“The 10 Year Plan:” Myles, a successful lawyer who is a hopeless romantic, wants nothing more than to find the man of his dreams. But he is always too eager and scares his dates away. After yet another bad first date, Myles meets his best friend Brody, a handsome LA police officer, for drinks. Afraid of being old and alone, they make a pact: to be a couple in ten years if neither one has found love. Ten years later. Nothing has changed. Myles is still being dumped on a weekly basis and Brody is jumping from bed to bed searching for a connection. Two months before Myles 35th birthday they both realize that their arrangement is almost due.
“Adjust-A-Dream:” On the verge of moving in together, a gay male couple’s anxieties escalate as they shop for their first mattress.
“The Assassin:” An overwhelmed assassin named James, is having a bad day (a bad year really). There is a hit to carry out. But he is dealing with a mysterious long-term physical ailment, with symptoms that include terrible flatulence, a weak bladder and muscles so sore, it makes it difficult to even get out of bed. And emotionally, it’s much worse. He is confused, lonely and insecure… a self-described ‘basket case’. But, being the professional that he is, James gets it together. He shaves, dresses in all black, loads his guns and drives his Jeep Cherokee to a lovely house in the suburbs and eliminates his mark. Afterwards, back in the safety of his car, James breaks down sobbing. Killing people is not as easy as it used to be! He puts a cigarette in his mouth, but doesn’t light up… for it’ll only make his condition worse. There is literally no escape from the physical and existential pain. Life is at an all-time low for our hero. And yet, in this ridiculous comedy, the battle hasn’t even begun yet… the real conflict is still to come. Because when James arrives home, unexpectedly waiting (and vacuuming) in his living room is his long-lost boyfriend Dave, a straight-arrow accountant. Six months ago, Dave ‘freaked out’ because of James’ malady and left. Now, he is back to apologize for his lengthy absence and try to make sense of what life is now like for James… and possibly himself, if he chooses to stay. However, after a few moments of intimate, loving connection, the two guys fall quickly back into a bitter old argument involving loyalty, expectations and God… revealing that the big problem in the relationship is something that no couple has ever had to confront before. Can James and Dave work through this ground-breaking issue together? Or, are some obstacles in a relationship just too big to overcome?
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.