The 12th Annual Roving Eye International Film Festival created by Roger Williams University in partnership with Flickers’ Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF) kicks off April 17th and runs through the 23rd. This year’s programming features over 60 films from across the world including Academy Award nominees and winners, numerous World and US Premieres; panel discussions/symposia; visiting filmmakers and student film showcases. The event will conclude with the Spring 2017 Soforenko Foundation Film/Speaker Series On The Jewish Experience. All screening are free and open to the public and will take place on campus.
The Festival theme this year is “Connecting Through Storytelling.” The Roving Eye International Film Festival promises to be a portal for discovery for film, arts and culture lovers across the region at this year’s celebration. Complementing this year’s cinematic offerings, the campus will be alive with a bounty of special presentations from a highly anticipated screening of the new documentary by Steven Feinberg, Executive Director of the RI Film & Television Office, that chronicles the creation of the Pell Educational Grants.
To see a listing of this year’s programming and to learn more about the Roving Eye Festival, go to http://www.film-festival.org/RovingEye.php.
The event will conclude with the Spring 2017 Soforenko Foundation Film/Speaker Series On The Jewish Experience on April 18, 20 and 23. The sidebar program on The Jewish Experience will feature short films, documentary, media and guest speakers. This year’s programming explores representations of the Jewish experience in Israel, across the globe and the Holocaust through 15 premiere films. For more information go to http://www.film-festival.org/RovingEye_JewishExperience17SPRING.php
Students at the University, with the guidance of Flickers’ Rhode Island International Film Festival, create the Roving Eye International Film Festival through the Film Minor senior-level course, Curation and Film Festival Production. Flickers’ Executive Director and RWU Professor, George T. Marshall teaches the class. This year, 16 students spent the first part of the spring semester reviewing more than 500 films provided by Flickers and from there went on to create the entire Roving Eye Festival. The 2017 Roving Eye International Film Festival is sponsored by The RI Film & the Television Office; Flickers’ Rhode Island International Film Festival; WSBE Rhode Island PBS; Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia, Edge Media Network, the Edwin S. Soforenko Foundation; Roger Williams University Office of the Provost; the RWU Department of Communication and Graphic Design, the RWU Feinstein College of Arts and Sciences, Dean Robert Cole; Roberta Adams, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs; the RWU Film Production Collaborative, the RWU Screenwriter’s Guild, RWU Hillel, and the Spiritual Life Office.