April 12-19, 2015
This Year's Program is Dedicated to the Life, Vision and Art of Actor, Anthony Quinn
Tenth Annual event takes place April 12-19th in collaboration with Roger Williams University. Highlights include major international shorts and features, and documentaries and a celebration of the arts.
Welcome to the official mobile app for The Rhode Island International Film Festival! This app is a joint development of EDGE Media Network and The Rhode Island International Film Festival; it's designed to be a comprehensive guide to the annual festival each year in Providence, RI, including events, photos, film screenings and interactive features.
Those Creating the 2015 Festival:
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Bernadette Benman is a sophomore at Roger Williams University. Bernadette is majoring in English Literature with a minor in Film and a Core Concentration in Dance. A former resident of Wrentham, MA, Bernadette’s family currently resides in Fayetteville, NY where she graduated from Fayetteville Manlius High School in 2013. Besides being an avid reader and a film lover, Bernadette has been dancing for seventeen years. She studied dance at the Brae Crest School of Ballet (Lincoln, RI), Guzman’s Dance Studio (Fayetteville, NY), and the Ballet and Dance Center (Dewitt, NY). From 2006-2008 she was a member of the regional ballet company the State Ballet of Rhode Island. Bernadette is currently a member of the Roger Williams University Ballroom Dance Club. In her free time, Bernadette volunteered at the Fiske Public Library in Wrentham, MA as well as the Fayetteville Free Library in Fayetteville, NY. She was later employed by the Fayetteville Free Library from 2010- 2013. Bernadette’s time working in libraries and her love of reading inspired her to pursue a career as a librarian. She plans to attend graduate school and receive her Masters in Library Science (MLS) when she graduates from Roger Williams University in 2017.
Laura Burchett is a graduate of Woodford County High School in Versailles Kentucky, and is now a junior at Roger Williams University pursuing a degree in both visual arts and graphic design with a film studies minor. Laura still isn't quite sure what she wants to do after college but would enjoy something in a creative field such as set design or artistic direction for films or even a graphic designer in a creative design firm. Some of Laura's interests include painting, charcoal drawings, stop-motion animation, football, gymnastics, and of course watching movies. She attributes her interest in film to her older brothers always seeming to know everything about a movie when they talk about it and trying to be as cool as them, but also her favorite high school film teacher, Dan Ruff, for showing her how interesting all sides of a film are.
Eli DeFaria is a proud graduate of Central Falls High School, and a second year, transfer student at Roger Williams University. Prior to transferring to RWU, Eli pursued graphic design at Community College of Rhode Island where he also experimented with film making. His background and passion for photography and love for capturing and conveying emotion led him to take his first film class, which produced a short film that won him the Best Cinematography award for the CCRI student film festival, along with the Best Experimental Short award.
Eli volunteers at local his church as a graphic designer and photographer, and has his own photography business. He uses his talent to also serve in his community and city of Central Falls. He has designed the identity for the Central Falls Community Collaborative, and is currently working on the identity of the Central Falls Alumni Association. His photographs will also be used on the updated city’s website.
Hannah Marie DuPont was born and raised in Rochester, Massachusetts by her parents Nora and Jeffery DuPont. Hannah attended Old Rochester Regional High School in Mattapoisett, MA. After graduation, Hannah left for Bristol, RI where she currently attends Roger Williams University and is expected to graduate in May 2015 with a Bachelors degree in Media Communications.
Hannah has kept herself busy at Roger Williams where she is a member of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA), is the Co-Chair of donations for the PRSSA Gala 2015, interns in the Marketing & Communications department, and has been honored on the dean’s list six of her seven semesters so far. After graduation, Hannah plans to pursue a career at a public relations firm, hoping to focus on entertainment public relations, lifestyle public relations, or event management.
Clayton Durant is a current student at Roger Williams University (Class of 2016) majoring in marketing and public relations. His passion lies in branding services in the fashion and music industry.
As a student, Clayton has paired his studies at Roger Williams University with intersessions at New York University, studying journalism and marketing. With a dual background education, Clayton has also earned a vast array of work experience in the public relations and marketing space.
He has interned at public relations firms such as Red Light PR and Cashman and Associates, which have led him to work with a variety of brands in the beauty, travel, and fashion industries. To compliment these agency experiences, Clayton has also worked in-house for the Rhode Island School of Design Apparel Department, in which his work was key in bringing the 2014 RISD Collection Fashion show to a new level by combining both digital and traditional media together to publicize the event.
Clayton’s ultimate goal lies in being able to innovate the old traditional business model of the music industry. Through his experiences, he has taken keen notice that many music artists are entering the realm of fashion. He strives to create a business model that monetizes artists' fan bases by allowing external brands to tap into the interests of the fans, generating revenue to both the artist and brands' bottom lines.
Hayley Durno is a second semester freshman at Roger Williams University, from her
hometown of Sandwich, Massachusetts. She is the youngest of three girls, has a loving mother
and father, and five mischievous pets. She has been involved with dance since the age of three,
and continues her love for dance by being involved with the Roger Williams Dance Club. She
attended the Henry T. Wing School from kindergarten to eighth grade, then continued her
education at Sandwich High School where she was involved in cheerleading, and being a senior
mentor to her fellow freshman when entering her senior year. Her major at Roger Williams
University is Media Communications, and because she is only a freshman, she is not fully sure of
what she would like to do after she graduates college. Hayley is planning to succeed in her
future, and continue a happy, healthy life.
Olivia Fritz is a second semester Sophomore at Roger Williams University. Her interest in film and film production started at an early age. Her favorite part about watching movies at home was getting to the special features and behind the scenes looks on the DVDs. Since starting at RWU Olivia has been involved with the Film Production Club and its counter part the Screen Writer's Guild. As a Creative Writing Major and Film Studies Minor, Olivia enjoys how film making in its most basic form is story telling. As part of the Roving Eye Film Festival here on campus Olivia will help uncover new and interesting films that students will enjoy. She will also assist in creating the other programming that will take place during the festival such as panels and events.
Ryan Harper is an anthropology/sociology major in the Roger Williams University class of ‘15. Also a member of RWU’s Film Production Company, Ryan enjoys working behind the camera (almost) as much as he loves watching films. Before attending RWU, Ryan spent two years volunteering in New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, leading construction crews with nonprofits such as Lowernine.org. He’s also worked with multiple companies involved in event setup/production, giving him the opportunity to work a Las Vegas trade show as well as build a lighting installation on the set of the Green Lantern film.
Ryan’s passions involve writing, research, film, and nonprofit work. A history minor with a focus on Latin America, Ryan has spent time in Brazil studying social justice and using video journalism to explore local issues abroad. Several of Ryan’s papers have been presented at events such as the RWU Student Academic Showcase and the Phi Alpha Theta History Honors Conference. Ryan’s career interests are in the fields of film/video production, human resources, research and marketing.
Jeremy Marsh is a senior studying international relations major at Roger Williams University who has recently realized he does not want to study international relations anymore. But that is okay, because he is also a film minor. He hopes to use some of the knowledge and connections from this minor to fuel his new dream of video game design. However, he is also very keen on the prospect of just “chilling” for an indefinite period of time. He is from the quite small town of Grantham, NH, and has many quite large interests and ambitions. These include: foreign policy, foreign cinema, infrastructure and industry, geography, migration, metaphysics, white noise, agriculture, agricultural policy, the Rust Belt, throat singing, wistful 70s film scores, fruit, Japanese noise music, Japanese snack foods, fast food, regular food, dumb art that is actually smart, smart art that is actually dumb, books, naps. Jeremy consumes only oatmeal and drinks only Emergen-C. Jeremy is a citizen of the European Union by way of Sweden. People think Jeremy is cool, popular and “cute.”
Madison May is a senior at Roger Williams University studying theatre and minoring in film. She is from Marshfield, MA. Her passion for the arts has led her to become the president of the on campus student theatre group, Stage Company. Following graduation, May hopes to pursue a career in lighting design. Having produced several live shows with Stage Company and the theatre department, May is looking forward to working on the Roving Eye International Film Festival with all of her fellow organizers.
Gabriela Medeiros is a student at Roger Williams University, majoring in Architecture and minoring in Film Studies. She loves watching movies, playing music, and spending time with her family. She loves anything old-fashioned: movies, music, and fashion. After graduation, she plans on becoming a production designer, designing sets for all types of films. She also plans to travel after graduating. She wants to visit England, Ireland, Italy, Greece, and France.
Christian Moran is a senior at Roger Williams University, from Seekonk Massachusetts, who is pursuing a major in Media Communications and a minor in history. Since enrolling at RWU, Christian has taken several media film classes including media technology, film studies, and film curation and production. His love for film began at the age of five when he first watched Star Wars and has only increased since. Christian also has a few family members already in the entertainment industry including his uncle, Rob Moran, who is and actor and producer and his aunt, Julie Moran, who was a television personality on Entertainment Tonight.
At RWU, Christian is a varsity athlete on the Men’s Swimming and Diving team along with being the co-Captain this year. He currently holds four individual records in the 50, 100, and 200 yard freestyle, along with the record in the 50 yard butterfly and four relay records. Christian plans to take his degree in Media Communications and Public Relations and apply that to the entertainment industry.
Stephanie Nisbet is a senior at Roger Williams University majoring in Creative Writing and minoring in Film. Following graduation this May, she is looking to attend grad school for sports journalism with aspirations of becoming an NHL journalist. Stephanie is a graduate of Tolland High School, where she graduated with honors and captained the girls’ basketball team her senior year. She then attended Loomis Chaffee for a post-graduate year before entering the college scene.
Stephanie has had experience writing screenplays and shooting short films for classes in addition to analyzing and critiquing a number of classics, modern films, and obscurities. She has been an avid student of film since high school and has transferred this love for the big screen to other areas of the arts; she recently spent a semester abroad in London, where she studied theatre and attended shows nightly. This is Stephanie’s first time involved in the Roving Eye Film Festival, and she is looking forward to seeing and experiencing the production and curation side of the film world.
Timmy Sclafani is a native of Rockport, Massachusetts in his junior year at Roger Williams University. Sclafani is majoring in journalism with minors in political science and film studies. Each day he gets closer to figuring out what he would like to do in the future, though he isn’t there yet. His experiences in production range from organizing concerts for local and national bands throughout high school, and working as an intern with Cape Ann TV to operate cameras for sporting events and other town events. His passions include food, sports, film, and music, so any career that focuses on any one or multiple of those passions would be delightful.
Nicole Siino is a senior history major at Roger Williams University. She has minors in film studies and American studies and has passions for travel and learning. While in high school, Nicole took her first film class and fell in love with topic. She wanted to further her knowledge of the film industry. She hails from Albany, New York but calls many places her home. Bristol, Rhode Island became a second home to Nicole when she started her freshman year at Roger Williams. She studied abroad in London, England her spring semester junior year and has yearned to travel ever since.
Nicole holds two on campus jobs. She is an Admissions Ambassador and also a Student Advocate. Helping students and people succeed has always been a passion of hers. Nicole plans on starting law school in Boston in the fall of 2015. She is very excited to start the new chapter of her life.
Born in Massachusetts in 1992, Christopher Wade has loved film since he could talk. Presently a senior Journalism student at Roger Williams University, Chris dreams of the chance to one day interact with the films and mediums he loves. Story telling is his favorite skill and he can quote more films and television shows than a "normal person" can count. Working for his campus event planning board, Chris has become an avid programmer and has found great success creating TED Talk inspired events, an annual Rocky Horror Picture Show, and other early film screenings. It was there he discovered it is the details in a plot that make a film come alive to the audience, as it is the details in an event that make it a true experience. Now he is working to try and bring some of that passion and detail to the Roving Eye Art Festival at RWU.
Ian Waldron is an 18-year-old freshman at Roger Williams University who is majoring in Public Relations (PR). A resident of Danielson, CT, Waldron attended Marianapolis Preparatory School in Thompson, CT. Throughout his high school career, Waldron played soccer, basketball, and lacrosse. His interest in film began when Waldron began taking photography classes his junior year of high school. Waldron’s hope in taking the film curation class is to learn from older students and to learn what it takes to put on an event. Waldron hopes to one-day work with the Boston Bruins professional hockey organization and do PR work for them.
Graphic Designers for Roving Eye: Years 2011, 2012, 2013 & 2014
Maia Buckingham is a junior at Roger Williams University majoring in Graphic Design Communications and minoring in Photography and Web Development. She is from Cambridge, Vermont. Maia also has interests in other forms visual art such as film, painting, and drawing. She is really excited to be a part of the 2014 Roving Eye Film Festival and hopes to learn a lot about what kind of work goes into executing and designing for such a production. She looks forward to using this experience to add to her design and visual arts repertoire.
Christopher Capozzi is from Wrenham, Massachusetts. He is a graduate student of architecture with minors in photography, digital media and animation. He has always been interested in film production and enjoys watching movies in his spare time. He has recently become interested in combining his attraction towards film with his architectural background. He hopes to work with film and animation as a means of viewing and understanding architecture and space. His goals and ambitions after graduation include spending time working with special effects and editing before returning to the architectural profession, offering a unique perspective and skill set.
Aaron P. Poisson was the Art Director for the 2011 Roving Eye
International Film Festival. Aaron resides in Bristol, Rhode Island
where he also studies at Roger Williams University. He is perusing a
Bachelors of Science degree in Graphic Design Communication.
Furthermore, he is serving the Army National Guard as a Sergeant of
Charlie Battery 1-103rd Field Artillery. Aaron is a member of the
local film-making community and is the Chief Executive Officer of
Eyeris Productions, an independent production company in Rhode Island.
Nicholas Souza is a member of the Roger Williams University class of 2013. He is majoring in Journalism with a minor in Film. He started working in video when he was a sophomore in high school, working with his local access television station. While working there he learned to both shoot and edit video.
He took the skills that he learned in high school to RWU where he both improved them and used them in internships and jobs. In his freshman year he worked on The Feed, a student operated video news organization. He has also worked as a media intern and video editor for both small and large businesses such as Phillips&Garcia PC and Jamestown distributors. After completing his degree, Nick hopes to work in video editing and digital journalism.
Organizers for the Celebration of the Arts at Roving Eye: Years 2014 & 2015
Andrew Burgess is a charming young buck from the woods of Maine. He attended the prestigious Hebron Academy before moving on to Roger Williams University where he is a communications major and Film minor on track to graduate in 2015. Andrew has a passion for music and photography as well as enjoying the outdoors of his native homeland. He is particularly talented with audio and loves sound design. He is hoping to continue improving his skills and knowledge of the world around him through hard work and determined ethic.
Alex Campbell is a freshman hailing from the small town of Winsted in the Northwest Corner of Connecticut. He is currently majoring in Marine Biology and minoring in Film Studies. He is an avid member of the schools film club and has worked on the set of sitcom pilot. He has a passion for photography and videography. He continues to cultivate his knowledge of film and the industry while working hard to gain a place within it. Outside of film Alex works in the Roger Williams Campus’s wet lab helping further the scientific projects of several scientists and researchers. He has spent time traveling to eight different counties including Japan, Italy, and France to name a few. He hopes to one day work in the realm of Natural Photography/Videography and travel the world while doing so.
Francis Ferdinand is a member of the class of 2017 at Roger Williams University with a major in Music. From Cape Coral, Fl. She has always had in interest in the medium of film and all of its inner workings. With taking this class Francis hopes to gain further knowledge into the unique world of film. Francis’s other interests include traveling, singing and reading. She would like to put her passion for music and film hand in hand and be able to work with the scoring of movies.
Ronald Scofield or RJ as he prefers to be called, is a member of the Roger Williams University Class of 2015 majoring in Journalism with a minor in English Literature. Born and bred in Norwalk, Connecticut (home of the "World's Largest Dairy Store” as featured in Ripley’s Believe It Or Not), RJ discovered his love for writing and reporting after acting as Editor-in-Chief of his high school’s newspaper; an online publication that he also co-managed the creation of from the ground up. He has a passion for writing, as well as music, sports, travel, and the art of animation. As a university junior, he currently acts as the news editor of the Roger Williams print publication The Hawks Herald as well as the President of the Musicians' Guild. He is working towards completing his education and pursuing a career in either print/broadcast writing or working in the entertainment industry (particularly film or music). Follow him on Twitter: @RJScofield
Our Collaborative Partners:
The 2015 Roving Eye International Film Festival is sponsored by The RI Film & the Television Office; Flickers; 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, the RWU Department of Political Science, the RWU Feinstein College of Arts and Sciences, Dean Robert Eisinger, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Roberta Adams, the RWU Film Production Collaborative, the RWU Screenwriter’s Guild, RWU Hillel, and the Spiritual Life Office.