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20th ANNIVERSARY SEASON

October 19-27, 2019

Celebrating the Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Horror Genres

 

• Read the News Release Announcement: click here

Read the HP Lovecraft Walking Tour Release: click here

• Read the Awards News Announcement: click here

 

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PLEASE NOTE: THE MAJORITY OF OUR FILMS ARE INTENDED FOR MATURE AUDIENCES. UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED, CHILDREN UNDER 14 WILL NOT BE ADMITTED WITHOUT AN ADULT. PARENTAL DISCRETION IS ADVISED.

 

THE SPECIAL KIDSEYE SCREENINGS DURING THE FESTIVAL FEATURE AGE APPROPRIATE MATERIALS AND WILL BE RATED EITHER G OR PG.

This year’s Vortex programming is sponsored by the Flickers' Rhode Island International Film Festival Rhode Island Film & Television Office, The Providence Tourism Council, ACT/Providence, Cox Media, WLNE ABC6, Eurochannel, RISCA, Brown University Film Forum (BUFF), WSBE RI PBS, Providence College, Johnson and Wales University, Acoustic Java, Narragansett Brewing Company, the Rooftop at the Providence G, the RI Historical Society, the RWU School of Humanities, Arts and Education, RWU Department of Communication, Graphic Design and Web Development, THE RWU HAWK'S HERALD, The RWU Inter-Residence Hall Association (IRHA) and the RWU American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA).


FAST INFO LINKS

2019 Fest:

 

H.P. Lovecraft Walking Tour

Order Tickets for 10/19, 10/20, 10/26 & 10/27

 

 

Day-by-Day

Programming

Film & Event listings and to order tickets, click here

 

ZONE.COM

Downloadable Calendar Listing

with Film & Events

 

Film Descriptions

For an alpha list of films screening during Vortex

 

 

How to Festival

Quick rules of the road to navigate the Vortex Festival, click here

Downloads

Film Images and the

2019 Vortex Poster

 

Vortex 2019 Award Winners

See the full list of winners for this year's Vortex Festival,

click here

 

 

Behind the Camera Lens

1, 2 & 3

Forum at RWU, 10/22/19 at 2:00 p.m.

Forum at RWU, 10/22/19 at 3:30 p.m.

Forum at JWU, 10/24/19 at 2:00 p.m.

 

Behind the Camera Lens

4 &5

Forum at RWU, 10/25/19 at 2:00 p.m.

Forum at RWU, 10/25/19 at 3:30 p.m.

 

College Directions:

• Roger Wiliams University, Bristol

 

• Providence College, Providence

• Johnson and Wales University, Providence

 


THE 2019 FESTIVAL:

FLICKERS’ VORTEX SCI-FI, FANTASY, AND HORROR FILM FESTIVAL LAUNCHES ITS 20th GENRE-FILLED YEAR

65 Films, 15 Countries, 9 Running Days, 11 World/North American Premieres, 19 Statewide Locations, Free High School and Library Screenings, Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Animation Programming, doubleFEATURE showcase on RI PBS, Special Free Screening of F.W. Murnau’s “Nosferatu” with Live Musical Accompaniment, Expanded College Connection Screenings, and the Popular H.P. Lovecraft Walking Tour Times Four

 

A phantasmagoric symphony of international films blasts its way across the big screen as the Flickers’ Rhode Island International Film Festival launches its 20th Annual Flickers’ Vortex Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and Horror Film Festival (VORTEX), October 19-27th. In addition to its traditional spooky film fare, Vortex will showcase a wide-array of Sci-Fi and Fantasy cinema. Highlights at this year's Festival include a return of its popular “H.P. Lovecraft Walking Tour” over a five-day period presented in collaboration with the RI Historical Society and the Brown University Film Forum (BUFF), a Free Screening of the silent classic, “Nosferatu” with live accompaniment, free inschool programs, an expanded Campus Connections series that brings free Festival programming to area Colleges and Universities, five free Forums that look behind-the-scenes at creating genre films in the Ocean State, special programming in the RI PBS series, “doubleFEATURE,” and the “Gods & Goddesses” Halloween Wrap Party at the Rooftop at the Providence G

 

The 2019 festival will include screenings in Providence at the new Acoustic Java Café & Microcinema, Providence College, Johnson and Wales University at two locations, Brown University, Roger Williams University in Bristol, RI, the Rhode Island Historical Society, the Museum of Work and Culture in Woonsocket, RI, the Tiverton Public Library, the North Kingstown Free Public Library, the Warwick Public Library, Lincoln Public Library, West Warwick Public Library, North Scituate Public Library, Greenville Public Library, and the Rooftop of the Providence G. A special episode of the Flickers’ series “doubleFEATURE” will air on RI PBS.

 

Special screenings, not open to the general public, will take place at the Beacon Charter School in Woonsocket, Westerly High School, and the Jacqueline M. Walsh School for the Performing Arts in
Pawtucket.


"We have a wonderfully diverse list of entries and events for this year's festival. Everything from traditional horror and horror comedy to thought provoking science fiction and animation. This year also marks the return of a staple from the first year’s Festival – a silent film with live accompaniment. The original score by the David Tessier Band to F. W. Murnau’s “Nosferatu,” will be long remembered from this year’s Vortex.


“And, thanks to underwriting by our sponsors, this will be a free event for the general public.

“Plus, we have some great panelists and a very fun closing night party. We truly have something for everyone," noted Shawn Drywa, Vortex Program Director.


The Flickers’ Vortex Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and Horror Film Festival celebrates and showcases imagination and creativity in filmmaking and will include a bevy of World and U.S. Premieres. In all, 65 films have been selected from over 3,000 genre submissions. They represent 15 countries including the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, Germany, China, Spain, France, Croatia, Switzerland, Portugal, Austria, and the United States. Many of the filmmakers will be in attendance, so audience members will have a chance to meet, ask questions, and even network with the next generation of genre filmmakers.


All events are free to the general public except the HP Lovecraft Walking Tour, screenings at the Museum of Work and Culture, and special programming on Friday, Saturday and Sunday (October 25-27). General Admission for paid screenings is $10.00 per person.

 

Festival 5-packs available at $40 (good year round and at any RIIFF film event) can be purchased
online: http://www.film-festival.org/FivePack17.php.

 

Group Discounts can be arranged by calling the Festival office at 401/861.4445.

 

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Three Special Highlights for 2019

 

Saturday, October 19th

Sunday, October 20th

Saturday, October 26th

Sunday, October 27th

Saturday, November 2nd

 

12:00 P.M.

H.P. LOVECRAFT: WALKING TOUR & FILM SCREENING

This year, the popular annual H.P. Lovecraft Walking Tour hosted in collaboration with the RI Historical Society will be held on five dates: October 19, 20, 26, 27th and November 2nd all at 12:00 NOON.

 

The life and work of Providence's best-known fantasy and horror author, Howard Phillips Lovecraft, provide the backdrop for this walking tour. Acknowledged genius of occult and horror fiction, Lovecraft's Providence Stories (written between 1924 and 1935) provide the basis for this walk. Lovecraft wrote eloquently, and in great detail, about such landmarks as Prospect Terrace, the First Baptist Church, and the historic homes of Benefit Street. See the site of his former home, as well as the sights mentioned in The Case of Charles Dexter Ward, The Haunter of the Dark, The Shunned House, and The Call of Cthulhu. Lovecraft's own words offer a most amazing literary, historical, and architectural walking tour.

 

The tour will depart on both days from the John Brown House at 52 Power Street, Providence and lasts 90 minutes.

 

LOVECRAFT-INSPIRED FILM SCREENINGS

The H.P. Lovecraft Walking Tour concludes with a screening of a short film collection inspired by H.P. Lovecraft. This presentation is at Frieman Hall on the Campus of Brown University in Providence, RI at 2:00 p.m. thanks to a partnershop with the Brown University Film Forum (BUFF).

THE WHO, WHAT AND WHEN OF IT:

Location: John Brown House, 52 Power Street, Providence, RI

Time: The tour will take place this year on two days at 12:00 Noon:

Cost: $22.00; Bring your eTicket with you to the Tour and Screening

Eventbrite - H. P. Lovecraft Walking Tour & Film Screening 

 

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Thursday, October 24th

 

LOCATION:

WSBE - RI PBS

Broadcast: Channel 36

CoxCox 08 / 1008HD

Verizon FiOS (RI) 08 / 508HD / (MA) 18 / 518 HD

Full Channel 08 Comcast in Southern MA *Various / 819 HD

DirecTV 36 | DISH Network 36

 

8:00 P.M.

doubleFEATURE

60 min. weekly series, television magazine “doubleFEATURE,” a showcase for the art of film and the artists who create them.

 

Each week, “doubleFEATURE” presents award-winning short films that have premiered at the Flickers' Rhode Island International Film Festival over the past 20 years. Ranked as one of the top 10 Festivals in the United States, RIIFF is also a qualifying festival for the Live Action, Documentary and Animation Short Film Academy Awards through its affiliation with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. It is also a BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) and Canadian Screen Awards (Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television)-qualifying Festival. There are only 6 film festivals worldwide that share this distinction.

 

Steven Feinberg, Executive Director of the RI Film and Television, and an accomplished writer/director, will introduce audiences to the filmmakers those who work behind the camera lens through incisive and revealing interviews.

 

“doubleFEATURE” promises a voyage of discovery where viewers learn about the talented artists from Rhode Island and beyond who work in the industry or aspire to create their career. From seasoned professionals, college and high school students, to those whose passion and creativity are their drivers, “doubleFEATURE” shines a spotlight. Writers, directors, producers, cinematographers, talent, costume, set and sound designers, gaffers, grips and production assistants share their inspiration.

 

Showtime: Each Friday on RI PBS, WSBE-36 at 8:00 p.m. with a repeat broadcast on the following Thursday night at 10:00 p.m.

 

Credits: A Flickers Production in collaboration with the RI Film and Television Office and RI PBS. George T. Marshall, Executive Producer; Steven Feinberg, and Shawn Quirk, Producers.

 

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Friday, October 25th

 

SPECIAL EVENT PRESENTATION & SCREENING OF F.W. MURNAU’S “NOSFERTAU”
Featuring Live Accompaniment and an Original Score by the Dave Tessier Band.


ABOUT THE FILM: An unauthorized adaptation of Bram Stoker's Dracula, Nosferatu is the quintessential silent vampire film, crafted by legendary German director F. W. Murnau (Sunrise, Faust, The Last Laugh).


Rather than depicting Dracula as a shape-shifting monster or debonair gentleman, Murnau's Graf Orlok (as portrayed by Max Schreck) is a nightmarish, spidery creature of bulbous head and taloned claws -- perhaps the most genuinely disturbing incarnation of vampirism yet envisioned. Nosferatu was an atypical expressionist film in that much of it was shot on location. While directors such as Lang and Lubitsch built vast forests and entire towns within the studio, Nosferatu's landscapes, villages and castle were actual locations in the Carpathian mountains. Murnau was thus able to infuse the story with the subtle tones of nature: both pure and fresh as well as twisted and sinister.


ABOUT THE MUSIC: David Tessier is a critically acclaimed actor/composer from RI, active in the RI arts community for the last 3 decades. He is the Music Director for King Richard’s Faire and is the founder & leader of the “All-Star Band of All-Star Stars,” a musical collective created to perform pieces and works from Jesus Christ Superstar to the Monkees. featuring Jon Brennan (vocals/keys), Paul Sousa (bass), Nate Goncalo (drums/vocals) and Justin Grankewicz (vocals/percussion). David is a recording artist for the 75orless label with whom he has released “The Taurus EP” (2011) and “Dreams In Hyperspace EP” (2018).


Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Johnson and Wales University, 261 Pine Street, Providence, RI 02903
Schneider Auditorium (Xavier Complex)
THIS IS A FREE EVENT & OPEN TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC

 

 

 

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You Can Also Buy your Tickets in Advance with a

RIIFF Festival Five Pack

$40.00 (a $50 value)
tktGood year-round at all RIIFF events except for special openings. Five tickets for the price of four. Can be used during the Main RIIFF in August; the annual Vortex Festival in October, plus any special year-round film series we sponsor.

 

RIIFF Festival Five Packs Make Great Gifts!

Order Today for only $40

 

2019 - Flickers' Rhode Island International Film Festival®. All Rights Reserved.

 

Eventbrite - RIIFF Festival Five Pack


 

 

All proceeds generated by the Flickers' VORTEX Sci-Fi, Fantasy & Horror Film Festival will be dedicated to the FLICKERS' SCHOLARSHIP FUNDS. These include the Drwya-Feinberg Scholarship, the Winifred Brownell Scholarship, the Viola M. and Joseph Marshall Scholarship and the Patricia Neal Scholarship Fund that is designed to help area college students pursue studies in the film arts. Since RIIFF is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization, you can rest assured that your money will be re-invested back into the community.

Now celebrating its
38th Anniversary, Flickers, the producers/creator of the
Rhode Island International Film Festival, showcases the artistic efforts of filmmakers and encourages new talent while providing the visibility necessary to launch careers in the industry.

For more information, write RIIFF, P.O. Box 162, Newport, RI 02840. Telephone: 401-861-4445. E-mail: info@film-festival.org.
Our offices are located at 83 Park Street, Suite
5, Providence, RI 02903.

• The RI Horror Fest has been listed among the "Top Horror Fests in the Country"

in the January 2006 Rue Morgue Magazine


SOME OF THE THEATERS/EVENT LOCATIONS WE USE:

 

Johnson and Wales University

Schneider Auditorium

261Pine Street
Providence, RI 02903

Link:

 

museum

Museum of Work & Culture

42 S. Main Street, Woonsocket, RI 02895

401.769.9675

100 capacity, www.rihs.org

Map It:

 

guzman

Providence College

Guzman Hall, 250 (Screening Room)

West campus, adjacent to Huxley Avenue and Accino Hall

Providence, RI 02908

401.865.2327

www.providence.edudetails

Map It:

 

RWU

Roger Williams University

One Old Ferry Road, Bristol, RI 02809

401.455.8000

100 capacity, www.rwu.edu

Map It:

 

tiverton

Tiverton Public Library

34 Roosevelt Avenue, Tiverton, RI

401.625.6796

75 capacity, www.tivertonlibrary.org

Map It:

 

warwick

Warwick Public Library

600 Sandy Lane

Warwick, RI 02889

401.739.5440

www.warwicklibrary.org

 

More can be found on the Vortex schedule...


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.

 

Guests should enter through the main entrance at the fountain. they will be able to obtain a guest parking pass. Lot 24a will be blocked off for guests of the festival. Proceed through the main entrance through to the lot 24a on left. This event will take place in the Global Heritage Hall, Room 01 (ground floor, Atrium).

 

• Click here for a downloadable map of the campus and available parking.

 

 

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Sponsors for 2019:

 

RIFilmcox

PTCWSBE

ProvGnarragansett

AJCM

ProvC

The Department of Theatre, Dance, and Film at Providence College.

RWU

JWU

Johnson & Wales College of

Arts & Sciences

 

euroRISCA

 

diabol

 

 

©2019 Rhode Island International Film Festival®. All Rights Reserved.

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