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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.


The Rhode Island International Film Festival Proudly Hosts its 10th Annual KidsEye™ Sidebar Festival August 4-10thth 

Providence, R.I. (July 27, 2008)—The KidsEye™ International Film Festival will once again showcase the best works of young filmmakers from around the world August 4-10th. This year, the Bell Street Chapel, 5 Bell Street in Providence will serve as the central host for the program. Other screening locations include the Providence Place Cinemas 16, the Providence Performing Arts Center, the Columbus Theatre Arts Center, and the “Empire Theatre” at the Providence Public Library. The KidsEye™ International Film Festival is a sidebar of the annual Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF) and serves as an opportunity to all young filmmakers to present their latest work which includes documentaries, features, music videos, dramas, animation, oral histories, video poetry, experimental, & even PSA’s

KidsEye™ at RIIFF is a two-part program. The first part takes place in July with the annual KidsEye Filmmaking Summer Camp. The KidsEye™ program is directed by Alyssa Holland Short and Keith Brown. The summer camp is based at the University of Rhode Island’s Kingston Campus, with support from the College Arts & Sciences and the Film Media Program. This year,  35 campers from across the country put their filmmaking skills to use. They produced films that will make up a part of the August film festival. These films along with others received from young filmmakers from around the world compose the twenty-seven films that will be screening at this year’s Festival.

The 2008 KidsEye™ Festival features work by already established young filmmaker Joseph Procopio from Toronto, Canada. Joe has been screening his work at RIIFF and KidsEye™ since he was eight years old. He is now 14. Having already created more than a handful of short films, Joe has screened his films at many festivals internationally including: South by Southwest (SXSW) and The Chicago International Children’s Film Festival, among others. He brings two new premieres to Rhode Island this year: “Contagious” and “Tiny Pillows.”

Some of this year’s highlights include the memorable action/adventure film “The Flyboys” directed by Rocco DeVilliers, which will be given two screenings, one at the Bell Chapel and the other at Providence Place Cinemas 16; the hilarious “The Adventures of Food Boy,” directed by Dane Cannon, and featuring Lucas Grabeel, fresh from Disney’s popular “High School Musical” series where he played Ryan Evans; Michele Meek’s locally directed charmer, “Red Sneakers;” Christopher R. Watsons heartwarming “The Rainbow Tribe” with David James Elliott from TV’s “Jag;” “JUMP!”  directed by Helen Hood Scheer, about competitive jump rope that follows five teams nationwide for two years as they single-mindedly pursue the dream of becoming World Champions; and “Katrina’s Children” directed by Laura Belsey, a timely and memorable, multi-faceted portrait of nineteen children, ages 5 through 13, from different neighborhoods of New Orleans.Told entirely from the children's point of view, the film captures with vivid poignancy the tragic ramifications of the greatest man made and natural disaster in modern American History.

KidsEye Festival awards are offered for Best Feature, Best Short and Best Animation. Winners receive trophies, passes and an opportunity to have their work screened during RIIFF’s “Best of Fest Week” after the main festival.

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 Rhode Island International Film Festival and the KidsEye™ program are produced by 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.


Ticket PRICES:

Morning Single show:

Adult $8         Child $6 with group discounts available 

Afternoon & Evening shows:

Adult $10       Child $6 with group discounts available

Advance ticket sales for screenings and special events are available through the RIIFF website ( Student, group, and senior discounts are also available with advance booking. All tickets can be purchased at the door on the day of the screening. 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 or log onto www.


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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 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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