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Friday, August 31, 2007

KidsEye Premier on Sunday, Sept. 2

The RI International Film Festival Announces KidsEye Premiere on Sunday, Sept. 2nd from Young People with Creative Visions.

The Columbus Theater will host the premiere of KidsEye Films on Sunday, Sept. 2 at 5pm. The screening is free and open to the public. The three films made by participants in the 2007 KidsEye Summer Filmmaking Camp will be screened along with accompanying behind the senes documentaries, and selected shorts from the RIIFF. Q&A with the young filmmakers will be held after the screening.

"This screening culminates the filmmaking experience for the kids "says Keith Brown, Co-Director of the camp along with Christina Mealey. "...it is very exciting for them...to screen their work at The Columbus in front of an audience. It makes them feel famous".

For more information about the KidsEye program visit www.film-festival.org.

This is a non RIFC Production.

Panel Presentation on Film Finance & Production

This comes to us from the International Instutute for Film Financing (IIFF):


The International Institute for Film Financing (“IIFF”) will be hosting an informative Townhall panel presentation at the Palace Production Center in Norwalk, CT on the evening of Thursday, September 6th. Please join us for an evening of insightful presentations, inspiring discussion, and productive networking at the nexus of filmmaking and finance! The IIFF has compiled an outstanding, highly topical program with 6 presenters for this month's community meeting. Take a moment now to review the complete event announcement in detail at www.filmfinancing.org.

The presenter lineup for the September 6th event promises a most informative evening,
— by MIKE ROER, Executive Director at pioneering association of venture investment professionals, Connecticut Venture Group (CVG), dedicated to encouraging investment in high-growth & start-up companies; President at association management firm Academy Group (clients include Assoc. for Corp. Growth, Venture Investors Assoc. of New York, Nat'l Assoc. of Corp. Directors & Connecticut Hedge Fund Assoc.)
– ADAM B. TANTLEFF, ESQ., Wall Street pro turned film financier Founder, President & Executive Producer at film financing & production company Sinestra Pictures; fmr. Trader at global investment bank Bear Stearns & New York Futures Exchange (NYFE)/New York Board of Trade (NYBOT).
– PETER MILLER, veteran talent manager & Executive Producer with 30+ years experience; President of PMA Literary & Film Management, Inc. and Millennium Lion, Inc.; known as 'The Literary Lion'.
– PETER G. CURTIS, Owner & Principal at financial management firm WGC Limited, helping individual & corporate clients access capital, mitigate risk, structure deals and resolve workouts.
– CHRIS CAMPBELL, Chairman & CEO at premier, CT-based, independent production facility Palace Production Center, Inc.; Managing Partner at award-winning publisher of children's & family videos, books & audio recordings, Rabbit Ears Entertainment, LLC; Managing Director at non-fiction television production company Docere Palace Studios.
– KEVIN SEGALLA, Founder & President at Stamford, CT-based film financing & production services company Connecticut Film Center; fmr. NYC-based Producer of independent films (e.g., 5x BAFTA nominee "Taliesin Jones", Sundance award winner "Streets of Legend", Sony Classics release "Whatever").
– GUY ORTOLEVA, ESQ., Vice President of Development at Tripeg Studios; entertainment attorney with over 25 years of industry experience; fmr. Director at Connecticut Film Office.
We live in a time of unprecedented opportunity in independent film finance. Make the most of it by learning about the latest trends and by connecting with like-minded individuals from the film and financial industries! IIFF was created in 2003 for just that purpose, and Sunday's educational and networking meeting for filmmakers and financiers is an important means towards that end.

Don't miss this special occasion. And please support IIFF's mission of "bridging the gap between film and finance" by spreading the word or bringing along your colleagues.

PS- IIFF's partners at FilmAngels, the world's first angel investor group for independent film, are holding their next Silicon Valley Gala Meeting & Dinner on Sept. 11 with legendary filmmaker David Lynch as a special guest. The investors-only Gala will feature some of the most promising film ventures from FilmAngels' monthly Deal Screening Meetings. Meanwhile, FilmAngels continues to look for worthwhile film projects: two Deal Screenings are scheduled for August 30 --one in Palo Alto, one in San Francisco-- and more are coming up in subsequent months. You can submit your project to FilmAngels by leaving an executive summary or treatment with the IIFF registration desk on 8/26 in Los Angeles or 9/6 in Connecticut.

IIFF New England Townhall Meeting (September 2007)

September 6, 2007

6:00 pm ET - 10:00 pm ET

Palace Production Center
29 North Main Street
Norwalk, CT 06854

Hosted By Institute for Int'l Film Financing (IIFF)
The Institute for International Film Financing (IIFF) is an innovative, independent social-impact organization that endeavors to bridge the gap between the worlds of filmmaking and finance for the benefit of all stakeholders — including the public at large.

Founded in 2003, IIFF is incorporated in California as a not-for-profit, public benefit corporation. IIFF is headquartered in San Francisco and has chapters in the SF Bay Area, New York City, New England, Florida, Los Angeles, and Switzerland.

Join our community mailing list at http://forum.filmfinancing.org!

This is a non RIFC Production.

RedDragonfly Films Seeking Crew & Editor

This comes to us from Bernice of RedDragonfly Films:

Looking for CREW & EDITOR for 2 Camera shoot of a promotional piece for Theatre Espresso ( www.theatreespresso.org) that will be sent to Japan, as well as be viewed by schools and administrators around the Boston area.

The piece that will be performed is called "Justice at War" and is about the constitutionality of the internment of the Japanese during WW2.

Shoot date: Sept 13 at the Adams Courthouse in downtown Boston
Time: 7am-2pm
Needed: 2 Experienced PAs - $25 honorarium each
Second Camera/AC: $200 - please specify what equipment you have
Editor: $100 plus another $100 for speedy completion of project. Piece must be edited within 1-2 weeks

Please reply to Bernice/RedDrdagonfly Films ASAP at reddragonfly@gmail.com

Thank you,

3 Notices from LDI Casting

This comes to us from:

Anne Mulhall
LDI Casting

1. LDI's phone has been shut off due to our move from Warwick to Providence. - they were supposed to put the number on the outgoing message, but didn't...ugh. THE NEW NUMBER IS: 401.521.2281 - 401.521.ACT1 - please spread the word!

2. We are adding an "ON CAMERA AUDITIONING" class to Wednesday nights. 6:30-8:30. This is a PART 2...the advanced class. If you are interested, let me know right away. The class will start Wednesday, September 12 and run for the next 6 weeks.

3. The Alzheimer's Walk is September 30. LDI would love to have you as part of our walking team - but if you can't do that, a donation would be welcomed! Checks can be made to the Alzheimer's Association and sent to our P.O. Box - 7105, Warwick, RI 02886 or you should be able to go to


and make a donation that way (WAY easier.)

THANK you in advance.

Anne Mulhall

LDI Acting Classes Posted

Ann Mulhall, a good friend of the RIFC, has posted her fall series of classes held through LDI Casting:

All classes are a 6 week series and will be 6:30pm - 8:30pm.

Session 1: September 4 - October 11

Room 1 Tuesdays
Begins September 4 On-Camera Auditioning
Part 1 Anne Mulhall

Room 2 Tuesdays
Begins September 4 Writing for Actors Tom Grady

Room 1 Thursdays
Begins September 6 On-Camera Auditioning
Part 1 Anne Mulhall

Room 2 Thursdays
Begins September 6 The Professional Actor Guest Instructors

She added these notes for anyone considering signing up:

Regarding the On-Camera Parts 1 and 2:

Part 1: You should already have some acting background. If you don't,
this is probably not a good class for you just yet. Take an acting

Part 2: If you've taken an On-Camera class with me before, this is the
same format but more specific. Targeting your trouble spots.

Anne Mulhall
LDI Casting

For more information or to register as an actor with LDI Casting please go to www.ldicasting.net.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Artists' Exchange Announces September Gallery Opening

Cranston, RI – The Artists' Exchange announces its September Gallery Opening, a display of works by Karl Doerflinger. The opening will take place Sunday, September 23, 2007 from 4-6 pm at the Artists' Exchange on 50 Rolfe Street in Cranston.

Karl Doerflinger, of East Providence, was born in Ohio and raised in Ohio and Tennessee in the 1950's. A graduate of the Cleveland Institute Of Art, Doerflinger has taught painting for over ten years and has had several showings in the Midwest, South and East Coast. Doerflinger is fascinated by amusement parks; carousels in particular often find their way into his paintings. His art captures the small town nostalgia of his childhood, the very same nostalgia that brought him here to Rhode Island, which he now calls home. Karl is a member of the Providence Art Club and shares a studio and has a close association with Maxwell Mays.

"We are thrilled to have Karl's work here." says Celia Zanger, Windmill Studios owner and artist liaison. " Even though his images are so well-known and adorn many thousands of walls here in Rhode Island, it is rare to see him displaying his work in a show. Like Santa, he steals into our galleries and frame shops and leaves his magic for us to buy and love, but so rarely comes out for his fans to meet him and thank him."

Doerflingler has been busy painting some new work that he will be displaying. He
will be bringing out some never before shown work as well as some well loved images to share at this show. His paintings will be on display through the month of October.

For additional information please contact Christina Mealey at 401.490.9475 or Celia Zanger at 401.461.3911.

This is a non RIFC Production.

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Artist Suite Space Available in South Kingstown

This comes to us from Toni-Ann:

I have some artist suite space available in South Kingstown. They are located
in a gorgeous old Victorian Mansion in Peace Dale. Some of the suites have
hardwoods, some have fireplaces, all have character.

I have 3 suites (about 10x15 rooms) available at $300/month and that includes
heat and electric. I also have 4 other larger suites for slightly more.

Do you know of anyone looking for some very quiet space?

Or perhaps you know of a place I might be able to post a "space available" ad
for artists???


Bob DonFrancesco
Your Internet Marketing Advisor

WSI - "we simplify the internet"

phone (401) 783-1776
fax (401) 783-1755
Toll-Free (800) 390-1880

website: wsidirectnetresults.com

email: bobdon@wsidirectnetresults.com

This is a non RIFC Production.

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Artists' Exchange Announces Open House

Artists' Exchange, Home of the Art Company and the Black Box Theatre, Announces Open House and Free Family Fun Day

Cranston, RI – The Artists' Exchange will host an open house on Saturday, September 15, 2007 from 10am to 3pm. Among the day's activities will be live music, improvisational theatre games in the Black Box Theatre, movie screenings, and arts & crafts in the art studios. The event is free and open to the public.

A registration table will be set up for those interested in signing up for classes, where a 20% discount will be given on tuition.

"Open House is a great opportunity for families to come and experience some of the many wonderful things that go on here. We're excited to open our doors to welcome more artists into our growing community."

The Artists' Exchange is located at 50 Rolfe Street in Cranston.

For additional information about the Artists' Exchange Open House and Free Family Fun Day, please contact Karen Bouchard at 401.785.4ART .

This is a non RIFC Production.

The Artists' Exchange is a non-profit organization whose mission is to integrate artists of all levels into the world of arts. Classes and workshops are offered for children and adults in visual arts and performing arts. The Artists' Exchange houses: The Art Company, The Black Box Theatre, Windmill Studios, Wood and Wear, Simple Things Fiber Arts, The Studio of Tom Chace and 3 Art Galleries.

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 .

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Happy Hours Every Friday at The Penalty Box with Khannabis

FRIDAY HAPPY HOURS from 4:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Every Friday at The Penalty Box with Khannabis.

Khannabis is not a poser band. He is not a cover band and he doesn't play
the blues. Khannabis is an original acoustic solo Rock artist of the 21st
century. His songs are brief and to the point, and every one a potential hit

FREE!!!! The Penalty Box, 1119 North Main Street, Providence, RI
Original solo acoustic rock and covers.
Best tap in town! For Sure!

This is not an RIFC Production.

"Italian Americans and Federal Hill" 1st Place for Best Documentary

This comes to us from:

Bob Cooper, prguynow@yahoo.com 00-1-401-447-6474 Days/Evenings

"Italian Americans and Federal Hill" is big Surprise of Film Festival
Crowd Votes Film 1st Place for Best Documentary

(Providence, Rhode Island, USA) The 11th Annual Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF) has named "Italian Americans and Federal Hill" the 1st Place, Audience Choice Award winner for Best Documentary out of 2,491 entries submitted and 320 films screened during this year's festival.

Produced and directed by Jonathan Raben, the film premiered late last year, and received a four star rating from Providence Journal film critic, Michael Janusonis, a five star rating from Frances Syner (Federal Hill Gazette), "thumbs up" from the National Italian American Foundation (NIAF News) and was heralded as far away as Italy by the Newsitalia Press. Radiotelevisione Italiana (RAI) Italy's National Broadcaster was at the theater to cover the film premiere event and the Annotico Report featured the story in his column worldwide.

With so much prior exposure and the DVD already available, festival officials and workers did not expect a large turnout. Even RIIFF's own award ceremony presentations conflicted with the screening. However lines formed early for the film and Columbus Theater owner Jon Berberian, festival workers and officials expressed great surprise when "Italian Americans and Federal Hill" had hundreds more in attendance than expected with the biggest crowd of all films shown during the festival.

The film relates the history, traditions, challenges and successes of Italian immigrants throughout the United States. The hardships and prejudices they endured are similar to that of all immigrants today who come with different cultures, traditions and languages.

The Audience Choice Award to be presented is named for the late Viola M. Marshall, an arts supporter and a founding member of the Flickers Arts Collaborative which created and produces the RIIFF.

"Italian Americans and Federal Hill" is the first film made entirely in Rhode Island by and with Rhode Islanders that has experienced commercial success. It is available on DVD in a number of stores including Borders and Barnes & Noble. Other outlets are developing across the United States, Italy and on websites such as www.italianamericansandfederalhill.net. The Rhode Island International Film Festival site is at www.riiff.org.

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The News Reporter's Site for the recent festival is at www.digitalgurune.com/riiff
The News site for select international films is at www.digitalgurune.com/riiff/filmlang

This is a non RIFC Production.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Open Call for "Pink Panther Deux"

Boston Casting is holding an Open Call on Sat. 8/25/07 for the film PINK PANTHER DEUX with Steve Martin. Open Call will be from 10-4pm @ Boston Casting, go to Bostoncasting.com for directions.

Please bring a headshot and resume. We will also need pictures of the following : european cars (Such as Puegots, Audis, Mini Coopers, BMW, etc.) and small (well behaved ) dogs. Photos only do not bring your dogs !

Open call is for adults only 18 & above!

The film is set in PARIS so we need all of our Boston Extras to look European. Please come to the Open call dressed as if you are european. No jeans, no sneakers, women in hats & dresses, men in jackets, etc...................

P.S. ladies if you are wearing heels, bring some flats to wait in line. Hopefully the wait won't be too long.

Please make sure you headshot and resume are up on our online service at Bostoncasting.com. It is a free service to you.


This is not an RIFC Production.

Auditions for Newport Film Salon

WHAT: Auditions for the NFS (Newport Film Salon) short film "Saving Place":

WHEN: Wednesday, August 29th, 5-8 p.m.

Callbacks on: Saturday, September 1st, 1-4 p.m.

WHERE: Middletown Public Library conference room

STORYLINE: Three grown children must agree on the division of property (their family beach house in Newport) following the untimely death of their mother.


Woman #1 – 37 years old

Woman #2 – 34 years old

Woman #3 – 45 years old

Man #1– 34 years old

Man #2 – 31 years old

Both SAG and non-SAG actors welcome to audition

PREPARE: Prepare a contemporary, dramatic, one-minute monologue. You will also read from actual script.

BRING: Headshots, experience, contact information.

AUDITION APPOINTMENTS NEEDED. For information call Paige Kane at: (401)662-9084.

This is not an RIFC Production.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007


August 25th and 26th 2007

50 actors needed for two-day exterior shoot in downtown New Bedford

SHOOT: August 25th / Saturday
Broadway Shoot 1840-50, [25 needed] 8 females / 17 males
younger rag-tag group ethnic, caucasian, a variety of ages

SHOOT: August 26th / Sunday
Southstreet Seaport NYC 1840, [25 needed] 3 females / 22 males
rough, character types / beefy, physically able, facial hair & long hair a plus
ethnic caucasian / 3 african-american / 1 asian, a variety of ages

* re-enActors with own costumes welcome

Stipend, AFTRA
Headshot & Resume
E-mail to frenchcurve@mindspring.com

Auditions were held earlier in August, but more actors may still be needed. Please call for further details 508-990-7779.

visit the web site at www.culturepark.org

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Special Preview of Bread, Butter & Bullets on 9/9/07

This comes to us from Nick Albanese:

OK, if you didn't know by now, I tell you! My new series BREAD, BUTTER, & BULLETS is coming to youtube.com next month! It's a great new comedy with myself and a group of wonderful actors. It's a crazy story about this Italian family that own a bakery on Federal Hill in Prov. It's going to be ten minute episodes every 2 weeks, or so on youtube.com.

We need your support! On Sun. Sept. 9, 2007 we are having a special preview of the first two episodes. Please come and support this great local talent. There will be 3 showings on that one day. Please call me and let me know at which time you would like to come and your name will be placed on the list plus whoever will be coming with you. BELOW ARE THE DETAILS. Please reserve soon, it will sell out fast!

DATE: 9/9/07 sunday
TIME: 5:30 pm, 7:00pm, 9:00pm (can only hold about 30 people each showing)
PRICE: $5 A PERSON (money will help us pay for advertisment for our show)

CONTACT: NICK @401-527-8973
CHECK OUT adquidneckmedia.com to see the actor's bios, click Bread, butter, & bullets.

Palmieri's bakery will be providing the goodies to eat. Sentinel Limo will also be there showing off some of their cars. Hope you all can make it! It's going to be a historic event!

This is not an RIFC Production

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

SAG Filmmakers, Showcase Your Work!

This comes to us from Mike Hoegen:

SAG Filmmakers,

We want to showcase your work!!

Boston Film Night is September 22 and we need more SAG short films and feature trailer submissions.

If you have produced any SAG contracted short film, feature trailer, or 48 Hour piece over the last couple of years please contact either me mick@mickhoegen.com or Fran Richmond frichmond@rcn.com for an application to this important community screening event.

Boston Film Night has become one of the communities favorite screening events - a submission will help get your work seen and talked about.

Thank you,

Mick Hoegen

This is not an RIFC Production.

Monday, August 13, 2007

RIIFF Sponsored Film Forums Open to the Public & FREE

The next program is slated for Tuesday, August 14th:


With its rich history, New England is awash with stories that touch the core of the American experience. Learn what it's like to shape and craft a documentary about the life of a New England original: Andre Dubus; whose stories celebrate human impulses and tenderness. Dubus' work includes "In The Bedroom" and "We Don't Live Here Anymore, and touch on universal themes that transcend the region. Meet award-winning author, now turned filmmaker, Edward J. Delaney, who discusses his premiere work "The Times Were Never So Bad: The Life of Andre Dubus." Learn what inspired its undertaking; how it was funded; and how the film was developed.

Who: Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF)
Where: Borders, Providence Place Mall, Providence, RI 02903
When: Tuesday, August 14th, at 7:00 p.m. For more information, please visit our Website:

This is not an RIFC Production.

Friday, August 10, 2007

BORDERS 10% Discount Coupon & RIIFF

Download your coupon today to save 10% at the Borders near you in Rhode Island and S. Attleboro, MA.

When you save 10% off your purchases, RIIFF will receive 10% as a contribution from Borders.
The coupon is good all day Friday, August 10th and Saturday, August 11th.
Download your coupon now!

This is not an RIFC Production.

Thursday, August 9, 2007

RIFC's Next Round of Pitches Starts Soon!

Wanna Make a Film? RIFC's Next Round of Pitches Starts Soon! The RIFC is looking for filmmakers to pitch their film projects for the next official production. RIFC's official productions get full access to RIFC's growing pool of filmmaking resources - from equipment, locations, cast and crew, to marketing and distribution opportunities. To participate in this round of pitches, please send a two- or three-page treatment of your pitch by Aug 15, 07 to pitches@rifcfilms.com.

Everyone is welcome to submit one or more pitches. Pitches do not need to have a completed script (but if you have one, send it along). Once we recieve your treatments, we'll set up a couple of pitch sessions and invite you to talk about your project in more detail. We look forward to hearing from you! Rhode Island Film Collaborativehttp://www.rifcfilms.com

The Short Film "Balance" Screens on Aug. 11

PROVIDENCE, RI - The award-winning short film BALANCE, written and directed by Chris Sparling, will screen on Saturday, August 11th at 2pm at the Providence Public Library as part of the 10th annual Rhode Island International Film Festival.

BALANCE tells the story of two ordinary parents who choose to do the unthinkable as their only son nears death. Struggling to find a balance between morality and mortality, the only thing they can do is what they think is right.

BALANCE will screen alongside several other short films, including Vin Fraioli's critically acclaimed THE STRANGE CASE OF MARIE FRANCE. Tickets will be available at the door, or you can purchase them online by visiting www.film-festival.org

This is not an RIFC Production.

Officers Meeting on 8-22-07

The Officers Meeting for the RIFC will be Wed 8-22-07 at 7:30pm at the Wild Colonial. Anyone interested in being an Officer or being on a Committee should be at this meeting.

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Best of Providence 48 HFP Screening & Awards Ceremony

This comes to us from Daniel Lee White:

Best of Providence 48HFPScreening and Awards Ceremony at theRhode Island International Film Festival!
The Best of Providence 48 Hour Film Project screening closes out the Rhode Island International Film Festival this year!

Sunday, August 12th
Columbus Theater, 270 Broadway in Providence

Tickets to the Best of Providence 48HFP Screening and Awards Ceremony will be only $5 for anyone on a 48HFP team, any 48HFP team ($10 to the public). Tickets may sell out, so be sure to get yours early! The following teams will be screened

Like a Glove by Bad Lab Productions
Maggie Blue by Bait & Tackle Ad Co.
The End by Chaos Pictures
Save Our Sac by Chickens on a Plane
Flashback by Cumby Crew
Writer's Block by Daylight Films
Superheros Anonymous by Fast Mummies
Made in Japan by Lightweight Exile
The Pitch by LTJ Films
Thomas Snodfellow by NuDirection
Writer’s Moon by Striped Rat Productions
Tri-Spy-Try by Striving Artists Theatre Company
Interviews by Team Edge
Peeping Twins by The Popular Kids from Class

This is an RIFC Production.

Canadian Film Breaks all Language Barriers

This is not an RIFC Production.

This comes to us from Bob Cooper, prguynow@yahoo.com 00-1-401-447-6474 Days/Evenings

Arthur’s Paradise uses Music and Visuals to tell its tale
(Quebec, Canada – Providence, Rhode Island, USA) The film “Arthur’s Paradise / Le Paradis d’Arthur” selected to be screened at the Rhode Island Internatinoal Film Festival was conceived by Filmmaker Luc Beauchamp as a film that would be universally understood in any language. His goal was to make a documentary film whose only dialogue was music combined with visuals to depict ordinary life on a Canadian farm, but with an “added twist to keep it interesting.”

Written, directed and produced by Beauchamp, an award winning Canadian filmmaker, the film uses visuals and music to stir emotion in any audience no matter what language they speak. It documents how a Quebec pig farmer named Arthur goes about his day to day chores that gives his audience a clear and insightful view of ordinary life on his farm. Then suddenly the documentary becomes something else as Arthur’s life is turned upside down. Chaos erupts and the secure and quiet humdrum life turns into a surrealistic and often humorous situation after situation of visuals and music.

Originally premiered at the Visions du Réel film festival in Montreal, critics called it a documentary, a fiction and some even called it a “UFO” movie. Academy Award-winning veteran filmmaker Frederique Back summed it up as, "…a tour de force of imagination and work."

The film premiers in the United States this Thursday, August 9th at the Annual Rhode Island International Film Festival, upstairs at the Columbus Theater, 270 Broadway in Providence at 2:00 pm.

Tickets area available from the RIIFF office (next to the theater) or online at www.RIFilmFest.org.

Filmmaker Luc Beauchamp will be in town for the screening and is accepting interviews.
RIIFF info is here:http://www.film-festival.org/ticketspasses.php
News Reporter info on the film is here: http://leparadisdarthur.com/DOSSIER_DE_PRESSE.html
Netima (distributor) info is here:http://www.netima.ca

Monday, August 6, 2007

Rhode Island Invites the World - "Make Your Movies Here"

This comes to us from Bob Cooper: prguynow@yahoo.com 00-1-401-447-6474 Days/Evenings
(Providence, Rhode Island, USA)

"Make your movies here in Rhode Island and we will welcome you to our neighborhood!" declares Steve Feinberg, Director of the Rhode Island Film and Television Office in a recent statement. His message comes on the eve of what is expected to be the biggest Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF) ever. According to RIIFF Programming Director Don Farias, the festival rejected over 1000 submissions even after opening more locations for public screening this year.

The "Rhode Island Film Forum," is also being held for two days during the festival to cover the nuts and bolts of filmmaking while promoting the benefits of filming in Rhode Island. Steve Feinberg is scheduled to make at least two appearances during this two day forum which features a talented group of professionals and an opportunity to network with others. RIIFF Executive Director/CEO George T. Marshall expects national and international interest in this year's forum and has issued a press release expected to be sent internationally in six different languages. "Now is the time to get involved," Marshall announced in his release. "The film industry here is growing in leaps and bounds, and while some states have cities that are imposing stricter rules on filmmaking, Rhode Island is growing more filmmaker friendly."

"If you ever thought about getting involved in the multi-million dollar film industry here, or the benefits of using your town or business as a location for filming you should probably attend this symposium," wrote Marshall. The Forum is open to those interested in any aspect of filmmaking, and attendees expected include aspiring Filmmakers, artists, Film Production Crews, Film Students, Artistic Directors, Film Vendors, Civic Organizations, Historic and Preservation Groups, Property Managers, Recreation Managers, Hotel Managers, Rental Agencies and representatives of various Rhode Island Cities & Towns.

The Rhode Island International Film Festival is being held August 7th through 12th. The Rhode Island Film Forum is held for two mornings, August 8th & 9th at the URI Feinstein Campus, 80 Washington Street in downtown Providence. A keynote luncheon will also be held during this event at 12:30 on August 9th at the Providence Biltmore Hotel Ballroom.
For more information on pricing, or tickets to the festival, or to register for the forum, or the luncheon, visit the RIIFF website at http://www.film-festival.org, call the RIIFF office at 401-861-4445, or stop by the RIIFF Office at 268 Broadway, Providence, Rhode Island.

Events for Filmmakers:

RIIFF Events List:

Tuesday August 7, 2007
Providence Performing Arts Center
220 Weybosset Street
7-9:00 p.m.: Opening Night Presentation, Short Films.
Free with filmmaker pass, guests $15
Lobby/Mezzanine Area
Filmmaker pass $25, guests $35
Sponsored by Tommy Bahama Rum and Harpoon Beer
Wednesday August 8, 2007
Caffé Dolce Vitae
DePasquale Square, Atwells Avenue
5-6:30 p.m.: Informal Filmmaker Gathering
Thursday August 9, 2007
Gallery Z
259 Atwells Avenue
“Green” filmmaker reception.
6-8 p.m.: Open to all filmmakers.
Complimentary refreshments
Westminster Park
“Viva Las Vegas” Outdoor Screening
50 Exchange Terrace
Fun Party with the Filmmakers
9:30-1:00 a.m.: “Let’s Find Lenny” Live band.
No Cover
Friday August 10, 2007
McCormick and Schmick’s
Adjacent to Biltmore Hotel
5-6:00 p.m.: Informal Filmmaker Gathering
123 Empire Street
9-11:00 p.m.: Matt Hartke, Live Music
Complimentary refreshments.
Filmmakers with pass-free, Guests $5
Dark Lady
124 Snow Street
11:00 p.m.: GBLT Party
No cover with pass from screening of “Four Letter Word”
Saturday August 11, 2007
Federal Reserve
60 Dorrance Street
4-6:00 p.m.: Awards Ceremony and Reception
$20 RSVP, filmmakers and guests
Complimentary Hors d’oeuvres
Waterplace Restaurant
1 Financial Way
10:00 p.m.: !Celebration! RIIFF ’07
Complimentary International Refreshments
Filmmakers with pass-free, $10 Guests
Sunday August 12, 2007
Columbus Theatre Upstairs Lobby
270 Broadway
9:00 p.m. WRAP PARTY
Staff, Volunteers, Filmmakers with Pass
MARCHING BAND AND INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC EDUCATION FILMCHOSEN AS OPENING FEATURE AT RHODE ISLANDINTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL>>The World Premiere of ‘From the 50 Yard Line,’ which has gained an international following ahead of its release, will take place Wednesday, August 8 at 7:00p.m. at the historic Columbus Theater in Providence.>Musical events are also planned in Providence before the Premiere as a show of support for instrumental music education.>>EVENTS TO REMEMBER:KICKOFF EVENT: Concert at Water Place Park in downtown Providence on Monday, August 6 from Noon to 1p.m. featuring a band from the University of Rhode Island and other groups to help kick off the festivities of the Film Festival week. Film makers will be present for interviews.>>PROMOTIONAL EVENT: Concert at Water Place Park in downtown Providence on Wednesday, August 8 from Noon to 1 p.m. featuring a band from the University of>Rhode Island and other groups to continue momentum for the Premiere of this ground-breaking film about marching bands and instrumental music education. Film>makers will be present for interviews.>>WORLD PREMIERE EVENT: The brass quintet “The Brass>Odyssey” from Rhode Island College will entertain the>crowd as they arrive in the lobby of the beautiful and>historic Columbus Theater at 270 Broadway in downtown>Providence, Rhode Island. The World Premiere>screening of “From the 50 Yard Line” will start at>7:00 p.m., but please come early to enjoy the music of>this wonderful quintet. Film makers and ‘stars’ of>the film will be present for interviews.

Sunday, August 5, 2007

The RIIFF Gala Opening Event

The 11th Annual Rhode Island International Film Festival will open with a Gala Evening at the PPAC Theater on Tuesday, August 7th.

In addition to the now signature showing of a series of short films, two other exclusive events will take place the same evening.

At 5pm a Red Carpet cocktail party will be held in the Marquee Room.
At 7pm The screening of short films will be held in the Grand Theater.
At 9pm an Opening Gala will be held in the lobby and mezzanine area.

All inclusive tickets for the evening are $100.
For more information visit: film-festival.org.

Film Forums Return to the Rhode Island International Film Festival

In the mornings on August 8th & 9th, forums addressing issues important to the film community will be held at the URI Feinstein Campus at 800 Washington St., downtown Providence. An impressive array of forum speakers have been assembled for these events.

Cost is $25 per forum, or a discount of $40 will give you access to both sessions. For more information about the RI Film Forum, the participants, or to enroll, go to the website for RIIFF at www.film-festival.org/RIForum.php to down load an application. Or call the RIIFF office at 401-861-4445. You can fax the application form back to 401-490-6735.

This is not an RIFC Production.

Saturday, August 4, 2007

RIIFF Selects Documentary on Fed Hill Italians for screening

Press Release
August 3, 2007
For Immediate Release
Bob Cooper, prguynow@yahoo.com 00-1-401-447-6474 Days/Evenings
Jon Raben, fedhilldoc@yahoo.com 401-942-3779

(Providence, Rhode Island, USA) The documentary film Italian Americans and Federal Hill has been selected by the Rhode Island International Film Festival for screening at the Columbus Theater in Providence on the big screen at 6pm on Saturday, Aug 11th. There will be one showing only.

This feature film by Jonathan Raben received a four star rating from Michael Janusonis of the Providence Journal, a five star rating from Frances Syner of the Federal Hill Gazette, a “thumbs up” from the National Italian American Foundation (NIAF News), was reviewed as far away as the Newsitalia Press in Italy, reported on Radiotelevisione Italiana (Italy's National Broadcaster) and heralded by the Annotico Report which is read by Italians worldwide.

This film is the first full length feature film made entirely in Rhode Island with all Rhode Island people to succeed commercially. DVD’s are available in a number of stores throughout Rhode Island (including Borders and Barnes & Noble) and there is interest developing from others across the United States and Italy.

Featuring personalities from many walks of life related to the Federal Hill neighborhood, the film relates the story, history, traditions, struggles and successes of Rhode Island’s Italian American community. This story shows how they succeeded in becoming part of the social fabric of Rhode Island, and is a shining example to future peoples immigrating to the United States.

The independently made film does not avoid controversy as it tackles discrimination and stereotyping head on. The soundtrack features live recordings of traditional Italian music.
For more information, visit the producer’s web site at www.italianamericansandfederalhill.com or the Rhode Island International Film Festival site at www.riiff.org.

This is not an RIFC Production.

Thursday, August 2, 2007

Musicians’ Tales are Told at the at 11th Annual Rhode Island International Film Festival

The 11th Annual Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF) recently announced its 2007 season, showing over 321 films from around the world in venues in Providence and throughout Rhode Island from August 7-12.

RIIFF has received national and international recognition and is a qualifying festival with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (the Oscars™). The largest film festival in New England, it includes films from many genres, as well as gala events and educational workshops.

RIIFF has always endeavored to integrate music into the Festival and this year is screening some of the best film stories about several legendary musicians, both from the past and present. Come and explore the fascinating lives of these musicians from around the country and the world.

Highlights of this year’s films include:

The Golden Voice
Providence Black Repertory Theater
Friday, August 10 at 6:00 pm

This narrative short reenacts the story of talented and beautiful Cambodian singer Ros Sereysothea, who was captured by the Khmer Rogue during the last stage of her life. In the wake of Pol Pot's genocidal rule, her music survived only on rare bootlegged cassette tapes and vintage vinyl kept hidden during the Communist years. Learn about a tragic piece of her captivating life and hear her “golden voice”.

Been Down That Muddy Road: The Legend Of Joe Barry
Providence Black Repertory Theater
Wednesday, August 8 at 6:00 pm

Joe Barry, the legendary blues musician from Southern Louisiana and Southeast Texas, struggled with personal and professional demons, giving up on music several times to pursue careers as diverse as pimp, preacher and mercenary. This documentary weaves the stories of his songs into the colorful tapestry of a remarkable man who has done it all.

Sounds of a Miracle
Providence Black Repertory Theater
Wednesday, August 8 at 6:00 pm

(Precedes “Been Down That Muddy Road”) This documentary film explores the world of Earnestine Rodgers Robinson. Despite no formal music training, with her faith and family, she rises from her humble southern roots to become an amazing composer of classical music that takes her to Carnegie Hall and Prague…Hear and a see a miracle!

Na Kamalei: Men of Hula
The Shore Break Cinema (Naragansett, RI)
Friday, August 10 at 7:00 pm

In the 1970s, Robert Cazimero played a key part in the resurgence of Hawaiian music and culture. That resurgence began a career that many years later is stronger than ever. Musician, composer, and master hula teacher...his work in all of these areas is well-known throughout the world. This documentary film explores the revival of men who dance the hula as they prepare to compete in the world’s largest hula festival.

Note that venues and times may change. Visit http://www.rifilmfest.org for the latest news and schedules.

This is not an RIFC Production.

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

"Sleather" and other Trailers Premiering Tonight at 7:00

This comes to us from the Sleather Production Team:

We all love the hillbillys scene that's been out for about a year now but the new "Sleather" trailer will be premiering tonight before the screenings of the 48 hour film project at 7pm at the Columbus theater in Providence RI. As many of you know Sleather is a feature length comedy and has been in production since October of 2005 at sixty locations throughout Rhode Island and its surrounding areas. In addition to the Sleather trailer there will be trailers for other local independent films including "Hungry" (also produced by the Sleather team in conjunction with the Rhode Island Film collaborative. Cast and crew members from sleather can be found on various teams participating in the 48 hour film project and several of those teams films will be screened tonight as well. We hope to see you there tonight and we hope you stay to celebrate with us after the screenings.

Thank you all for your support of this film which means so much to so many of us.


The Sleather Production Team



Evening with Filmmaker Les Blank

This comes to us from Jennifer Kaplan of Filmmaker's Collaborative (not to be confused with the Rhode Island Film Collaborative):

Presented by Woods Hole Film Festival and Filmmakers Collaborative. 40 year filmmaker Les Blank will be coming to MIT on Wed, August 8, 2007 from 7-9 pm. The event will take place at Bartos Theatre at MIT, 20 Ames St. Cambridge. Cost is $10 before August 6; $20 at the door (cash). Clips of the following films will be shown: “The Blues According to Lightnin’ Hopkins”, “Werner Herzog eats his shoe”, “A Portrait of Ricky Leacock”.

Thanks –
Jennifer Kaplan
Special Projects Director Filmmaker's Collaborative
397 Moody Street
Waltham, MA 02453

This is not an RIFC Production.