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William Smyth,

Erik Latek, Nickolas Palermo,

George T. Marshall, Shawn Quirk, J. Scott Oberacker &

Duncan Putney


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Next Camp Dates: July 11-15, 2016


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KidsEye™Celebrates 18 Years of Creativity

KidsEye™ is an intensive and fun five-day summer camp held at the University or Rhode Island that exposes young people to the basic elements of the filmmaking process, culminating in a premiere screening of their finished work.

"Well, my dream is to be a director, which hopefully I will accomplish one day and

I’ve always loved working with movies. I just want to be in show business when I grow up.”
-- James, a 13 year old filmmaker from Cranston.

“It’s a good experience because kids like to do this and there’s a place where

they can come to hang out and do what they love most, making movies and stuff.”
-- Taylor, a 13 year old cinematographer from Harrisville

The Next Summer Filmaking Camp Dates: July 11-15, 2016
Our Location: Kingston, RI
2016 Cost: $395 


Eventbrite - KidsEye™ Summer Filmmaking Camp 2016 



About the 2016 Summer Camp

2016 Application Form download here

Learn about Scholarship Opportunities

Learn about Summer Educational Programs in Rhode Island

• 2016 Program now available to participants

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The KidsEye Back Story Archives


• Brown Student Radio Interview with KidsEye staff and participants

• Spoiler Alert Radio Interview - KidsEye Premiere 2007

• ABC clip from the 2005 KidsEye™ Premiere 

What is the KidsEye Camp?

KidsEye™ is a fun yet intensive five-day filmmaking camp for children ages 8-17 presented by FLICKERS: Rhode Island International Film Festival™. Over the course of the last 18 years, the camp has expanded, allowing children to learn more about what it takes to make a movie. We strive to incorporate as much hands-on learning as possible, therefore placing our focus primarily on production. KidsEye™ participants step into the roles of screenwriters, actors, directors and crew, and learn the importance of working as a team.

Next summer the KidsEye™ camp will take place July 11-15, 2016. During the first two days participants will attend pre-production workshops on screenwriting, storyboarding, acting, directing and production design. Then participants will apply what they have learned in the production of their group’s short film. If time allows, participants will also have the opportunity to partake in the editing process.


Although many children have access to their own video cameras and home computer editing systems, KidsEye™ builds on that experience by allowing participants to interact with trained filmmakers and educators. The program is designed to enhance the knowledge, skills and understanding of all participants, regardless of their level of experience.


Registration remains at $395 and includes a copy of the finished films and the official KidsEye™ t-shirt. Plus, participants receive access passes to FLICKERS main events, including the annual KidsEye™ International Film Festival and to the opening night of the Annual Flickers VORTEX Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Horror Festival in October. And wait, there's more! The film that the children shoot will be screened for family and friends at a specially arranged screening called the "Red Carpet Premiere." This latter event takes place in August, during the main RIIFF.


KidsEye™ is a very hands-on program and every year the program reflects the input of the campers. The program also reflects the knowledge and skills brought to the table by our participants and our instructors.


Look for details to be announced soon on our upcoming collaborations with other film festivals throughout the country as KidsEye™ branches out.

The 2016 KidsEye™ Sponsors:

URI College of Arts & Sciences, the URI Film Media Program and the Harrington School of Communication and Media

Rhode Island Film and Television Office

• Amtrak


Rule Boston Camera

• Utz

• Zevia

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Staff Bios:

reshadReshad Kulenovic, MFA

Program Co-Director

Reshad Kulenovic is a writer/director based in Rhode Island and New York. He has worked in the production department of numerous films and TV shows, including THE EDUCATION OF CHARLIE BANKS and in the camera department for the Newport Jazz Festival. He has been awarded the Antonio Cirino Memorial Art Fellowship and the University of Rhode Island gave him the first ever President's Award for Excellence in Film. For his short film SNOVI he became one of the first artists to be funded by the Heinrich Boll Foundation. Another producer of SNOVI was the Centre Andre Malraux Sarajevo, which also produced Jean-Luc Godard's NOTRE MUSIQUE. SNOVI has played 20 international film festivals and was awarded a Grand Jury Prize at the 2011 Rhode Island International Film Festival. SNOVI was nominated for a 2011 Student Academy Award.


Reshad was a 2011-2012 RISCA Film Fellow, writing his follow up film while teaching in the Film Media program at the University of Rhode Island. He is a member of the Advisory Board for the Flickers: Rhode Island International Film Festival.


For more information got to: www.snovifilm.com


erinLErin Liddell

Program Co-Director

Erin is a graduate of Salve Regina University in Newport, RI. She has a dual degree in general and special education and has just completed her 5th year of teaching in Arlington, Virginia. Erin has experience working with students of a wide variety of ages. She spent 3 summers working at a drama camp in Massachusetts and this will be Erin's second year with the KidsEye program.







katieDKatie Doyle

Program Co-Director

As Adjunct Faculty member and current candidate for an MFA degree at Lesley University College of Art and Design (LUCAD), Katie Doyle is a dynamic teacher and active Providence-based artist. Her work has been exhibited throughout the United States, including a solo show in Lexington, Virginia and group shows in Boston, Massachusetts. She has also assisted Boston-based artist Ben Sloat in the production of international exhibitions, including Package from China at the 126 Gallery in Galway, Ireland, and His Eyes Were Like Mine at the Laroche/Jonas Gallery in Montreal. She extensive experience teaching both the technique and conceptual framework of photography and film arts to a range of age groups at LUCAD.


timHTim Haggerty

Flickers' Technical Director

Tim is both the technical director for Flickers, and the Rhode Island International Film Festival. He is a native of Penacook, NH, and a 2002 graduate of the film program at Keene State College, where he studied both film production and film criticism. He has been with Flickers since 2011 and currently is also a member of its Advisor Board.


Aside from his work with Flickers, Tim also served for three years as the technical director of the Woods Hole Film Festival (2012-2014) and was the inaugural 2014 technical director of Lewiston/Auburn, Maine’s Emerge Film Festival. Currently, Tim is the chief editor (and sometimes videographer) at Production Values, a corporate video production house in Boston. Prior to that, he spent seven years working as a production associate at Accela Communications in Southborough, MA – producing, shooting and editing hundreds of corporate videos, marketing pieces and audio podcasts. His freelance career has also allowed him to serve as a crew member on several independent narrative and documentary feature films, independent narrative shorts, corporate video projects and live events produced throughout New England.


Noëlle M. BuAbbud

Assistant to the Directors/Counselor

Noëlle is a Boston based artist. She recently received her BFA in Photography and Art Theory & History from Lesley University College of Art and Design. Noëlle worked as the Programming Associate for the 2014 Rhode Island International Film Festival. She has previous experience teaching youth art classes at Worcester Art Museum, as well as a Teacher’s Assistant at LUCAD. She is excited to share her passion for film and art with her students and watch their creativity flourish. Noëlle likes to garden, write, and read poetry in her free time.




S.OberackerJ. Scott Oberacker

Educational Outreach Director

Scott has recently joined as Flickers' Educational Outreach Director, where he works to develop and maintain the festivals’ educational outreach programs as well as aids in the selection and adjudication of the festival’s films. He holds a Ph.D. in Communication and Media Studies from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and has worked as a film scholar and teacher for many years. His writing on film has appeared in a number of scholarly journals and he is currently co-editing a book on the television series, Friday Night Lights. Most recently, Scott taught film and media courses at Roger Williams University in Bristol, RI, where he also helped to coordinate the Roving Eye Film Festival and the Tournées French Film Festival, in conjunction with RIIFF. Scott is currently an Assistant Professor of Communications at Johnson & Wales University in Providence, RI.


jonathanJonathan Friesem

Liaison to the URI Harrington School of Communication and Media

Jonathan is an award-winning producer and media educator from Israel. He is the manager of the Media Education Lab at the Harrington School of Communication and Media, the University of Rhode Island. As part of his doctoral research Jonathan studies the psychological and sociological effects of youth media. His goal to bridge cultures around the world is being realized in the Harrington School community media outreach with youth video production initiatives - starting fifteen years ago working with Arab and Jews adolescents till his recent workshop with First Star URI Academy with RI foster kids.


shawnShawn Quirk is an independent filmmaker, artist and scholar who has directed a number of short films and short documentaries. After receiving his Bachelors of Science in Film Production from Boston University, he worked for two years as an English assistant in France at the Cité Scolaire Vauban in Givet. During his time abroad he became involved with a number of film productions in both Belgium and France, which included camera work for the two time Palme d'or winning Dardennes Brothers on their most recent film "The Kid with the Bike." Shawn became a part of the Flickers team in the Fall of 2011, and is now the Program Director for Flickers and oversees the Rhode Island International Film Festival and the Vortex, Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Horror Film Festival. As a filmmaker and npted editor in his own right, Shawn's goal is to help discover the next generation of auteurs, the new voices of independent cinema. To email Shawn: click here.


KidsEye Counselors:


• Michael Bizacco

• Paige Frankovich

• Olivia Fritz

• Alex Johanna

• Jackson Gany

• Sarah Griffin

• Joe Galluci

• Shannon Hookanson

• Cameron Jacobsen

• Devin Karambelas

• Nickolas Palermo

• Elle Schaffhauser

For more information, call (401) 861-4445 or write to:


KidsEye™ Summer Filmmaking Camp

P.O. Box 162, Newport, RI 02840

RIIFF Offices: 83 Park Street, Suite 5, Providence, RI 0290

t. 401.861.4445

f. 401.490.6735



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