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The FLICKERS: Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF), has secured its place in the global community as the portal for the best in international independent cinema, earning the respect of domestic and foreign filmmakers, filmgoers and trend watchers. This confluence of art and commerce brought together world-class celebrities, award-winning filmmakers, new talent and audience members in record numbers last year. Ranked as one of the top 12 Festivals in the United States, RIIFF is also a qualifying festival for the Short Film Academy Award through its affiliation with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. There are 65 film festivals worldwide which share this distinction and RIIFF is the only festival in New England.
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THE 2008 PROVIDENCE GLBT FILM FESTIVAL RETURNS WITH A FOCUS ON ADDRESSING SOCIETAL ISSUES

The Rhode Island International Film Festival Once Again Hosts

Popular Gay & Lesbian Sidebar August 5-10th

 

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (July 26, 2008)— One of the most popular cinematic sidebars of the annual Rhode Island International Film Festival returns for its 1t2h year: the Providence GLBT Film Festival, August 5-10th. Films made by, for and about the GLBT community have played an integral role in RIIFF, one of New England’s premiere film festivals. This year the GLBT festival is screening 27 films from across the globe on an array of topics that touch everything from relationships, bisexuality, cancer survival, Crystal Meth addiction, a documentary on Rhode Island drag queens, to a mockumentary by actor, Dan Butler. A key theme that will surface throughout the Festival is the role of the individual in society and where does one’s conscience begin and social responsibility end. This theme is pointedly addressed by four of this year’s most significant GLBT films that will be screened.

 

“Over the years, we have worked hard at seamlessly integrating these exceptional films with non-GLBT films in order to introduce general audiences to work they might not otherwise see,” said Sinan Akyuz, RIIFF’s GLBT programming coordinator. “The 27 films selected to represent this popular sidebar have been spread throughout the festival and not locked into one time zone.

 

“We are very pleased to be working with the Bell Street Chapel in Providence where a major portion of this work will be screened,” added Chase Huneke, RIIFF’s Program Manager. “As part of our partnership and community outreach, RIIFF will donate 50% of the gate to the Bell Street Chapel to help underwrite their year-round GLBT efforts.”

 

The Rhode Island International Film Festival will take place August 5th through 10th, 2008. Ranked as a one of the Top 12 Film Festivals in the United States, this world-class festival will be held at venues around the capital of Providence. RIIFF features screenings, filmmaking workshops, meet-and-greet industry events and two industry symposia. Aiming to promote Rhode Island as a filmmaking location and to celebrate the independent filmmaking spirit, RIIFF also hosts a number of high-profile premières and provides a showcase for international features, documentaries, and shorts. This year, the Festival will have 50 World and 41 US/North American Premieres.

 

This films in this year’s Providence Gay & Lesbian Film Festival sidebar cover a wide range topics and include such stars as Dan Butler, Richard Gere, Jane Lynch, Karen Black, Alec Baldwin, Greg Louganis, Jasmine Guy, Bruce Vilanch, Alec Mapa, Nichelle Nichols, Jane Lynch, Elaine Hendrix, Marcia Wallace, Vernon Wells; the opening and closing night films that were showcased at Newfest: “Tru Loved,” and the critically acclaimed “Were the World Mine;” Casper Andreas’ latest feature that has been wowing the festival circuit; a documentary on the Bailey-Boushay House which broke ground during the height of fear and discrimination around the AIDS epidemic in the late 80's; and Michael Selditch’s amazing “Eleven Minutes” that witnesses the dramatic and comic escapades of “Project Runway's” Jay McCarroll.

 

A complete list of films screening at this year’s GLBT Festival follows with show times and venues. Along with these 27 films made for, by, and about the GLBT community, the Rhode Island International Film Festival will be screening 289 plus films the week of the festival on an array of brilliant topics that will be sure to captivate its audiences. As the largest film festival in New England, RIIFF prides itself in screening the best of independent film there is, at venues throughout the state of Rhode Island.

 

A wide range of films will be screened during the week of the 12th Annual Rhode Island International Film Festival.  Besides the Courthouse Center for the Arts in West Kingston, venues will be scattered throughout the state’s prestigious capital city. They include: The Cable Car Cinema, the Providence Public Library, Gallery Z, the Bell Street Chapel, Columbus Theatre Arts Center, Brown/RISD Hillel, URI Feinstein Providence, Providence Black Repertory Theatre, and the RISD Museum. 

 

The Rhode Island International Film Festival is supported in part by the City of Providence, the Providence Tourism Council, the Providence Department of Arts, Culture & Tourism, WJAR TV10, The Providence Phoenix, Clear Channel Communications, Sony, the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, Amtrak, Rule Broadcast/Boston Camera, the Biltmore Hotel, Amtrak, H.B. Communications, the URI's College of Arts and Sciences, URI's Feinstein College of Continuing Education, the URI Film Media Program, Enterprise Rent-a-Car, Art New England Magazin, Columbia Fun Maps, The Guide and contributions from members and community supporters.

 

The Flickers Arts Collaborative, an organization with 25 years of experience presenting major artistic events as well as independent and foreign films to the public, produces the Rhode Island International Film Festival.

 

Advance ticket sales for screenings and special events are available through the RIIFF website (www.RIFilmFest.org). Student, group, and senior discounts are also available with advance booking. To purchase tickets or obtain more information about any aspect of RIIFF, call 401-861-4445; or write RIIFF, 268 Broadway, Providence, RI 02903; email info@film-festival.org. or log onto www. RIFilmFest.org.

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(FLICKERS: Rhode Island International Film Festival)

George Thomas Marshall is the founder and producing director of the Flickers the Newport Film Society & Arts Collaborative, a non-profit organization with 29 years of experience producing programming and creative outlets for filmmakers, visual and performing artists. In addition to producing the acclaimed Rhode Island International Film Festival, one of Flickers' most successful events to date, it also created the annual Jubilé Franco-Américain - a week-long celebration of French Canadian culture, art and cuisine which is held annually in Northern R.I. This event was awarded the Governor's Tourism Award and drew over 20,000 annually.

Mr. Marshall created, produced and hosted the fine arts informational television program, "Between Takes," which received numerous awards from the states of R.I., Massachusetts and national recognition. His work has won three and been nominated for four New England Emmy awards, won four national Telly awards, top prizes at WorldFest Houston, and won three national Communicator Awards for Excellence. He also teaches communications, television production, public speaking and acting for camera courses at various colleges and universities in the area and serves as media / marketing consultant to businesses and non-profit organizations. Mr. Marshall is a frequent contributor and participant on industry panels and seminars exploring the evolution, culture, growth and future of independent film.

Mr. Marshall holds bachelors and masters degrees in political science with a focus on communications from the University of Rhode Island and Brown University, respectively, and studied film at the University of Southern California. He serves on the board of directors for Christmas in Newport and has served as the vice chairman of the Newport Cultural Commission, where he created the city of Newport's First Night Celebration, the annual Scholarship Award, and the January Film Festival. He is a member of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, a Media Panelist for the Massachusetts Cultural Council, Alliance for Community Media, the International Television Association and listed in the International Who's Who of Professionals. He was selected in the fall of 2002 and 2003 as "One of the Most Influential People" in Rhode Island by the Providence Phoenix. In 2003, he was made a Rhode Island Foundation Fellow for his role as an arts leader in the state. In January 2005, he was presented with an Alumni Achievement Award in the Arts from the University of Rhode Island. In 2007, he was recognized by Mayor David M. Cicilline and the City of Providence with a Citizen Citation for his achievements in the arts and the media industry. In 2008, he was cited by the Providence Phoenix as one of "30 Local Luminaries" in the state of Rhode Island. Currently he is promoting the restoration of the Columbus Theatre in Providence and its use as a community arts center and spurring the evolution of a new regional advocacy group, the North Eastern Film Alliance.

In 2006, he created a Special Topics Course at Roger Williams University on Documentary Film and Journalism, which he now teaches yearly during the Spring semester. He recently completed a chapter entitled "Teaching Digital Documentary Film New Technologies Meet the Art of Storytelling" for the new college text book: “Teaching with Multimedia: Pedagogy in the Blogo/Websphere,” which is being released in 2010. He was on a committee that developed the New Media & the Global Diaspora Symposium, at RWU October 2008, where he chaired a panel on international media and film. He is working with faculty on developing a Film Minor for the Communications Department at Roger Williams University. In the Fall of 2009, he introduced the first Film and Video course on campus. In the Spring of 2010, he introduced a new course to the curriculum: "Curation and and Film Festival Production." Currently, he is enaged with school administration in establishing the Roving Eye Film Festival as a yearly event on campus and will bring the Tournées French Film Festival to campus for the 2010-2011 academic year.

In the Fall of 2008, Mr. Marshall chaired a panel on Documentary Film at the Ruff Cutz Indie Film Conference, Center for Digital Imaging Arts at Boston University, Waltham, MA. and presented on a panel at the International Film Festival Summit (IFFS) in Las Vegas, Nevada. His topic was creating new modalities for "Building a Culture of Community Outreach." In 2010, along with the Martha's Vineyard International Film Festival and the Woods Hole Film Festival, he was a principal in the creation of the New England Film Festival Alliance (NEFFA), an organization designed to link New England Film Festivals and create a nexus for joint sponsorships, information sharing and cross-promotion.

In the Fall of 2010, Mr. Marshall will introduce a new film Festival that he created to the New England region: the Flickers: North Country Film Festival. Scheduled to launch at The Balsams in Dixville Notch, NH, the Festival has been designed with the specific intent to spur cultural tourism and job creation.


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