Thursday, June 23, 2016

BioBlitz: Discovering Nature's Neighborhood


Among the forests, swamps, tidal wetlands, and ocean waves of Narragansett, Rhode Island, more than 200 adult volunteers, schoolchildren, working scientists, and avocational naturalists scramble in early June to tally as many species as possible in one 24-hour period within a designated parcel of land. The event is called BioBlitz.
BioBlitz is an annual event in which scientists and citizen scientists spend one full day and night observing, identifying, and recording as many fish, birds, mammals, insects, fungi, trees, and plants as they can.
BioBlitz: Discovering Nature's Neighborhood chronicles the 2013 event in a half-hour documentary that makes its television debut on Thursday, July 21 at 8:30 p.m. 

A special event by any measure, this particular BioBlitz was made even more notable for the volunteers braving the elements after a tropical storm dumped 4 1/2 inches of rain overnight. The Narragansett project, which included Canonchet Farm, Narrow River, and the Pettaquamscutt Cove, located 1,265 species of life.
Hosted by the Rhode Island Natural History Survey annually since 2000 in various sites around Rhode Island, BioBlitz: Discovering Nature's Neighborhood was filmed by the Coastal Institute at University of Rhode Island.

Presented as part of Rhode Island StoriesBioBlitz: Discovering Nature's Neighborhood will encore on Saturday July 23 at 11:30 p.m. and Sunday, July 24 at 7:30 p.m.

doubleFEATURE: Your Year-Round Film Festival in Your Living Room



In an exciting partnership with Flickers' Rhode Island International Film Festival(RIIFF) and the Rhode Island Film and Television Office, Rhode Island PBS proudly presents doubleFEATUREan "only in Rhode Island" opportunity for viewers to see artistic, original films from a collection of animation, foreign language, documentary, or fiction films every week, beginning July 1. 

doubleFEATURE is a new weekly one-hour series that showcases the art of the short film and the artists who create them. Each week, doubleFEATURE will present award-winning short films that have made their world premiere or been screened at recent Flickers' RIIFF. In addition, between the short films, interviews with filmmakers and industry professionals behind the camera lens will be presented with RIIFF Executive Producer George T. Marshall, Director of the RI Film and Television Office Steven Feinberg, as well as independent filmmaker and RIIFF Program Director Shawn Quirk. 

The rundown for the July 1 episode is:
  • The PresentJacob Frey, director; 4-minute animated short from Germany, 2014. Jake spends most of his time playing video games indoors until his mom decides to give him a present.
  • Steven Feinberg's interview with Eric Latek.
  • Sandrine, Nicolas Greinacher, director; 11-minute short film from Switzerland, 2014. One kiss can change everything.
  • Chez Moi, Phuong Mai Nguyen, director; 12-minute animated short from France, 2015. Hugo's mother is back home. The day after, when Hugo wakes up, he finds black feathers all over his house.
  • AnnaEric Latek, director; 16-minute short documentary from USA (local), 2015. Anna is a wife, mother, grandmother, and Native American activist who endures the final stage of Alzheimer's. This film is an intimate portrait seen only though her eyes.
  • Future Hero, Ramin Serry, director; 6-minute short film from USA, 2013. This is a short film about a dad, a son... and a time-traveling killer android.
 

Scene from Future Hero and filmmaker Ramin Serry

The contents of episode two on July 8 is:
  • Eloise, Little Dreamer, Myriam Obin, director; 4-minute animated short from Canada, 2015. Losing her older sister in a parade was the first step to having Eloise's world turned upside down.
  • Steven Feinberg interviews a local filmmaker.
  • Bienvenidos, Academy Award-nominated director, Javier Fedder; 28-minute short film. An amazing innovation reaches a tiny school lost in the heart of the Peruvian Andes and revolutionizes the lives of the whole community: the Internet. It brings the world to their doorstep, but even more importantly, it offers the world the chance to finally discover what's happening in the remote village of Ingatambo.


Scene from Bienvenidos and filmmaker Javier Fedder

  • Rabbit and Deer, Peter Vacz, director; 17-minute animated short from Hungary, 2015. Deer and Rabbit are good friends who share every happy moment while living together in their two-dimensional world. One day, the TV breaks and Deer sees a strange thing in it: a 3D cube. From that moment he is obsessed with finding the formula for the unknown third dimension while he totally ignores Rabbit. Then an unexpected accident transforms Deer into the third dimension, standing face to face with their flat 2D world.

Scene from Rabbit and Deer and filmmaker Peter Vacz

Brand new content debuts every Friday at 8 p.m. on Rhode Island PBS, then the same content replays on following Thursday (for example on 7/7/2016) at 10:00 PM, and Saturday (7/9/2016) at 2:30 AM. On Learn, the content airs Wednesday (7/6/2016) at 9:00 PM, Saturday (7/9/2016) at 3:00 PM and 5:00 AM.

Pop some popcorn and join us each week for the year-round film festival doubleFEATURE starting Friday, July 1 at 8 p.m. 

WSBE Rhode Island PBS transmits over the air on 36.1; Rhode Island cable: Cox cable 08/1008HD, Verizon FiOS 08/508HD, Full Channel 08; Massachusetts cable: Comcast 819HD (Comcast SD subscribers check local listings for channel), Verizon FiOS 18/518HD; satellite: Dish 36/7776, DirecTV 36. WSBE Learn transmits over the air on 36.2; Rhode Island cable: Cox 808, Verizon 478, and Full Channel 109; Massachusetts cable: Comcast 294 or 312.


    



ABOUT THE FILMMAKERS

Javier Fesser (Madrid, 1964) Film director, scriptwriter and author. Internationally acclaimed for his films, he has been awarded thirteen Goyas and an Oscar nomination. His last work “Mortadelo y Filemon contra Jimmy el Cachondo” (2014) was awarded a Goya for Best Animated Feature Film and Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay).

Péter Vácz (1988, Budapest) Biography Péter Vácz was born in 1988 in Budapest, Hungary. He graduated from Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design in Animation BA (2010) and MA (2012) with his film called 'Streamschool' and 'Rabbit and Deer' which has won over 50 awards at international festivals including two Oscar-qualifying awards at Atlanta and Nashville Film Festivals. During his studies at MOME he attended The European Animation Production Workshop and took the Professional 3D Character Animation Course in Viborg, Denmark. Since 2013 Péter is represented by the London based Picasso Pictures animation studio as a commercial director. Filmography - Rabbit and Deer (Nyuszi és Őz) – 2013 - Satellite Dish (Parabola) – 2013 - Streamschool (Patakiskola) – 2012

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

A Lively Experiment: 2016 Session's Over - What Happened in the Waning Hours



Panel (l-r in photo)
Dyana Koelsch – moderator
RI State Representative Daniel Reilly – (R) – Middletown, Portsmouth
RI State Representative Joe Shekarchi – (D) Warwick
RI State Representative Marvin Abney – Chairman of the House Finance Committee
RI State Representative Brian Newberry – House Minority Leader


Topics
  • What came out of the session that Reps are proud of? 
  • Biggest disappointment of the session. 
  • Investigations into a couple of legislators. 
    • Reps opinion on how public receives GA 
    • The ethics reform – does it go far enough? 
  • Voters will be asked to approve $20M bond for ProvPort. Good or bad idea? 
    • Appeared to be added at last minute. 
    • Was it and if so, why? 
  • Legalization of marijuana. Why didn’t it move forward? 
    • Too big of an issue not enough time? 
    • MA likely putting it on November ballot. What does that mean for RI?
A Lively Experiment airs on WSBE Rhode Island PBS (36.1) Fridays at 7 p.m., with rebroadcasts on Saturdays at 7 p.m. on WSBE Learn (36.2), and Sundays at noon on WSBE Rhode Island PBS.

WSBE Rhode Island PBS transmits standard-definition (SD) and high-definition (HD) programming over the air on digital 36.1; on Rhode Island cable: Cox 08 / 1008HD, Verizon FiOS 08 / 508HD, and Full Channel 08; on Massachusetts cable: Comcast 819HD and Verizon FiOS 18 / 518HD; on satellite: DirecTV 36 / 3128HD, Dish Network 36.

WSBE Learn transmits over the air on digital 36.2; in Rhode Island on Cox 808; Verizon FiOS 478; Full Channel 89; and in Massachusetts on Comcast 294 or 312.

Can't get to the TV? Watch the episode online anytime and anywhere on our YouTube channel. Episodes of A Lively Experiment are generally available to watch on the next business day. Subscribe to our YouTube channel, and YouTube will notify you when a new episode is uploaded.

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Friday, June 17, 2016

What's In and What's Out of the FY17 Budget on the Next A Lively Experiment (June 17 and 19)



Panel 
Dyana Koelsch – moderator
Scott MacKay - political reporter, Rhode Island Public Radio
Kate Nagle - news editor, GoLocalProv.com 
Pablo Rodriguez - president, Latino Public Radio
Maureen Moakley - political science professor, URI

Topics
  • Rep. John Carnevale – subject to an investigation
  • Deterioration of public’s confidence in the General Assembly 
  • John Hope Settlement House – GA cuts legislative grant
  • House passes budget, now moves to Senate
  • $20M to Provport
  • Decrease of $1M to RI Office of the Health Insurance Commission

A Lively Experiment airs on WSBE Rhode Island PBS (36.1) Fridays at 7 p.m., with rebroadcasts on Saturdays at 7 p.m. on WSBE Learn (36.2), and Sundays at noon on WSBE Rhode Island PBS.

WSBE Rhode Island PBS transmits standard-definition (SD) and high-definition (HD) programming over the air on digital 36.1; on Rhode Island cable: Cox 08 / 1008HD, Verizon FiOS 08 / 508HD, and Full Channel 08; on Massachusetts cable: Comcast 819HD and Verizon FiOS 18 / 518HD; on satellite: DirecTV 36 / 3128HD, Dish Network 36.

WSBE Learn transmits over the air on digital 36.2; in Rhode Island on Cox 808; Verizon FiOS 478; Full Channel 89; and in Massachusetts on Comcast 294 or 312.

Can't get to the TV? Watch the episode online anytime and anywhere on our YouTube channel. Episodes of A Lively Experiment are generally available to watch on the next business day. Subscribe to our YouTube channel, and YouTube will notify you when a new episode is uploaded.

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