Eighth annual event takes place April 14-19 & 28th in collaboration with Roger Williams University. Highlights include: a special focus on the Holocaust, films from Japan, a new documentary on "WaterFire," plus major international shorts and features, and documentaries.
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.
Paul S. Bickford is a junior at Roger Williams University with a major in journalism and minor in photography. He is expected to graduate in 2014 and hopes to write for magazine upon graduating. Bickford’s interest and hobbies include surfing, rock climbing, motorcycles, and playing squash when he isn’t busy doing academic work. He hopes to incorporate one of his interests in writing for magazine in the future. Aside from his passion for writing, fine arts photography has played a large role in Bickford’s life. Always having his camera on hand, and involved in multiple visual art classes, he has been in the process of developing a plethora of images that define his style of photography. While currently living in Bristol, R.I. Bickford was born and raised in Darien, Connecticut where he attended Darien High School. He couldn’t be happier with his choice of college at RWU, and is excited to be working with the Roving Eye Film Festival, as his ongoing interest for film and production is unleashed.
Craig J. Cole is a sophomore here at Roger Williams University. He is currently pursuing a major in marketing to go along with a minor in film studies. He hopes to use both of these areas of study towards a career in the film business later in his life. “Film has always been a very interesting topic to me and I am eager to learn everything there is too know”. Craig is a very determined person and never leaves a job unfinished. He grew up on the South Shore in a small seaside community. Craig has been employed since the age of twelve and have experienced many different work environments. Throughout his work experience Craig has developed a sense of putting in hard and quality work at any job. He looks forward to applying his experiences and attitude towards the Roving Eye Film Festival and his Curation & Film Festival Production Class.
Besides having a lot of work experience Craig has a few other attributes to bring to the table. He was born in Redditch, England and lived there for a significant part of his childhood. Since moving over to the states he has gone back many times to visit family and friends. On top of this Craig has been backpacking around Europe and has also been to Australia. Over his travels Craig has seen many cities that some people only get to see in Films. He believes that he can bring a strong global aspect to the Film Production team. Using his experience gained through traveling and pairing it with his marketing skills. Craig is confident that he can contribute a significant amount to the marketing aspect of the Film Festival Production.
Matthew J. Connolly is a senior Marketing major minoring in Visual Art Studies: Film Animation and Video at Roger Williams University. Matt has a variety of interests. In an academic setting, these mainly include film and animation production. Since his junior year of high school, Matt has learned how to use Final Cut Pro effectively, and has continued to expand on his knowledge in film editing throughout his college career. Matt is an adaptable, approachable, interpersonal person who is willing to contribute to a task whenever possible. Since his sophomore year at the University, Matt has worked for the Department of Residence Life and Housing as a Resident Assistant. He has gained much experience from this job, and has toned his ability to connect with all sorts of people from a variety of different backgrounds. Since the start of 2013, Matt has been selected to work for Flickers: Rhode Island International Film Festival as a Development Associate. Finally, Matt has recently been given the task of hosting a production for Avenue Q, managing a team to create animations that will compliment the play. Matt is eager to expand his experience and knowledge whenever possible.
Mackenzie J. Doyle is a member of the class of 2015 at Roger Williams University in Bristol, Rhode Island. Mackenzie also known as Mack is majoring in Public Relations and a minor in film along with global studies. Mack is an independent film maker who has written and directed a few short films which have caught the eye of actor Tom Sizemore. These films include: Lethal Weapon 7, Lethal Weapon 8, Jesus Christ Christian Hunter, Saber, Doctor Drew Celebrity Rehab: The Movie, The Hacker Attacker and The Escape. Mack has also done films for Relay for Life: Lewisburg PA, Lewisburg Area High School and Seven Springs Resort. Mack is currently working on a full length script for Jesus Christ Christian Hunter which has been featured on Tosh.0’s website.
Skills Mack possess are the ability to communicate clearly, create new ideas and get in contact with anyone he sets his mind too. Before the age of 19 Mack has been able to get in contact with local newspapers, Tom Sizemore, Lindsey Buckingham, B.B King Night Club and Meat Loaf. This all lead to interviews, red carpet events, private tables and full spread articles in local newspapers. In the summer of 2013, Mack landed an internship working at Spyglass Ridge Winery Backyard Summer Stage in Sunbury, PA. Mack will be working directly with the contracts, managers and bands. The bands include: Journey, Heart and The Doobie Brothers.
David Galante is a junior at Roger Williams University with a History Theatre double major and a Film minor. From a young age, David has been interested in Film and has always been fascinated with the Performing Arts. Pursuing this passion, he began to participate in many theatre programs in in his home town of Guilford, Connecticut, at Camp Hazen YMCA in Chester, CT, and began taking it more seriously while participating in High School theatre. He has achieved numerous accolades during his time in High School such as being one of twelve winners of the CDA (Connecticut Drama Association) Monologue Competition and an Honorable Mention in Acting for his performance in On the Verge or The Geography of Yearning by Eric Overmeyer, which won first place in festival. David also participated in the American High School Theatre Festival at the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland performing as Captain Hammer in his School’s rendition of Joss Whedon’s Internet musical hit Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog as the capstone of his senior year. During this time, David has also pursed many other ambitions including being an amateur filmmaker and as a radio DJ.
Alec S. Giovino
"I grew up in Wilton, CT a town part of Fairfield County. I have lived in Wilton all of my life. After graduating from Wilton High School in 2009 I moved on to study at Roger Williams University in Bristol, RI where I am graduating in 2013. My major of study is Global Communications and I have a minor in both Sociology and Business.
"During my Junior year I was fortunate enough to study abroad at the University of Cape Town in Cape Town, South Africa. This was an experience that I will remember for the rest of my life. Here I was fortunate enough to experience cultures far different than mine, and learn valuable life lessons.
"I have large interests in music, travel, and outdoor activities. I have helped both promote concerts and volunteer at music festivals. Traveling is something I thoroughly enjoy when possible. I believe traveling brings new insight the world and access to other cultures different than your own. As far as outdoor activities I am an avid snowboarder, as well as swimmer. I enjoy all sorts of other activities than can be enjoyed in the outdoors such as camping, kayaking, and even bungee jumping.
"I have been working since possible in my youth. Beyond jobs as a laborer, and in the food industry I have been fortunate enough to have some valuable internships throughout my life. These include internships at DaversaPartners Executive Search and Dempsey Partners LLC. These positions have given me valuable lessons and experience towards life in the business world."
Jennifer Iacobino is new to the film world. She is involved as one of the head writers on the writing staff in the Film Production Club on campus at Roger Williams University in Bristol, Rhode Island. She is a Creative Writing major and a Film Studies minor. In high school Jen was involved with theatre production and acting, but now finds more comfort behind the camera. She worked on her first short film as a production team member and has hopes to direct a film she wrote - produced by the Film Production club on campus. Jennifer grew up in Howell, New Jersey and attended the Freehold Performing Arts Program at Howell High School.
Trevor J. Mackinnon is a member of Roger Williams University’s Class of 2014, majoring in Global Communication and minoring in Film Studies and Visual Arts. Trevor has produced and been involved with a variety of film projects in his time at RWU and as a result has gained hands on experience in video production. After joining the campus radio station, WQRI 88.3FM, and producing a weekly show for four semesters Trevor took the position of General Manager, which he currently holds today. Building strong communication, organization, and leadership skills along the way, Trevor and his team of executive board members continue to improve and build upon the station. “Being the GM of the radio station has opened a lot of doors for me. Not only have I met some amazing people and formed strong bonds, but also I have found a way to better myself as a person by leading a group of students towards a common goal.”
Xuan (Susan) Nguyen, who also goes by Susan, is a current sophomore at Roger Williams University. Born and raised in Dalat, Vietnam, she first learned about filmmaking and its language, and also found her chance to study abroad in the United States while attending high school at APU International School in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. As a potential Finance major, Xuan is also taking classes of a Film Studies minor in order to pursue a career in both fields. As Treasurer of RWU Film Production Club and a member of the Curation and Festival Production Class, Xuan wants to make use of her understanding, her love in filmmaking, and her experience growing up being exposed to both Western and Eastern movies to help internationalize the opportunities for filmmakers to share their products.
Taylor Noel, born in Lebanon, NH and raised in Bedford, NH.
"I am a sophomore at Roger Williams University, and I am currently studying Public Relations, with minors in Film Studies and Mandarin Chinese. As a kid, I was always a self-starter, and with a fundraiser I created, raised $1000 for Katrina victims in 2005. What got me into films though was my first video production class back at my high school in Bedford, NH. The class was a blast, and ever since then I have wanted to involve myself in as many things film as possible. I want to leave an impact on the film industry like that of the great director Alfred Hitchcock. Even if you are talking to somebody who doesn’t watch films like crazy, or follow films that much at all, they will know who Alfred Hitchcock is, mainly because he had that personality, and the creative instinct that drove him to success, and that exactly how I want to be looked at within the film industry."
Nick Palermo is a sophomore at Roger Williams University and is the first Film major at the school, he also minors in Latin American History and Business. Nick also started and runs the Film Production Club on campus which is an organization dedicated to creating short films. Additionally Nick works for the non-profit organization called FIMRC which is the Foundation of International Medical Relief of Children which is dedicated to providing pediatric and maternal care to people in developing countries. Nick is currently working on a documentary for the organization that encompasses all of their sites across the world and shows the work they do. He also interns at the Rhode Island International Film Festival and for the organization’s Kid’s Eye Camp teaching children how to produce short films. Nick is an aspiring film maker and has a passion for the medium he continues to work hard in field for hopes of one day being one of the world’s greatest story tellers.
James Payne. Although he was born just outside of London, James moved to the United States as a child. He was raised in Darien Connecticut where attended public school and found his love for film. As a junior in high school James joined the Blue Wave News team and went on to anchor the show his senior year. Continuing his education at Roger Williams University in Bristol Rhode Island, James is now a junior in the visual arts program with a focus in photography. Studying film as his minor, James is also the vice president of the film production club on campus. Through the amazing connections he has made at the university, James has worked with professional photographers and even aired a commercial on Cox cable.
" I am senior here at Roger Williams University. I plan on graduating this spring with a major in Global Communications, a minor in Film, and a core concentration in International Studies. I grew up in Topsfield, MA, which is twenty minutes north of Boston. During my three exceptional years in Rhode Island I have managed to engage in activities outside of academics. I have been a student athlete swimmer for all four years of my academic career. This last year I was fortunate enough to be named captain for the 2012-2013 season. I have also worked in the past with the on campus radio station and the housing department. My academic career on campus keeps rewarding me with the knowledge that I need and want to learn.
"When I am not occupied with my academic schedule, I enjoy a many of hobbies and interests. One aspect of my life that remains constant and thrilling is music. I have a continually expanding library of music from around the world. I have music from all over the world and I love having a wide variety. I love artists that smash a genre to make it their own. I have a slight bias towards the electronic genre of music because there is so many new sounds coming from that area. I am also extremely entranced within the film industry. Ever since I was wearing out the VHS’s in my living room as youngster, I have held a special place for film. I enjoy the artistic license given with each title, creating a different story every time. I am interested in directors such as Quentin Tarantino, Darren Aronofsky, and Robert Rodriguez. I look forward to the curation of what will be the most successful Roving Eye Film Festival yet."
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.
Graphic Designers for Roving Eye: Years 2011 & 2012
Christopher Capozzi is from Wenham, 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.
Our Collaborative Partners:
The 2013 Roving Eye International Film Festival is sponsored by The RI Film & the Television Office; Flickers; the Edwin S. Soforenko Foundation; the Helene and Bertram Bernhardt Foundation; Roger Williams University Office of the Provost; the Office of the Dean of Arts and Sciences; the Department of Communications; Hillel; and the Spiritual Life Program.