Going into its 16th year, the FLICKERS: Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF) has become a leading juried competition for both regional and international independent filmmakers to showcase their work. What sets RIIFF apart from the rest is that this is one of few broadly focused, independent festivals happening in New England that accepts works of any type in any genre. Whether it’s dramatic, documentary, experimental or animated, which ever genre of film you love, you can find it at RIIFF. After thousands of submissions, only the best films have been chosen for your viewing. This year the festival will be taking place August 7-12 at a variety of locations around Providence and the state.
Check out a few highlights of the many RIIFF screenings happening around the Ocean state.
3 DAYS OF NORMAL Comedy/Youth/Teen
It’s fall in rural New Hampshire and Deputy Bill Morgan runs the flags up the pole in front of his quaint, small town police station. It’s a typical day for Bill and the last thing he expects to discover is Nikki Gold, Hollywood’s current It-Girl, passed out drunk in her car. When the paparazzi hear that Nikki is in the town of Washington, Bill and Nikki find themselves hiding out, as the town sees a level of excitement it isn’t exactly used to.
9:00 PM Fri, Aug 10 at The Vets, Providence.
78 DAYS Documentary/Environmental
Tree planting is one of the most physically and mentally demanding jobs in Canada. Alone, working long days under the beating sun, working through rain storms, snow covered tents, bears, and endless amounts of flies, swamps and mud, that's just tree planting in Northern Alberta. This independent documentary divides the long season into a series of chapters, following a camp of veteran planters struggling to deal with the harsh working conditions of this never ending contract.
1:00 PM Thu, Aug 09 at Providence Public Library.
A GIRL LIKE HER Biography/Documentary/Family/Featured/Women
This film reveals the hidden history of over a million young women who became pregnant in the 1950s and 60s and were banished to maternity homes to give birth and surrender their children for adoption. They were told to keep their secret, move on and forget. But, can a woman forget her child? Imagine being told, “If you love your baby you must give it up.” This was the case for millions of American women who became pregnant in the post-war years. Hear what they have to say now about the long-term impact of surrender and silence on their lives.
2:00 PM Sat, Aug 11 at Metcalf Auditorium in Providence.