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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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• Winners Announced

 

• "Andre Dubus" Advance Screening

 

• 2006 Festival Information

 


APRIL 18TH

WESTERLY PUBLIC LIBRARY, 44 BROAD STREET, WESTERLY
(401) 596-2877

 

calvin7:00 pm “Calvin’s World” (14 mins)
Directed by Lauren Kinsler & Judi Stroh, USA
Everyone has family. For most of us, we would not change a thing, but sometimes they are too hard to deal with and we would do anything to change the past, or even better, the people. Calvin Graves is 8-years-old. He likes to play soccer, watch cartoons, and can dance like a penguin. He is also the only one in his entire family that can hear. Find out how he belongs with his family and how much they belong to him.

 

“Dave Holland: A Short Documentary” (22 mins)
Directed Ulli Gruber, USA

Dave Holland is one of the world’s leading acoustic bass players. His career spans more than three decades. It was Miles Davis who discovered the young Englishman in 1967. This documentary gives insight to the musician’s life and approach towards his work. Dave Holland won the Grammy Award (2002) for Best Performing Big Band.

 

“Sustainable Table” (52 mins)
Directed by Mischa Hedges, USA
Over nine months, Mischa Hedges and Digital Sense Productions traveled the west coast to learn more about our food system. During production, he found that the standard methods of producing food do not take the environmental or human health costs into consideration. Sustainable Table is a feature documentary that takes an unadulterated look into the food you eat. What’s on your plate? Where does it come from? What effects does it have on the environment and your body? What can you do to help?

 

This program is free to the general public. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

 

APRIL 19TH
COLUMBUS THEATER ARTS CENTER, 270 BROADWAY, PROVIDENCE
(401) 621-9660

 

andre7:00 pm “Andre Dubus” (90 mins.)
Directed by Edward J. Delaney, USA

A Special Preview Screening

Author and teacher, Andre Dubus’s life was marked by tragedies leading him to many years of fear for his loved ones' safety. He carried personal firearms to protect himself and those around him until a night he almost shot a man in a drunken argument. That was when he decided to stop arming himself and to take a less defensive, perhaps hostile and paranoid, view of life. Dubus experienced a personal tragedy when he was seriously injured in a highway accident trying to help some people who had just been in an accident. Even under these difficult physical, psychological, and emotional difficulties, Dubus continued to write. Since his death, his stories have been adapted into the movies, “In the Bedroom” and "We Don't Live Here Anymore". Filmmaker Ted Delaney sets about the country interviewing the close friends and family of Dubus, examining how Dubus’s life and art were interwoven.

 

The Director, Edward J “Ted” Delaney, will be in attendance.

 

Cost: $10 donation; students with a valid ID, $8.00

 

APRIL 23rd
UNIVERSITY OF RHODE ISLAND FEINSTEIN CAMPUS, 80 WASHINGTON ST, PROVIDENCE
(401 277-5264

 

7:00 pm “Ordinary Lives” (33 mins.)
Directed by Sheetal Agarwal, HONG KONG/MUMBAI
A documentary set in a slum in Mumbai, with the lives of a family of ten living in a 180 square feet shack at its center. The documentary attempts to highlight the social, cultural, infrastructure and political issues that affect the lives of ordinary people in Mumbai and their juxtaposition with the efforts to make Mumbai a modern city.

 

“…More Than 1,000 Words” (78 mins)
Directed by Solo Avital, ISRAEL
Ziv Koren’s photographs are instantly recognizable icons that have helped shape our perception of the conflict in the Middle East. Director Solo Avital followed Ziv over a two-year period, shooting in the heart of riots, terror attack scenes, secret meetings with wanted militants, all the way to Israel’s pullout from Gaza. It is a movie about a man’s struggle with a history in which he is involved, and the place he finds for himself in it. Like Ziv, it seeks the universal though the most personal; it asks how and why this man gets up in the morning to leave his wife and daughter for a war zone. As the cycle of destruction and creation turns, Ziv’s place in it comes into focus. As the video snaps into still, we feel what it is to snatch an image from the rush of experience.

 

This program is free to the general public. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

 

APRIL 24th
ROGER WILLIAMS UNIVERSITY, ONE OLD FERRY ROAD, BRISTOL

FEINSTEIN COLLEGE OF ARTS & SCIENCES, RM. 157
(401) 253-1040

 

7:00 pm “Nalini by Day, Nancy by Night” (27 mins.)
Directed by Sonali Gulati, USA/INDIA
Nalini by Day, Nancy by Night is a documentary on outsourcing of American jobs to India.
Told from the perspective of an Indian living in the U.S., the film journeys into India’s call centers, where telemarketers acquire American names and accents to service the telephone-support industry of the U.S. The film incorporates animation, live action, and archival footage to explore the complexities of globalization, capitalism, and identity.

 

“Whose is this Song?” (70 mins)
Directed by Adela Peeva, BULGARIA/BALKANS
A song plays in a restaurant where the filmmaker, herself Bulgarian, is having dinner with a Greek, a Serb, a Turk and a Macedonian. They all know the words and sing along - in their own language. Whose song is it? The filmmaker is convinced it’s a Bulgarian song. The incident sets her off on a humorous, offbeat journey through the Balkans to unearth the origins of the haunting melody. The song itself was transformed as it moved through the Balkans, from love song to military march to religious hymn to revolutionary anthem. Each group claims the song as its own, insisting that only they could have composed such a beautiful piece. Through the twists and turns of the filmmaker’s quest, the Balkan Peninsula reveals its diversity and the wealth of its traditions.

 

This program is free to the general public. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

 

APRIL 25th
WESTERLY PUBLIC LIBRARY, 44 BROAD STREET, WESTERLY
(401) 596-2877

 

secret7:00 pm “Secret City” (90 mins)
Directed By Keith McDaniel, USA
The story of Oak Ridge, Tennessee, is one of courage, patriotism and ingenuity. Since its beginnings in the early 1940s, Oak Ridge has played a role in some of the most significant events in US history. From the atomic bomb to medical radioisotopes to the war on terror, Oak Ridge is truly one of the country’s most valuable resources whose history is as unique as the people who live there.

 

This program is free to the general public. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

 

APRIL 26th
ROGER WILLIAMS UNIVERSITY, ONE OLD FERRY RD, BRISTOL

FEINSTEIN COLLEGE OF ARTS & SCIENCES, RM. 157
(401) 253-1040

 

4:00 pm “That Paradise Will Be Mine” (50 mins)
Directed by Merel Beernink, NETHERLANDS
A frank portrayal of what it means to be a Dutch Muslim, this eye-opening film follows the lives of three women dealing with the consequences of their choice to convert to Islam. Issues of marriage and relationship loom large for all three women. Astrid, is living with her parents and looking for a husband. Inge is considering a move to Cairo to marry her Egyptian fiancé. Rabia is married to a Muslim man and struggling with matters such as polygamy and homosexuality. Capturing these women’s struggle to reconcile the expectations of their families and friends with the demands of their new conviction, Beernink’s intimate portraits offer fascinating insight into to why it is so difficult for those brought up in Western culture to choose a different kind of life.

 

This program is free to the general public. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

 

May 2nd
THE MET SCHOOL, 365 PUBLIC STREET, PROVIDENCE
(401) 752-2600

1:00 pm “Crapshoot”
Directed by Jeff McKay, USA, Sundance Channel
Filmmaker Jeff McKay takes viewers on an eye-opening journey around the world to explore different approaches to sewage, starting at the 2,500 year old Cloaca Maxima in Rome, where the modern concept of sewers began. Filmed in Italy, India, Sweden, the United States and Canada, this bold documentary questions whether the sewer is alleviating or compounding our waste problem. While scientists warn of links between sewage practices and potential health risks, our fundamental attitudes toward waste are being challenged by activists, engineers, and concerned citizens alike. Does our need to dispose of waste take precedence over public health and safety? What are the alternatives?

 

2:30 pm Panel Discussion: Save The Bay

 

This program is free to the general public. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis

 

 

 

For more information about films, dates, and venues for the Roving Eye Documentary Film Festival™, please call 401-861-4445, email adams@film-festival.org

 


Parking for the festival will be in the RWU faculty lot. Take either 114 South or 136 South through Bristol and past the RWU campus. At the south end of the campus (the last stoplight before the Mount Hope Bridge), take a left onto Old Ferry Road. Take the first left into the faculty lot. Gates will be open. Entrance to the festival is on the west (parking lot)end of Feinstein College of Arts and Sciences. Proceed to the foyer at the center of the building, turn right and proceed into lecture hall area to CAS157 on the right.