April 10-17, 2016
This Year's Program Celebrates the Power of Art and Culture in Affecting Positive Change
11th Annual event takes place April 10-17th in collaboration with Roger Williams University. Highlights include major international shorts and features, and documentaries and a celebration of the arts.
Those Creating the 2016 Festival:
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Ziyad M. Almutair is an International Peer Advisor at Roger Williams University where he majors in Architecture.
Jordan Berry is a current global communications senior at Roger Williams University with a double minor in film and anthropology/sociology. With an interest in journalistic storytelling, Jordan's focus has been in documentary film for the ability to share the real stories of people, places, and events. She is currently working as a documentary production intern in Boston and has past experience producing historical, commercial and non profit work.
Jenna Brink is a senior at Roger Williams University majoring in Graphic Design Communications, with a double minor in Visual Arts: Film Studies and Global Communication. She grew up in Cumberland, Maine where she attended Greely High School and discovered her passion for the world of art. She has always been a 'movie buff', but her interest specifically in behind the scenes workings of film and film festivals started sophomore year of college when she took an Intro to Film class with George Marshall. After graduation Jenna hopes to work in the design field of Brand Identity in the Boston area.
Mike Cardi is a second semester senior at Roger Williams University, from his hometown in Providence, Rhode Island. He is a major in creative writing and has an avid interest in movies, television, and video games. More comfortable with the script than the camera, Mike has written several short stories and quite a couple screenplays, all which have received praise from faculty and students alike. He was a national honors society student, and has spent the past couple of summers analyzing fantasy texts and docu-fiction films. He also has some talent in poetry, as he has become a finalist for this semester’s Poetry Slam. After graduating, he wants to get into the film business, or the television business, or the video game business; whatever medium that is necessary for his talents. He hopes to someday create an epic series, in the same vein as Final Fantasy or Game of Thrones.
My name is Madeline Cirullo. Iím from Berlin, CT and am currently a Junior at Roger Williams University. I am double majoring in Creative Writing and Independent Studies in Film; I love the arts and hope to work in animation, particularly childrenís programming, before going on to direct films. I am very excited to be working with Roving Eye, hand choosing and carefully curating an amazing program for all of you. This has been a wonderful opportunity from which I have already learned so much, and I hope everyone has an equally wonderful experience. If it brings anybody any joy Iíll consider my job done!
Andre D. Courtois is a freshman studying journalism and minoring in film. While growing up, the theater was a second life, and film shortly followed. His hobbies are card games, video games, and sailing. While studying at Roger Andre wishes to spend more time working on films studies and applying a critical lens in journalism in order to attempt to make headway writing reviews later in life. While also balancing school, Andre plays competitive Magic: The Gathering (Hasbroô) on a team with friends, resulting in a lot of traveling. While traveling and playing he tries to watch as many films, plays, and short skits as possible on the trips, to fill time and enjoy them mostly. In his free time rehabbing classic sailboats and glass work fill the gap.
Alexander M. DeLalla
My name is Alex DeLalla. I am a fourth year Architecture Major with a Core Concentration in Art History. I am graduating May 2016 with a B.S in Architecture and will be enrolled as a grad student next year at Roger Williams University. My hobbies and interests range from architecture, graphic design, visual arts, playing sports, and relaxing. I love being active on campus. Over the years I have participated in a variety of different clubs and events such as The Ultimate Frisbee team, Soar Leadership, Architecture Mentor Program and I served as a Residence Assistant for both Cedar, and Maple Hall.
I have always had a soft spot for movies throughout my entire life. I feel that movies are snapshots into life. There is a great deal to be learned from films. Personally, I have learned to enjoy each day to the fullest because every day on earth is day worth living. Iím very excited and looking forward to the Roving Eye film Festival.
Bradley S. Fagan is a member of the Roger Williams Class of 2016, graduating with a BA in journalism with a minor in film and psychology. From Stoneham, Massachusetts, Brad is a photographer, digital journalist, and aspiring documentary filmmaker who enjoys covering a variety of topics from the sports world to social justice issues.
On campus, Brad is the photo editor of the school newspaper, The Hawksí Herald, and Vice President of the Roger Williams chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. He is currently producing a short documentary on women in sailing for the Herreshoff Marine Museum and Americaís Cup Hall of Fame in Bristol Rhode Island that is set to be finished this May.
Brad is always had a love for film and hopes to work in the film or television industry upon graduating this spring. He is excited to be part of an international film festival such as Roving Eye!
Joshua T. Grab
My name is Josh Grab. I am currently a second semester senior at Roger Williams University & will be graduating in May 2016. At Roger Williams University, I am majoring in Graphic Design with minors in Marketing & Psychology as well as a concentration in Film & Animation. As an active campus leader, I work as a third year Resident Assistant for a freshmen living learning community. A New England native my entire life, I have found my home in Middleboro Massachusetts & Bristol Rhode Island.
My experience at Roger Williams University has taught me a great deal of what it means to be a professional. It has helped me to become a driven & motivated leader. More importantly, I have discovered my passion for creativity & design with the support of phenomenal faculty, friends, & my family. Over the course of my undergraduate career, I have enhanced my design skills significantly & challenged myself to learn more about digital photography & video.
Currently, I am freelance photographer for Bryte Photo & I am actively seeking a full time position in the creative industry. As a designer I have acquired a plethora of skills in typography, illustration, digital photography as well as video. I would like to further enhance my skills as a creative & work with other passionate individuals in the design industry.
Kyle Gravel is a Freshman at Roger WIlliams University. Kyle is majoring in English Literature/Creative Writing with a minor in Film Studies and History. Kyle and his family currently reside in Halifax, Massachusetts, where he graduated Silver Lake Regional High School. Kyle is an avid film enthusiast as well as a dedicated writer; whether he writes fiction, fantasy, or articles, he loves it all the same. With his love for history, he likes to include historic elements and events into his writing, so that his audience can feel that reality within his fictional works. Kyle has won two writing competitions which included a short story of his and hopes to win the most recent Writers Digest 2016 Contest he entered.
On Campus, Kyle is on the Executive Board of the International Relations Organization where he goes to ivy league universities across the country to participate in Crisis Simulations Conferences, as well as Model U.N. Conferences. He most recently earned an award at Princeton University. As a freshman, Kyle has big dreams ahead once he graduates Roger Williams University in 2019. Although writing novels and stories appeals to him, he hopes to work within the film and television industry, writing scripts and working to make writing an art under his own pen for the world to see.
Ben Horst is a second year graduate student at Roger Williams, on track to graduate with his Masters in Architecture in May 2016, after having received his B.S. from RWU in 2014. He comes from Long Island, NY where he has been fortunate enough to work in architectural positions and internships for the past five summers at three different firms: Giambertone Architects, Arizona Beverages, and H2M Architects and Engineers. Heís looking forward to starting his career in a few months.
As early as he can remember, Ben always wanted to be an architect. His favorite childhood pastimes always involved creating something, usually something wild, with Legos, Lincoln Logs, or construction blocks. He was blessed to have been raised in a very creative family; his dad and grandfather are architects and designers and his grandmother is a professional artist. In the little spare time he has while at graduate school, Ben likes to paint large abstract canvases.
Benís love of the visual arts attracted him to his first film class last year with Professor Marshall and he found it to be one of the best courses he has ever taken. He came back for more this year and signed up for Professor Marshallís Curation class. Being part of the Roving Eye Film Festival has been another highlight in Benís time at Roger Williams Ė he is proud to be part of the team!
Zachary R. Kline
I am a 19 year old Public Relations major at Roger Williams University. I am from Vernon Connecticut. Iím currently a sophomore, and I play on the Ultimate Frisbee team. I am heavily involved with the Boy Scouts of America. I am an Eagle Scout, and dedicate most of my free time to helping out other younger scouts within my troop. I was born and raised by my parents, and I have a sister named Sarah. Some of my hobbies include disc golf, hanging out with friends, listening to music, and going on long drives with my dogs. My ideal plan after college is to move somewhere out west, and work for a film company.
Evan M. Mozzer is a graduate student who will be obtaining his Masters of Architecture in May 2016. Evan is going to be working full-time as an architect after graduation, but continues to carry a passion for film. Film has always intrigued Evanís interests and now that he has been studying architecture for six years, he has a much greater appreciation for film than ever before. Futuristic films help visualize and anticipate the positive and negative aspects architecture will bring us in the future, and also helps imagine what life in future cities might be like. Evan is interested in taking his architectural designs to the next level by creating visual animations through 3-D modeling, which would allow the client to get a virtual understanding of the building and its space before construction.
Masahiro Odagawa is an exchange student from Yokohama National University, in Japan, at Roger Williams University. He is a junior at his home university majoring Business, but at Roger Williams University, he is taking liberal arts classes, for example, journalism, theatre, rock 'n' roll, French, and film, to learn another area of knowledge. He started to study English because he wanted to enjoy American movies without subtitles. Because of language, it is still hard for him to study in English, but he does his best. His hobby is playing basketball, tossing pizza, and watching films, especially romantic comedies. He is also interested in have a job related to films in the near future.
Sarah Reid is a senior at Roger Williams University and is a Global Communications major with a double minor in Film Studies and Anthropology/Sociology. After studying a semester in Dublin, Ireland and going to many events that the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival had to offer, she has become enamored with film festivals as a whole. Always having a love of film and a fascination with the filmmaking process, Sarah has been involved with the Rhode Island International Film Festival since the summer of 2015, being the volunteer coordinator during the main festival, and is now working part-time with RIIFF as the program assistant. After graduationshe hopes to become more involved with film festivals and wishes to learn more about the complicated process of what it takes to make a film.
Stephanie Ressler is a multi-media journalist from Hillsdale, N.J. She has professional media experience working at CBS Sports in New York City, and as an intern at WPRI / Fox Providence. She is a member of the class of 2016 at Roger Williams University where she studied Journalism, Spanish and Film Studies. She was very involved in her campus community, as the President of the Society of Professional Journalists, and the host of a radio show on WQRI 88.3 FM. She is a member of the national communications honor society, Lambda Pi Eta and was awarded the Who's Who Among Students in Universities & Colleges. In her free time she enjoys tennis, fitness, and home cooked meals.
Christopher Rossi is a graduate student at Roger Williams University. Christopher is majoring in Architecture, planning on graduating with his Masters at the end of this semester. Born and raised in South Brunswick, New Jersey, he came to Rhode Island for a change of scenery and, of course, for a quality education in the field of Architecture, Art and Architectural History, and Sustainability. When he graduates, Chris is going to be working at SNS Architects & Engineers PC, in North Jersey, hoping to get enough experience and professional education to take his architectural exams and become a licensed architect in the near future. Christopher has been interested in film and film studies since junior year of high school when he took a film studies class. Having taken two film courses now with Professor George Marshall, he has learned a lot, not only about the film industry, but about the quality, production, and logistics behind making a film. Outside of school, and architecture, Christopherís hobbies include drawing, photography, surfing, playing sports and video-games, and any outdoor activities.
Elle Schaffhauser is a current Junior at Roger Williams University, majoring in Marketing and minoring in Film Studies and Spanish. She is the Vice President of the Roger Williams University Film Production Collaborative, where she works on projects for a variety of the school's departments as well as creative pieces written by collaborative members. This past summer, she was a Marketing Associate at the Rhode Island International Film Festival, where she was able to interview filmmakers and write articles for the RIIFF blog, as well as help out with curating films and being a counselor at the annual KidsEye filmmaking camp. Her passion for film and the people who work to make it come to life has grown the more she has worked with it over the past few years. She is excited to help arrange this year's film packages and bring attention to new and independent filmmakers and help them and their work to become more known.
Max Daniel Schlichtmann is a second year student (class of 2018) from Beverly Massachusetts. At school, he has chosen to pursue an various studies that involve subjects such as film, communications, visual arts, and marketing. Besides academics, Max has also allocated two years of his time to the universities Film Club, in which, he is currently a member of the e-board as the Editing Chair. Max also works for the Universities Media Services department where he has utilized his experience with computers and technology and applied it to his everyday work. Outside of school altogether, some of his hobbies include photography, building computers, and drawing. Max doesn't know what he would like to do after he graduates, but, he would like to take the knowledge he has acquired at school and focus it on pursuing a project that is new and creative.
Catherine F. Smeykal is an Architecture & Planning graduate student.
Marc Sullivan is a native of Bridgewater, Massachusetts, who is currently concluding his second year of graduate school at Roger Williams University. Currently pursuing his masters degree in Architecture, Marc also has a minor in Art and Architectural History. Having an interest in the creative process, he has always been fascinated by film production and enjoys watching movies in his spare time. He has recently become interested in combining his attraction towards film with his architectural background. Much of his interest comes from the relationship that can be made between the architectural career and that of film making. He hopes to work with film and animation as a means of viewing and understanding architecture and space. Following graduation, Marc is looking to institute a career in urban architecture, while establishing film production as a continuing inspiration for new ideas and concepts.
John R. Tateossian is a senior at Roger Williams University majoring in Public Relations with a double minor in Marketing and Graphic Design. He grew up in River Vale, New Jersey and attended Pascack Valley High School where his interest in the entertainment industry grew. Being a big follower of movies, music and television John wanted to pursue a career that meant being close to the action without acting in front of a camera or microphone. John is involved on campus serving as the Social Media Coordinator for Roger Williamsís chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America and has been a member since his freshman year. John aspires to be a publicist in either Los Angeles or London. In his free time he enjoys watching and playing soccer and enjoying the company of friends and family.
Graphic Designers for Roving Eye: Years 2011 - 2015
Maia Buckingham is a junior at Roger Williams University majoring in Graphic Design Communications and minoring in Photography and Web Development. She is from Cambridge, Vermont. Maia also has interests in other forms visual art such as film, painting, and drawing. She is really excited to be a part of the 2014 Roving Eye Film Festival and hopes to learn a lot about what kind of work goes into executing and designing for such a production. She looks forward to using this experience to add to her design and visual arts repertoire.
Laura Burchett is a graduate of Woodford County High School in Versailles Kentucky, and is now a junior at Roger Williams University pursuing a degree in both visual arts and graphic design with a film studies minor. Laura still isn't quite sure what she wants to do after college but would enjoy something in a creative field such as set design or artistic direction for films or even a graphic designer in a creative design firm. Some of Laura's interests include painting, charcoal drawings, stop-motion animation, football, gymnastics, and of course watching movies. She attributes her interest in film to her older brothers always seeming to know everything about a movie when they talk about it and trying to be as cool as them, but also her favorite high school film teacher, Dan Ruff, for showing her how interesting all sides of a film are.
Christopher Capozzi is from Wrenham, Massachusetts. He is a graduate student of architecture with minors in photography, digital media and animation. He has always been interested in film production and enjoys watching movies in his spare time. He has recently become interested in combining his attraction towards film with his architectural background. He hopes to work with film and animation as a means of viewing and understanding architecture and space. His goals and ambitions after graduation include spending time working with special effects and editing before returning to the architectural profession, offering a unique perspective and skill set.
Eli DeFaria is a proud graduate of Central Falls High School, and a second year, transfer student at Roger Williams University. Prior to transferring to RWU, Eli pursued graphic design at Community College of Rhode Island where he also experimented with film making. His background and passion for photography and love for capturing and conveying emotion led him to take his first film class, which produced a short film that won him the Best Cinematography award for the CCRI student film festival, along with the Best Experimental Short award.
Eli volunteers at local his church as a graphic designer and photographer, and has his own photography business. He uses his talent to also serve in his community and city of Central Falls. He has designed the identity for the Central Falls Community Collaborative, and is currently working on the identity of the Central Falls Alumni Association. His photographs will also be used on the updated city’s website.
Aaron P. Poisson was the Art Director for the 2011 Roving Eye
International Film Festival. Aaron resides in Bristol, Rhode Island
where he also studies at Roger Williams University. He is perusing a
Bachelors of Science degree in Graphic Design Communication.
Furthermore, he is serving the Army National Guard as a Sergeant of
Charlie Battery 1-103rd Field Artillery. Aaron is a member of the
local film-making community and is the Chief Executive Officer of
Eyeris Productions, an independent production company in Rhode Island.
Nicholas Souza is a member of the Roger Williams University class of 2013. He is majoring in Journalism with a minor in Film. He started working in video when he was a sophomore in high school, working with his local access television station. While working there he learned to both shoot and edit video.
He took the skills that he learned in high school to RWU where he both improved them and used them in internships and jobs. In his freshman year he worked on The Feed, a student operated video news organization. He has also worked as a media intern and video editor for both small and large businesses such as Phillips&Garcia PC and Jamestown distributors. After completing his degree, Nick hopes to work in video editing and digital journalism.
Volunteer Organizers for the Celebration of the Arts at Roving Eye: Years 2014 - 2016
Andrew Burgess is a charming young buck from the woods of Maine. He attended the prestigious Hebron Academy before moving on to Roger Williams University where he is a communications major and Film minor on track to graduate in 2015. Andrew has a passion for music and photography as well as enjoying the outdoors of his native homeland. He is particularly talented with audio and loves sound design. He is hoping to continue improving his skills and knowledge of the world around him through hard work and determined ethic.
Alex Campbell is a freshman hailing from the small town of Winsted in the Northwest Corner of Connecticut. He is currently majoring in Marine Biology and minoring in Film Studies. He is an avid member of the schools film club and has worked on the set of sitcom pilot. He has a passion for photography and videography. He continues to cultivate his knowledge of film and the industry while working hard to gain a place within it. Outside of film Alex works in the Roger Williams Campus’s wet lab helping further the scientific projects of several scientists and researchers. He has spent time traveling to eight different counties including Japan, Italy, and France to name a few. He hopes to one day work in the realm of Natural Photography/Videography and travel the world while doing so.
Francis Ferdinand is a junior at Roger Williams University. Francis is a Music major with a double minor in Film Studies and English Literature. This is Francisís third year working with the Roving Eye International Film Festival. She has worked with many different facets of the worlds of film and music. She has been trained in classical vocal styling and been showcased in twice in Roger Williams Universityís Student Academic Showcase. Francisís hopes to merge her love of film and music after graduation. She hope to one day either compose for film or work within the film festival world.
Ronald Scofield or RJ as he prefers to be called, is a member of the Roger Williams University Class of 2015 majoring in Journalism with a minor in English Literature. Born and bred in Norwalk, Connecticut (home of the "World's Largest Dairy Store” as featured in Ripley’s Believe It Or Not), RJ discovered his love for writing and reporting after acting as Editor-in-Chief of his high school’s newspaper; an online publication that he also co-managed the creation of from the ground up. He has a passion for writing, as well as music, sports, travel, and the art of animation. As a university junior, he currently acts as the news editor of the Roger Williams print publication The Hawks Herald as well as the President of the Musicians' Guild. He is working towards completing his education and pursuing a career in either print/broadcast writing or working in the entertainment industry (particularly film or music). Follow him on Twitter: @RJScofield
Our Collaborative Partners:
The 2016 Roving Eye International Film Festival is sponsored by The RI Film & the Television Office; Flickers' Rhode Island International Film Festival; Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia, Edge Media Network, the Edwin S. Soforenko Foundation; the Helene and Bertram Bernhardt Foundation; Roger Williams University Office of the Provost; the RWU Department of Communication and Graphic Design, Dean Robert Eisinger, RWU Feinstein College of Arts and Sciences; Dr. Roberta Adams, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs; the RWU Film Production Collaborative, the RWU Screenwriter’s Guild, RWU Hillel, and the Spiritual Life Office.