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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.
BLYTHE DANNER TO RECEIVE RIIFF'S 2008 CREATIVE VISION AWARD
Acclaimed Actress to Receive Recognition at this Year's Film Festival
PROVIDENCE, RI: Every year, the Rhode Island International Film Festival recognizes outstanding directors, actors, and film talent for their contributions to the art of filmmaking with the Creative Vision Award. Actress Blythe Danner will be the 2008 recipient of this esteemed award. Danner’s gleaming performances are an inspiration to our local theater and filmmaking community. Danner’s film “Side by Each” will be featured in this year’s festival, and have its World Premiere on Saturday, August 9th at the Columbus Theartre Arts Center, 270 Broadway, Providence, RI. Special guests and friends of the actress are expected to be in attendance. Tickets are $10 for the screening and can be purchased in advance by calling 401.861.445 or at the door.
Blythe Danner is a woman of many talents. As a twice over Emmy Award and Tony Award winner she is a success story in the world of media artistry. Her bright career can be traced back to RIIFF’s hometown, Providence, RI.
Ms. Danner first took to the stage with the Trinity Repertory Company located in the heart of Providence. By the early age of 25, she had already gained national recognition by winning the Theatre World Award for her performance in The Miser. This was only the beginning of a long line of tremendous achievements.
Danner shines in a plethora of great films including The Great Santini, 1776, The Prince of Tides, Brighton Beach Memoirs, Meet the Parents, Meet the Fockers, and, most recently, The Last Kiss. She does not solely work on film, however, despite her big screen triumphs. Showbiz history was made when Danner earned a record three Emmy nominations for her work in Will and Grace, Huff, and Back When We Were Grownups.
An ode to Danner’s priorities and character, she has inspired and worked with famed actress and daughter, Gwyneth Paltrow. She costarred in the 1992 TV movie Cruel Doubt with Paltrow as well as 2003’s Sylvia in which she played her mother. Danner was the first person thanked in Paltrow’s acceptance speech for her Academy Award win for Shakespeare in Love.
Previous recipients of RIIFF’s Creative Vision Award have been Rhode Island Director, Michael Corrente; German directing legend, Rosa von Praunheim and Elaine Lorillard, Founder of the Newport Jazz Festival.
The Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF) is dedicated to the creation of opportunities for artistic interaction and exchange among independent filmmakers, directors, producers, distributors, backer, and the film-going community. Rhode Island Providence Mayor David M. Cicilline, and Congressman James Langevin serve as honorary chairs to this year’s event. During the 2008 event, 289 films will be presented.
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 Magazine 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.
ABOUT THE RHODE ISLAND INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL:
The Rhode Island International Film Festival (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 300 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 5-10, 2008.
For more information, write RIIFF, P.O. Box 162, Newport, RI 02840. Telephone: 401-
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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
media / marketing consultant to businesses and
organizations. Mr. Marshall is a frequent
contributor and participant on industry panels and seminars exploring
the evolution, culture, growth and future of independent film.
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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