Monday, April 16, 2012

Roving Eye International Film Festival features 30 free films - includes local "Coming Home"

We received this announcement today:  

FLICKERS: Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF) and Roger Williams University (RWU) are proud to present the seventh annual Roving Eye International Film Festival™. The popular and acclaimed event, celebrating global cinema and artists, will take place April 22-26th, where more than 30 international films will be showcased, many United States premieres. All screenings are free to the general public. Screenings will take place on the campus of Roger Williams University at the Global Heritage Hall in Bristol, RI.

The 7th Annual Roving Eye International Film Festival will cover themes ripped from the headlines: returning veterans from the war on terror; facing PTSD and mental stress; global human rights, international relations and issues addressing sustainability and ecology. The Festival's slogan for 2012 is "You Know You Want to Look." [Editor's note: Yes, that's the same slogan WSBE chose for Haunted RI in 2011.]

Many of the film's directors will be in attendance including recent Academy Award nominee, James Spione, director of "Incident in New Baghdad." Panel/roundtable discussions include "The War on Terror: Coming Home"* with Providence Journal writer G. Wayne Miller; Dr. Frank DiCataldo, assistant professor of psychology at Roger Williams University; John Freidah, Providence Journal photographer and producer; Coleman Nee, Massachusetts Secretary of Veterans' Services; Lt. Col. Denis Riel, Rhode Island National Guard; and Jonathan Shay, MD, clinical psychiatrist, author and MacArthur Foundation "genius grant" recipient for his work with veteran, and "HOLLYWOOD EAST: MAKING IT IN THE FILM INDUSTRY IN RHODE ISLAND" featuring Edward J. "Ted" Delaney, author, journalist, filmmaker and educator; Michael Drywa, Jr. Esq. Entertainment Law specialist; Steven Feinberg, Executive Director, RI Film and Television Office; Duncan Putney, SAG Representive; and Chris Sparling, writer/director author of the Ryan Reynolds feature "Buried."

Click HERE to see a listing of this year's programming and to learn more about the Roving Eye Festival. For more information about films, dates, and venues for the Roving Eye Film Festival™, please call 401-861-4445, email

*WSBE Rhode Island PBS will re-broadcast Coming Home on Saturday, May 26 at 7 P.M. and Sunday, May 27 at 11 P.M.