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, RHODE ISLAND) - The 12th Annual Roving Eye International Film Festival created by the Flickers’ Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF) in partnership with Roger Williams University kicks off April 17th and runs through the 23rd. This year’s programming features over 70 films from across the world including Academy Award nominees and winners, numerous World and US Premieres; panel discussions/symposia; visiting filmmakers and student film showcases. The event will conclude with the Spring 2017 Soforenko Foundation Film/Speaker Series On The Jewish Experience.
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. The Festival theme this year is “Connecting Through Storytelling.”
The Roving Eye International Film Festival promises to be 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 screening of the new documentary by Steven Feinberg, Executive Director of the RI Film & Television Office, “Pell” that chronicles the creation if the Pell Educational Grants; a Conversation with actor, Robert Capron (“Diary of a Wimpy Kid” series and “Elementary” currently on CBS); “The Creative Process In 90 Minutes” featuring Eric Latek, award-winning writer/director/ cinematographer; Armen Garo, actor (“Gotham,” “The Departed,” The Sopranos,” “The Brotherhood,” “Vinyl,” “American Hustle”) and Michael Grando, actor (“The Tonight Show”); a presentation of the documentary “Check It” and Q&A with director, Dana Flor; screening of the Alfred Hitchcock classic “Vertigo” as part of the University’s Great Film Series; The President’s Distinguished Speakers Series featuring Nicholas Kristof, two-time Pulitzer Prize winner and New York Times Columnist; Earth Day Celebration with “Earth Fest 2017” on the D’Angelo Common ( the RWU Quadrangle); the Theater Department’s production of “SPAMALOT,” Book and Lyrics by Eric Idle; Music by John Du Prez and Eric Idle, Directed by Jeffrey B. Martin, with musical direction by Nancy Rosenberg; and guest panelists, educators and industry leaders such as Mauro Colangelo, Film Composer; Alfred Thomas Catalfo, screenwriter, director and attorney, Duncan Putney, actor and award winning screenwriter; Alice Cross, writer/lecturer; Rev. Nancy Soukup, RWU Multifaith Chaplain; and Shawn Quirk, RIIFF Program Director.
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 speaker this year is 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/speakers include such industry leaders as Steven Feinberg, Executive Director of the Rhode Island Film and Television Office; Eric Latek: writer, director, motion graphics artist; 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.
Students in the Curation and Film Production Class include: Hadi Alyami, Alison Cellana, Reagan Cronin, Gabriela Dinobile, Gabrielle Dougherty, Taylor Flaherty, Jacob Johnson, Alissa Livingston, Tyler McCoy, Zachary Mobrice, Brett Pollina, Kelsey Rogers, Bradley Ross, Benjamin Scheff, Elliot Sirchio and Nicholas Stanglewicz.
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 Cole, 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.