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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

2010 Roving Eye Film Festival to be Held at Roger Williams University

BRISTOL, RI (04/20/2010)(readMedia)-- FLICKERS: Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF) and Roger Williams University (RWU) are presenting the fifth annual Roving Eye Film Festival from April 22 to April 25. The event aims to celebrate cinematic art and artists from around the world and to evoke discussions on topics of global and local importance.

A total of 40 films will be screened during the festival, 25 of which were produced outside of the United States. Roving Eye screenings are free of charge and open to the public. The Roger Williams University Bristol campus will host nearly all screenings, with the exception of one community film screening taking place at the Barrington Public Library on Friday, April 23.

The full 2010 Roving Eye Film Festival program can be found at: www.film-festival.org/RovingEye10.SCHED.php.

The Roving Eye Film Festival's 2010 slogan is "You Know You Want to Look." This year's Festival will address issues and news items of global importance, including the political landscape in Iran, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, human rights, the death penalty and global sustainability.

This year marks the first time the Roving Eye Film Festival will add a special animation focus, a demonstration by the Society for Creative Anachronism as well as a frightful horror film night to its program.

Alongside the film premieres, Roger Williams University's student-run radio station, WQRI, will be presenting a concert on campus in partnership with the Festival. The national headliner for the show is Four Year Strong with supporting opening acts from The Life I Lead and Rhode Island native, Dan Mills. The concert will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 24, at the RWU Recreation Center. Tickets are $5 in advance and $10 the day of the show. Tickets may be purchased online at: https://secure.www.alumniconnections.com/olc/pub/RWU/events/event_order.cgi?tmpl=events&event=2248799.

Under the guidance of RIIFF and RWU, the 2010 Roving Eye Film Festival was developed through interdepartmental participation of RWU students and faculty. Eighteen students enrolled in the new RWU class, "Curation and Film Festival Production," designed specifically to produce the Roving Eye Film Festival. This upper-level class, taught by George T. Marshall, RWU professor and executive director of RIIFF, spent the semester planning event logistics, curating more than 200 international films and marketing the 2010 Festival.

About RWU: Roger Williams University is a leading independent, coeducational liberal arts university at which students live and learn to be global citizens. With 40 academic programs and an array of co-curricular activities on its Bristol, R.I., campus, RWU is committed to its mantra of learning to bridge the world. Under the leadership of President Roy J. Nirschel, Ph.D., the University has achieved unprecedented academic and financial successes. In 2009, U.S. News & World Report named RWU the seventh-ranked baccalaureate college in the north.

About FLICKERS: Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF): RIIFF discovers and empowers filmmakers. Held in Providence, and locations throughout the state of Rhode Island, RIIFF is one of only a handful of festivals worldwide that is a qualifying event for the Academy Awards (i.e. "Oscars"). RIIFF incorporates gala celebrations, premiere screenings, VIP guests, industry seminars, educational programs, and award ceremonies into a weeklong extravaganza. Cited as one of the "Best International and Short Film Festivals in the United States," RIIFF is New England's largest film festival, screening a record 175 films. Its innovative programming, cultivated industry ties, and loyal audiences have made the Festival a strategic and desirable platform for film premieres, drawing hundreds of independent filmmakers from around the globe. This year's Festival takes place August 10-15, 2010.

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