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Rhode Island Unveils Plans for Annual Statewide Festival

Rhode Island Unveils Plans for Annual Statewide Festival

Rhode Island Unveils Plans for Annual Statewide Festival

by Brian Brooks

Natalie Portman and Zach Braff in Braff’s “Garden State,” which will open the Rhode Island International Film Festival in August. Photo credit: K.C. Bailey/Camelot Pictures.

Billed as New England’s largest film event, the Rhode Island International Film Festival will kick off its slate of 265 films from over 60 countries next month. Opening RIFF again this year is an evening of featured shorts, including the U.S. premiere of Andrew McCarthy‘s “News for the Church.” The opening event will take place in Providence, followed by a gala at City Hall, but the festival will also hold programs statewide.

Various sidebars representing niche programs are also slated for the festival, which will open August 10th. Events such as the Providence Jewish Film Festival, the Providence Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, the Providence Film Festival, which showcases local filmmakers, and the Jubilee Franco Americain will salute work by French Canadians. Additionally, the festival will include an animation spotlight, the “KidsEye” International Film Festival, showcasing films made by and for children as well as a Cinema Cafe, which will preview the annual Rhode Island International Horror Film Festival, which takes place in October.

Among the features screening in RIIFF are director Yasuaki Nakajima‘s futuristic drama, “After the Apocalypse,” Zach Braff‘s Sundance 2004 family drama “Garden State,” and Q. Allan Brocka‘s gay comedy, “Eating Out.” Also screening is David Sutherland‘s Toronto 2003 prize-winning, “Love Sex and Eating the Bones,” as well as Marc Rosenbush‘s mystery, “Zen Noir.”

Additionally, RIIFF will showcase docs including Alexandra Cassavetes‘ look at one of America’s first pay cable channels in, “Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession,” which screened earlier this year in Cannes. RIIFF will continue through August 15th. The festival is an official Academy Award qualifier for the short film category.

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