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R.I. Fest Honors Freeman, Shenkman, Weimberg & Ryan, and More

R.I. Fest Honors Freeman, Shenkman, Weimberg & Ryan, and More

Morgan J. Freeman‘s “Just Like the Sun” won the grand prize for best feature at the 2007 Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF), which concluded on Sunday night in Providence. The festival presented some 320 films from 70 countries, according to organizers. First place in the competition was Richard Shenkman‘s “The Man from Earth,” which also won the award for best screenplay for the work of Jerome Bixby. Gary Weimberg & Catherine Ryan‘s “Soliders of Conscience” won the grand prize for best documentary at the festival, which was honorarily co-chaired by R.I. Governor Donald Carceiri, Providence Mayor David M. Cicilline; and US Senator Jack Reed. The festival, which is one of 61 that qualify short films for Academy Award consideration, awards its best short prize to Guys Thys‘ “Tanghi Argenti” from Belgium. Joseph Mazzello won the directorial discovery award for “Matters of Life and Death,” while Kristian A. Soderstrom won the international discovery award for “Darkness of Truth” from Sweden. The grand prize for best experimental film went to Arend Steenbergen‘s “Twee Dromen” and the award for alternative spirit went to Rob Williams‘ “Back Soon.” A complete list of winners is available on the festival website. [Eugene Hernandez]

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