RIIFF ANNOUNCES “ROVING EYE”
DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL
Second Annual event to take place
over a month-long period at locations throughout the
State of Rhode Island
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PROVIDENCE, RI (April 2, 2007)-- The Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF) is proud to present its second annual Roving Eye Documentary Film Festival™. This month-long sidebar festival celebrates international documentary filmmaking and kicks off in Providence on April 18th at the Westerly Public Library with screenings of three documentary shorts: “Calvin’s World” directed by Lauren Kinsler & Judi Stroh, USA; “Dave Holland: A Short Documentary” directed Ulli Gruber, USA; and “Sustainable Table” directed by Mischa Hedges, USA. Additional screenings are planned at various locations throughout the state, including: University of Rhode Island Feinstein, Providence; the Columbus Theater, Providence; Roger Williams University, Bristol; The Met School, Providence; and the Courthouse Center for the Arts, West Kingston. A selection of short and feature documentaries will be shown and all screenings, unless otherwise noted, will be free of charge and open to the public.
“The idea behind this Festival came out of a desire to provide another platform to showcase the work of independent filmmakers. Each year, RIIFF receives over 2,500 entries and while the Festival does screen more films than any other Festival in New England during its six day run—306 in 2006—many excellent films are not screened,” stated Adam Short, Producing Director of the Roving Eye Documentary Festival™.
“Roving Eye is an important part of our mission as a film festival: our goal is to bring the best in independent international cinema to the communities of Rhode Island,” said George T. Marshall, Executive Director/CEO of RIIFF. “Roving Eye is an opportunity to screen great documentary films and we are very excited to be putting this festival together and making this work available to the broadest possible audience in our region.
“We have always seen film as more than an entertainment medium, and with our non-profit mission encompassing education, arts and culture, providing this work through partner locations across the state helps us achieve our goals.”
According to Mr. Short, the Roving Eye Festival was built because, “We’ve seen a great deal of support and interest in our film festival from the various communities around the state. This is a wonderful opportunity to do what we do best as an organization and to help build awareness among Rhode Islanders about events that are going on in the world around us.”
The diverse lineup of film topics includes: war photography, environmental conservation, globalization, modern jazz, and atomic workers. In addition to film screenings there will opportunities for the audience to meet with filmmakers and participate in panel discussions.
This year marks the 25th Anniversary of the Flickers Arts Collaborative, the parent organization of the Rhode Island International Film Festival which will take place August 7 – 12, 2007 at locations throughout 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. It is the only festival in the region with this distinction. RIIFF provides a venue to encourage new talent and helps filmmakers establish the contacts needed for wider distribution.
The Roving Eye Documentary Film Festival™ has been sponsored in part by grants and underwriting from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, the City of Providence, the Flickers Arts Collaborative; event partners include The Sundance Channel, Women Make Films, Documentary Educational Resources, The RI Jewish Film Festival, The Met School, Roger Williams University, the University of Rhode Island, the Westerly Public Library; corporate support from WJAR TV 10, Clear Channel Communications, Motif Magazine, New England Entertainment Digest, Coca Cola, Columbus Theatre Arts Center, and private contributions.
For more information about films, dates, and venues
for the Roving Eye Documentary Film Festival™,
please call 401-861-4445, email firstname.lastname@example.org
For the complete 2007 Schedule of films and screening dates with locations, please click here