Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Providence Journal at R.I. Int'l Film Festival

With just three weeks until Opening Night of the 30th annual Rhode Island International Film Festival (7 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 7, at Vets Auditorium), plans are being finalized for The Providence Journal's extensive participation. We will be showing some 20 videos of various lengths, including the 2012 New England Emmy-nominated and regional Murrow Award-winning feature-length documentary COMING HOME, which has also been broadcast on PBS.

One highlight of our participation will be the five short films we will show at the Rhode Island Film Forum, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 9, in the rooftop ballroom of the Biltmore Hotel. Pretty nice venue!

Our block is called Transmedia Technology: The Future of Storytelling.

Here's what it's all about, from the Festival web site:

How does a media company founded just three years after the invention of still photography survive for nearly two centuries –– and remain fresh and vital in the Internet Age? The Providence Journal, published daily since 1829, has accomplished this by emphasizing news, public service and story.

And in 2012, that includes storytelling in documentary films posted as videos to its web site, www.providencejournal.com

Join Michael Delaney, Journal Managing Editor for Visuals, and award-winning staff photographers/videographers Sandor Bodo, John Freidah, Frieda Squires and Steve Szydlowski as they show some of the paper’s finest films and discuss their craft from artistic, news and business points of view.

Journal videos have won several awards, including a 2011 New England Emmy for Freidah’s “Marathon Man,” which will be shown at the forum. The paper’s first feature-length documentary, “Coming Home,” about veterans of the War on Terror, was nominated for a 2012 New England Emmy and won the 2012 Edward R. Murrow Award for best online documentary, New England Region, from the Radio Television Digital News Association. Also in 2012, the paper’s “Justice for Jason: Foreman family strives to change Rhode Island Law” was nominated for a New England Emmy in the Outstanding Societal Concerns Category.

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