Film festival screening to be held at island arts center
The 15th annual Rhode Island International Film Festival will take place from Aug. 9 to Aug. 14 and for the first time in the festivalâ€™s history, films will be screened at the Jamestown Arts Center.
Flickers, the 30-year-old nonprofit arts organization that is the parent organization of the film festival, has held events previously in Jamestown, including the Jamestown chamber music series that ran for several years, and has filmed screenings at the Jamestown Philomenian Library.
Earlier this year, Flickers provided screening equipment including a 20-by-20-foot screen, a projector and audio components for the student film showcase that was held at the arts center.
According to George Marshall, the executive director of Flickers, â€œOur organization was basically designed to provide an arts focus with film. Over the years as we evolved we started exhibiting not only art and foreign films, but films that were created in this region. Over the years the organization has evolved into production, exhibition, and performance. The film festival is one of the largest events that we produce.â€
Marshall added that he has been aware of the arts center for a couple of years. â€œWhen things finally settled in and the building was available, thatâ€™s when we were asked to come in and provide equipment and expertise,â€ he said.