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RED Carpet

Sunday, February 22, 2015


This Year's Program is Dedicated to the Life, Vision and Art of Actor, Anthony Quinn



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• Anthony Quinn Centennial Celebration



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


On Sunday, February 22, 2015, at 6:00 p.m. guests will experience the thrills, surprises and excitement of the 87th 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.


We are proud to dedicate this year's Red Carpet Experience to the memory of legendary actor/artist, Anthony Quinn. He was born April 21, 1915 in Chihuahua, Mexico and made his home in Bristol, Rhode Island.


anthonyQTo learn more about the Centennial Celebration, go to The Anthony Quinn Foundation website. The Foundation creates and administers innovative programs to advance the idea that art, in all its forms, is essential to learning and the enrichment of the mind.


In 2014, the following films were screened/premiered at the Flickers: Rhode Island International Film Festival and made 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). “The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life,” won the coveted Oscar®.


There were even a pair of homegrown rooting interests in 2014. Rhode Island’s Jennifer Lee 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.


rce2Our Black Tie (optional) evening in 2015 will be 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.


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 2015, 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.


Eventbrite - 2014 Red Carpet Experience: Providence 


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 19th 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.”


This year's Producer's Circle Award Recipients:


Discover Newport represented by Evan Smith, President/CEO and Kathryn Farrington, Vice President of Marketing.


mikeAJ. Michael Abbott, AIA, CNU-A, APA is a Partner at Northeast Collaborative Architects and brings over 30 years of experience to the firm. His leadership has been marked by an abiding interest in historic preservation and adaptive reuse projects. His diverse experience includes working with many buildings listed on the National Register, adaptive reuse studies that incorporate new uses into old structures; and historic research that has led to the reconstruction of missing historic elements and structures.


Michael obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Design and a M.Arch from Miami University. Michael is a past President of AIA/RI. He is Chairman of the Exeter, Rhode Island Planning Board and former Chairman of the Exeter Zoning Board of Review. Michael has been selected to speak about New Urbanism and adaptive reuse at many conferences including the American Planning Association Conference and Traditional Building Conference.


Ronald N. Renaud is the Executive Director, Department of Administration for the State of Rhode Island.


JimSJames Seavor is a retired arts writer for the Providence Journal and broadcast journalist with WEAN News Radio. Jim's affiliation with Flickers stretches over 30 years, back to the days when Flickers' undertook weekly screenings of art and foreign films in the City of Newport. Along with helping with film curation and adjudication, Jim served as a key advisor to the organization as it laid out its long-term planning. Today, Jim serves as a finalist judge for the Festival with the LGBTQ programming.


From the focus on storyteling to critical assessment of film to the art of screenwriting, Jim helped to define the look, feel and tone of Flickers, charting a trajectory that is still on course 33 years later.


In the 19 years of the Rhode Island International Film Festival, Jim has never missed an Opening Night!


tomZTom Zorabedian is the Assistant Dean of the URI College of Arts and Sciences and the Harrington School of Communication and Media, working with the Dean and the Director of the Harrington School in all phases of strategic planning and management to develop, promote, and advance the School. Tom also is a faculty member in the Film/Media and Communication Studies programs and teaches film courses in the Honors Program. Tom is interested in the history, meaning, messages and impact of moving images as an important cultural force. Tom also was co-coordinator of the University Honors Colloquium, Moving Images, and he created and has directed the URI Joyal film competition since 1998. In addition, he directed the first Master Class for the Rhode Island Film Festival (RIIFF), with director Robert Downey, Sr., and currently sits on the RIIFF Board and is a finalist judge.


Previously, Tom worked in University Advancement, including as Associate Dean for Development for the College of Arts and Sciences, helping to raise more than $23,000,000 for the College, including 175 new endowments and funds. Before coming to URI, he was Assistant Professor of Communications at Rhode Island College, where he taught film and television history, theory, and production courses, as well as writing, interpersonal communication, and public speaking. Tom has also taught at Salve Regina University (Acting for the Camera) and at Boston University. Also, via a grant in association with Emory University in Atlanta, he created and wrote educational information for boys and men. He has also worked as a film critic for several publications and as an independent film and video producer, including directing and producing a documentary on the Armenian genocide, and as a producer and a writer of a live, cable TV series, Club Genius. He has acted as an extra in a number of feature films, including “Mystic Pizza”, “”Amistad”, and “Outside Providence.”


Tom has given numerous presentations on various film topics, such as, as “Hollywood Armageddon; War in Many Mediums: Film, Press, and Propaganda”; “Eating in the Dark: The Meaning of Food in Film”; “Hollywood Leads the Way: Social Issues in Film”; and “Film Portrayal of the Cold War: In From the Cold, A Russian-American Dialogue”. He also was co-coordinator of the University Honors Colloquium, Moving Images: Their Development, Power, and Cultural Significance.”


Tom earned his BA and MA at URI, and his doctorate at Boston University, where he was the graduate Scholar Award recipient, studying with the late renowned British film historian and scholar, Roger Manvell, first director of the British Film Academy.


2015 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 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

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


Eventbrite - 2014 Red Carpet Experience: Providence 






Event Sponsors:










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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

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 - Massage by Niko

Johnson Brothers of Rhode Island

Dan Schwartz and Doreen Vitale, The Vets

Duncan Putney

Carina & Dolce Specialty Cakes & Cookies

Lawrence J. Andrade

Seven Stars Bakery

Trinity Repertory Company

Providence Performing Arts Center


Viking Tuxedo of Newport

RWU Film Production Club


Event Photographer:

Mike Braca