On August 9th at the Jane Pickens Theatre, “The Newport Effect” and “The War Photographers” will be showing as part of “WAR AND PEACE: Two Films… Two Moving Stories” at 2pm as part of the Rhode Island International Film Festival.
“The Newport Effect“:The Newport Effect covers the history of the legendary Newport Folk Festival and its profound impact on the world of folk music and social activism. Infamous as the place where Bob Dylan ‘went electric’ in 1965, the reach of the festival goes far beyond that iconic moment. The festival brought its audiences roots music from around the world, resurrected the dying art of Cajun Music and introduced the world – on its New Folks stage – to newcomers like James Taylor, Arlo Guthrie and Joni Mitchell. Narrated by Joan Armatrading and featuring segment narrations by Rosanne Cash, Michael Doucet, Steve Earle, Angelique Kidjo, Pokey LaFarge, Tom Morello, Mavis Staples and Lucinda Willimas, all artists who have played the Newport Folk Festival.
“The War Photographers“:’The War Photographers’ recounts the personal experiences of award-winning photojournalists who risk their lives covering conflict in the world’s most dangerous war zones. Intimate interviews and gripping imagery reveal stories of sacrifice, courage and the emotional toll endured by photographers and their subjects. Stories include New York Times photographer Joao Silva revisiting sites in his native South Africa, recalling the violence that led to that country’s first democratic elections in 1994. Ashley Gilbertson travels to Midland, Texas, for the final shoot of his project documenting the bedrooms of young soldiers who never returned home from war. Other photographers shares their firsthand experiences covering conflict in Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia, Sudan and the Middle East.
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.