RI International Film Festival Starts

The Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF) kicks off Tuesday night with selected shorts at The Vets. Other venues around town this week include the Black Box Theatre, the Metcalf Auditorium at RISD, and Johnson & Wales. Shorts, features, animation, kids, documentary, horror, sci-fi, fantasy, comedy . . . it’s all here.

How about watching Animated Funk Vol. 3 this Wednesday up on the Rooftop at the Providence G.

Visit Rooftop at the Providence G to experience Animated Funk Vol. 3! This official Rhode Island International Film Festival event will present a collection of animated short films on a jumbo screen starting at 9 PM. We’ll also be featuring live funk music with So Distinct, drink specials, and a special filmmakers’ reception!

Or check out “Divine Providence: The Rebirth of an American City.” Package starts 2:30pm Sunday at Metcalf Auditorium.

This feature length documentary film tells the story of Providence, Rhode Island’s uniqueness from it’s colonial period through it’s century of greatness, its decline and rebirth and continuous through the four phases of its rebirth as a Renaissance City. At its core is it’s treasure house of 18th, 19th and 20th century architecture.

Recommended by architecture critic David Brusatt of Architecture Here and There who writes:

Though I would quibble with a couple points made during its 57 minutes, and will do so after I see it again, I do not hesitate to proclaim the film’s overall excellence. The photography is lovely, the pacing is exquisite, and, along with these many shots and clips, the description of several featured buildings by my fellow architecture critic Will Morgan will make you want to see the buildings in person. This is a must-see, especially for newcomers to Providence.

For festival schedule go here. Tickets seem to be $10.

Seen here from the United Kingdom is “The Mystical Journey of Jimmy Page’s ’59 Telecaster,” showing at 3:09pm, Wednesday, at the Metcalf Auditorium. Package starts 2:30pm.

Rhode Island International Film Festival runs from Tuesday, August 6, through Sunday, August 11, at various locations around the state

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