Thursday, June 23, 2016

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.



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