On August 8th at the Bell Street Chapel, “Out To Kill,” “Hoover Road,” and “Between Us” will be showing at 8:45pm as part of the Rhode Island International Film Festival.
“Out To Kill:” When gay private investigator Jim Noble (played by Scott Sell) moves into a beautiful loft complex in Tampa, he never expects to find his first case literally right outside his door – the corpse of one of his neighbors, Justin Jaymes (played by out up-and-coming singer Tom Goss in his film debut), floating in the pool right in the middle of the complex’s courtyard. When he’s hired to solve the crime, Jim quickly learns that everyone in the complex has secrets, and that someone was willing to kill to keep their secrets hidden. OUT TO KILL is the seventh feature film from Guest House Films and writer/director Rob Williams. His past films have included MAKE THE YULETIDE GAY, ROLE/PLAY and BACK SOON, which won the RIIFF Alternative Spirit Award.
“Hoover Road:” Can Mark, a young gay man, leave Alabama (and his lover Saul) behind? ‘Hoover Road’ is an autobiographical short film by award winning filmmaker Jonathan Pope Evans (Sepulte The Buried) exploring one unconventional family, mental illness, and the pain of letting go. Director’s Notes from Jonathan Pope Evans, “Many years ago, I experienced a relationship like the one in ‘Hoover Road’. My lover was a very quiet, lovely gay man in rural Alabama, and his father suffered from bipolar disorder. The three of us lived together for a short time on a small farm in a rural part of Alabama, and there was something pure and beautiful about the experience of living there. There was such an acceptance and love between the three of us. My lover’s father accepted our relationship, and we, in turn, cared for him and helped him battle a strange (and often baffling) mental illness — bipolar disorder. ‘Hoover Road’ is an autobiographical film – a film that explores the microcosm I experienced when I was in that relationship so many years ago.” Jonathan Couette (Director of Tarnation and Walk Away Renee) called Jonathan Pope Evans “one of the most promising voices in cinema for 2013.” His work has been called “disturbingly beautiful,” and “full of emotional and physical landscapes.”
“Between Us:” Juliet, a beautiful but straight-laced psychologist, is forced to return to her small hometown after her girlfriend, Lydia, discovers a wedding invitation. As soon as they arrive in Port Fairy Lydia, a carefree artist, realises Juliet wants nothing more than to keep her past hidden.This proves difficult for Juliet when her father’s chief political rival starts questioning his death. Following a ghostly dream, Lydia demands answers but Juliet runs physically and emotionally. Soon she is trying to keep face, deflect questions of her past and keep Lydia at arms-length.Ultimately Juliet has to decide if keeping her past sadness buried is worth risking any chance at future happiness.
Now in its 18th year, FLICKERS: Rhode Island International Film Festival™ (RIIFF) will take place August 5-10, 2014. The Festival has become a leading juried competition showcase for international independent filmmakers and their work. In 2013, Flickers screened 216 cinematic works in six days to large and appreciative crowds. The films screened came from 65 countries, and 36 states in the United States. During the 2013 Festival, there were 55 World and US/North American Premieres. A total of 21 Narrative Feature, 43 Feature/Documentaries and 152 Short Films were screened. Following months of adjudication and review, Festival films were selected from over 5,114 submissions.