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RI International Film Festival FREE Film Screening: BETTER THAN SOMETHING
Thursday, August 11, 2011
3:00 PM-5:00 PM
Providence Public Library
150 Empire Street
Providence, RI 02903
Auditorium (3rd Floor)
BETTER THAN SOMETHING, Jay Reatard, Ian Markiewicz, Alex Hammond (2011)
BETTER THAN SOMETHING documents the prolific and notorious career of the late Jay Reatard, an iconic underground garage rocker. Through candid interviews about his 15-year career, this documentary captures a remarkably open and eerily prophetic depiction of the rocker only months before his untimely death at age 29. The film features never-before-seen performances and exposes elements of Reatard’s life that will surprise viewers and leave a lasting impression.
ADDITIONAL FILMS AT PPL:
Friday, August 12 – 1:00 pm (2 films back to back)
CAROLINA, RI: THE HISTORY OF A MILL TOWN, Carla Ricci (2011)
Fire, famine, and flood, and one particularly difficult mill owner, and one social visionary were the challenges that confronted this community. Through oral interviews and historical research these stories make these challenges alive for the viewer placing our contemporary lives into a different perspective.
GOLD STAR CHILDREN, Mitty Griffis Mirrer (2010)
Gold Star Children is a documentary about America’s children of war: survivors whose mothers or fathers were killed or died while serving our country. The film is a first-person narrative, told through the eyes of a nine-year-old girl and adult-children of the Vietnam War who are reaching out to help heal this younger generation of survivors. An intimate look at a unique part of the American story – one that is happening now. Gold Star Children examines the common threads that run through the lives of all children whose father or mother was killed in war. Ultimately, it is about the importance of honoring a person’s story. Today’s generation of Gold Star children is healing with yesterday’s child survivors of war.