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2017 Rhode Island Film Forum

Thursday, August 10, 2017 • 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Providence Biltmore Ballroom, 11 Dorrance Street, Providence, RI


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Only $40 for the event, lunch included;

Tickets Available on a First-Come, First-served basis

(with special rate available to visiting filmmakers who preregister at RIIFF)




Flickers' Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF) will offer members of the local filmmaking community and visiting filmmakers an opportunity to meet and ask questions of some true stars of the Rhode Island film industry at its RI Film Forum, Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017. 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, Johnson and Wales University, Providence College and Roger Williams University will host this year’s Film Forum in the Providence Biltmore Hotel Ballroom, beginning with registration at 9:00 a.m., closing with buffet lunch and networking. Steven Feinberg, Executive Director, RI. and Dr. J. Scott Oberacker, RIIFF Educational Outreach Director will serve as the event Hosts.


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 2017


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August 10th 2017 • 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

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

Questions? Call 401-861-4445 and speak with Shawn Quirk

or email at quirk@film-festival.org


Thursday, August 10th:



9:00 AM         



9:30 AM          


Welcome and introduction. Steven Feinberg, Executive Director, RI Film & Television Office, Dr. J. Scott Oberacker, RIIFF Educational Outreach Director/Communication's Faculty, Johnson & Wales University.


10:00 AM


Presented to Producer, David Permut


10:00 - 10:40 AM




Hosted by Steven Feinberg, Executive Director, RI Film & Television Office



Over the last thirty years, prolific film producer David Permut has enjoyed a successful career in the movie business. His credits include such hits as "Richard Pryor: Live in Concert," the first and most successful comedy concert film of all time; "Dragnet" starring Tom Hanks and Dan Aykroyd, which inspired the television series to feature film movement; "Face/Off" the action-blockbuster directed by John Woo and starring Nicolas Cage and John Travolta; and the comedy "Youth in Revolt", which starred Michael Cera along with Steve Buscemi and Ray Liotta.


David is currently producing “The Polka King” which is currently shooting in Rhode Island.


10:45 a.m. - 11:00 AM


Presented to Actress, Karen Allen


11:00 - 11:30 AM




Hosted by Steven Feinberg, Executive Director, RI Film & Television Office



karenALLENKaren Jane Allen was born in Carrollton, rural southern Illinois, to Patricia (Howell), a teacher, and Carroll Thompson Allen, an FBI agent. Karen spent her first 10 years traveling around the country with her parents and two sisters. She was always "the new girl in school". Acting did not really cross Karen's mind until her early 20s when she saw a 'Jerry Grotowski' theater production that impressed her so much she instantly decided to give it a shot. She trained as a classical actress and enrolled at the Actors Studio and with Lee Strasberg in New York. During this period she made several student films and directed and acted in several plays. In 1976 she made her first film appearance in the award-winning small film, The Whidjitmaker (1976).


Her first major film role came as "Katy" in 1978's National Lampoon's Animal House (1978) which became one of the biggest hits of the year, obtained "classic" status and launched a whole host of young "hot" stars. However, shortly after Animal House (1978) opened Karen was struck by a rare and dangerous eyesight condition called Kerato Conjunctivitis. Luckily, the condition subsided and Karen could continue her dramatic rise to the top. Lead roles in cult favorites like The Wanderers (1979) and the controversial thriller Cruising (1980) followed, as did smaller parts as in Woody Allen's Manhattan (1979). However, it was her performance in Rob Cohen's A Small Circle of Friends (1980), as well as her previously mentioned turn in Animal House (1978), that caught the eye of a certain Steven Spielberg. He then cast her as the feisty heroine and Harrison Ford's co-star in his big budget blockbuster Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), which became a huge hit in 1981-82 and is regarded by many as the greatest action adventure film ever made.


Strangely, following the huge success of Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) Karen chose to spend over two years out of the limelight - concentrating on smaller, more personal projects. She won a major award for her performances on Broadway, won critical acclaim for her creation of "Abra" in the hugely successful ABC production of East of Eden (1981) and had parts in two smaller films: Alan Parker's Shoot the Moon (1982) and Split Image (1982) co-starring James Woods and Peter Fonda. She returned to the mainstream in 1984 with Until September (1984) and the hugely successful Starman (1984) co-starring Jeff Bridges and directed by John Carpenter (of Halloween (1978) fame), but once again decided to leave the limelight for a couple of years doing more stage-work and some troubled 'indie' films. While Karen has worked almost constantly since then giving notable performances in Paul Newman's screen adaptation of The Glass Menagerie (1987), the Christmas hit Scrooged (1988) and Steven Soderbergh's underrated King of the Hill (1993), she has not been able to scale the same dizzy heights as the early 1980's hits. Most of her lead roles in feature films since Starman (1984) have not been that well received (Animal Behavior (1989), Ghost in the Machine (1993) and The Turning (1992) among them). However, she has been seen to good effect on TV in films like Challenger (1990) in which she portrayed tragic schoolteacher "Christa McAuliffe" and All the Winters That Have Been (1997), co-starring Richard Chamberlain.


She has also made 'special guest star appearances' on such shows as Law & Order (1990), Knots Landing (1979), Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1985), and several TV movies including Hostile Advances: The Kerry Ellison Story (1996) and Secret Weapon (1990). She also played the lead in the CBS series The Road Home (1994). Karen Allen was married to soap star Kale Browne (with whom she co-starred in 'Til There Was You (1997)) in 1988 and they have a son Nicholas. Apart from acting Karen Allen is also an accomplished singer, songwriter and musician (she played in a band with Kathleen Turner, and recorded a duet with Jeff Bridges for the Starman (1984) soundtrack album).


She also writes plays, screenplays and poetry, owns her own Astranga Yoga enterprise and spends time at her Berkshire Mountains farm or Upper Westside Manhattan townhouse. The classically trained actress also has a screenplay called "Second Coming, The", which is about to be made into a movie. Most recently she stars opposite Peter Coyote in The Basket (1999) and the blockbuster The Perfect Storm (2000) in which she co-stars with George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg and Diane Lane. In addition to these, she is working on Shaka Zulu: The Citadel (2001) and recently made an independent film, In the Bedroom (2001). Karen Allen is undoubtedly one of the most talented, ambitious and versatile actresses of the last 20 years. In many ways her own choices to "go back to theater and smaller projects" are the only things that have really stopped her being a major, major star. Karen was voted one of the most beautiful women in the world in 1983, and is a naturally attractive lady - who often plays characters significantly younger than herself. She also often plays unglamorous types - and there is no one better at portraying real, human, and wholly believable people.


Joan Anderson is a journalist and the bestselling author of A Year by the Sea, A Walk on the Beach, The Second Journey, An Unfinished Marriage and A Weekend to Change Your Life. She has also written numerous children's novels, including 1787, The First Thanksgiving Feast, and The American Family Farm, as well as a critically acclaimed adult nonfiction book Breaking the TV Habit. A graduate of Yale University School of Drama, Anderson lives with her husband on Cape Cod and conducts weekend workshops for women around the country.


11:30 AM –12:15 PM




Moderated by Andrew Lund, 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.



ChrisChris Sparling wrote the 2010 film BURIED starring Ryan Reynolds, for which he won "Best Original Screenplay" from the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures. His Black List script, ATM, was produced by Gold Circle Films and released by IFC Films in 2012. His feature directing debut, the supernatural thriller THE ATTICUS INSTITUTE, was released in early 2015 by Universal Pictures. THE SEA OF TREES, which he wrote and produced -- starring Matthew McConaughey, Namoi Watts, and directed by Gus Van Sant -- was nominated for the Palm d'Or at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival and contributed to his selection to Variety's annual list of "10 Screenwriters to Watch." He is currently adapting author Jo Nesbo's bestselling crime novel BLOOD ON SNOW for Warner Brothers and Leonardo DiCaprio, and DOWN A DARK HALL for Temple Hill and Lionsgate Films. His latest film MERCY, which he wrote and directed for Netflix, will be released in 2016, as will BED REST, which he is producing for MGM.


Andrew D Corkin, of Uncorked Productions, is a Gotham Award winning New York-based Producer. Andrew’s credits include: AFTERSCHOOL (Cannes 2008), MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE (Sundance 2011, Cannes 2011, 4 Independent Spirit Award nominations), AN OVERSIMPLIFICATION OF HER BEAUTY (Sundance 2012, Gotham Award winner), KING KELLY (SxSW 2012), WE ARE WHAT WE ARE (Sundance 2013, Cannes 2013), WILD CANARIES (SxSW 2014) and BIG SIGNIFICANT THINGS (SxSW 2014). Andrew executive produced Andrew Renzi’s feature debut, THE BENEFACTOR, starring Richard Gere and Dakota Fanning, and produced EMELIE, an elevated thriller starring Sarah Bolger; both films premiered at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival. Recently, he produced Joel Potrykus’ third feature, THE ALCHEMIST’S COOKBOOK, which premiered at SxSW 2016 and Netflix’s MERCY, written and directed by Chris Sparling. Andrew also serves as an adjunct professor at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and Boston University.


inwoodJohn Inwood is an Emmy nominated cinematographer and Director based in New York. Born in Santa Monica, CA while growing up in Brooklyn, Inwood studied English Literature at Vassar College and then attended New York University Tisch School of the Arts - Graduate Film School, where he received his MFA in Directing.


With over 20 years as a cinematographer, Inwood has professionally photographed a wide range of projects including Documentaries, Television Promos, Commercials, Music Videos, Television Series, and Feature Films. He made his mark working on independent films such as The Daytrippers, Face, Six Ways to Sunday, and most recently The Best and the Brightest with Neil Patrick Harris and Amy Sedaris. Inwood has worked much of his career in television, shooting awarding winning network episodic shows and pilots such as Nickelodeon’s The Adventures of Pete and Pete, NBC’s Scrubs for eight seasons, Comedy Central’s Strangers with Candy, NBC’s Parks and Recreation, Fox’s The Goodwin Games, NBC’s The Michael J. Fox Show and most recently the Netflix Comedy Hit, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, recently nominated for 7 Emmy Awards including Outstanding Comedy Series. Inwood’s career to date includes photographing nearly 250 episodes of television. He was nominated for a Primetime Emmy for Best Cinematography in 2008 for his work on Scrubs. He most recently photographed four SNL Parody Films, including the controversial ISIS commercial. He is currently prepping for Season 2 of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Inwood lectures and teaches between television seasons. He recently traveled abroad to teach in Asia at NYU’s Graduate Film School Asia in Singapore and the National Chengchi University in Taiwan. He is a member of IATSE Local 600 and the Director’s Guild of America. He lives with his wife, Nadia, and son, Aidan in Brooklyn, NY.


12:20 AM –1:00 PM





Moderated by Dr. Thomas Zorabedian, Assistant Dean and Film/Media faculty, University of Rhode Island



andrewAndrew DeVitre is a Boston native, thrilled to be returning to Rhode Island where he studied Drama and Communications for undergrad at the University of Rhode Island. He now resides in Los Angeles, where he has appeared in various network shows, films, commercials, as well as writing his own materials. It is both a thrill and honor to return to Flickers, where he had the pleasure of interning.




gabeGabriel Long was born and raised in Rhode Island and recently moved to Providence after living in Brooklyn for several years. His filmmaking endeavors run the gamut from personal documentaries to phone commercials. His short films have screened at NewFest, Inside Out Film Fest and on PBS. His commercial work includes spots for Sony, ESET Antivirus and Cate McNabb. He is thrilled to be premiering his first feature film, The Passing Season, at the 2016 Flickers’ Rhode Island International Film Festival. He shot the film in Rhode Island last summer.



Eric Shahinian is a writer and director who recently completed his studies with Honors in Screenwriting from the Columbia University Film MFA program. His short film “Foreign Sounds” was awarded the Grand Prize for Best Student Film at the 2015 Flickers’ Rhode Island International Film Festival. His short film “Justine” was featured at the 2015 & 2016 LGBT Expo and was invited to participate in a program that is scheduled to air on PBS. He enjoys writing character-driven, slice of life stories that focus on exploring the intricacies of interpersonal relationships. He is currently developing his first feature film, a tale of love and loss set on the New Jersey shore.


Duncan Putney is an accomplished actor, as well as an award winning screenwriter and producer. A graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst where he studied both business and theatre, Duncan works as a professional actor in film, television, stage, and television commercials and can be seen in such films as "The Judge," “Mystic River,” “R.I.P.D.,” “The Town,” and “Brilliant Mistakes,” as well as TV commercials for Papa Gino’s, Budweiser, and others. Always writing, Duncan began to follow that passion professionally and starting in 2003, his work began to get some notice. His writings have gained honors at the International Family Film Festival, the Going Green Film Festival, the Woods Hole Film Festival, the ScreenCraft competitions, the New England Emmy Awards, the Spotlight on Rhode Island Screenwriting Competition, the Dixie Kane Memorial Writing Competition, and others. In 2009, Duncan and long time friend Andre Stark formed Original Concept & Development Associates to develop and produce their own projects. Currently they have several television projects in the development and pre-production stages. Their short film/TV pilot “HALF PINT” took home a Van Gough Award at the 2014 Amsterdam Film Festival and is screening in WW2 museums across the US and in Normandy. His short "THE LESSON" is currently in pre-production with Roman Media. He is represented by Casey at Maggie Inc., a SAG-AFTRA franchised agent.


Dan Riordan is a filmmaker and owner of Gnarly Bay Production, based in Westerly RI. A graduate of URI’s Film and Communication Studies programs, Dan won many prizes in student film competitions. After graduating from URI, Dan successfully parlayed his passion for moving images into a successful business. Gnarly Bay’s clients have included: Verizon Fios, 1-800-DENTIST, Starbucks, Staples, Schick, and many others. Also, Gnarly Bay has worked with well-known artists in the music industry, such as Lenny Kravtiz, Katy Perry, and Jordan Sparks. In addition, Dan and Gnarly Bay immerse themselves in what they call their “Passion Projects”, films that they create for themselves, to “feed our own creative energy, and, quite simply, put a positive vibe out to the world.” One such passion Project was Rambo Day, made for a friend’s bachelor party, which has had hundreds of thousands of views worldwide.


1:00 PM


Order Your 2017 Pass Online Now:


Eventbrite - 2016 RHODE ISLAND FILM FORUM 


August 10th 2017 • 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

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

Questions? Call 401-861-4445 and speak with Shawn Quirk

or email at quirk@film-festival.org

Who's Who Behind the Rhode Island Film Forum:


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.


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/


MarlynBright, vivacious leading lady Marlyn Mason was born on August 7, 1940, in San Fernando, California, and began performing at the age of 5. Encouraged and inspired by her parents, she was given singing and piano lessons while young and appeared on the local "Doye O'Dell Show" at age 9. As a young teenager, she was cast in several stage shows with the Players' Ring Theatre troupe in Hollywood, including musical versions of "Tom Sawyer" and "Heidi," as well as the legit plays as "Pick Up Girl" and "The Crucible".


In 1956, the 16-year-old Marlyn moved into TV work with multiple episodes of "Matinee Theatre". Throughout the 1960s, she would establish herself firmly into in the medium with guest parts on all the popular shows at the time. Blessed with an inviting, effervescent smile, she added spark and sparkle to such lightweight sitcoms as "My Three Sons," "Father Knows Best," "Gomer Pyle," "Hey Landlord" and "Occasional Wife," while showing off her dramatic mettle on "Burke's Law," "Ben Casey" (a seven part story), "Dr. Kildare," "Laredo, "Bonanza," "Run for Your Life," "The Invaders" and "Perry Mason" (the original series' final episode). Seldom pigeon-holed, Marlyn offered a palatable range of "good girl" and "bad girl" interps during this productive time -- from the sensual and alluring to the offbeat and freewheeling. One of her more notable "bad girl" roles came in the form of a faithless wife who schemes to murder her lover's wife and set up David Janssen's Richard Kimble character in the process.


Although the actress made her film debut at the beginning of the 1960s with an unbilled role in "Because They're Young" (1960) starring Dick Clark and Victoria Shaw, Marlyn would not perk up the large screen again until the very end of the decade when she nabbed her best known cinematic part as Elvis Presley's girl in one of his final films. While shooting "The Trouble with Girls" (1969), she was given the opportunity to share a duet with the legend on the novelty song "Sign of the Zodiac".


Since the 1980s, Marlyn has continued her career with appearances in film and TV. She earned her first grandmother role on the TV movie "Fifteen and Pregnant" (1998), and, most recently, has been seen in a few short films in which she worked in front and behind the camera: "Model Rules" (2008) (also writer/producer), "Big" (2009) and "The Bag" (2010) (also writer/producer).


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.


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.


tomZDr. Thomas Zorabedian is the Assistant Dean of the University of Rhode Island College of Arts and Sciences and a member of the Film/Media and Communication Studies faculty. He teaches critical studies film courses in the University Honors Program.


Before coming to URI, Tom was Assistant Professor of Communication at Rhode Island College, and he has also taught at Salve Regina University and at Boston University. He has given numerous presentations on various film-related topics, worked as a film critic for several publications, was an independent film and video producer, and has “acted” as an extra in about a dozen feature films, from Mystic Pizza to Irrational Man.


Tom has been associated with RIIFF for more 18 years, directing its first master class in 1998, which featured director Robert Downey, Sr.


Tom earned his BA and MA at URI, and his doctorate at Boston University, working with the late renowned British film historian and scholar, Roger Manvell.


~ Produces

~ Directors

~ Rhode Island Cities & Towns Representatives

~ Film Teacher/Educators
~ Filmmakers
~ Film Production Crews
~ Film Exhibitors

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

~ Set Designers

~ Casting Directors

~ Writers


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)
  • Infinitely Polar Bear (2015)
  • Irrational Man (2015)
  • November Criminals (2016)

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URI's College of Arts and Sciences,

URI's Feinstein College of Continuing Education, and the URI Film Media Program



Johnson & Wales College of

Arts & Sciences


The RWU Feinstein College of Arts and

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Roberta Adams



The Department of Theatre, Dance, and Film at Providence College.