Welcome to the 19th Annual FLICKERS: PROVIDENCE LGBTQ FILM FESTIVAL
This year marks the 19th anniversary of the Flickers: Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF). For the past 12 years during the month of June, Flickers has hosted a sneak peek of its main Festival LGBTQ sidebar. The annual event is called a “Secret Cinema” since Flickers’ schedule has not yet been officially released. This highly popular program is presented in recognition of Gay Pride Month and is part of the Festival’s community outreach efforts. Flickers will donate 50% of the admission fee to local LGBTQ organizations. New this year is the Festival’s partnership with The Vets (Veterans Memorial Auditorium) for a special screening in their newly christened 6th Floor Ballroom. This screening includes an opportunity to see a preview of a powerful new documentary by Rhode Island native and filmmaker, Alexia Kosmider
This year’s programming is made possible through a unique partnership among FLICKERS: Rhode Island International Film Festival, The Vets, Equity Action and the Bell Street Chapel.
The films to be presented at the “Secret Cinema” screenings represent a diverse collection of newly discovered shorts and feature films chosen from a pool of over 5,000 international submissions. Along with films that include well-known actors such as Christopher Atkins, Lee Meriwether, David Pevsner and American musical icon, Shirley Jones, attendees will have the privilege of watching a sneak peek preview of “TransJourney,” a new documentary by Rhode Island native, Alexia Kosmider. The film chronicles the journey of Sandy as she travels across the country from Rhode Island to Seattle to meet her “new” daughter and bring herself a little closer to Annabelle’s new world as a woman.
“TransJourney” is poised to hold its world premiere during the Festival in August.
Flickers’ “Secret Cinema” LGBTQ Festival Preview, will be presented this year at The Vets on Friday evening, June 13th and at the historic Bell Street Chapel on Saturday, June 14th. Both screenings will start at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available at the door for both screenings. A $10 donation is suggested for admission.
The screening will take place on Friday-Saturday, June 13-14th at 7:30 p.m. The locations are The Vets and the Bell Street Chapel Theatre, located in Providence. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door.
Flickers’ portion of the proceeds from the Friday night screening at The Vets will be donated to PFLAG – The Greater Providence Chapter, RI, an organization in support of parents, friends and families of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender children in Rhode Island. With the goal to create a vast support network for the LGBTQ community, PFLAG’s mission is to advocate equal—not special—civil rights for members of the LGBTQ community. Sandra Richards, the president of the Rhode Island chapter of PFLAG, is, along with her daughter Annabelle, one of the central subjects in TransJourney and will be in attendance at Friday night’s screening to discuss the film with the audience.
On Saturday, Flickers will donate all proceeds from the screening to both the Bell Street Chapel and to Options Magazine, a non-profit publication of news and events within the Rhode Island LGBTQ community.
This year the LGBTQ festival during RIIFF in August is screening over 40 films from across the globe on an array of topics that touch everything from relationships, gay marriage to topical issues relevant to the community
THE WHO, WHAT AND WHERE OF IT:
The screening of RIIFF’s "'First Look' SECRET CINEMA LGBTQ Preview" will take place at both The Vets new 6th Floor Ballroom located at 83 Park Street (rear of bldg.) and the Bell Street Chapel Theatre which is located at 5 Bell Street, both in Providence, RI.
The Vets (formerly VMA Arts & Cultural Center)
NEW 6th FLOOR BALLROOM
83 Park Street entrance (rear of bldg.), Providence, RI 02903
1,900 seats downstairs,150-200 seats upstairs, www.vmari.com
Bell Street Chapel Theatre
5 Bell Street, Providence, RI 02909
50-75 seats downstairs, www.bellstreetchapel.org
Date: Friday, Saturday, June 13-14th, 2014
Time: The films will screen at 7:30 p.m.
Cost: $10 general admission
All proceeds generated by the screening will be used for the planning and production of RIIFF’s 18th Annual Season. RIIFF is a 501-C(3) non-profit organization. All contributions are tax deductible as allowed by law.
FLICKERS: Providence LGBTQ Film Festival
PO Box 162 • Newport, RI 02840 (United States)
Office: 83 Park Street, Suite 1, Providence, RI 02903
Tel/Fax: (401) 861-4445/490-6735
Some Rhode Island LGBTQ Organizations we support and endorse:
The Bell Street Chapel
Rhode Island LGBTQ Resource Listing: click here
Film Festival Exclusive Sponsors:
Main LGBTQ Festival:
August 4-9, 2015
Note that this year's screenings, while spread across the city of Providence, will once again primarily be based at the Bell Street Chape Theatrel, 5 Bell Street, just off of Broadway in Providence
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• Link to last year's programming: click here
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