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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




The Red Carpet Experience: Providence is a production of the Flickers: Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF).


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®.


This year, RIIFF is pleased to congratulate the following 5 short films and their creators:

“Aya,” Oded Binnun and Mihal Brezis, directors (Cassis Films and Divine Productions); “The Bigger Picture,” Daisy Jacobs, director, and Christopher Hees, producer (National Film and Television School); “The Dam Keeper,” Robert Kondo and Dice Tsutsumi, directors (Tonko House); “Joanna,” Wajda Studio; and “The Phone Call,” Mat Kirkby, director, and James Lucas, writer (RSA Films). We are looking forward to discovering the winner(s) on Oscar Night®.


rce2014Our 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, Imported wines and beers, 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!


Special thanks to Cox Business for supplying the HD signal for the presentation of the Academy Awards®.


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 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 2015 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 Dreammaker Award Recipient:


delorisG• Deloris Davis Grant, educator/artist from Central Falls, RI. According to her sister, actress Viola Davis, to develop the character for the film "Won’t Back Down," she looked to her family. “Deloris absolutely was my prototype for Nona,” Davis says of her teacher sister. “[She was] someone who came out of the gate and wanted to change the world with her teaching and was stopped cold, like we all are for any number of reasons.”

Deloris Grant’s career was interrupted in 2010, when Central Falls High School was identified as one of the first schools eligible for overhaul under President Obama’s “Race to the Top” initiative. While the initiative was designed to offer various reform packages to schools like Grant’s, the superintendent announced she was firing all the teachers after her first plan wasn’t accepted. A spate of controversy ensued before the ax fell on Grant and her colleagues. Although the teachers were hired back, the overhaul dealt a major blow.


“She is a passionate, excellent teacher, very much like Nona,” Davis says. “Really goes above and beyond the call of duty as a teacher. Visits the students at home, takes the students on trips that she pays for herself. I mean really goes the extra mile. And she was fired. And after that, she questioned her path as a teacher.She said that was the one thing she knew she was great at in her life. And all of a sudden, that was taken away from her.”


Grant, a lifelong actor herself, recalls helping her sister research the role. “Viola said, ‘Deloris, what would make you want to stop teaching, give it all up?’ ” Grant recounts, her cadence almost identical to her sister’s. “I remember saying the only thing is if the children didn’t believe in me anymore. Because I think teaching is about the relationship you have with the students.”


According to Grant, " Teaching English and Drama is a passion. Communication through the arts is what makes us unique as a people."


(RIC alumna Viola Davis '88, who with her sister Deloris Davis Grant established the Rhode Island College Upward Bound Scholarship Endowment Fund. Both Davis and Grant graduated from Upward Bound. The RIC Upward Bound Program, founded in 1966, develops in low-income, potential first-generation college students the skills and motivation necessary to complete high school and to enter and graduate from college.)


This year's Producer's Circle Award Recipients:


Discover Newport represented by Evan Smith, President/CEO and Kathryn Farrington, Vice President of Marketing. Discover Newport is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting of the City of Newport and the eight surrounding townships in Newport & Bristol County Rhode Island (Barrington, Bristol, Jamestown, Little Compton, Middletown, Newport, Portsmouth, Tiverton and Warren) as a premiere destination for business and leisure travel. Discover Newport's promotional efforts include a year-long advertising campaign directed at leisure and business travel markets, targeted sales efforts, public relations strategy, film and media productions, participation in numerous trade shows, and a comprehensive website DiscoverNewport.org (formally GoNewport.com) Discover Newport is available to aid in planning a meeting or corporate event, to assist travel professionals including media, tour operators, and travel agents, and to provide information to help visitors enjoy the destination.




evanSEvan Smith has been involved in travel industry for over 35 years. He served as Vice President of Marketing at Discover Newport for 14 years prior to being promoted to President - CEO in 2005. Evan spent 10 years of his career in hotel sales & marketing for resorts in Connecticut and Rhode Island. He has been an active member of numerous travel trade associations both regionally and nationally for over three decades. He is a current member of the board of directors for Destination Marketing Association International (DMAI), the Greater Newport County Chamber of Commerce, the Newport Music Festival, and the Conanicut Yacht Club in Jamestown, RI.


As an advocate for the travel industry on all levels, there are two key areas that Evan is very passionate about. The first is helping people understand how travel positively impacts communities through the generation of travel related jobs, taxes and fees. The second is he sincerely enjoys helping people travel and finds it very rewarding to inspire business and leisure clients to discover destination Newport.


Evan is a 1977 graduate from the State University of New York at Geneseo with a bachelor’s degree in Geography & Environmental Science. Born and raised in Irvington, New York, Evan and his wife Amy now live in Jamestown, Rhode Island. He loves to travel and enjoys all types of outdoor recreation year round.


kathrynFKathryn Farrington's career at Discover Newport, began over twenty three years ago developing many non-peak season events and packaging travel programs throughout the destination. She went on to develop sponsorship programs for the marketing company and championed the lucrative film industry in the destination working cooperatively with the municipalities, industry partners and the Rhode Island Film & Television Office. Later in her tenure, she headed the public relations efforts at the CVB, ultimately being promoted to Vice President of Tourism Marketing for Discover Newport; formerly the Newport & Bristol County Convention & Visitors Bureau.


An active member of the International Festival and Events Association and Chairperson of the Advisory Board of the North American Travel Journalists Association.


mikeA• J. 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.


ron• Ronald N. Renaud is the Executive Director, Department of Administration for the State of Rhode Island. The Department of Administration provides supportive services to all Rhode Island departments and agencies for effective coordination and direction of state programs, within the framework of a changing administrative and fiscal environment. The Department also provides policy direction for executive leadership in a variety of financial and administrative matters and is responsible for the statewide implementation of policy decisions affecting the organization and delivery of state run and state supported services.





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!


tomZ• Dr. Thomas Zorabedian is the Assistant Dean of the URI College of Arts and Sciences and a member of the Film/Media faculty. Tom works with the Dean, the Director of Harrington School of Communication and Media, faculty, and students in strategic planning to develop, promote, and advance the School. He also 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. He teaches critical studies in film, which incorporate writing original film treatments, including Rebel Images in Films, Images of Masculinity in Films, and Introduction to Film.


Tom was co-coordinator of the URI Honors Colloquium, Moving Images: Their Development, Power, and Cultural Significance, and he created and coordinated the URI student film competition from 1998 until 2012. Also, he directed the first Master Class for the Rhode Island Film Festival, with renowned director Robert Downey, Sr., in which students produced a scene from an original screenplay by Downey. Tom currently sits on the RIIFF Board and is a finalist judge for the festival.


Previously, Tom worked as Associate Dean for Development for the URI College of Arts and Sciences, helping to raise more than $23 million for the College, including 175 new endowments and funds.


Before coming to URI, Tom 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. And, via a grant in association with Emory University in Atlanta, he created and wrote educational health information for boys and men.


Tom 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, Outside Providence, and the latest Woody Allen film.


Tom has given numerous presentations on various film-related 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”.


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, 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


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, 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.


The Red Carpet Experience: Providence Committee Members

Steven Feinberg, Honorary Chair

Michael Drywa, Esq. , RIIFF Advisory Board President

Lawrence Andrade

Carol Conley

Richard Corso

Dr. Ana Celia Grenier

Adam Grenier

Ellen Loconto, Consultant

George T. Marshall

Dean MIstretta, Consultant

J. Scott Oberacker

Shawn Quirk

Nick Palermo

Duncan Putney

Doreen Vitale

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

15 fun facts about the Academy Awards

1. Date of first Academy Awards, held in the Blossom Room of the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel: May 16, 1929


2. Price of guest tickets for the first Academy Awards: $5


3. Height of Oscar statuette: 13½ inches


4. Diameter of Oscar statuette base: 5¼ inches


5. Weight of Oscar statuette: 8½ pounds


6. Since 1929, number of Oscar statuettes presented: 2,947


7. The design of the Oscar statuette is a knight holding a crusader's sword, standing on a film reel. Number of spokes on the reel: five, for the five original branches of the Academy (writers, technicians, producers, actors and directors).


8. Number of Oscar statuettes created for this year's 87th Academy Awards: approximately 50


9. Date of the first televised Oscars show: March 19, 1953


10. Year of the first color broadcast of the Academy Awards: 1966


11. Year the best animated feature film category was added: 2001

ABOUT Flickers: Rhode Island International Film Festival:

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. Ranked as one of the top 10 festivals in the United States, RIIFF is one of 19 festivals worldwide that qualifies short films and short documentaries for the Academy Award through its partnership with the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences. The next Festival will take place August 5-10, 2014.

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Special Thanks to

Steven Feinberg, RI Film & Television Office

Judy Shoemaker, WLNE ABC6

Ellen Loconto

Dean Mistretta

Cox Business

Empire Soda

Eric Latek

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

Ellie's Bakery

The Newport Polo Club

The Ocean State Theatre

The International Tennis Hall of Fame

The Stadium Theatre
David Dipalma CPA

Carol Conley

Shelley Otis

Ellie's Bakery

The Theatre by the Sea

Mark Ruffalo

Niko Stamatakos - Massage by Niko

Johnson Brothers of Rhode Island

Alan Chille, Providence Performing Arts Center

Dan Schwartz and Doreen Vitale, The Vets

Duncan Putney

Carina & Dolce Specialty Cakes & Cookies

Lawrence J. Andrade

Seven Stars Bakery

Vanuatu Beyond Organic Coffee Roasters

Trinity Repertory Company

Providence Performing Arts Center


Glee Gum


Viking Tuxedo of Newport

RWU Film Production Club


Event Photographer:

Mike Braca