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rce1The Red Carpet Experience: Providence is a production of the Flickers: Rhode Island International Film Festival.


On Sunday, March 2, 2014, at 6:00 p.m. guests will experience the thrills, surprises and excitement of the 86th Academy Awards® live from the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, at Rhode Island's annual celebratory party that will be held at the The Vets, 1 Avenue of the Arts, Providence.


The following films were screened/premiered at the Flickers: Rhode Island International Film Festival and are now on the eligible list: “The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life,” Malcolm Clarke and Nicholas Reed (Documentary Short); and “The Voorman Problem,” Mark Gill, director, and Baldwin Li, producer, Honlodge Productions, (Narrative Short).


There is even a pair of homegrown rooting interests this year. Rhode Island’s Jennifer Lee is the writer/co-director of “Frozen,” nominated as best animated film, and RIIFF alum ("Fable" 2005), Daniel Sousa, a professor at Rhode Island School of Design, and Dan Golden, a RISD grad, earned a nomination for “Feral” in the best animated shorts category.


rce2The Black Tie (optional) evening 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 media sponsor and will be providing live coverage for our Red Carpet entrance to the event. Our hosts for the evening: Doreen Scanlon and Mark Curtis. Music by harpist, Shelley Otis.


The elegant event will feature live coverage by our friends at ABC6, a Red Carpet Entrance and Reception with Paparazzi, Media interviews, a Photo Booth, Producer’s Circle and Dream Maker Awards, hors d'oeuvres, beverages include four draight beers from Newport Storm - India Point Ale, Hurricane Amber Ale, RI Blueberry, and Spring Irish Red Ale. Rum tasting to swizzle, swig or sip courtesy of Thomas Tew Rum with two signature drinks - Classic daiquiri and an old fashioned. Wood Chuck Hard Cider and imported wines, live music, a sit-down dinner courtesy of Decadent Catering and Just Ellen’s Catering and Event Planning, 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 2014, swag bags that will definitely surprise and, of course, the screening of the biggest awards ceremony of the year


The cost is $100 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.


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The elegant event will feature live coverage by our friends at ABC6, a Red Carpet entrance and reception with Paparazzi, Producer Circle Awards, hors d'oeuvres, drinks, live music, silent auction, a sit-down dinner, gourmet desserts, raffle of VIP Passes to RIIFF 2014, and of course screening of the biggest awards ceremony of the year.


This year's special Red Carpet Guests Honorees, Producer's Circle Award Winners and the 2014 Dream Maker Award Winner:


rec3• Kristen Adamo,

Vice President of Marketing, Providence/Warwick CVB

As the vice president of marketing for the PWCVB she has not only promoted Providence as a destination, but supported the arts, artists and culture in the community. Her work has helped make the City an exciting center for the arts and a magnet for creativity. She helped place the RIIFF on the map internationally which has paid dividends, including being notified by the Bureau of International Information Programs at the U.S. Department of State that the Rhode Island International Film Festival will be featured as one of the nation’s top summer festivals for their social media campaign promoting international tourism to the United States.


• Letitia Carter,

The Vets Foundation

Letitia and your husband, John, have been at the forefront with deeply committed efforts to shape a better future for countless Rhode Islanders. She has served as the President of the Veterans Memorial Auditorium Foundation (VMAF), a Trustee of the Carter Family Charitable Trust, Director of Education for Slater Mill Museum; a Board Member for Brown University’s International House, Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra, The Music School, Sakonnet Preservation Association, Rhode Island Public Radio and Chair of the Community Preparatory School. Recently, RIIFF had the pleasure of working with her in securing a Champlin Foundations Grant for The Vets that will expand the capacity for film exhibition in this gem of a building.

(Letitia's Award to be presented in August at the main Festival)


• Maia Farish,

Arts Advocate, Roger Williams University

Maia has been a steadfast advocate for the arts on the campus of Roger Williams University where she has been a community relations ambassador. Her work at RWU complements her long history of community involvement including but limited to Board memberships with The Newport Restoration Foundation, Preserve Rhode Island, Grow Smart Rhode Island and the Old Slater Mill Association; to serving as Executive Director of the Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach; and director of community relations at Martha’s Vineyard Hospital.


rce4• Laura Colella,

Filmmaker/educator, writer and director, Brown University & RISD

Laura's third and most recent narrative feature, "Breakfast with Curtis," was featured at the 2012 Flickers: Rhode Island International Film Festival, where it received the Audience Choice Award for Best Narrative Feature. The film was then released theatrically in the fall 2013, and online in winter 2014. At the 2013 Independent Spirit Awards, the film was nominated for a Cassavetes Award, and won the Jameson FIND Distribution Award. The screenplay for her second feature film "STAY UNTIL TOMORROW" won first prize in the 2001 Flickers: Rhode Island International Screenplay Competition, catapulting her to become selected as a Sundance Institute Directing and Screenwriting Fellow in 2004. As an adjunct film professor at RISD since 1996, she plays an integral role in shaping Rhode Island’s Film and greater arts community. Through her amazing work, Laura has helped to empower and cultivate the next generation of independent filmmakers, while at the same time steadily advancing her personal career to new frontiers.

(Laura's Award to be presented in August at the main Festival)


• Elizabeth Delude-Dix,

Filmmaker/educator, Flaherty Documentary Seminar

As the Vice President of The Flaherty Seminar and a highly recognized independent filmmaker, Elizabeth has helped to build an ever-growing creative environment within the State of Rhode Island. Her film "Traces of the Trade" (Co-Producer/ Executive Producer) opened at Sundance, The POV season premier went on to receive an Emmy nomination; "Stories from Stone" and "No Simple Truth," both short films she directed were screened on RI PBS, and "First Face: The Buck Starts," a film she co-produced, is currently screening nationally on PBS. In addition to Elizabeth's filmography, she also produced "Tell Another Mother," an independent radio project of first-person presidential campaign spots. Elizabeth are the recipient of the Rhode Island Leadership Award for her role in founding the state’s first public radio station, WRNI and was the Vice-President of the Foundation for Ocean State Public Radio. As an International Observer with IPEC, an independent human rights organization, she photographed contentious parades in Northern Ireland. Elizabeth also taught as an Adjunct Professor of Cultural and Historic Preservation in an undergraduate program she helped develop at Salve Regina University, in Newport, Rhode Island. A past Board Chair and Grants Chair of the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities, Elizabeth served as a board member and advisor to a number of arts and advocacy organizations.


About The Flaherty: Founded in 1955, The Flaherty was established to present the annual Robert Flaherty Film Seminar, named after the maker of such seminal documentaries as Nanook of the North, Man of Aran, and Louisiana Story. During this week-long seminar, filmmakers, programmers, academics, and students from the US and abroad gather for a creative experience of screenings and discussion. Distinct from film festivals, the Flaherty's impact and reputation is forged by an immersive retreat experience where a guest curator presents a thematically organized program and 10-12 internationally recognized filmmakers discuss their films. The Flaherty fosters meaningful connections among participants in a setting unencumbered by distractions and carefully designed for the exchange of ideas. Past filmmakers include: Pedro Costa, Lourdes Portillo, DA Pennebaker, Agnes Varda, Satyajit Ray, Louis Malle, Frederick Wiseman, Natalia Almada, Paul Chan, Charles Burnett and Lisandro Alonso. Other activities include: Flaherty NYC, a seasonal screening series showcasing innovative nonfiction media; Flaherty on the Road, presenting films from the Seminar at venues across the country; and the preservation and distribution of Robert Flaherty's Nanook of the North and Louisiana Story.


rce5• Winifred E. Brownell,

Dean, College of Arts & Sciences, University of Rhode Island

Dr. Winifred Brownell is Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Rhode Island. Prior to her appointment as Dean in 1999, Dr. Brownell served for 3 years as Interim Dean of Arts and Sciences, 5 years as Associate Dean, and over 20 years as a professor of Communication Studies at URI. In 1977-78, she coordinated the College of Human Science and Services at URI, and in 1978-79, she served as an ACE Fellow in academic administration at the University of Utah. In 1979, she became the first URI scholar to visit the People’s Republic of China to begin dialogues with an interdisciplinary team of scholars on faculty and student exchanges with key universities.


A former resident of Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, and California, she received her Ph.D. in Communication from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Dean Brownell manages a College of 22 departments as well as several research centers, research-business partnerships, outreach programs, and performing and visual arts series. The College offers over 40 undergraduate and graduate degree programs, and serves over 4,500 majors and over 15,000 students. The College jointly offers the International Engineering Programs with the College of Engineering as well as joint programs with Business, Education, Textiles, and Pharmacy.


In 1988, Dr. Brownell received the URI Foundation Teaching Excellence Award; in 1996, she received the Association of Academic and Professional Women Woman of the Year¯ award; in 1999, she received the Lambda Pi Eta Richard E. Bailey Service Award for Excellence in the Art of Human Communication; in 2003, she received the Multicultural Center Administrative Excellence Award; and in 2006 received the Rhode Island International Film Festival Producer’s Circle Award. In 1974-75 she coordinated the URI Honors Colloquium on “Aging, Dying and Death.” In 1996, she co-coordinated the acclaimed John Hazen White Sr. Honors Colloquium on “Mortal Questions.” Her research interests include new communication technologies, international communication, images of aging in the media, and aging and communication. In 2009, she helped to launch The Harrington School of Communication and Media at URI.


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.


Funding generated by The Red Carpet Experience: Providence will be used to not only underwrite the Festival’s 18th 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 new for 2014 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.”


2014 sponsors for The Red Carpet Experience: Providence hosted by the Rhode Island International Film Festival include the RI Film and Television Office, WLNE TV6, WSNE, Just Ellen's Catering & Event Planning, Decadent Catering, Quality Rental, Woodchuck Hard Cider, Newport Storm, Thomas Tew Rum, PMA Industries, Dominion Diagnostics, Amtrak and Cabot Cheese. Video Blog courtesy of the Roger Williams University Film Production 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

Carol Conley

Dr. Ana Celia Grenier

Adam Grenier

Ellen Loconto, Consultant

George T. Marshall

Dean MIstretta, Consultant

J. Scott Oberacker

Shawn Quirk

Nick Palermo

Duncan Putney

Patricia Raskin

Doreen Vitale

Plus members of the RWU Film Production Club and class members of "Curation and Film Festival Production"

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 75 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 5-10, 2014. For more information about the festival, please visit www.rifilmfest.org.

For student rate, please call our office at 401.861.4445


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Event Sponsors:









Special Thanks to

Steven Feinberg, RI Film & Television Office

Judy Shoemaker, WLNE ABC6

Ellen Loconto

Dean Mistretta

Empire Soda

Eric Latek

Newport Storm/Thomas Tews Rum

Narragansett Creamery

Granny Squibb's Iced Teas

Providence Performing Arts Center (PPAC)

WCRI Classical 95.9

The Preservation Society of Newport County

The 1149 Restaurant

Gracie's Providence

Granny Squib Iced Tea

Sin Desserts

The Newport Polo Club

The Ocean State Theatre

The International Tennis Hall of Fame

The Stadium Theatre

Alayne White Salon and Spa

Carol Conley

Shelley Otis

Ellie's Bakery

The Theatre by the Sea

Mark Ruffalo

Niko Stamatakos

Johnson Brothers of Rhode Island

Dan Schwartz and Doreen Vitale, The Vets

Duncan Putney

Carina & Dolce Specialty Cakes & Cookies

Lawrence J. Andrade

Trinity Repertory Company

Providence Performing Arts Center


Viking Tuxedo of Newport

RWU Film Production Club


Event Photographer:

Mike Braca