RIIFF Highlights 2005
Tribute and award presentation of the RIIFF
HUMANITARIAN AWARD to Danny Trejo ("Heat,"
"Conair," "Once Upon A Time in Mexico,"
"Spy Kids") with celebrity honors, Wednesday,
CRYSTAL IMAGE AWARD to Michael Showalter
for his directorial debut, "The Baxter" and
his past work including "Wet Hot American Summer."
CREATIVE VISION AWARD to German filmmaker:
Rosa von Praunheim and
retrospective of his selected work.
MEET THE DIRECTORS, THE STARS AND VISTING
"Keep Your Distance" directed by Stu Pollard
has its World Premiere at RIIFF on Friday, August 12th
at 9:15 pm. Starring Gil Bellows and Stacy Keach, this
knock-out film is from the director of "Nice Guys
Sleep Alone."- visit
International Shorts are center stage
during RIIFF 2005. Check out the trailer for one film
making it's US Premiere: "Jag bara undrar"
(Just Wondering) - visit the website
recording artist Billy Gilman will
appear and World Premiere his latest video, 'Hey Little
Suzie (The Cause of All That)' along with an all-new
documentary on Opening Night, Tuesday, August 9th, 7:00
pm at The Columbus Theatre.
Director Cherry Arnold's long awaited documentary on
former Providence Mayor Vincent A Cianci, "Buddy"
has its World Premiere on Thursday, August 11th. Actor
James Woods provides the narration. • Read
about it • visit the website
"The Baxter" written, directed
and starring Michael Showalter ("The Daily Show,"
"Stella," "Late Friday") premieres
on Friday, August 12th at 9:15 pm. Welcome the director
who will receive our Crystal Vision Award for first-time
"Holy Water Gate" appeared
at RIIFF two years ago as a work in progress. See the
finished film on Saturday, August 13th at 12:00 Noon
with a panel discussion. •
visit the website
The Festival’s August 14th closing night
attraction will be “The Black Pirate,”
a silent feature made in 1926 and starring Douglas Fairbanks.
It is a fitting program for the Columbus, which opened
its doors that very year and will be accompanied live
by an original score composed and performed by the noted
Alloy Orchestra. Preceding the silent classic will be
the presentation of restored fragments of “My
Lady of the Lilacs,” a recently rediscovered silent
film made in Rhode Island in 1916 and written by pioneering
female screenwriter Beta Breuil.
ScriptBiz, a screenwriting pitch program
will launch on Monday, August 8th and continues through
Exhibition and display of 9 years of the Rhode
Island International Film Festival, funded by the RI
Commission for the Humanities; Courthouse Center of
the Arts, Kingston, RI
Introduction of new regional student
film competition and screening: the New England Student
Film Festival. Programming to take place Saturday, August
"100 Pieds" presented in
collaboration with Spirafilm of Québec City:
10 short newly commissioned silent films with live accompaniment
that is improvised by local musicians (a collaborative
project with Spirafilm and the Pan American International
Between Takes Coffee Talks will be held weekday
afternoons at 3:00 pm
at Jessie's on Atwells Avenue with industry professionals.
. Providence Gay & Lesbian Film Festival,
. Jubilé Franco Américain (films from
France and Canada)
. Providence Film Festival (local filmmaker focus)
. KidsEye™ International Film Festival
. East West Crosswinds: Exploring Asian Culture Thru
. World Panorama (international film focus)
. Providence Jewish Film Festival
. New England Student Film Festival