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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.
YOUNG FILMMAKERS PUT THEIR SKILLS TO WORK AT KIDSEYE CAMP
Annual Summer Camp Gives Young People The Chance to
Experience the Art Of Filmmaking!
(PROVIDENCE, RI) March 5, 2008— The KidsEye™ Summer Filmmaking Camp returns this July 7-11, 2008 for its benchmark tenth year anniversary. KidsEye™ is a five-day summer camp held at the University of Rhode Island in Kingston, RI, that exposes young people to the basics of filmmaking through interactive workshops. With approximately 35 participants ages 8-17 that attend each KidsEye™ has grown in popularity in recent years.
The five-day camp includes sessions on screenwriting, storyboarding, acting, directing, and production design. The activities during the week offer hands-on experiences and culminate in the production of short films directed by and starring KidsEye™ participants. Over the past few years the camp has expanded, allowing children to learn more about what it takes to make a movie. This year, the program welcomes visiting guest director Jeffrey Roth, whose acclaimed film on the American astronauts who landed on the moon, “The Wonder of it All,” screened at the Rhode Island International Film Festival in 2007. Also joining the staff is James Hill, who brings with him years of technical expertise working with the AFI (American Film Institute) in Los Angeles.
“It’s a good experience because kids like to do this and there’s a place where they can come to hang out and do what they love most, making movies,” said Taylor, a 13-year-old cinematographer from Harrisville, RI.
According to Keith Brown, co-Director of the KidsEye™ Program and an award-winning filmmaker, “The camp is overall a great experience for young people interested in any area of filmmaking because it allows them to step into the roles of screenwriters, actors, directors, and crew, and learn the important lessons of working as a team to complete a final project.”
The 2008 KidsEye™ Summer Filmmaking Camp will run from Monday, July 7th- Friday July 11th daily from 9 AM-3 PM. Registration for the KidsEye™ Summer Camp Program is now open for 2008. The registration fee is $340 and includes the KidsEye™ Filmmaking Guide, official KidsEye™ T-shirt, a DVD copy of film, and admission to the KidsEye™ International Film Festival during the main RIIFF in August, as well as a special World Premiere Night of the films made during the camp. Scholarship applications are available at the Rhode Island International Film Festival website.
The program directors of KidsEye™ are educator George T. Marshall, and educator/filmmaker Keith Brown. The 2008 KidsEye™ Camp is sponsored by the University of Rhode Island College of Arts & Sciences, the URI Film Media Program, Sony, NBC WJAR TV 10, and Amtrak.
For more information or to obtain a KidsEye™ application for the 2008 Summer Filmamking Camp, write to KidsEye, P.O. Box 162, Newport, RI 02840. Telephone: 401-861-4445. E-mail: email@example.com. Applications can also be downloaded directly from the RIIFF website at www.film-festival.org/KidsEye.php.
Marshall George T.
(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
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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