BRISTOL, R.I. – FLICKERS: Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF) and Roger Williams University are proud to present the eighth annual Roving Eye International Film Festival™. The popular and acclaimed event, celebrating global cinema and artists, will take place April 14 to 19 and April 28, where more than 40 international films will be showcased – many United States premieres. All screenings are free to the general public. Screenings will take place on the RWU campus in the Global Heritage Hall building and the Mary Tefft White Cultural Center.
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 course, Curation and Film Festival Production. Flickers’ Executive Director and RWU adjunct faculty member George T. Marshall teaches the senior-level course. Students spend the first part of the spring semester reviewing more than 600 films and create, curate and market the entire event. Roberta E. Adams, assistant dean of Humanities and Performing Arts, is the Festival Chair, linking faculty adjudicators with students, RIIFF and the RWU administration in a unique collaboration.
The eighth annual Roving Eye International Film Festival will cover themes ripped from the headlines: politics in Iran; veterans coming home from the War on Terror; Earth Day; and escaping the web of poverty in the inner city. This year’s Festival will also include a special student film program. The Festival’s teaser is “You Know You Want to Look.”
This year’s programming will feature short films from Japan through a new collaboration with Short Shorts Film Festival Asia, an official qualifier for short film nominations to the Academy Awards; a focus on the Jewish Experience and lecture by Debórah Dwork, Rose Professor of Holocaust History and director of the Strassler Family Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Clark University; premieres of new student work, and a diversity program for the LGBTQ community.
Many of the film's directors will be in attendance, including Ben Popik, whose film, “The Exquisite Corpse Project” was described as “wildly original and consistently entertaining” by the Huffington Post. Panel/roundtable discussions include “Visions of Light: The Story of WaterFire” with filmmaker and two-time New England Academy Award winner Joseph A. Rocco and Barnaby Evans, creator of WaterFire; “Creating Documentary Films: Hungry in the West End” with RWU Adjunct Professor of Communications John Martin whose film, “Hungry in the West End,” explores hunger issues in Providence’s West End elderly community; “Breaking Barriers: Global Storytelling” with Mary Healy Jamiel, creator of “Holy Water-Gate,” which earned the CINE Golden Eagle Award for Investigative Journalism and a Rhode Island International Film Festival Best Documentary Award, and Judy Laster, executive director of the Woods Hole Film Festival; “Non-Fiction Films: Discovering the World, One Story at a Time, Part Two” with Gary Glassman, an award-winning Providence-based producer who has created nearly 50 programs for NOVA, National Geographic and BBC; and “The Creative Process in 80 Min.: Making a Living in the World of Film” with Steven Feinberg, executive director of the Rhode Island Film and Television Office, and Reshad Kulenovic, a writer/director based in Rhode Island and New York whose film, “SNOVI,” has screened at more than 20 international film festivals and earned a Rhode Island International Film Festival Grand Jury Prize.
Sunday’s festival kickoff will open with a program titled, “Celebrating a Life: Joshua B. Stein,” a service to celebrate the life and work of Roger Williams University Professor Josh Stein, who died on Sept. 8, 2012. Stein, a former columnist for The Jewish Voice & Herald and longtime member of its editorial board, served in the university’s history department for 43 years. Open to all, the service will honor and remember Stein, who was a beloved RWU colleague, professor, friend and supporter of the Roving Eye Festival.
The 2013 Roving Eye Film Festival is sponsored by FLICKERS, the Rhode Island Film and Television Office, the Roger Williams University Office of the Provost; the Office of the Dean of Arts and Sciences; the RWU Department of Communications, and the RWU Department of Psychology.