“We even got a Macedonian,” says a beaming George Marshall, talking about the more than 4,500 films from all over the world that have flooded into the offices of Flickers: The Rhode Island International Film Festival in hopes of going on screen in the festival’s 15th year.
Marshall, executive director and founder of Flickers, added that among this year’s bounty there are films from New Zealand, Australia, “seven documentaries from Singapore.”
The fact that the festival is an Academy Award qualifier for short films is one reason such well known directors as Terry Gilliam, once of “Monty Python’s Flying Circus” and later the renowned director of “Brazil,” “Time Bandits” and “Twelve Monkeys,” is bringing his new short film, “The Wholly Family,” to Providence.
The theme of this year’s festival is “Road to the Oscars.” It’s a great calling card because Flickers sponsors the Providence segment of Oscar Night America with a festive party and screening of the Academy Awards show at Veterans Memorial Auditorium, where Flickers has its offices. It’s also a reminder that six films it has shown over the years have gone on to win Academy Awards. . There will be a Student Academy Awards segment to the festival this year as well, featuring seven films that have either won an Oscar or have been nominated for one.
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The Cowsills, the Rhode Island-based singing group from the late 1960s, will be on hand to show “Family Band: The Cowsills Story,” a frank documentary about their lives, that will go on screen at Veterans Auditorium at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 10, followed by a Q&A session and a brief concert.
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