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This April 22-26, 2012:

RovingEye

YOU KNOW YOU WANT TO LOOK...

Seventh annual event takes place April 22-26th in collaboration with Roger Williams University. Highlights include: an Earth Day Program, a special focus on the War on Terror and returning Veterans, international shorts and features, and documentaries.

 

Every year the students who produce Roving Eye select a charity to support and solicit donations during the run of the event. This year the charity is the Jeffrey Coombs Memorial Foundation. The Foundation was created in response to the incredible outpouring of support Jeff’s family received after he was killed on Flight 11 in the 9/11/01 terrorist attacks. The Jeff Coombs Foundation was formed to assist families who are in financial need because of a death, illness or other situation that challenges the family budget. For more Information: www.jeffcoombsfund.org/

 


Roving Eye International Film Festival

A Collaboration between Roger Williams University
and FLICKERS: Rhode Island International Film Festival
April 22-26, 2012

 

• ALL ROVING EYE EVENTS ARE FREE TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC •

 

SUNday, April 22nd:

COMING HOME: THE HUMAN FACE OF WAR

Location: Global Heritage Hall, 01

 

2:00 p.m.

Incident in New Baghdad

Directed by James Spione

22 min, USA, 2011

U.S. Army veteran Ethan McCord recounts his life-changing experiences at the scene of one of the most notorious events of the Iraq War: the slaying of two Reuters journalists, along with a group of mostly unarmed men, on the streets of Baghdad by American attack helicopters in July 2007.

Academy Award Nominee, Best Documentary Short 2012.

 

Killing in the Name

Directed by Jed Rothstein

39 min. USA/Jordan/ Indonesia, 2010

In 2005, a suicide bomber walked into Ashraf's wedding, killing 27 people. Now he is on a quest to confront terrorism around the globe.

Academy Award Nominee, Best Documentary Short 2011.

 

Discussion with James Spione, Filmmaker

jimSJames Spione is an independent filmmaker based in New York City. His first documentary feature, AMERICAN FARM, detailed the demise of his family's fifth-generation homestead in central New York State. In conjunction with the Barrier Island Center, Spione next created the poignant portrait film OUR ISLAND HOME, about the last surviving denizens of a vanished settlement off the coast of Virginia. The movie is part of a planned trilogy on the Eastern Shore region, and the director is currently in production on the second film in the series. Jim Spione has also made a number of fiction films. Perhaps his best-known work was the eerie Sundance favorite GARDEN, a suspenseful drama starring Oscar® winner Melissa Leo (The Fighter) and veteran character actor Matt Malloy (Six Feet Under); the film screened at festivals worldwide. His next movie, THE PLAYROOM, starring Pamela Stewart (The Reception. His first film PRELUDE earned a Student Academy Award® from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and was seen at numerous international film festivals. Mr. Spione also produced the acclaimed independent feature PARALLEL SONS (Sundance Dramatic Competition '95), directed by John G. Young. Jim works frequently as a film, video and television editor; credits include GOD'S OPEN HAND, an independent documentary about the first presidential election in Afghanistan, Darien Sills-Evans’ X-PATRIOTS, and the PBS series "Life 360."

 

Hosted by Dr. Kevin Esch

Dr. Kevin Esch has taught film studies at Tulane University and Hofstra University, and currently teaches at Roger Williams University and the University of Rhode Island. His articles and reviews have been published in Film Quarterly, Journal of Film and Video, Film Criticism, and a forthcoming edited collection on screen acting from Routledge. He is at work on his first book, to be titled In the Moment: Mythologies of Performance in the Contemporary Hollywood Industry. In a previous life, he was a film reviewer for WORT-FM in Madison, Wisconsin.

 

4:00 p.m.

coming homeThe War on Terror: Coming Home

A Providence Journal Documentary. Produced by Journal photographer John Freidah, Journal video editor Cecilia Préstamo, and G. Wayne Miller, narrated by Journal columnist Bob Kerr

51 min. USA, 2012

Regional Edward R. Murrow Award in the New England division

In the decade since the attacks on Sept. 11th, 2001, more than 6000 American lives have been lost in the War on Terror. Thousands more have returned with psychological damage - forever changed. Leading up to the ten-year anniversary of the War on Terror, The Providence Journal launched an effort to examine the war's impact on veterans and their families.

 

COMING HOME: THE HUMAN FACE OF WAR | PANEL DISCUSSION

Location: Global Heritage Hall, Atrium

 

5:00 p.m.

Introduced by RWU President Donald J. Farish, Ph.D

Moderated by G. Wayne Miller

 

• Dr. Frank DiCataldo | Assistant professor of psychology at Roger Williams University

• John Freidah | Providence Journal photographer and producer

• Coleman Nee | Secretary of Veterans' Services, Massachusetts

• Lt. Col. Denis Riel | Rhode Island National Guard and Veteran

• Jonathan Shay, MD | Clinical psychiatrist and author

 

Panelists Background:

frankDr. Frank C. DiCataldo is the primary organizer of this event and will mediate the panel discussion. Dr. DiCataldo is assistant professor of psychology at Roger Williams University. His research interests include the psychological assessment of juvenile offenders, juvenile homicide, and the history of systems of thought about juvenile delinquency and the history of juvenile reformatories and training schools. Dr. DiCataldo is the author of numerous articles on issues related to juvenile justice and the book, The Perversion of Youth (2009), recently published by NYU Press. Dr. DiCataldo has worked as a practicing forensic psychologist for the past 20 years and has consulted for attorneys, juvenile courts, and state departments of mental health and juvenile justice. He is currently preparing a book on the history of deinstitutionalization of juvenile delinquents and the closing of juvenile reformatories in the 1970s.

 

JohnFJohn Freidah, Emmy-award winning photojournalist John Freidah has been at the Providence Journal since 1995 following a career as a fiber-optic engineer. The National Press Photographers Association has awarded him the title of “Photographer of the Year” twice in New England and once in the Midwest. Freidah partnered with ProvidenceJournal.com in 1997 to produce one of the Web site’s first multimedia efforts, “A Time to Die.” His photography on “Poisoned,” a series about lead poisoning won first place in Pictures of the Year International. Freidah traveled twice to the war zone in Iraq to cover Rhode Island troops. Two of these soldiers are profiled in his documentary “Coming Home,” which was just honored with an Edward R. Murrow Award. He is a graduate of Stevens Institute of Technology, in Hoboken, N.J., with a degree in engineering physics.

 

wayneG. Wayne Miller, an author, filmmaker and journalist, graduated from Harvard College in 1976 and became a reporter at The Transcript and then at The Cape Cod Times, small daily newspapers in Massachusetts. Since 1981, he has been a staff writer at The Providence Journal, where he specializes in feature and narrative journalism. In 2004, Miller was part of a team that made The Journal a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for the paper’s coverage of the devastating Rhode Island Station Nightclub fire that killed 100 people in 2003. His eighth book,” An Uncommon Man: The Life and Times of Senator Claiborne Pell,” is about the six-term Rhode Island senator best remembered for creating the Pell Grants educational loan program. Miller also co-produced and wrote the documentaries “On the Lake: Life and Love in a Distant Place” (2009) and “Behind the Hedgerow: Eileen Slocum and the Meaning of Newport Society” (2010).

 

neeColeman Nee, Secretary of Veterans' Services. Coleman Nee is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps and Operation Desert Storm. He has worked as Undersecretary of Veterans’ Services since 2008. During that time, the Department created a number of new initiatives to increase access to services available for veterans, including the over 30,000 returning Massachusetts veterans from the Global War on Terror. Additionally, Nee oversaw the creation of the Statewide Advocacy for Veterans’ Empowerment (SAVE) program, a first-in-the-nation initiative to support veterans and their families coping with the stresses of returning from war and assist them in obtaining veterans benefits and services. His team successfully competed for over $1 million in federal workforce development funds to train and place veterans in employment, and led new outreach efforts to homeless veterans and families, the Women’s Veterans Network, and disabled veterans. Prior to his service with the Commonwealth, Nee has worked in the fields of public policy advocacy and corporate communications for over 20 years. In 2001 and 2006, Mr. Nee was an Executive Member of the Congressional Medal of Honor Society Convention Committee, which succeeded in bringing the society to Boston for its annual convention twice in five years.

 

RielLt. Col. Denis Riel is the Director of Staff for the Rhode Island Air National Guard where he serves as the principal advisor to the Adjutant General on a broad range of matters concerning the United States Air Force and the Air National Guard. The also oversees the development, execution, and evaluation of programs and policies pertaining to command, control, operation, and management of the Air National Guard. He has been a member of the Rhode Island National Guard since 1982 and was commissioned an officer in 1987. He previously served as the Rhode Island National Guard's Public Affairs Officer and Spokesperson from 2006 to 2012. His other assignments have included: Commander, 143rd Aerial Port Squadron (2000-2007), Military Equal Opportunity Officer, 143rd Airlift Wing (1997-2000), and Mission Commander, 102nd Air Control Squadron.

 

Lt Col Riel is a graduate of Lincoln High School class of 1977. He holds a bachelors degree in Criminal Justice from Roger Williams University and a Masters of Arts degree in the Administration of Justice from Salve Regina University. He is also a graduate of the US Air Force's Air War College.

 

LTC Riel has twice deployed in support of the Global War on Terror; to Al Udeid Airbase, Qatar in 2005 as a lead planner in the Air Mobility Division, Combined Air Operations Center, and as a Joint Expeditionary Airman serving in an Army position to ISAF HQ, Kabul Afghanistan, as a Public Affairs Team Leader in 2009-2010. He has also served in support of the peace-keeping efforts in Bosnia-Herzigovina while stationed in Italy in 1995 and in 1996 and deployed for numerous short tours in support of counter-drug missions as a radar operator to the Caribbean and South American Areas of Operation.

 

shayJonathan Shay is a clinical psychiatrist whose treatment of combat trauma suffered by Vietnam veterans combined with his critical and imaginative interpretations of the ancient accounts of battle described in Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey are deepening our understanding of the effects of warfare on the individual. His book, Achilles in Vietnam: Combat Trauma and the Undoing of Character (1994), draws parallels between the depiction of the epic warrior-hero Achilles and the experiences of individual veterans whom he treated at a Boston-area Veterans Affairs’ Outpatient Clinic. Reading the poem through the lens of modern experience, Shay rediscovers important nuances that traditional scholarship has often understated in the classical text, particularly that the Iliad is fundamentally a story about the frequently contentious relationship between soldiers and their leaders. In Odysseus in America: Combat Trauma and the Trials of Homecoming (2002), using Odysseus as metaphor, Shay focuses on the veteran’s experience upon returning from war and highlights the role of military policy in promoting the mental and physical safety of soldiers. A passionate advocate for veterans and committed to minimizing future psychological trauma, Shay strives for structural reform of the ways the U.S. armed forces are organized, trained, and counseled. In 2007, he was awarded a MacArthur Foundation “genius grant” for his work with veterans.

 

EARTH DAY PROGRAM

Location: Global Heritage Hall, 108

 

2:30 p.m.

Dying Green

Directed by Ellen Tripler

26 min. USA, 2011

Set in the foothills of the Appalachians, this film explores one man’s vision of using green burials to conserve land. Dr. Billy Campbell, the town’s only physician, and his efforts have radically changed our understanding of burials in the United States. Dr. Campbell’s dream is to conserve one million acres of land. Dying Green focuses on the revolutionary idea of using our own death to fund land conservation and create wildlife preserves.

 

78 Days

Directed by Jason Nardella

62 min. Canada/Mexico, 2012

Tree planting is one of the most physically and mentally demanding jobs in Canada. It is a form of isolated piecework that attracts a particular kind of person. Tree planters deal with harsh living and working conditions and must be resilient, committed, motivated, and a little bit peculiar. A 12-year veteran tree-planter, Jason Nardella followed a tree planting camp during the entirety of a four-month season. A one-man film crew, he captured the longest and perhaps most difficult season in the company’s 20-year history. The documentary “78 Days”, divides the season into a series of chapters following the season’s progress working in the swamplands of northern Alberta. We witness the planters endure months of repetitive labor until they reach physical and emotional exhaustion. It is a character study of what drives tree planters to push themselves daily to reach their goals.

 

OPENING NIGHT RECEPTION

Location: Global Heritage Hall, Atrium

 

6:30 p.m.

Join as we celebrate the 7th Anniversary of the Roving Eye International Film Festival, a unique collaboration between Roger Williams University and Flickers: Rhode Island International Film Festival. All programming for the Festival has been produced by students in the Curation and Film Production Class: Kyle Alexander, Christopher Capozzi, Meaghan Coombs, Alexis Diaz, Rachel Ellis, Richard Gallagher, Kathryn Klesseck, Katherine McCourt, Rebecca Murphy, Hillary Nadworny, Emily Nissensohn, Kathryn Testa, Peter Walerysiak and Nicole Wielga.

 

MONday, April 23rd:

BUILDING BRIDGES ACROSS LANDS: THE POWER OF INTERNATIONAL FILMS

Evening Programming hosted by Dr. Kevin Esch

Location: Global Heritage Hall, 01

 

7:00 p.m.

RWU Student Short

Working Towards a Better World

Directed by Nick Palermo and James Payne

El Salvador, 2012

A short documentary on the Foundation of International Medical Relief for Children which is a non-profit organization based out of Pennsylvania that is dedicated to improving pediatric and maternal health in the developing world through the implementation of innovative and self-sustainable health improvement programs. This Documentary provides an in depth look at some of the work FIMRC and volunteers do to better the lives of people in impoverished rural communities in El Salvador.

 

FILMS FROM THE WEST

I Want to Spend the Rest of My Life with You

Directed by Manuela Moreno

2 min. Spain, 2010

A woman dreams about an interaction with a man at a stop light on her way home from work, only to discover that it becomes reality, and their eventual doom.

 

Family First

Directed by Chris Hanratty

7 min. Canada, 2010

Rob and Ashley have a big announcement that brings a family dinner to a screeching halt.

 

Pizzangrillo

Directed by Marco Gianfreda

15 min. Italy, 2011

Tired of life, Ettore, 65 years old, everyday tries to find the courage to drive himself and his three wheeler down a country ditch. When Luca, his 10 year old nephew, finds out about his grandfather's intentions, he decides to furtively follow him.

 

Punch Drunk

Directed by Sam Wark

15 min. Australia, 2010

Punch-Drunk is the story of ‘Joe Sparro’, an elderly man who suffers from Dementia Pugilistica a condition otherwise known as ‘Punch-Drunk’. With the rising costs of aged care due to privatisation Joe is forced out of what has been his home for many years. He is released back into a new society, one that he is forced to come to terms with when returning to live with his wife. The years being medicated and institutionalized have taken a toll, battling just to grasp daily life, although it is this battle of remembering that may just save him.

 

Prunelle & Melodie

Directed by Mathieu Simonet

32 min. France, 2011

Prunelle is blind, and Melodie deaf and dumb. These two young women became friends in a specialized centre, intended to assist their reintegration into everyday life. Having worked out a code which enable them to communicate together, one day, they share a common dream: to join a world where their handicap would not be one anymore. Decided to live this breakaway, they will have to call upon their own ingenuity to reach their destination.

 

Our Father (Teve musu)

Directed by Marius Ivaskevicius

25 min. Lithuania, 2010

At first it seems that Liza and her children do their daily routine in their ordinary poorly set flat. The boys- Tomas and Edgar- are watching TV, the teenage daughter Kristina is cooking, the mother is writing a letter. The family is waiting for the father to come back. Soon he comes and brings food and leaves shortly after, since this is not an ordinary flat. It is a basement, from which Liza and her children will never escape.

 

Die Anderen Und Ich (The Others And Me)

Directed by Aljosha Horvat

25 min. Germany, 2011

Mascha is allowed to leave her leukemia treatment facility every morning; disguised with wig and make-up, she makes one of her daily visits to the city. During one of her trips a 12 year old boy, Fynn, spots her and notices her time and again as but another persona. Both intrigued and fascinated by her appearance each time, Fynn finally makes the first move and the couple gets acquainted. However, when they meet by chance the following day, she pretends to have never seen him before. When he spies her ducking into a hospital there is no holding back his curiosity and Fynn has to find out who the girl of many disguises really his.

 

BUILDING BRIDGES ACROSS LANDS: THE POWER OF INTERNATIONAL FILMS 2

Location: Global Heritage Hall, 108

 

7:30 pm

RWU Student Short

Part of a program of short films screened throughout the Festival created by students at Roger Williams University in Digital Media taught by Associate Professor Murray McMillan.

 

Murray McMillan teaches digital media, video/film and installation in the Visual Art Studies Program. He has received a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute, a MFA from The University of Texas at Austin.He collaborates with Megan McMillan. Together they are represented by Qbox Gallery in Athens, Greece and have exhibited nationally and internationally including the National Museum of Art in La Paz, Bolivia and the National Gallery of Kalamata, Greece. They have been artists in residence in Los Angeles, Barcelona, Athens, Turku and Kokar, Finland. In 2007, they were in film festivals in Austria, Croatia, Romania, Switzerland, and in London and Los Angeles and participated in the 10th International Istanbul Biennial in Turkey. Their solo show at White Flag Projects in St Louis was reviewed in the Nov 2007 issue of Art in America. In 2008, their video, The Listening Array, was featured at the Video Art Program at Preview Berlin: The Emerging Art Fair. The McMillans are currently participating in the 2nd Thessaloniki Biennale at the State Museum of Contemporary Art in Greece.

 

FILMS FROM THE EAST

How I Lost My Birth Day

Directed by Deja Bernhardt

9 min. USA, 2011

On the eve of her 8th birthday, Cinta and her mother must leave the USA and move to Bali where her parents are from. Cinta does not know this move is because her parents are divorcing. During the flight she realizes she has not only lost everything else in her life but her birthday as well, as a result of crossing the International Date Line. She thinks of the Wayang Kulit, the Balinese Shadow Puppets that her father and her play with and uses them to imagine a world less harsh to her little girl heart. In this coming of age story, years later Cinta learns to forgive her parents and come to terms with what it means to take responsibility for her own life.

 

Overflowed

Directed by Joan Llabata

20 min. China/Spain, 2011

Doctor Qian is the leader on a mysterious project that has turned in an unexpected result. The heads of the company hosting Doctor Qian’s research facilities want to arrange a dangerous test ignoring Doctor Qian’s recommendations. Doctor Qian will find himself in a desperate situation, forced to design the test that may cause the destruction of his life’s investigation.

 

Twisted (Zhuang Gui)

Directed by Yee-wei Chai

100 min. Malaysia /Singapore, 2011

The movie revolves around a soft-drugs dealer who banged up a young girl, a pair of con men who wants to turn over a new leaf, and 4 cabin crews whose lives were turned upside down over a fateful night of drugs and booze. This is a story of individuals whose fates intertwine and paths clash due to a series of twisted events. A funny and twisted tale of fate and coincidence is shaped based on the cause and effect of their actions.

 

TUESday, April 24th:

DOCUMENTARY FILM FOCUS

Location: Global Heritage Hall, 01

5:00 p.m.

RWU Student Short

Part of a program of short films screened throughout the Festival created by students at Roger Williams University in Digital Media taught by Associate Professor Murray McMillan.

 

The Power of Two

Directed by Marc Smolowitz

60 min. USA/Japan, 2011

Inspired by their 2007 memoir, “The Power Of Two” offers an intimate portrayal of the bond between half-Japanese twin sisters Anabel Stenzel and Isabel Stenzel Byrnes, their battle with the fatal genetic disease cystic fibrosis (CF) and miraculous survival through double lung transplants. Defying all odds, Ana and Isa have emerged as authors, athletes and global advocates for organ donation, and their connection to the CF and transplant communities provides rare insight into the struggles — and overlooked joys — of chronic illness.

 

Ten Thousand Miles

Directed by Liam Bates

69 min. Tibet, Switzerland, 2011

Gesang Duojie, a shy 19-year-old Tibetan, has never left his farming village. Abruptly, at his mother's behest, he climbs onto the back of a small motorbike to see the world, traveling 8,000km with three men in their early 20s he doesn't know. The adventurers continually interview young people in remote villages, then bustling urban centers, asking them about their hopes for the future and their dreams, their views of the world. Farmers, gangsters, nomads, musicians and wealthy business people form a vivid tapestry but also give voice to a society that is a key player in 21st century Asia. Woven throughout the story is the rich thread of how the travelers are reshaped by both the dramas and the ordinary people they meet.

 

Hosted by Professor Edward J. Delaney

tedDEdward J. "Ted" Delaney is an author, journalist, filmmaker and educator. He has been a recipient of a 2008 Literary Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and a winner of the 2005 PEN/Winship Award for Fiction. His work has been anthologized in Prize Stories: The O.Henry Awards and in Best American Short Stories. As a journalist he is a past winner of the National Education Reporting Award, and well as other national and regional awards. He has published three books of fiction. "Warp & Weft" and "The Drowning and Other Stories" appeared in 1999 and 2004. "Broken Irish" was published in Fall 2011 by Turtle Point Press. Delaney has published short stories in The Atlantic and other magazines and quarterlies. He was also the co-author of "Born to Play," by Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia (Simon & Schuster 2009). Delaney has directed and produced two documentary films. "The Times Were Never So Bad: The Life of Andre Dubus," premiered in 2007. It received a first place at The Rhode Island International Film Festival. "Library of the Early Mind" debuted at Harvard University's Askwith Forums.

 

DOCUMENTARY FILM FOCUS 2

Location: Global Heritage Hall, 108

 

6:00 p.m.

RWU Student Short

Part of a program of short films screened throughout the Festival created by students at Roger Williams University in Digital Media taught by Associate Professor Murray McMillan.

 

Written in Ink (Co Raz Zostalo Zapisane)

Directed by Martin Rath

11 min. Poland, 2011

Written in Ink is a documentary about hope. This is a compelling story of a man trying to get back in touch with his sister after they haven’t been talking for 14 years. But can one change what has already been written in ink?

 

Walking Merchandise

Directed by Ethan Downing

30 min. USA, 2011

Each year, Chinese children are trafficked to the United States. They are sent by their parents through criminal smugglers known as 'snakeheads'. Upon their arrival, they immediately begin working in marginal, low-wage jobs, without the possibility of going to school, in order to pay off smuggling fees that range as high as $100,000. They have had no say in their decision to come to America. In Walking Merchandise: child trafficking and the snakehead trade, five children speak out about their experiences, from their homes in Fujian China, to restaurants from Rhode Island to Alabama. The snakeheads transport the children through circuitous travel routes around the world, country to country, taking advantage of weak border controls and officials susceptible to bribery all along the way. After the children arrive, their lives are only marginally improved, as their debt chains them to work excessive hours in conditions wholly unsuitable for children. As undocumented minors, their work options are limited, and they often find themselves working in Chinese restaurants around the U.S., using cheap buses between cities' Chinatowns as their mode of transportation. With the pressure of $80,000 to $100,000 debts brought to bear upon them, their lives quickly become limited to three words, as described by young Juliet, “Work, sleep, eat, work sleep eat.” Though the snakehead debt cannot be erased, there are at least some opportunities for the children to get an education and ideally find lives outside of the restaurant circuit. Organizations such as Kids in Need of Defense and the Immigrant Child Advocacy Project pair unaccompanied immigrant minors with with advocates, social workers and pro bono attorneys that can help counsel them through the immigration process, and provide much needed support. It is through these relationships that they can then begin to imagine independent, better lives for themselves in America.

 

Visual Acoustics

Directed by Eric Bricker

83 min. USA, 2008

Narrated by Dustin Hoffman. Visual Acoustics celebrates the life and career of Julius Shulman, the world’s greatest architectural photographer, whose images brought modern architecture to the American mainstream. Shulman, who passed away this year, captured the work of nearly every modern and progressive architect since the 1930s including Frank Lloyd Wright, Richard Neutra, John Lautner and Frank Gehry. His images epitomized the singular beauty of Southern California’s modernist movement and brought its iconic structures to the attention of the general public. This unique film is both a testament to the evolution of modern architecture and a joyful portrait of the magnetic, whip-smart gentleman who chronicled it with his unforgettable images.

 

Wednesday, April 25TH:

NO PROGRAMMING

 

THURSday, April 26TH:

Location: Global Heritage Hall, 01

5:00 p.m.

STUDENT FILM SHOWCASE

Screening and Filmmaker Q&A

 

Crossharbour

Directed by Greg Hughes and Ben Potter

8 min. USA/UK, 2011

An impulsive young man falls in love with a beautiful woman and relentlessly pursues her around the Docklands of London.

 

HOLLYWOOD EAST: MAKING IT IN THE FILM INDUSTRY IN RHODE ISLAND

Location: Global Heritage Hall, 01

 

6:00 p.m.

Professional Panel Discussion

Hosted by Nicole Wielga, RWU Class of 2012

Nicole Wielga is a programmer with the Roving Eye Film Festival. She is currently a programming associate with the Rhode Island International Film Festival. She has worked in film since her start at the New York Film Academy, where she has a degree in Film and Television Production. She has since interned with the film Lymelife, starring Alec Baldwin and produced by Martin Scorsese, and the American film studio, The Weinstein Company (The Artist, The King’s Speech, Inglorious Basterds).

 

Panelists & Their Background:

Edward J. "Ted" Delaney is an author, journalist, filmmaker and educator. He has been a recipient of a 2008 Literary Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and a winner of the 2005 PEN/Winship Award for Fiction. His work has been anthologized in Prize Stories: The O.Henry Awards and in Best American Short Stories. As a journalist he is a past winner of the National Education Reporting Award, and well as other national and regional awards. He has published three books of fiction. "Warp & Weft" and "The Drowning and Other Stories" appeared in 1999 and 2004. "Broken Irish" was published in Fall 2011 by Turtle Point Press. Delaney has published short stories in The Atlantic and other magazines and quarterlies. He was also the co-author of "Born to Play," by Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia (Simon & Schuster 2009). Delaney has directed and produced two documentary films. "The Times Were Never So Bad: The Life of Andre Dubus," premiered in 2007. It received a first place at The Rhode Island International Film Festival. "Library of the Early Mind" debuted at Harvard University's Askwith Forums.

 

mkeDMichael Drywa, Esq. Entertainment Law Born in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, November 4, 1964; admitted to bar Rhode Island Bar, 1998; Massachusetts Bar, 1999; U.S. District Court, District of Rhode Island, 1999; U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts, 2001, Education: Rhode Island College, B.S. Industrial Technology, 1988; Roger Williams University School of Law, Juris Doctor, 1998; Notes Editor, Roger Williams University Law Review. Michael serves as the legal advisor to Flickers and the Rhode Island International Film Festival. He is also the Advisory Board President of RIIFF.

 

StevenFSteven Feinberg - Executive Director, RI Film and Television Office. Steven started making movies when he was 8 years old in the basement of his Cranston home, a news release said. He later attended the University of Southern California, School of Cinema and later worked as a writer and producer in Los Angeles, and started his own production company. He returned to Rhode Island and took the job as the director of the state’s Film and Television Office in 2004. In 2011, he received RIIFF's George M. Cohan Ambassador Award which is presented semi-annually to an outstanding artist whose work, passion, and drive epitomizes a level of excellence which reflects creatively on their Rhode Island roots.  Named after famed Providence entertainer George M. Cohan, who was born on the 4th of July, this award honors truly unique Americans who have made a timeless contribution to the arts and have inspired future generations of Rhode Islanders.

 

DuncanDuncan Putney - SAG Rep Duncan is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where he studied both accounting and theatre. He went on to make his career in acting in stage, film, and television, as well as an associate producer in film and theatre. He has performed stand up and improv, as well as being a published poet and historian. He has served as an officer/delegate for both SAG and AFTRA. He serves on the advisory board of the only Academy Award qualifying film festival in New England, the Rhode Island International Film Festival. Duncan is also the creator of the History Casting division of LDI Casting, finding historic reenactors extras and historic consultants for film and television productions.

 

chrisSChris Sparling is a writer/director originally from North Providence, RI. He wrote the critically-acclaimed feature film BURIED, starring Ryan Reynolds, which, after premiering at the Sundance Film Festival in 2010, went on to win the Melies d'Or Award at the Sitges Film Festival and was later released by Lionsgate Films. He was awarded Best Original Screenplay by the National Board of Review, and also won a Goya Award (Spain's Academy Award) in the same category. In addition, he wrote the screenplay for the thriller ATM for Gold Circle Films, which is slated for release in 2011, as well as REINCARNATE for producer M. Night Shyamalan. Chris will next direct the supernatural drama FALLING SLOWLY, starring Mandy Moore, based on his screenplay. He has also served as an adjunct professor of screenwriting at Boston University and Emerson College, and continues to guest lecture at numerous film festivals and universities.

 

CLOSING RECEPTION WRAP

Location: Global Heritage Hall, Atrium

 

7:15 p.m.

Join us as we celebrate the successful completion of the 7th Annual Roving Eye International Film Festival as we honor our sponsors, organizers and friends.

 

The 2012 Roving Eye International Film Festival is sponsored by The Providence Journal, the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities (RICH) an independent affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Roger Williams University Office of the Provost; the Office of the Dean of Arts and Sciences; the RWU Department of Communications, and the RWU Department of Psychology.

 

ABOUT ROGER WILLIAMS UNIVERSITY:

Roger Williams University located in Bristol, R.I. is a leading independent, coeducational university with programs in the liberal arts and the professions, where students become community- and globally-minded citizens. With 42 academic majors, an array of co-curricular activities and study abroad opportunities on six continents, RWU is an opencommunity dedicated to the success of students, commitment to a set of corevalues and providing a world-class education above all else. In the last decade, the University has achieved unprecedented successes including recognition as one of the best colleges in the nation by Forbes, a College of Distinction by Student Horizons, Inc. and as both a best college in the Northeast and one of the nation’s greenest universities by The Princeton Review. For more information, go to: www.rwu.edu.

 

ABOUT FLICKERS: RHODE ISLAND INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL:

The mission of FLICKERS: Rhode Island International Film Festival is to discover and empower filmmakers. Held in Providence, and at locations throughout the state, RIIFF is one of only 65 film festivals worldwide that is a qualifying event for the Oscars. It is also New England’s largest film festival. Its innovative programming, cultivated industry ties, and loyal audiences have made the Festival a strategic and desirable platform for film premieres, drawing hundreds of independent filmmakers from around the globe. The next Festival will take place August 7-12, 2012. For more information about the festival, please visit www.rifilmfest.org.


For more information about films, dates, and venues for the Roving Eye International Film Festival™, please call 401-861-4445, email: info@film-festival.org

 

RWU PARKING INFORMATION: From Providence: Take Routes 136 South or 114 S passing campus on the left. Take a left at the traffic light just before the Mount Hope Bridge, onto Old Ferry Road. Take the first right into the parking lot.

 

From Newport: Take 114N over the Mount Hope Bridge and take the first right off the bridge onto Old Ferry Road. Take the first right into the parking lot.

 

Guests should enter through the main entrance at the fountain. they will be able to obtain a guest parking pass. Lot 24a will be blocked off for guests of the festival. Proceed through the main entrance through to the lot 24a on left. Events will take place in the Global Heritage Hall.


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The 2012 Roving Eye International Film Festival is sponsored by The Providence Journal, the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities (RICH) an independent affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Roger Williams University Office of the Provost; the Office of the Dean of Arts and Sciences; the RWU Department of Communications, and the RWU Department of Psychology.

 

Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.