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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 90thAcademy Awards® at the 9th Annual Red Carpet Experience: Providence gala celebrating the 36th 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.


rce2014The Black Tie (optional) evening in 2019 will be chaired by Steven Feinberg, Executive Director of the RI Film and Television Office with RIIFF Advisory Board President, Michael Drywa, Esq. This year 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 Decadent Catering. Stage and Set Design by Quality Rental and the RWU Film Collaborative.


This year's Specialty Drink provided by TBA. Desserts by Carina e Dolce Specialty Cakes & Cookies, Sin Bakery, Ellie's Bakery, L’Artisan Bakery, The Original Italian Bakery, PVD Donuts, Pastiche Fine Desserts Providence and Seven Stars Bakery. Coffee by Dave's Coffee. Music by Billy Quirk, piano.


"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 90th Annual Academy Awards in the Providence Biltmore Hotel's Grand Ballroom.

“Help us cheer on Rhode Island native and superstar actor, Richard Jenkins, who is up for Best Supporting Actor in THE SHAPE OF WATER! It's going to be an unforgettable night!"


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 2018, swag bags that will definitely surprise and, of course, the screening of the biggest awards ceremony of the year!





RIIFF Films Nominated in 2018:

Live Action Short:

“DeKalb Elementary,” Reed Van Dyk, director (UCLA)
“The Eleven O’Clock,” Derin Seale, director (FINCH)
“The Silent Child,” Chris Overton, director, and Rachel Shenton, writer (Slick Films)
“Watu Wote/All of Us,” Katja Benrath, director (Hamburg Media School) - ROVING EYE

Documentary Short
“Edith+Eddie,” Laura Checkaway and Thomas Lee Wright, directors (Heart is Red and
Kartemquin Films)
“Knife Skills,” Thomas Lennon, director (TFL Films)

Animated Short:
“Garden Party,” Victor Caire and Gabriel Grapperon (Heart is Red and Kartemquin Films) -

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 Honorees:




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 22nd 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.


2018 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, , Decadent Catering, Cox Business, Seaside Pharmacy, Quality Rental, Dominion Diagnostics, Soucy Insurance, Seaside Pharmacy and Amtrak.


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

Robert Capron

Carol Conley

Gabriela DiNobile

Dr. Ana Celia Grenier

Adam Grenier

George T. Marshall

Dean MIstretta, Consultant

J. Scott Oberacker

Shawn Quirk

Duncan Putney

Plus the RWU Film Production Collaborative 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

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, RI Film & Television Office

Don Curtin, Kelly Johnson & Brian Egan, WLNE ABC6

Dean Mistretta, Decadent Catering

Jim Frechette, Quality Rental

Lawrence J. Andrade

Alliance Français de Providence

Borealis Coffee Company

Carina e Dolce Specialty Cakes & Cookies

Carolyn’s Sakonnet Vineyard

Caserta Pizzeria

Charity Grow

Cox Business

Dave's Coffee

The Dean

Dominion Diagnostics

Ellie's Bakery

Empire Soda

Federal Hill Wine and Spirits

Granny Squibb's Iced Teas
Johnson Brothers of Rhode Island

L’Artisan Bakery

Narragansett Beer

Narragansett Creamery

Pastiche Fine Desserts Providence

Providence Performing Arts Center (PPAC)

The Preservation Society of Newport County

Duncan Putney

PVD Donuts

RISD Museum

RWU Film Production Collaborative

The Sandra Feinstein Gamm Theatre

Seaside Pharmacy

Scialo Bros.

Scorpion Mezcal

Scott Levine

Seven Stars Bakery

Sin Bakery

Soucy Insurance

Niko Stamatakos - Massage by Niko

Sweenor Chocolates

The Theatre by the Sea

Trinity Repertory Company

WCRI Classical 95.9

Wilbury Theatre

WSBE Rhode Island PBS

WSNE Radio

Special Thanks to our Silent Auction Sponsors
The Avon Cinema
Borealis Coffee Roasters
Breathing Time Yoga
Comedy Connection
Gamm Theater
Gondola (Waterplace Park)
Glee Gum
The Great Escape Room
Hunt's Photo & Video
India Restaurant
Jala Studio Yoga & Art
Legend's Creek Farm
Matunuck Oyster Bar
Museum of the Moving Image
Mystic Aquarium
The Newport Art Museum
Newport Seafoam Trading Co
On Location Tours
Paint and Vino

RI Film & Television Office
RockSpot Climbing
Silk Tree Farm
Skyzone Providence
Tangy's Archery Lanes

The Wilbury Theatre


Event Photographer:

Mike Braca