Rhode Island International Film Festival

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Dare to Be Remarkable

Sep 2017 | Posted by:

2016 | Directed by Justin Andrews and Andrew Drachman

A disabled philanthropist fights against a deadly disease that was predicted to take her life at eighteen months. Now one of the oldest survivors of the condition, she works toward a cure with her organization, Working on Walking.

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Imagine Kolle 37

Sep 2017 | Posted by:

Imagine Kolle 37
2017 | Directed by Michele Meek

“Imagine Kolle 37” is a short documentary/narrative hybrid film about two girls who imagine their way to Kolle 37, a real adventure playground in Berlin, Germany.

Recently called “the mother of all Berlin playgrounds” by The New York Times, Kolle 37 enables children to build and climb three-story wooden structures, make fire, and use hammers, saws and axes. Founded in 1990, Kolle 37 invites young people ages six through sixteen, without their parents, to embrace risky play in the “adventure playground” under the loose supervision of playworkers.

Although about 1,000 adventure playgrounds exist in Europe, there are only a few in the U.S. where the concept of “free play” is becoming an endangered concept. But adventure playgrounds not only encourage young people to play outdoors in all seasons, they also provide children a chance to face risk, learn skills, and build confidence.

Ultimately, “Imagine Kolle 37” poses the question—can we, as Americans, imagine Kolle 37, which in fact is a real children’s playground in Berlin?

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Meredith’s Medicine

Sep 2016 | Posted by:

Meredith’s Medicine
2015 | Directed by Andrew Burgess

Meredith has always harbored a deep connection with her favorite ski resort, but after being diagnosed with breast cancer in 1999, her relationship with the mountain entered a whole new level.

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Knightsville

Sep 2016 | Posted by:

2015 | Directed by Aly Migliori

In returning to home to celebrate a Catholic feast, Sara faces a family that now feels foreign and a culture she no longer understands. Knightsville examines the painful disconnect, and deep connection, one has towards home. It is a coming-of-age story unique to none, but set within the distinct backdrop of Rhode Island Italian American culture.

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They’re Closing In

Sep 2016 | Posted by:

2015 | Directed by Jarret Blinkhorn

Tension grows as a tired married couple are forced to deal with each others issues because if they leave… The creatures outside will make them regret it.

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Theme Song Rebel

Sep 2016 | Posted by:

2014 | Directed by Luke Patton

In a dystopia where a person’s social class is determined by their theme song, Louise wants to change her tune.

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Hustler of Providence

Sep 2016 | Posted by:

Hustler of Providence
2015 | Directed by Johnathan Paul

A short documentary film retelling the tragic life events of HIV activist and former sex worker Richard Holcomb, and how he uses those events to inspire others today.

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Selene Hollow

Sep 2016 | Posted by:

2015 | Directed by Mathew Provost

Selene Hollow chronicles recently unemployed journalist Byron and his many adventures through his imagination as he struggles with writer’s block. Unfortunately for Byron, his horror, science fiction, and fantasy scenarios seem to be coming to life right before his eyes.

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Anna

Sep 2015 | Posted by:

2015 | Directed by Eric Latek

This short documentary film is the soul of Anna, a beautiful Native American mother, grandmother and wife who has fell victim to Alzheimer’s. Throughout her lifetime Anna has watched many family members lose their battles with this disease. This film is only through her eyes.

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Rocketship

Sep 2015 | Posted by:

2013 | Directed by Alfred Thomas Catalfo

Rocketship is a 15-minute family drama in which an unlikely bond is forged between a lonely boy and an elderly man claiming to be a former astronaut. Together, they transform a vintage vacuum cleaner into a rocketship for a surprising journey. The film is inspired by the rocketship sculptures of artist David Random. Rocketship was an Official Selection of the New Hampshire Film Festival (Jury Award for NH Film of the Year), SNOB Film Festival, Rhode Island International Film Festival (Winner, KidsEye Award), Mill Valley Film Festival sponsored by the California Film Institute, LA Shorts Fest, Boston Film Festival, Louisville’s Festival of Films, Northampton International Film Festival, Coney Island Film Festival, Knoxville Film Festival and the Cleveland International Film Festival, where it was named one the CIFF’s 20 “Must See Films” out of 345 films (180 features and 165 shorts) screened over 12 days. The CIFF review said, “It’s magical. It’s epic. The little boy who plays the lead is fantastic.” In June, 2014, Rocketship was featured at the 17th Dances With Films in Los Angeles, one of the film industry’s premier showcases for emerging talent. Starting in February, 2015, Rocketship is being featured inflight on Virgin Airlines worldwide.