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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.



(Providence, RI March 30, 2008) The Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF) teams up with the Long Island Gay and Lesbian Film to host the Original GLBT Expo’s Video Lounge, April 5 and 6TH, 2008 at the Jacob Javits Center, New York City. The Expo's attendance reaches 20,000 annually and attracts people from all over the world. The lounge will consist of 400 square feet on the floor of the Expo and will provide Expo attendees with entertainment and relaxation, showcasing New York and New England’s GLBT Film makers and the latest videos featuring the main stage performers.

“Every year, RIIFF participates at this respected Expo in the Big Apple where we promote the Festival, our GLBT sidebar and encourage visitors to come visit the Ocean State,” said George T. Marshall, Executive Director of the Rhode Island International Film Festival.

“This year, along with our popular booth, we will be co-hosting the first-ever video lounge with our friends at the Long Island Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. This promises to be an exciting event as many of our alumni filmmakers will be on hand to answer questions and present new work.”

“The video lounge is shaping up to be an exciting venue for film makers to connect to their audience, and publicize their latest films,” states Adam Short, RIIFF’s Producing Director.

“Thanks to the hard work of Stephen Flynn, director of the Long Island Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, we will have NY film makers introducing trailers for their movies that will be premiering on the festival circuit this year, shorts films, and plenty of music videos. It promises to be an exceptional marketing opportunity and a means to promote the Ocean State as a GLBT-friendly destination.

“Our thanks to the City of Providence, the Providence/Warwick CVB, and the City of Warwick for their support,” added Mr. Short.


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 week long 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.

For more information, write RIIFF, P.O. Box 162, Newport, RI 02840. Telephone: 401-861-4445. E-mail: The official website is located at

A full schedule for the Video Lounge is below. The filmmakers and music artists will appear with their videos. The schedule is subject to change without notice.


Saturday, April 5, 2008

11AM-12 Noon – Film Festival Videos

12PM- Erin Greenwell- (clip from “21”, a short pastiche”Aguas de Marco”, trailers for film “MOM’ and new short “Overnight Book”)

12:45PM- Ryan Janek Wolinksi- (trailer for “Love, June”)

1PM- Frederick Ford- (music videos including “Out of the Dark” and trailer for film)

1:30PM – Hot New Talent (music videos) - Soce the Elemental Wizard with rapper Deadlee “Looking Back”, Josh Zuckerman with Animator/Director Todd Wahnish “Another Reason”, Keo Nozari “Question of Monogamy” Adam Barta "I Wanna Hold You"

2PM- Casper Andreas- (short “Mormor’s Visit”, trailer for “A Four Letter Word” and clip from new film “Between Love & Goodbye")

3PM- Don Newcomb and John Goodwin- (animated shorts “Fabulousity” and “Fairy Tale: Next Gen”)

3:30PM- Leah Meyerhoff- (music videos "Team Queen" and "Eternal Flame")

4PM- Adrian Benjamin Burke- (short “A Soldier’s Choice”)

4:30PM – New Yorkers Respond With Music ( music videos) – Deepa Soul “911 I Can’t Breathe” World Premiere, Brian Kent “Breathe Life” World Premiere, Dazzle Dancers “The Love Boat”

5PM- Elizabeth McCarthy – (short “Broken Strings”)

5:30PM- Randy Jones- (music videos from new CD “Ticket to the World”)

6PM- Wrapping Up (selected videos)


Sunday, April 6, 2008

Noon – 1 PM Film Festival Videos

1PM- Todd Verow- (trailers for new film “Between Something & Nothing” & other films)

1:30PM- Cheryl Furjanic- (short film “Bar Talk” and the trailer for new feature “Sync or Swim”)

2PM- Spencer Schilly– (trailers for the features “The Houseboy” & “Summer Thunder”)

2:30PM - Kevin Choi- (shorts “Game Boy” and “Dissolution of Bodies”)

3PM- Soman Chainini- (shorts “Kali Ma” and “Davy & Stu”)

4PM – Billboard Divas on the Dance Floor (Music Videos) – Jade Esteban Estrada “Bella Moena”, Heather Leigh West “Drop a House”,amberRose Marie “Destiny”, France Joli “Artist Highlight Reel”

4:30PM- Ari Gold- (music videos)

5PM –Wrapping Up (selected videos) Film Festival Videos include: Jay Spears Music Videos- (“I Like Mike” and "Smak Dem Christians Down"), David Quantic- (“Push It”), Kurt Koehler and James Edward Quinn-(“Superfag”, “Taco Chick and Salsa Girl”and “The Incredible Dyke”), Christopher Swank- (“Daily Routine”), Austin Young -(“The Stroke”), Jason & deMarco- (“This Is Love”),–(“Masquerade”), Luther Mace Charles Lum Videos, Diane Wilkins- (“Boot Scootin Beauty”), Steve Hutton- (“AE4HG”)




Saturday,April 5, 2008: 11 am- 7 pm

Sunday,April 6, 2008: 12 pm- 6 pm

Original GLBT Expo:

Rhode Island International Film Festival:

Long Island Gay & Lesbian Film Festival:

Jacob K. Javits Convention Center

38th & 11th Aves | New York City

For directions call 212-216-2000

To Get 5$ Off Admission



Comments (1)

Bella Morena

I believe Jade Esteban Estrada's song is called "Bella Morena."


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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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