” (our official nominee), Marianne Farley and Marie-Hélène Panisset

“Fauvre,” Jeremy Comte and Maria Gracia Turgeon

“Mother,” Rodrigo Sorogoyen and María del Puy Alvarado

Documentary Short
“End Game,” Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman

“Lifeboat,” Skye Fitzgerald and Bryn Mooser

“A Night at the Garden,” Marshall Curry

Animated Short:
“One Small Step,” (our official nominee), Andrew Chesworth and Bobby Pontillas

“Weekends,” Trevor Jimenez

“Late Afternoon,” Louise Bagnall and Nuria González Blanco

The evening will also include several awards to local members of the film, non-profit and arts
community in the Ocean State.


The 2019 Producer’s Circle & Award Honorees:


George D. Gannett Award:

Presented annually in celebration of the LGBTQ community, recognizing excellence in writing, directing, acting, music, dance, design and creativity in the world of film arts. Named in honor of former Flickers' Board member, George Draper Gannett, who helped steer the organization towards its multi-tiered arts focus and community outreach.


Rev. Nancy H. Soukup

Multifaith Minister, Roger Williams University


Producer's Circle Awards

Presented to members of the community who have actively worked to support and promote the mission of the Flickers' Rhode Island International Film Festival. These Friends of the Festival have had a significant impact on the growth, evolution and quality of what has become RIIFF as well as the arts and humanities locally, nationally and internationally.


Nicholas A. Mattiello, Speaker of the House, Rhode Island

• Joe Rossi, Makeup Design and Special Effects

Teamsters Local 251, Film and TV Production

Max Porter and Ru Kuwahata, Animators
Rose Weaver, Actress

Eugene Lee, Scenic Designer


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.


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 23rd 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.


2019 sponsors for The Red Carpet Experience: Providence hosted by the Rhode Island International Film Festival include the RI Film and Television Office, WLNE TV6, WSBE RI PBS, , Ellen Loconto, Cox Business, Cox Media, Seaside Pharmacy, Quality Rental, Dominion Diagnostics and Soucy Insurance.


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

Robert Capron

Carol Conley

Gabriela DiNobile

Cara Bruno

Kyle Gravel

Angela Ferguson-Martins

Dr. Ana Celia Grenier

Adam Grenier

George T. Marshall

J. Scott Oberacker

Shawn Quirk

Duncan Putney

Plus the class members of "Curation and Film Festival Production" at Roger Williams University

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

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 a qualifying festival for Live Action, Animation and Documentary Short Film Academy Awards through its affiliation with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), and the Canadian Screen Awards. There are only 10 film festivals worldwide that share this distinction and RIIFF is the only festival in New England. The next Festival will take place August 6-11, 2019.

For student rate, please call our office at 401.861.4445




2019 Event Sponsors:














Special Thanks to

Steven Feinberg, RI Film & Television Office

Carol Conley & Lew Place, RI Film & Television Office

Don Curtin, Kelly Johnson & Brian Egan, WLNE ABC6

Ellen Loconto

Jim Frechette, Quality Rental

Lawrence J. Andrade

Alliance Français de Providence

Carina e Dolce Specialty Cakes & Cookies

Caserta Pizzeria

Carl Anthony Tuxedos

Charity Grow

Cox Business

Cox Media

The Dean

Dominion Diagnostics

Empire Soda

Glee Gum

Granny Squibb's Iced Teas

Narragansett Creamery

Providence Performing Arts Center (PPAC)

The Preservation Society of Newport County

Duncan Putney

PVD Donuts

RISD Museum

The Sandra Feinstein Gamm Theatre

Seaside Pharmacy

Scott Levine

Sin Bakery

Soucy Insurance

Niko Stamatakos - Massage by Niko

The Theatre by the Sea

WCRI Classical 95.9

Wilbury Theatre

WSBE Rhode Island PBS

WSNE Radio

YACHT Club Soda

Special Thanks to our Silent Auction Sponsors
The Avon Cinema

Barrington Books

Blue Fin Grill

Coolidge Corner Cinema

Crazy Burger

Dave and Buster's
Gamm Theater
Gondola (Waterplace Park)
Legend's Creek Farm

Providence Marriott

RI Film & Television Office
RockSpot Climbing

Stella Marie Soap Company

The Wilbury Theatre

The Vets


Event Photographer:

Mike Braca