This Year's Program Celebrates the Power of Art and Culture in Affecting Positive Change
12th Annual event takes place April 17-23rd in collaboration with Roger Williams University. Highlights include major international shorts and features, and documentaries and a celebration of the arts.
BRISTOL, RI • Flickers'Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF) is proud to present its 12th Annual Roving
Eye International Film Festival™. The popular and acclaimed festival celebrating global cinema and artists, is pleased to announce its 2017 programming. The slogan this year is “You Know You Want to Look.” During the Festival, which runs April 17-23rd, more than 50 films will be showcased. All screenings will be free of charge and open to the public and screened on the campus of Roger Williams University in Bristol, RI.
The Roving Eye International Film Festival is a portal for discovery for film, arts and culture lovers across the region at this year’s celebration.
Complementing this year’s cinematic offerings, the campus will be alive with a bounty of special presentations from a highly anticipated Poetry Slam to a presentation by Architectural historian and Preservation advocate Christine Madrid entitled, “Preservation Wins, Losses & Lessons In The Millennial Battle Of Gettysburg;” The President’s Distinguished Speakers Series featuring Naomi Oreskes, professor of the history of science at Harvard University; a Keynote Address by Mahzarin Banaji, Richard Clarke Cabot Professor of Social Ethics, Department of Psychology Harvard University for the Thurgood Marshall Memorial Lecture, entitled “Blindspot: Hidden Biases Happen to Good People,” an art gallery opening and presentation by artists, Lisa Perez and Maxwell Van Pelt; and the Theater Department’s production of “WORKING” Adapted by Stephen Schwartz and Nina Faso.
The Festival’s annual Soforenko Foundation Film/Speaker Series On The Jewish Experience will showcase documentaries and short films never before shown in the U.S. Guest speakers include Brian Mayer, Cantor at Temple Beth Emmanu-El; and Andrew Lund, director/producer/educator.
To see a full schedule of Jewish Experience Programming,click here.
Throughout the Festival, there will be a series of panel discussions and presentations. This year’s
guest panelists include such industry leaders as Eric Latek: writer, director, motion graphics artist; Duncan Putney, actor, and award winning screenwriter; Chris Sparling, award-winning
writer/director; Tom DeNucci, writer/director/actor: Fr. Kenneth Gumbert, O.P.,
filmmaker/educator/painter/sculptor; Alice Cross, writer/lecturer; Rev. Nancy Soukup, RWU
Multifaith Chaplain; and Shawn Quirk, RIIFF Program Director
Students at the University, with the guidance of Flickers' Rhode Island International Film Festival, create the Roving Eye International Film Festival through the Film Minor senior-level course, Curation and Film Festival Production. Flickers’ Executive Director and RWU Professor, George T. Marshall teaches the class. This year, 16 students spent the first part of the spring semester reviewing more than 500 films provided by Flickers and from there went on to create the entire Roving Eye Festival. The students developed active marketing and PR strategies, including the planning for events plus staffing throughout the week. Roberta E. Adams, Ph.D., Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, is the Festival Chair, linking faculty adjudicators with students, RIIFF and the RWU administration in a unique collaboration.
To see a listing of this year's programming, click here.
2017 marks the 35th Anniversary Celebration of the Flickers Arts Collaborative, the creator and producer of the Annual Rhode Island International Film Festival (that will
take place August 8-13, 2017 at locations throughout
the state of Rhode Island.) Through its affiliation
with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences,
RIIFF is a qualifying festival for the Short Film Academy
Award and the Documentary Short Film Academy Award, the only festival in the New England region with either distinction.
RIIFF provides a venue to encourage new talent and establish
the contacts needed for wider distribution.
ABOUT ROGER WILLIAMS UNIVERSITY:
Roger Williams University, located on the coast of Bristol, R.I., is a forward-thinking private university with 45 undergraduate majors spanning the liberal arts and the professions, where students become community-minded citizens through project-based, experiential learning. With small classes, direct access to faculty and boundless opportunity for real-world projects, RWU students develop the ability to think critically while simultaneously building the practical skills that today’s employers demand. In the two years since launching its signature Affordable Excellence initiative, the University has established itself as a leader in American higher education by confronting the most pressing issues facing students and families – increasing costs that limit access to college, rising debt and the job readiness of graduates. In addition to its 4,000 undergraduates, RWU is home to more than a dozen graduate programs, a thriving School of Continuing Studies based in Providence as well as Rhode Island’s only law school. For more information, go to: www.rwu.edu
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. Ranked as one of the top 10 Festivals in the United States, RIIFF is a qualifying festival for the Live Action, Documentary and Animation Short Academy Awards through its affiliation with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, the Canadian Screen Awards and the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA). There are only 6 film festivals worldwide that share this distinction and RIIFF is the only festival in New England. The Festival takes place every August.
For more information about the Flickers' Rhode Island International Film Festival, running August 8-13, 2017 at the Providence Performing Arts Center (PPAC) and The Vets (formerly Veterans Memorial Auditorium), please visit call 401.861.4445.
RWU PARKING INFORMATION:From Providence: Take Routes 136 South or 114 S passing campus on the left. Take a left at the traffic light just before the Mount Hope Bridge, onto Old Ferry Road. Enter the campus via the front gate passing Campus Security.
From Newport: Take 114N over the Mount Hope Bridge and take the first right off the bridge onto Old Ferry Road. Enter the campus via the front gate passing Campus Security.
Guests should enter through the main entrance at the fountain. they will be able to obtain a guest parking pass. Lot 24a will be blocked off for guests of the festival. Proceed through the main entrance through to the lot 24a on left. Events will take place in the Global Heritage Hall and the Mary Tefft White Cultural Center.
The 2017 Roving Eye International Film Festival is sponsored by The RI Film & the Television Office; Flickers' Rhode Island International Film Festival; Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia, Edge Media Network, the Edwin S. Soforenko Foundation; the Helene and Bertram Bernhardt Foundation; Roger Williams University Office of the Provost; the RWU Department of Communication and Graphic Design, Dean Robert Eisinger, RWU Feinstein College of Arts and Sciences; Dr. Roberta Adams, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs; the RWU Film Production Collaborative, the RWU Screenwriter’s Guild, RWU Hillel, and the Spiritual Life Office.