Rhode Island International Film Festival

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What Cheer?

Sep 2015 | Posted by:

2013 | Directed by Michael Slavens

After the sudden passing of his wife, Stan (played by Richard Kind of Spin City, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Pixar’s Inside Out), ignores his overwhelming grief only to be faced with the unavoidable What Cheer? Brigade, a 20-piece punk marching band that floods his world with boisterous, interminable song.

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After Ella

Sep 2015 | Posted by:

2014 | Directed by Marie-Emmanuelle Hartness

Hope is a successful photographer. Introverted and quiet, her demeanor plays in stark contrast to her glamorous work environment. When she learns that her sister Ella has passed away, Hope is stunned… until she begins to receive text messages from her. Are they for real? Using art as a tool for recovery, Hope begins to accept the fatality of death. She will evoke her sister’s presence – alive and in memoriam.

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America’s Forgotten Heroine: Ida Lewis, Keeper of the Light

Sep 2015 | Posted by:

2014 | Directed by Marian Gagnon

America’s Forgotten Heroine: Ida Lewis, Keeper of the Light is an historical documentary that focuses on the intriguing life story of this country’s most famous maritime heroine.

Written, directed and produced by Marian Gagnon of Goodnight Irene Productions and shot and edited by Jim Karpeichik of Ocean State Video, this 47-minute documentary film provides an intimate portrayal of Ida’s life from age 15 to 69 (from 1857 to 1911) and the passion and moral fiber she intrinsically brought to her work as a lighthouse keeper and unlikely heroine. It also explores the myriad decisions which led to a life of both fame and isolation, Ida’s unexpected celebrity in Newport as well as across the U.S., and the impact she inadvertently had on the early women’s rights movement.

As John Williams Haley, author of The Rhode Island Historian wrote in 1939: “…of all the Rhode Island women who have achieved fame in one way or another…and there have been many…none attained the world renown of a modest little woman who was born and lived most of her life in Newport. In fact, it would hardly be exaggeration to say that she was more famous, particularly during the latter half of her life, than any American woman of the past or present.”

While this statement may very well stand today, Ida’s story has largely been forgotten. Gagnon’s goal with this film is to renew the “national memory” of Ida Lewis as an American heroine not only in her hometown of Newport and throughout RI, but across the United States.

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The Nature of the Flame

Sep 2015 | Posted by:

2014 | Directed by Mike Messier

The Nature of the Flame burns softy as two young dreamers cross lives and paths in a supernatural landscape. This existential journey was filmed in The Providence Zen Center, the historic Newport Cliff Walk and the natural environments of Portsmouth, Rhode Island. Lindsey Elisabeth Cork and Jocelyn Padilla star as a wandering spirit and her ethereal mentor-sage. Writer/Director Mike Messier and DP/Editor Chris Hunter co-produced the The Nature of the Flame as the debut by Rhode Island South Filmmakers Group.

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Guitar #1711

Sep 2014 | Posted by:

Guitar #1711
2013 | Directed by Guy Benoit

Guitar #1711 is a beautifully filmed experience of one guitars construction. From raw materials to finished performance this film explores the tools, relationships and skills that go into building fine guitars.

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Donner Party: The Musical

Sep 2014 | Posted by:

2013 | Directed by Andrew Migliori

In 1846, en route to California, the Donner Party became snowbound in the mountains for weeks without food. Amid hardship and escalating tensions, Eliza Donner seeks comfort from the handsome and mysterious James Reed, Jr., despite his appetite for secrecy. In time, the two sweethearts hunger for each other, but what is it they crave?

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The Perfect Day for a Picnic

Sep 2013 | Posted by:

2012 | Directed by Bob Lucas

Howard, a factory worker, returns home each evening to find that his bed-ridden wife is changing.

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Fallout

Sep 2013 | Posted by:

2012 | Directed by Derek Dubois

Fallout is a film about two brothers hiding for their lives in an old family fallout shelter.

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Fight

Sep 2013 | Posted by:

2012 | Directed by Steven Subotnick

A showdown between two motley characters.

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The Life Smugglers

Sep 2012 | Posted by:

2011 | Directed by Dave Wells

Arnold is retired and nearly broke. In order to help pay for his sick wife’s health care costs he smuggles prescriptions across the Mexico border with his best friend Rocky. But things go from bad to worse one night when the shipment is not what they expected.