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2014 Rhode Island Film Forum

Thursday, August 7, 2014 • 8:30 AM – 2:00 PM

Providence Biltmore Ballroom, 11 Dorrance Street, Providence, RI


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Only $25 for the event, breakfast included;

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Flickers: Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF) will offer members of the local filmmaking community an opportunity to meet and ask questions of some true stars of the Rhode Island film industry at its RI Film Forum, Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013. Aspiring filmmakers and those already in the business can network with the most prolific filmmakers in the State, find out how to be a part of their movie-making magic, and learn about new aspects of the industry.


The Flickers: Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF), in conjunction with the Rhode Island Film & Television Office and The Harrington School of Communication and Media at URI, will host this year’s Film Forum in the Providence Biltmore Hotel Ballroom on Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013, beginning with registration at 8:30 a.m., followed by a buffet breakfast and networking at 9 a.m. and panels from 10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Dr. J. Scott Oberacker, RIIFF Educational Outreach Director will serve as the event MC.


The RI Film Forum is a region-wide educational workshop focused on bringing film production to the Ocean State and creating a constructive dialogue about the future of the film industry. The Forum will consist of three panels: Steven Feinberg Presents Conversations with Rhode Island Filmmakers Chad A. Verdi and Tom DeNucci; New Technology and Transmedia; and Road to the Academy: Programming a Festival.


Panelists include Gary Glassman of Providence Pictures; filmmaker Patricia Chica; Sharon Badal of Tribeca Film Festival; Nicolas Girard Deltruc of Festival du Nouveau Cinema; producer/director, Andrew Lund, filmmaker Jonathan Friesem, and RIIFF Program Director, Shawn Quirk.


At the conclusion of the first panel, Film Office Executive Director Steven Feinberg will present the RHODE ISLAND “PRODUCER OF THE YEAR” AWARD to Chad A. Verdi. The RI Producer of the Year Award was created this year to recognize someone who really knows what it means to produce—in both quantity and quality—in the Ocean State. Mr. Verdi’s homegrown East Greenwich company, Verdi Productions/Woodhaven Production Company, has produced six feature films in Rhode Island over the past four years. His most ambitious project to date, “Bleed For This,” is the story of Vinny Paz, and will begin principal photography in Rhode Island this fall with Oscar winners Martin Scorcese as Executive Producer and Bruce Cohen as Producer.


Mr. Verdi’s two most recent productions, “A Bet’s A Bet” and “Army Of The Damned,” have just wrapped. His two previous films, “Infected” and “Self Storage,” are being released through Screen Media and each will reach over 100,000,000 homes through Universal’s VOD platform.


Mr. Verdi has worked with talent including Kristen Chenoweth, Mena Suvari, Jonathan Silverman, Kenan Thompson, Eric Roberts, Robert Englund, William Forsythe and many others, while maintaining a commitment to developing and nurturing the talents of local actors and filmmakers in Rhode Island and building an industry right here in the Ocean State.


Steven Feinberg stated, “Over the past four years, Chad and his talented team have consistently invested in Rhode Island, putting hundreds of citizens to work, utilizing local resources and building a filmmaking foundation. He has created an amazing infrastructure by mentoring students and helping local crew learn the business from the ground up.” He added, “Chad has one of the most aggressive production schedules we have ever seen. He plans to produce six feature films locally over the next twenty-four months. With his proven track record, we know he will succeed. We could not be more proud of him for making so many dreams come true for so many Rhode Islanders in our beautiful Ocean State.”


The ROBERT ALDRICH “NEW DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR” AWARD will be presented to Tom DeNucci. Robert Burgess Aldrich, of Cranston, RI, was a successful director of many feature films and utilized a variety of genres to tell his stories. His films included “The Longest Yard,” “The Dirty Dozen,” “Flight of the Phoenix,” “Hush,” and countless others. Robert Aldrich began his career in Cranston, RI, and ultimately rose in the Hollywood ranks to be the President of the Directors Guild of America, serving from 1975-1979. This Award is presented to a director who has begun his career in Rhode Island and is following in the footsteps of Robert Aldrich, preparing to make a lasting mark on the industry.


“Tom is one of the brightest new creative forces with his work in front of the camera, as well as behind the camera,” said Feinberg. “Most recently, Tom has written and directed the genre films “Self Storage” and “Army Of The Damned,” and executive produced “A Bet’s A Bet.” A true professional who always remembers his roots, Tom continues to mentor young filmmakers and actors while his career launches into the moviemaking stratosphere.”


The Rhode Island Film Forum is designed to provide a networking platform, spur dialogue and get answers to your questions from those who make decisions.


First held in 1998 at the Aldrich Mansion in Warwick, the 2012 will be bigger, cover more ground and will be capped by a keynote address on Thursday, August 9th.


Apply to the RI Film Forum 2014


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• 2014 Application Form


August 7th 2014 • 8:30 AM – 2:00 PM

The Providence Biltmore Ballroom, 11 Dorrance Street, Providence, RI

Questions? Call 401-861-4445 and speak with Graham Carter

or email quirk@film-festival.org

This Year's Program:

Thursday, August 7th:


8:30 AM          Registration


9:00 AM         Welcome and Networking

Welcome and introduction. Master of Ceremonies, Dr. J. Scott Oberacker, RIIFF Educational Outreach Director/Communication's Faculty, Johnson & Wales University


10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Panel One:


Steven Feinberg Presents Conversations with Rhode Island Filmmakers Chad A. Verdi and Tom DeNucci


stevenFSteven Feinberg

is the Executive Director of the Rhode Island Film & Television Office. He formerly spent 22 years in Los Angeles and worked with every major Hollywood studio as a writer, director and producer. Since 2004, in his capacity at the Film & TV Office, he shepherded over $300 million of film and television production into the state, creating thousands of jobs for local talent, crew and small businesses.


He received the first Annual Imaginnaire Award from New England’s Imagine Magazine, has been the Honorary Chairman for Rhode Island's official Academy Award Oscar Night in 2009 and 2012, served as the Vice-President on the Board of Directors for “Celebrate Rhode Island” in 2010 to assist families with heating during difficult times, is a member of the Touro Fraternity, was designated the “Rhode Island Hospitality Ambassador of the Year 2010” by the Ocean State’s Convention & Visitor’s Bureau, received the George M. Cohan Ambassador Award from the Rhode Island International Film Festival in 2011 and, most recently in 2012, was nominated by the United States Coast Guard for the Department of Defense Joint Civilian Orientation Conference.


Steven studied cinematography at UCLA and film and television production at the prestigious USC Cinema School.


cverdiChad A. Verdi

Chad A Verdi President & CEO Entrepreneur

At the early age of 18 years old Mr. Verdi acquired his first business, a RI television listing newspaper called TV Facts that is still in publication today. By the age of 21 Verdi acquired several other businesses in the food service sector throughout RI. By age 30, Verdi owned, co-owned or had investments in over a dozen businesses that ranged from food and toy manufacturing to restaurants and hi-tech developments in the biotechnology field. Over the last 13 years, Mr. Verdi has been involved in over 750 million dollars in business mergers, reverse mergers, start-ups and acquisitions and currently owns, co-owns or has investments in more than two dozen businesses in diversified industries with more than 500 local employees and sales of more than $100 million nationwide. He also holds a large real estate portfolio that includes the 175-year-old former United Methodist Church in East Greenwich where the constitution of RI was adopted.


tomDTom DeNucci


Tom DeNucci, Graduated from the New England Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Science degree in digital recording arts. After a couple years of background work, he landed a role on the Showtime series The Brotherhood. 2010 was a big year for Tom, who played "Pax", a wise cracking rookie cop in the Robert Englund horror thriller "Inkubus". Later that year he played along side Peter Facinelli in the film "Loosies", before capping 2010 off with a leading role in "Infected" playing Michael Madsen's son. DeNucci spent the next year in the writing room, prepping his passion project, the coming of age thriller "Self Storage". In the summer of 2012, DeNucci teamed up with producer Chad A. Verdi and the Woodhaven Production company to bring Self Storage to life. Tom found himself on both sides of the camera. Aside from writing and directing the picture, he also starred along side Eric Roberts, Jonathan Silverman and Michael Berryman. Tom's accomplished all this before the age of 30 and with plans to direct two films before the end of 2013, there doesn't seem to be any signs of him slowing down.


11:10 a.m. - 12:10 p.m.

Panel Two:

TRANSMEDIA TECHNOLOGY: The Future of Storytelling

Featuring Canadian Filmmaker, Patricia Chica; Documentarian Gary Glassman; Canadian filmmaker Joseph Procopio; moderated by Israeli filmmaker, Jonathan Friesem


patriciaPatricia Chica

is a 30-time award-winning director who specializes in psychological dramas, thrillers and edgy documentaries.


Patricia was one the first Canadian and Quebecois filmmakers to have her own dot com back in an era when only corporations used website's to promote their services or products. She has a genuine interest in exploring the relationship that exists between her work and her audience by using interactive tools to promote and distribute her films. Since the past 10 years, Patricia has build a loyal cult following online by sharing her life and filmmaking adventures around the world in real time (or almost!) through social media.


Patricia's previous acclaimed films include Day Before Yesterday (2010) and The Promise (2000) which were both winners at the RIIFF. She also co-directed the award-winning feature documentary Rockabilly 514 (aired on Bravo! Canada, Canal D as well as in the US and Europe). Her new award-winning film Ceramic Tango (2013) was launched at the Cannes Film Festival and has been programmed on opening night at the RIIFF and a many other film festivals around the world. This is Patricia's third visit to Rhode Island.


Patricia Chica's work has been presented and/or awarded at over 75 international film festivals, theatres, art centers, universities and on television around the world. Canada, the USA, Mexico and El Salvador have presented retrospectives of her short films. She is presently preparing her first fiction feature film.


jonathanJonathan Friesem

Liaison to the URI Harrington School of Communication

Jonathan is an award-winning producer and media educator from Israel. He is the manager of the Media Education Lab at the Harrington School of communication and Media, the University of Rhode Island. As part of his doctoral research Jonathan studies the psychological and sociological effects of youth media. His goal to bridge cultures around the world is being realized in the Harrington School community media outreach with youth video production initiatives - starting fifteen years ago working with Arab and Jews adolescents till his recent workshop with First Star URI Academy with RI foster kids.


GaryGGary Glassman

As President and Executive Producer of Providence Pictures, Glassman has produced nearly 50 programs for NOVA, Discovery, History, National Geographic, BBC, and Arte. His films have won and been honored with nominations for the industries most prestigious awards: six Emmy's, two Writers Guild Awards, the AAA Science Journalism Prize, the CINE Golden Eagle Special Jury Award, and the International Archaeology Film Festival Award. In addition to his broadcast work, Glassman has produced participatory media art projects with marginalized populations—prisoners, hospitalized children, developmentally challenged adults, seniors, and the criminally insane. His work is featured in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the National Gallery, and the Pompidou Center in Paris. Glassman received a BA from Goddard College, and a Masters of Fine Arts in Directing from UCLA’s Dept. of Theater, Television, and Film.


josephJoseph Procopio

Joseph Procopio is not your usual teenager. When most other children were still playing in the sandbox, this Toronto native was transfixed by Steven Spielberg’s E.T. (his favorite film to this day) and began watching “behind the scenes” footage. “I decided to explore my own story ideas,” he says, and soon made his first short film, Nine Times Eight (2004), which he wrote, directed, and starred in at the ripe age of nine. Nine Times Eight won awards at five international film festivals, including the Rhode Island International Film Festival’s (RIIFF) Discovery Award. In addition to his supportive family, Procopio says he is particularly grateful to RIIFF for helping his career really take off. He describes RIIFF as being the “springboard” for his career, especially within the U.S. The relationship between RIIFF and Procopio began in 2004 when RIIFF screened his first film, Nine Times Eight, and audiences were introduced to the incredible nine-year-old filmmaker. “RIIFF has been so supportive over the years” he says. “It opened up 90% of the doors to places where my films ended up screening.” Nine years later, his films are being shot with dozens of professional crew, he holds 50 international awards and has screened at 170 festivals worldwide. But to him, it feels like no time has gone by since that first RIIFF award.


12:10 p.m. - 1:10 p.m.

Panel Three:

THE ROAD TO THE ACADEMY: Programming a Film Festival

Featuring Sharon Badal, Tribeca Film Festival, Nicolas Girard Deltruc of the Montreal Festival du Nouveau Cinema, Shawn Quirk, Rhode Island International Film Festival; moderated by Andrew Lund


sharonSharon Badal

Head Shorts Programmer, Tribeca Film Festival

Sharon Badal is head short film programmer for the Tribeca Film Festival. She has been with the festival since its inception and has produced special projects for various Tribeca entities since 1999. She is the author of Swimming Upstream – A Lifesaving Guide to Short Film Distribution. Badal is on the faculty of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts Department of Film & Television. She previously held executive positions in motion picture distribution and marketing for United Artists/MGM, Warner Brothers, and Orion Pictures and has extensive live-event producing experience.


FNCNicolas Girard Deltruc

Girard Deltruc loves film. A Beaux Arts-educated boy from France, he studied cinema at Universite Laval in Quebec City, worked for ad giant Saatchi & Saatchi in Africa and on the production of films like Kedma and Fleur du Mal. In 2002, he made the cross-Atlantic move, shooting videos and working for the Toronto International Film Festival before settling in with the FNC three years ago. Film is what he does in life. Girard Deltruc is hugely proud of the festival’s international reputation as a standard-bearer for progressive and innovative filmmaking. As a refugee from the world of creative advertising, he knows the value of brand identification. The FNC industry cred has resulted in the gathering of 300 films from 40 countries, including new work from luminaries like Barbet Schroeder, Manoel de Oliveira, Carlos Saura, Claude Chabrol, Todd Haynes, Ulrich Seidl, Carlos Reygadas, Guy Maddin, Peter Greenaway, Roy Andersson, Brian De Palma, Andre Techine, Bruce McDonald, Volker Schlöndorff – and Denys Arcand.


andrewAndrew Lund, a filmmaker and entertainment lawyer, Andrew is an Associate Professor and Director of the Integrated Media Arts MFA Program in the Film & Media Department at Hunter College of the City University of New York and a Faculty Associate at the Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute; he is also a faculty member of the Film Studies Department at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and has taught in the Graduate Film Division of Columbia University, where he received J.D., M.F.A. and B.A. degrees. Brief Reunion, a feature film that Andrew produced and co-edited, won the top prize for narrative filmmaking at the 2011 UFVA conference and the Audience Award for Best Film at New York’s 2011 Gotham International Film Festival. My Last Day Without You, on which Andrew served as executive producer, recently won the top producing honors at the 2011 Brooklyn International Film Festival and will be released theatrically in Europe this fall. Andrew is the Executive Producer of nine feature films, including The Hungry Ghosts, written and directed by Michael Imperioli; Vanaja, named by Roger Ebert as one of the top five foreign films of 2007, and Arranged, an international hit that Variety called “a pure pleasure to watch” Andrew has also written and directed five award winning short films. In addition to worldwide festival screenings and television broadcasts, his shorts are included in film textbooks, DVD compilations, and distributed theatrically and non-theatrically. Andrew founded and curates CinemaTalks, the independent film screening and discussion series, and he created the Short Film Repository, which houses educational extras that support short filmmaking. Andrew’s writing on film includes an essay, “What’s a Short Film, Really?” in “Swimming Upstream: A Lifesaving Guide to Short Film Distribution” by Sharon Badal, numerous book reviews for the journal, Film International, and two books on independent filmmaking in the works for Peter Lang Publishers.


You can learn more about Andrew on his website: http://andrewlundfilms.com/


shawnShawn Quirk is an independent filmmaker who has directed a number of short films and short documentaries. After receiving his Bachelors of Science in Film Production from Boston University, he worked for two years as an English assistant in France at the Cité Scolaire Vauban in Givet. During his time abroad he became involved with a number of film productions in both Belgium and France, which included camera work for the two time Palme d'or winning Dardennes Brothers on their most recent film "The Kid with the Bike."


In addition to teaching English to both French high school and middle school students, Shawn also worked in collaboration with the regional English inspector, Christine Minetto, of the Champannes-Ardennes Academy to create a pilot cinema education program for high school seniors. As part of this program, Shawn worked with local film producer, Benoit Giorgini, to create a hands on film workshop in which students collaborated amongst each other to create a series of short documentaries that explored the livelihoods of local shopkeepers and café owners in the Ardennes community and their struggle in competing with large chain retailers.


After his time abroad, Shawn then went on to work as a teaching assistant at the New York Film Academy at Harvard University, where he taught both high school and college students the technical and theoretical aspects of 16mm and digital filmmaking. He also worked as a high school French substitute teacher, and freelance newspaper photographer.


Shawn became a part of the Flickers team in the Fall of 2011, and is now the Program Director for the Rhode Island International Film Festival and the Rhode Island International Horror Film Festival. As a filmmaker in his own right, Shawn's goal is to help discover the next generation of auteurs, the new voices of independent cinema.

Order Your Pass Online Now:


Eventbrite - The Rhode Island Film Forum 2013  

• 2014 Application Form


August 7th 2013 • 8:30 AM – 2:00 PM

The Providence Biltmore Ballroom, 11 Dorrance Street, Providence, RI

Questions? Call 401-861-4445 and speak with Graham Carter

or email quirk@film-festival.org

Who's Who at the Rhode Island Film Forum:


S.OberackerJ. Scott Oberacker

Educational Outreach Director

Scott has recently joined as Flickers' Educational Outreach Director, where he works to develop and maintain the festivals’ educational outreach programs as well as aids in the selection and adjudication of the festival’s films. He holds a Ph.D. in Communication and Media Studies from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and has worked as a film scholar and teacher for many years. His writing on film has appeared in a number of scholarly journals and he is currently co-editing a book on the television series, Friday Night Lights. Most recently, Scott taught film and media courses at Roger Williams University in Bristol, RI, where he also helped to coordinate the Roving Eye Film Festival and the Tournees French Film Festival, in conjunction with RIIFF. Scott is currently an Assistant Professor of Communications at Johnson & Wales University in Providence, RI.


• Graham H. Carter, Program Associate, University of Southern California

Graham is a junior at the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts. Born and raised in Providence, Rhode Island, Carter first attended the University of Tampa in Florida immediately after high school. Having always hoped to live and work in Los Angeles in order to pursue his passion for film, he successfully transferred to USC in the Fall of 2012. Spending his time between Rhode Island and California, he has continued to stay involved with the film community of his home state, currently serving as the Programming Associate of the Flickers: Rhode Island International Film Festival. He is also the director of RIIFF’s 2013 Youth Film Jury, an assembled group of high school students who attend the Festival as an official judging panel and select winners of the Youth Film Jury Awards. His responsibilities at RIIFF also include sponsorship management and coordinating press releases. At USC, Graham is the Publicity Chair for the LGBT community-outreach organization, OUTreach; a co-host on the syndicated Trojanvision television talk show, Showcase; and an actor and writer on the Trojanvision student-produced teen drama, underGRAD. He also works as a Student Assistant at USC’s Library of Philosophy. His other interests include reading, writing, architecture, psychology, philosophy, and astronomy.





Rhode Island Cities & Towns Representatives

Film Teacher/Educators
Film Production Crews
Film Exhibitors

Film Students
Artistic Directors, Film Vendors
Civic Organizations
Historic and Preservation Groups
Property Manager
Recreation Managers
Hotel Managers, Rental Agencies


Be a part of this multi-million dollar industry here in Rhode Island


Here’s your chance to become involved with Rhode Island’s “stars” of the film community. The one-day forum will bring together leaders of the film industry with the decision-making community leaders and historic, natural and commercial property managers of Rhode Island. New technologies, the impact of tax credits, plus so much more will be addressed.


“How To” Sessions:


• How to work with the film industry
• How to get the film industry to work with you
• How to be prepared and pro-active

• The growth of college film programs
• What are the resources that filmmakers need?
• Understand how to create a partnership so that everyone involved benefits.
• What are the emerging technologies that will be impacting on future film productions?

• Union or non-union?

• Funding


The film industry in Rhode Island is growing by leaps and bounds. This program is designed to help facilitate a better understanding of the needs of the industry and the wants of the community to make Rhode Island the most film friendly in the country.


Rhode Island in Film & Television


Here are some of the films made in the Ocean State. To learn more about Rhode Island's film history, click here.

  • The Great Gatsby (1974)
  • The Scarlet Letter (1975)
  • The Betsy (1978)
  • Mr. North (1987)
  • Mermaids (1990)
  • Reversal of Fortune (1990)
  • Wind (1992)
  • Federal Hill (1993)
  • The Buccaneers (1993)
  • True Lies (1994)
  • Dumb and Dumber (1994)
  • Killer ( 1994)
  • American Buffalo (1995)
  • Code of Ethics (1996)
  • Ties to Rachel (1996)
  • Strangers in Transit (1996)
  • Outside Providence (1997)
  • Tax Day (1997)
  • Amistad (1997)
  • There's Something About Mary (1998)
  • Meet Joe Black (1998)
  • Me, Myself & Irene (1999)
  • NBC 's Providence (1999 -
  • The Brotherhood (2005 - )
  • Underdog (2007)
  • Dan in Real Life (2007)
  • 27 Dresses (2008)
  • Hachiko: A Dog's Story (2008)
  • Moonrise Kingdom (2012)

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