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RIIFF ANNOUNCES “ROVING EYE”
DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL

 

Third annual event to take place over a one-month period at locations throughout the State of Rhode Island


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• Winners Announced

 

• "Beyond the Call" First Look Screening

 

• Download the 2008 Poster

 

• 2008 News ReleasePress Photos to Download

 

• 2007 Festival Information

 

Earth Day at Bryant University

 


WEDNESDAY, APRIL 2ND, 2008

4:00 pm – Roger Williams University, CAS157
One Old Ferry Road, Bristol; (401) 253-1040

 

genghisGENGHIS BLUES
Directed by Roko Belic; USA/Mongolia (90 mins)
“Genghis Blues” tells the story of a Cape-Verdean American musician who journeys to Tannu Tuva, an obscure republic wedged between Mongolia and Siberia. There, nomadic people use unique vocal harmonies from deep within the throat to sing more than one note simultaneously.

 

As a bluesman, Paul Pena has devoted his life to music, having played with such greats as B. B. King and Bonnie Raitt. In the late 1980s, a recently widowed Pena stumbled across the sound of throat singing over a Radio Moscow shortwave program. Pena spent the next nine years perfecting the rare art form until, by chance, he was invited to the 1995 throat-singing symposium in Kyzyl. With support from the "Friends of Tuva," Pena makes the arduous journey to participate in the week-long, national throat singing competition.

 

In the deep, rumbling kargyraa style, Pena gives inspired vocal performances, composes songs in Tuvan, and washes his face in sacred rivers with his newfound friends. Academy Award Nominee and Winner of the Sundance Film Festival’s Audience Award, this is the story of a man whose struggle in life is not defined by limitations, but by an unquenchable curiosity and love of music.

 

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

See below about parking information.

 

SATURDAY, APRIL 5TH, 2008

3:00 pm Bryant University, Janikie Auditorium
150 Douglas Pike, Smithfield; (401) 232-6000

 

shanghaiGhuangzhou Documentary Film Festival presents:
SHANGHAI QUEST
Directed by Kim Taylor; China (79 mins)
With the American Dream stood on its head, “Shanghai Quest” follows the aspirations of three individuals:  Tom, an English e-entrepreneur; Benji, a Mormon from Utah who sings Canto-pop; and Casey, a nightclub and rave-party organizer from LA, as they bump and grind their way to the top in Shanghai.  The Paris of the Orient in the 20s and 30s, Shanghai is now the New York of the Far East.  These three Westerners abandon their respective lands of opportunity to try and "make it" in China.  The film provides an open view of contemporary urban China and the astonishing rate at which the city has undergone a "lifestyle revolution" since the economic reforms of 1992.  “Shanghai Quest” takes a look at the transformed, modern Chinese economy from the inside, through the unique love-hate relationship of three outsiders with this scintillating city.  If they can make it there, they'll make it anywhere...

 

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

 

SUNDAY, APRIL 6TH, 2008

2:00 pm  - Providence Public Library
150 Empire Street, Providence; (401) 455-8000

 

indes.INDESTRUCTIBLE
Directed by Ben Byer; USA (117 mins)
After being diagnosed with a fatal neurodegenerative disease, single father and filmmaker Ben Byer begins to document his life on camera. What begins as a series of video diaries grows into an epic journey spanning three years and six countries. From a monastery high atop the mountains of Northwest China to the Wailing Wall of Jerusalem, he scours the globe looking for answers - and a cure.  A cinematic adventure filled with extraordinary characters, breathtaking landscapes and abundant humor, Indestructible is beautifully shot by Academy Award™ nominee Roko Belic (Genghis Blues, Beyond the Call).  In his first feature film, Byer ignites the screen with a visually stunning global quest to survive.

 

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

 

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 9TH, 2008

4:00 pmRoger Williams University, CAS157
One Old Ferry Road, Bristol; (401) 253-1040

 

Ghuangzhou Documentary Film Festival presents:
SHANGHAI QUEST
(Please see SAT 4/5 for a film description)

 

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

 

FRIDAY, APRIL 11TH, 2008

8:00 pmColumbus Theater Arts Center Cinematheque
270 Broadway, Providence; (401) 621-9660

 

beyondRIIFF08 Sneak Peek First Look:
BEYOND THE CALL
Directed by Adrian Belic; USA (88 mins)

Ed Artis, James Laws and Walt Ratterman are three middle-aged men whose idea of adventure is taking desperately needed food and medicine to communities devastated by natural disasters and plagued by war. In 1995, they formed Knightsbridge International, a unique humanitarian aid organization, whose motto is 'High Adventure and Service to Humanity.' Artis explains: 'We're not there to change anybody's politics, we're not in the God business, and we pay our own way.' As Laws tells it simply, “We do what we can, when we can, because we can.” These former soldiers and modern day knights travel the world delivering life saving humanitarian aid directly into the hands of civilians in some of the most dangerous yet beautiful places on Earth. Winner of thirty awards, this “Mother Teresa meets Indiana Jones” adventure has screened at over eighty film festivals on five continents.


$10 admission; $8 for members

 

To order advance tickets, please click here.

 

THURSDAY, APRIL 17TH, 2008

7:00 pmClark Memorial Library
7 Pinehurst Drive, Carolina; (401) 364-6100

 

GENGHIS BLUES
(Please see WEDS 4/2 for a film description)

 

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

 

SATURDAY, APRIL 19TH, 2008

5:00 pm Warwick Art Museum
3259 Post Road Apponaug Village, Warwick; (401) 737-0010

 

GLIMPSES OF HEAVEN
GaryDirected by Michael Oved Dayan; Canada (67 mins)
As a small child, Peter Gary lay helpless while Nazis murdered his mother. Left to die in a desolate forest with only a handful of other survivors, Gary narrowly escaped his own extermination on Christmas Eve in 1941.  During the Japanese invasion of China, Wayne Ngan fled to Canada at the age of 13. Unable to speak the language and exposed to snow for the first time, Ngan lived with alcoholic grandparents who mirrored the environment's icy welcome.  George Littlechild was separated from his family as a baby when the Canadian government determined that indigenous people were incapable of providing for themselves. As a result, his youth is marked by painful memories of physical and mental abuse at the hands of white foster families assigned to care for him.  Michael Oved Dayan's award winning, directorial debut is starkly shot and told directly from the source, weaving three profoundly personal journeys into one intimate narrative of survival. Glimpses of Heaven chronicles the heroic journey from past suffering to create beauty and harmony in the present.

 

An Excerpt from "Glimpses of Heaven"

This is a film about three of the freest men I have ever met. Each is an acclaimed artist. Each has endured the pains of terrors beyond the most vivid fantasies of any horror writer.

 

Yet each of these men has dedicated his life to the pursuit of beauty and the urge to voice his existence through artistic expression. Each of these men could have easily succumbed to childhood terrors, but each endured with a resolve to transform his suffering into joy. And in doing so, each has come to live daily moments of profound freedom. There is something about the ability to trust in the forces of life, to open oneself to belief in magic, and to remain relentlessly optimistic despite whatever horrors may lurk.

 

musicI spent a good chunk of my life in school. Toward the end of my PhD I decided to sit down and think hard about the lessons I've learned and my greatest teachers. Of course some of these lessons were learned within a classroom, in a professor's office, or over a beer with my colleagues; as I reflected I noticed that a good deal of these were also learned from my teachers outside of the classroom. I've been blessed to know some incredibly creative, optimistic, and passionate individuals and I wanted to understand how some of them tick.

 

Ever since I can remember, I've had a film or a video camera in my hands. It was a long-time dream for me to make a film. While wrapping up my PhD in Communications I realized that my background and studies had equipped me to make a documentary film. My main question was "how is the creative spirit nourished and what are the creative uses of privacy?" I chose some of my greatest teachers in the domain of creativity and I set out to make the film.

 

Glimpses of Heaven is a feature-length documentary film that explores the power of the human spirit when moved by moxie, courage, and compassion. The film explores interrelationships between nature, spirituality, creativity, and imagination. It provides an intimate weaving of three profoundly personal journeys, in which unconscious gorges of pain-filled childhoods are opened to reveal sparks of creativity. The message of the film is ultimately that openness to the mystery of living enables the miraculous to take form.

 

As a small child, Peter Gary lay helpless while his mother took the brunt of Nazi machine gun fire meant for both of them. Left to die in a desolate forest with only a handful of other survivors, Gary narrowly escaped his own extermination on a frigid Christmas Eve in 1941.

 

George Littlechild, a Cree, was separated from his family as a baby simply because the Canadian government determined that indigenous people were incapable of providing for themselves. As a result, Littlechild's youth is marked by painful memories of brutal physical and mental abuse, perpetrated by the very white foster families that were assigned to care for him.

 

"Rated: 5 Stars - a testament to hope and the resilience of the human spirit. Highly Recommended."
-Rebecca Howes, Independent Rising Magazine


"will strengthen your hope in the survivability of the decent."
-George Szanto, McGill University


"educational and artistically satisfying"
-Bill Rankin, Edmonton Journal

Suggested donation of $10.

 

SATURDAY, APRIL 22ND, 2008

6:30 pm Bryant University, Bello Grand Hall
150 Douglas Pike, Smithfield; (401) 232-6000

 

liveGhuangzhou Documentary Film Festival presents:
LIVE IN DILEMMA
Directed by Jin Huaqing; China (26 mins)
There is a small town that has a twenty-year history of dismantling and decomposing metal scraps.  More than 50,000 migrant workers are the driving force of the industry.  They make money that would otherwise be impossible to realize during their lifetime in their hometown; but the hazardous work has taken a heavy toll from them.

 

“Live in Dilemma” will be shown with the feature-length fictional narrative “Still Life” by Jia Zhangke (China, winner of the Grand Prize at the 2006 Venice Film Festival).

 

The screening will be preceded by an afternoon symposium Earth Day 2008 at Bryant: China and the Environment.  Presented by The U.S.-China Institute, The Confucius Institute, and The Department of Science and Technology of Bryant University.  For more information or to reserve a place at the symposium, please R.S.V.P. via email at china@bryant.edu by April 17.

 

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 23RD, 2008

6:30 pm – Westerly Public Library
44 Broad Street, Westerly; (401) 596-2877

 

GENGHIS BLUES
(Please see WED 4/2 for a film description)

 

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

 

SATURDAY, APRIL 26TH, 2008

3:00 pmBryant University, Janikie Auditorium
150 Douglas Pike, Smithfield; (401) 232-6000

 

Ghuangzhou Documentary Film Festival presents:
ladyLADY CONFUCIUS
Directed by Zhao Liang; China (45 mins)
The family tomb of Confucius is one of the oldest in the China.  Nestled in tranquil surroundings lie the bodies of the man regarded by the Chinese as the "Greatest Sage" and his male descendants.  But, the peace of this sacred resting place is about to be broken by Confucius’ 76th generation daughter, Kong Linghe, fighting for her place in a cemetery that only accepts the male descendants of Confucius and their wives.  Her quest has set an 84-year-old woman against the centuries-old traditions of China’s most important family.

 

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

 

SATURDAY, APRIL 26TH, 2008

7:00 pmWarwick Art Museum
3259 Post Road Apponaug Village, Warwick; (401) 737-0010

 

housePreview screening and discussion:
OLD HOUSE SOUL
Directed by Don Manley and Michel Schtakleff, USA (7 mins)
Don Manley and Michel Schtakleff will present a seven minute video clip of their documentary entitled “Old House Soul”.  They are researching the local history of architectural preservation with a focus on preservation architect Steve Tyson. Tyson and his firm, Architectural Preservation Group, have been fixtures of the Apponaug community for decades.  Steve’s work in Apponaug includes the Harrison house on Post Road south, the Caleb Gorton House on Greenwich Avenue, his shop on Meadow Street, and the Arnold house previously located near the Four Corners, which he saved from demolition by moving it to Buttonwoods.  He was also involved in the formation of the Apponaug Historic District and on Warwick’s Historic District Commission. After screening the trailer, Don and Michel, will welcome the audience’s input related to historic architectural preservation.  Audience commentary may be included in the final version of the film.

 

Additionally Don will speak of his experience moving an 1840s  house from Scituate
to its current location in Foster. He also relocated the 19th century Bennett barn 
to the same property. The presentation is accompanied by a slide and video show.

 

$5 Suggested Admission (additional donations accepted).  All proceeds to benefit
the Old House Soul Film Project.

 

Seating limited & reservations required: Call George Shuster or Stephanie Van Patten to reserve your place, 737-1278.

 

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 30TH, 2008

6:30 pmWesterly Public Library
44 Broad Street, Westerly; (401) 596-2877

 

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RIIFF08 Sneak Peek:
ESCAPE FROM LUANDA
Directed by Phil Grabsky; UK/Africa (72 mins)
In the first and only school of its kind, within one of the world’s poorest and most dangerous places, three music students practice for a year-end concert. The Music School in Angola is home to some eighty students, most of whom are desperately poor. Many face disapproval and outright rejection from families who do not understand. A future in music seems impossible within a country ravaged by twenty-seven years of civil war.

 

But Joanna believes that “art is life!” She and the other students know this only too well. Music seems to be the only reason to move forward from heartbreaking memories and emotional trauma. To each of the students, music seems to offer a new life, a hope for the future, and a reason to dream.

 

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

 


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. Take the first right into the parking lot.

 

From Newport: Take 114N over the Mount Hope Bridge and take the first right off the bridge onto Old Ferry Road. Take the first right into the parking lot.

 

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.

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