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Saturday, June 30, 2007

RIIFF/MOLI.com Online Contest

Send us Your Shorts!

Attention filmmakers, summer has arrived. It's time to show us your shorts! The Rhode Island International Film Festival announces its first ever web-based competition. In partnership with MOLI.com, RIIFF will be awarding a grand "MOLI" prize of $1000 to the best short film submitted exclusively via the internet.

Entry is FREE.

RIIFF has joined forces with the hot new online network, MOLI.com MOLI is the only online network where you can have multiple profiles - all under one account, and stay in control over who sees the information you share in your profiles. It's also the only network where you can enter a free online film short competition with a $1000 grand prize.

RIFC Announcements now Available via RSS Feed

From our great tech guru Broto:

For those of you familiar with RSS, all your favorite RIFC announcements are now available via RSS feed! Here's the feed address: http://feeds.feedburner.com/rifcfilms/announcements
There's also a subscription link at the top of the blog (you can find the announcement blog here on our site: http://www.rifcfilms.com/announceblog ).

Details for the 48-Hour Film Project

The Providence 48 Hour Film Project
July 27th - 29th

This is a reminder that you can still sign up for this year's 48 Hour Film Project. Early Bird pricing will be available until Monday. To sign up, just point your browser here:
http://www.48hourfilm.com/providence. If for any reason it gives you trouble, email Mike at info@rifcfilms.com.

The early bird registration rate of $125 is only available through July 2, 2007. After July 2, 2007 registration will be $148 - and space is limited. Registration for the event is steady… last year we did fill up! Right now, we have 24 teams taking part. Here are the details:

Filmmakers across Providence will be competing July 27-29th in the 48 Hour Film Project's tour to find "The Best 48 Hour Film of 2007." Film teams will have just 48 hours to make a film - from writing and shooting to editing and adding music. The films will have their International Premier at the Columbus Theater just days later. (August 1 and August 2)

The 48 Hour Film Project is held in over 60 cities all across the globe. Providence films are eligible for city-based awards such as Audience Favorite, Best Cinematography and Best Acting. One team will be selected as the Providence winner and will go on to compete against teams from other cities.

The international winner of the 2007 48 Hour Film Project will take home a grand prize of $7,500! In addition, the Providence winner will be eligible to compete in the Panasonic/48HFP HD Showdown with a grand prize of a Panasonic HD Camera.

To register go to http://www.48hourfilm.com/Providence Come on out and make a film!

A Pony Available for the 48-Hour Event

A note from Janice DelFamo:

Here's an item some of you 48-hour film fanatics might want to book ahead of time!
Janice has a pony that could be used free of charge to anyone interested in using him. You can write to Janice to send for pictures of her lovely pony. She says it is VERY FANCY and VERY QUIET!
(You can reach her at: jand460@cox.net)

Thanks Janice!

"Stay Until Tomorrow" now on Netflix!

Local Filmmaker Laura Colella writes to let us know about her latest success:

I just wanted to let friends know that my film "Stay Until Tomorrow" is now available on Netflix! Please spread the word! I've also set up a website, www.lauracolella.com, to sell copies (as well as pre-release copies of a DVD with my previous films, "Tax Day" & "Statuary".)
The trailer for "Stay Until Tomorrow" has just been posted on youtube (http://youtube.com/watch?v=qKCv40U1lNg), and also on my new myspace page (in the filmmaker section): http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendid=136309949

News from Jason Wilder Evans

Jason Wilder Evans, the Michigan born Rhode Island transplant has become somewhat of a staple in the Providence diet of movie and music in the last 2.5 years. He has made quite some accomplishments in his Rhody tenure. Of that, like many Providians, having the opportunity to work on many of the TV and Films that the State office has worked so hard to bring to the ocean state, Performing concerts in collaboration with many skilled and talented musicians for the benefit series - Something Wilder. The key to living eternal is being remembered. Therefore, if you get the opportunity, you can go to the Rhode Island Historical Society and check out the film WRENLAND (dir. by Jung Lee) or you can just purchase it on Jason's website: www.jasonwilderevans. While you're at it, the destined cult classic and latest film of Jason Wilder Evans, "Reality to the Max" can be found on FILM.http://www.ifilm.com/video/2865739 That's right! Jason who plays sociopath "Derk" in the twisted psychological horror short has gone platinum. "Reality" can also be purchased on his website: www.jasonwilderevans.com and on www.buyindies.com. And in other news, Jason just signed on co-starring with Ari Lehman (the first Jason in the Friday 13th Series) in "Split Milk".

Jason is having a big blow out at Cafe Zog FRIDAY 13th of July. It is his last scheduled music performance in Rhode Island as a "Rhody". If you haven't had the chance to check Jason out, do so, you're in for a real treat.For further information visit:www.jasonwilderevans.comwww.myspace.com/jasonwilderevanswww.youtube.com/jasonwilderevans

This is not an RIFC Production.

Friday, June 29, 2007

"Bourbon" Showing at the Plymouth Film Festival

Hey there. Don't know if it's too early to post this, but I wanted to mention that "Bourbon", the gangster short in which I'm one of the 2 leads, will be showing at the Plymouth Film Festival July 18-22 (http://www.plyfilmfest.org/). For those I haven't met, I worked on Leigh Medeiros' "Go No Go" with Mark Fogarty and Chach.

Scott Winters

This is not an RIFC Production.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Creative Chica Open Gallery

There will be a CreativeChica Open Gallery this Saturday (June 30th) 2-5pm hosted at Joneso Design 555 Broad Street, Central Falls featuring over 30 paintings and drawings of different styles including the"Much Ado" oil on canvas.

This is not an RIFC Production.

Monday, June 25, 2007

NEW Things From Ahtspot

New Ahtspot Apparel and Products! Now you can show everyone how proud you are to be an Ahtist! Check out the cool new products Ahtspot.com is selling in its store. Wear the gear with pride or add a new bumper sticker to your car! Buy all your favorite stuff now and help support the site that supports you, your career and your community! Visit www.ahtspot.com/ahtstore for more details!

Ahtspot wants to hear from you! Ahtspot has opened a testimonials section of the site so we can hear from our ahtist! Just log into the members section and click on testimonials. Tell us what you like or don’t like about Ahtspot. Let us know if it has gotten you any work. We might use some of your quotes in our about section or in any of our future advertising. If you really want to be used, phrase your responses like a true testimonial… “Ahtspot is awesome because…” We look forward to reading your comments about our services and your suggestions for us to help you.

Ahtspot’s Open Call is tonight! All actors, comedians and performers as well as filmmakers, directors, producers, and casting directors from across New England (Ahtspot Members and Non-Ahtspot Members alike) are welcome to come to the Ahtspot’s Open Call event at Tazza Café at 250 Westminster St. in Providence. The show starts at 7:00pm so do not be late! If you want to sign up, be there before 6:00pm to sign up. If you are already registered, make sure you check in at the Open Call table so we know you are there. This event is not to be missed!

Mary Paolino Requests Support in Verizon's Commercial Contest

I just filmed the role of the guidance counselor in "Green Grass" and would like to ask for the support of RIFC's many members in my quest to make the finals in Verizon's commercial contest. I made up a commercial "off the top of my head", which can be viewed at http://www.befamouswithfios.com/. If people click on "most viewed", my picture willcome up. The location varies day to day based on my votes; I have shortblack hair and I'm wearing a black and white dress. If you touch thebottom right corner of the pic with the cursor it will say, "MaryP./Providence". I'd appreciate it if those voting would be kind enough to rate me as a "5". You're allowed to vote once per day/per each e-mail address(work andhome).Thanks so much for your support!-

Mary Paolino

This is not an RIFC event.

Justin Sulham Seeks Crew Members

From Justin Sulham:

I need a few extra crew members, especially on lighting, for a film to be shot sometime over the summer for about ten days!

"Breakneck Hill" is a film is about a woman played by Susan Travers who is forced to protect her daughter from an escaped fellon (played by J-Tronious, signed musician). He runs them off the road and begins to toy with their every emotion!

Please email me if you are interested: justinsulham@gmail.com

This is not an RIFC Production

Fimmakers: You won't want to miss this exciting event!

From our friend Jamie Benti at ImageIconEntertainment:

Bobby Logan will be joining us for a weekend workshop. That's right!! If you aren't able to jet-set to LA for his 1-Day Film School, you now have the opportunity to do so right here in the Providence & Boston area. We need your help by letting us know in advance who will be attending this event so we can make the proper arrangements. This is a 1-Day class with TONS of invaluable information. Timeframe will be in September 2007. To hear Bobby issue the invitation in person go to ImageIconEntertianment.com's main page: www.imageiconent.com

This invaluable one-day workshop includes:
Part 1 - "Creative Elements"
Part 2 - "Technical Requirements"
Part 3 - "The Business"

Interested? Please Email - Jamie Benti (jbenti@imageiconent.com) with "1-Day Film School" in the subject line. Please be sure to include: Your first and last name, Valid phone contact number, Your email address, how many tickets you need, Your City & State.

Jamie Benti
508.717.7795 P866.800.2127 Fjbenti@tmail.com (Instant)jbenti@imageiconent.comwww.imageiconent.com www.imageicon.tvwww.rcifc.com

This is not an RIFC Production

Monday, June 18, 2007

Message about 2nd Annual Media & Entertainment Industry Mixer

The 2nd Annual Film Industry Mixer is Saturday June 23, 2007. Several hundred guests are expected!
Visit http://www.nealthomassen.com/Party.htmto view the agenda and guest list.You may also be getting reminders from info@evite.com A link will be provided from this email to the website where you can change your RSVP, add or subtract guest, invite more guests, & option to bring food and beverages which we are grateful for as they help offset the cost of producing such a large event. Check out our new audio spot which was created from national theatrical voice over talent Andrew Montesi who has voiced spots for Chronicles of Riddick, Doom, Lemony Snicket's, Aeon Flux, & Star Wars. Meet Andrew and many more at the mixer.http://www.andrewvoice.com/film_industry_mixer.htm

Badges will be made based on RSVP information you have provided. If you would like to update your info with full name & title(s), email comedyproducer@aol.com by Tuesday 7pm. I would like to thank all the people who responded promptly and made use of the RSVP site.
Neal Thomassen 860-888-2629

Saturday, June 16, 2007

Actors Needed at Perishable Theatre June 25

Actors needed for new scripts by members of Perishable's playwriting class. Help playwrights hear their words for the first time. Time: Monday, June 25th, 7 - 10 p.m. at Perishable Theatre. For more details contact David Eliet at ilitsky@yahoo.com.

Amy Lynn Budd
Theatre Arts School Director
401.331.2695 ext. 102

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

International Conference in Bovec, Slovenia

July 30 - August 2, 2007 Bovec, Slovenia

International conference-festival THEATRE METHODS 07 Between Tradition & Contemporaneity

Participants: actors, directors, dancers, choreographers, teachers, playwrights, stage designers, script writers, theatre critics, journalists, cultural managers. "Theatre Methods" is the annual professional conference-festival bringing up the question of the Bridge between Tradition and Contemporaneity in performing arts. It is unifying artists from all over the world interested in the research of theatre methods between tradition and contemporaneity.

Programme: workshops, master classes, works in progress, lectures and discussions.

Participation fee:
585 EUR by payment before July 1st, 2007(by payment after July 1st - 730 EUR)

The fee covers attendance of all conference events, accommodation and meals.

To register, please send your CV an a brief letter of motivation to info@iugte.com
For more details, please visit:

Brooklyn offers 48 Teams free casting space.

Tony, the generous owner of the Brooklyn Tea and Coffee House on 209 Douglas Ave, is offering any interested teams the use of his space (when not otherwise reserved) for casting calls to support the 48 Hour Film Project.

So if you have some folks you'd like to audition, contact Tony at ArtistartistA@aol.com
Or check out his site at www.brooklyncoffeeteahouse.com

RI Filmmaker Wins Best Short Film Award

Press ReleaseJune 13, 2007
For Immediate Release
Contact:Bob Cooper prguynow@yahoo.com 401-447-6474 Days/Evenings

( Newport / Providence / North Kingstown, RI , USA ) The 10th annual Newport International Film Festival has named “The Strange Case of Marie France" a film by Rhode Island writer and producer Vin Fraioli as “best short film.”

The film, shot in North Kingstown, RI was directed by award winning German cinematographer Till Neumann with a cast that includes local actors Laurie Lajoie, Mari Dias, Vin Fraioli, and Frank Miele.

The story concerns Robert Berger, a man obsessed with creating beauty and order in his museum-like home. When his family thwarts him at every turn, a provocative savior appears. Or does she?

Fraioli who was born in Providence , attended Classical High School and made his reputation early as a musician with a Carnegie Recital Hall debut in 1976. He studied music in Europe and served as Artist-in-Residence for the State Council on the Arts. Fraioli has worked in real estate and recently as a producer, sometimes actor and is currently working on a screenplay for a feature length film.

“The Strange Case of Marie France" has also been shown at international film festivals in Palm Beach , Newport Beach and Cannes.

Executive Producers for the film are Vin Fraioli and Frank Miele.
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Vin Fraioli can be contacted at: (401) 741-0607 or LIPUH@aol.comFrank Miele can be contacted at: (401) 533-1755 or frankmielere@yahoo.com

Monday, June 11, 2007

Jonny and Chach's Open Mike Music & Comedy

Notice from our buddy CHACH:
Open Mike is Back!
(New Night and Location)
Anyone in the RI area listen up!*Jonny and Chach's open mike music and comedy happening, formerly Wednesday nights (9pm-12am) at Eddie's 529, is now:*Every Friday night at The Oaks on the corner of Queen St. and Duke St. in E. Greenwich, RI from 8:00PM - 12:00AM. *If you do comedy you should come.If you play music you should come.If you like music you should come.If you laugh ... come.Like to drink? Then come!

Casting RI Families

From: Abby Koocher [mailto:abby.koocher@rdfnewyork.com]
Casting RI families!
Abby Koocher, a casting producer for ABC TV's "Wife Swap" is conducting a national casting search for families to be on the show and THEY WANT RI FAMILIES!
Perhaps you want to participate or know someone who has an interesting family you could recommend who would be willing to swap families for a week!
Each family that tapes a show gets a $ monetary honorarium and anyone who recommends a family that goes on the show gets a finder's fee!
Please contact me, Abby Koocher, directly at ABC TV's "Wife Swap"
EMAIL: Abby.koocher@rdfnewyork.com
PHONE: (646) 747-7947

This is not an RIDC Production.

Autism: The Musical

This info is from NEFilm.com:


Rhode Island native and LA-based producer Sasha Alpert discusses her latest accomplishment, Autism: The Musical, screening this month at the Newport International Film Festival.
No, it is not a joke. It's about real families with autistic children.

48-Hr Casting Call Room by Brooklyn Coffee Tea House

Brooklyn Coffee Tea House
209 Douglas Avenue
Providence, RI
is donateing its Casting Call Room to support the 48 Hour Filmmakers Brooklyncoffeeteahouse.com
Contact us for more details **
We also have the equipment to view your films

Saturday, June 9, 2007

Could S. Weymouth Become Hollywood East?


Movie industry executives are awaiting the fate of a film production tax incentives bill before moving ahead with a plan to build up to 10 soundstages at the South Weymouth Naval Air Station, a top House lawmaker said Tuesday. The investment team, including two producers from the HBO series "Rome," is willing to spend between $70 million and $80 million on the 30-acre complex, where they envision a "one-stop shopping" center for filming and production, lured by the space and paucity of high buildings in the area, said Rep. Ronald Mariano (D-Quincy)."They're watching this bill before they make a commitment to Massachusetts," said Mariano, the House's Financial Services Committee co-chairman, whose district includes portions of the targeted site. The legislation, proposed by Gov. Deval Patrick and endorsed by the Revenue Committee Tuesday afternoon, would strengthen existing incentives by upping the tax credit limit, reducing the minimum budget threshold that triggers incentives, and boosting the payroll reimbursement rate from 20 percent to 25 percent. The measure also qualifies digital media productions for the credits. But the version before the panel slices out a "sunset" extension that lawmakers say would reassure investors concerned the state might change its mind in the next several years. "If we get this bill done, and they're comfortable that Massachusetts will make a commitment to the movie industry, they will set up the largest moviemaking operation on the East Coast," Mariano told the News Service after leaving the hearing.

(Sent by Chuck Slavin).

Thursday, June 7, 2007

RIFC & Aperion Sponsor Winning Videos to Benefit the Environment

Hopefully some of you caught this on the Channel 10 or 6 news last night!
Remember Bekah and the "Green" short video contest? Well it got some pretty heavy endorsement when the winners were announced yesterday at a press conference with Mayor Cicilini and Congressman Patrick Kennedy.
The winning video will get some very cool exposure!
This is from the ProJo:Winning video urges individuals to help environment
One after another, 53 Rhode Islanders tell a camera that they know they should do something about the environment, but what difference would it make if they act alone? What good would it do? What can one person do?
A 4-minute video cuts all of those comments together and shows that if people act together, they can make a difference. The video, shot by a Rhode Island based independent film group called elBOW dEEp mEDIA, was named the winner of "The RIght Way Great Green Shoot Off of 2007", a project to create short videos promoting Rhode Island's sustainable living movement.

The video is to be shown as a trailer before movies at the Feinstein IMAX theater in Providence. It will be displayed at the all-day “Sustainable Living Festival & Clean Energy Expo that will be held this Saturday at the Nickerson Community Center’s Camp Hamilton in western Coventry. And it should be available for viewing soon at www.apeiron.org, the Web site of The Apeiron Institute for Environmental Living, which sponsored the video contest [along with the RI Film Collaborative] and Saturday’s festival.
Bradley Grove Hyson, Executive Director of Aperion, said the video brought tears to his eyes. The video production company is owned by Kristen Killilea, Jeff Hodge and Jason Miller, all in their 20's, who met at CCRI and work together on short films, commercials and music videos.
[And who introduced themselves at the last RIFC networking meeting]
(Go to projo.com to view the winning video)
by Journal environment writer Peter B. Lord

Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Artists' Exchange and the Black Box Theatre to Premiere Original Comedy

Cranston, RI – The Artists' Exchange, home of the Black Box Theatre, proudly announces upcoming performances of "Intermittence," an original play written by Rhode Island's own Mark Carter, featuring an original score by Tom Chace, Mark Carter, Rich Morra and the Black Box Players.

Grounded by the evolving love story of protagonists Harold and Margaret, the play sashays down a road of absurdity, stopping frequently to ponder such roadside attractions as an android, a disembodied voice and a talking owl. "It's totally not meant to be taken seriously," Carter self-effacedly declares. "If it makes people forget their dentist appointment for a couple of hours, it's done its job."

"Can I insert the fact that it's awesome?" adds Carter's 11 year old daughter Emily, who acts in the play and also helped to design the playbill cover.

"It is the most serious interpretation of nonsense ever to hit the stage," exclaims Director Rich Morra.

"Intermittence" will be performed Thursdays 6/21 and 6/28, Fridays 6/22 and 6/29 and Saturdays 6/23 and 6/30. Thursday and Friday performances are at 7pm. Saturday performances are at 2pm and 7pm. Tickets are $15. The show is recommended for audiences over 12 years of age. Reservations, which are strongly encouraged, can be made by calling 401.490.9475.

The Artists' Exchange is a nonprofit organization and an arts collaborative whose mission is to create an atmosphere that blends the promotion of growth and passion of each person's art with celebration of individual uniqueness. The Artists' Exchange houses The Black Box Theatre and The Art Company as well as an art boutique, cafe and gallery.

The Artists' Exchange is owned and operated by Gateways to Change; a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing of the quality of life for all human beings .

Christina Mealey
Artists' Exchange
50 Rolfe Street Cranston, RI 02910

Monday, June 4, 2007

48 Hour Film Project's Open Call Event

Open Call Event
Ahtspot and the Rhode Island Film Collaborative Team Up for 48 Hour Film Project’s Open Call Event

On June 25th, 2007 Ahtspot will be holding our 2nd Annual Ahtspot Open Call event, which is a kick off party for the Rhode Island Film Collaborative’s 48 Hour Film Project. This year it will be hosted by local comedians Melissa Bowler and Timothy Thibodeau! This is an event where profession producers and directors can seek out talent for their projects, performers can see what other performers are doing, and 48 hour teams can cast and crew up for the big upcoming film project. The event will be held at Tazza Café, 250 Westminster St. in Providence, RI. Doors will open at 6pm and the show starts at 7pm. 48 Hour Film Project teams looking for talent, local filmmakers, casting directors, theatre directors, and local talent are invited to attend. There is no charge for this event. (Ahtspot members who wish to perform, please read below to see how to pre-register so you won’t have to wait in line!)

For actors the 48 Hour Film Project is a great way to land a lead role and add more to your résumés and demo reels. The best part is the contest is open to both SAG and Non-Union, so no matter what your status, you can participate too!

Beginning at 7pm, performers will each have up to two minutes to perform a monologue, comedy routine, or other type of performance to impress the audience of filmmakers, casting agents, theatre directors and other local entertainers. The order will be decided on a first come first served basis (Ahtspot members have a chance to pre-register, see below for more details). If we cannot get to everyone on the list in time, some people may not be able to perform. If your name is called at the event and you do not come up, you are immediately moved to the back of the list, so make sure you are there and ready to go at 7pm.

Ahtspot members who wish to perform, you may pre-register online in the members’ section. Log in to the members’ section for details. Anyone who comes in line that day will be added after you. We are taking pre-registrations until June 20th 2007 at 11pm.

This is a huge event and not to be missed! The art and film scene in Providence continues to grow exponentially and Ahtspot is glad to be there to help our community! Make sure to get a seat early and enjoy the show, then stick around after to network and mingle.

For more info visit the following sites:

Or go here to see pictures from last year’s event:http://www.ahtspot.com/News/Archive/2006/0606/062606OpenCall.htm