RIIFF WELCOMES BOTH ARTISTS AND
AUDIENCES OF FILM WITH A NETWORKING FUNDRAISER PARTY
The Rhode Island International
Film Festival’s annual fall fundraiser features
regional players in the film industry and celebrates
Rhode Island Filmmaking on November 30th
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PROVIDENCE, RI —
The Rhode Island International Film Festival
(RIIFF) now in its 10th anniversary year has
come up with a unique fundraising idea: celebrate Rhode
Island’s recent growth as a filmmaking hub and
provide an opportunity to meet the movers and shakers
in this cinematic Renaissance.
RIIFF’s “Film Industry Networking Party”
will take place on Thursday, November 30th from 5:00-8
p.m. at Gallery Z, located at 259 Atwell’s Avenue
on Providence’s West side. The event is open to
the general public and is a great way for area film-lovers
to meet and greet with members of the industry. The
party will feature a business card drawing plus a silent
auction. Tickets cost $30 and include wine from Gasbarro's
Wine and hors d’eovres by Venda Ravioli, Nick's
on Broadway and La Prima Caffe.
Already scheduled to appear are Michael Corrente, director/producer;
Steven Feinberg, director of the RI Film & TV office;
Curt Columbus, Artistic Director of Trinity Repertory
Company; Scott Levine, unit publicist based in Providence
(Underdog and Dan in Real Life); producer/directors
Jon Raben, “Italian Americans and Federal Hill,”
Eugene Celico, “The Tournament,” and Eric
Latek, “Sweet Dreams; and Anne Mulhall of LDI
Casting. On hand for the evening will be filmmakers,
actors, press, make-up artists, promoters, production
and casting companies; each reflecting different areas
of the industry.
“We are really excited by this event,” said
George T. Marshall, RIIFF Executive Director “This
is a great opportunity for discovery by both fans and
Marshall is entering his eleventh year running the film
festival and has watched RIIFF grow since it was launched
in 1997. "It started as this small event in the
Blackstone Valley and is now considered a prominent
and internationally recognized film festival,"
In the years since RIIFF’s debut, thousand of
films have been screened; and many of the independent
films have found national audiences, including "Walt
Disney Animation’s Destino,” "Favella
Rising,” “Nice Guys Sleep Alone,”
“Big Eden,” “Bonhoeffer,” “Kiss
the Bride,” “Amargosa,” “No
Turning Back,” “Brother Outsider: The Life
of Bayard Rustin,” “Washington Heights,”
and “Unknown Soldier.”
Among those who have appeared at the festival or festival
events include film icon Julie Andrews, Patricia Neal,
Cicely Tyson, Seymour Cassel, Andrew McCarthy, Michael
Showalter, Michael Corrente, Peter and Bobby Farrelly,
Matt Dillon, Ben Stiller, and Woody Harrelson.
Fully 90 percent of the films screened each year come
from entries, “Given that this year RIIFF received
over 2,000 entries from over 60 countries, I’d
say that the festival has a solid reputation and an
impact,” added Marshall.
“RIIFF provides an opportunity to be discovered;
something unusual in the current festival environment
where work is curated from other festivals to ensure
ticket sales and an audience.” Marshall said.
"I think the festival has had a profound effect
on filmmakers and the filmmaking community.
"With both our AMPAS (Academy of Motion Picture
Arts & Sciences) and Grammy affiliations, RIIFF
has gained prominence that adds a bit of luster to our
state as a film-friendly location. We are at heart a
filmmaker’s festival and that’s a great
mission, which also explains our upcoming fundraiser.
AT A GLANCE:
What: Rhode Island International
Film Festival Fundraiser.
When: Thursday, November 30th, 5:00-8
Where: Gallery Z, 259 Atwell’s
Tickets: $30 apiece. Call 401/861-4445
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The Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF)
is dedicated to the creation of opportunities for artistic
interaction and exchange among independent filmmakers,
directors, producers, distributors, backers, and the
film-going community. Now heading into its eleventh
year, the Festival is produced by the Flickers Arts
Collaborative, an organization with 25 years of experience
presenting major artistic events as well as independent
and foreign films to the public. For more information,
contact the Festival at PO Box 162, Newport, RI 02840
or call 401/861-4445.