Vortex Film Festival: Celebrating Sci-Fi, Fantasy & Horror Genres

Sunday, October 23, 2016

2:00 PM-4:00 PM

Cost: Free and Open to All

Providence Public Library
150 Empire Street
Providence, RI 02903

Auditorium (3rd Floor)

Sun, 2016-10-23 14:00 - 16:00


October 17-23, 2016 

Celebrating the Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Horror Genres



This year, the popular annual H.P. Lovecraft Walking Tour hosted in collaboration with the RI Historical Society will be held on two consecutive dates: Saturday, October 22nd at 12:00 NOON, and again on Sunday, October 23rd, at 12:00 NOON.


The life and work of Providence's best-known fantasy and horror author, Howard Phillips Lovecraft, provide the backdrop for this walking tour. Acknowledged genius of occult and horror fiction, Lovecraft's Providence Stories (written between 1924 and 1935) provide the basis for this walk. Lovecraft wrote eloquently, and in great detail, about such landmarks as Prospect Terrace, the First Baptist Church, and the historic homes of Benefit Street. See the site of his former home, as well as the sights mentioned inThe Case of Charles Dexter Ward, The Haunter of the Dark, The Shunned House, andThe Call of Cthulhu.Lovecraft's own words offer a most amazing literary, historical, and architectural walking tour.


The tour will depart on both days from the John Brown House at 52 Power Street, Providence and lasts 90 minutes.


2:00 pm: Fantasy Shorts


All These Voices | David Henry Gerson, Director | 15 min. | USA, 2015.

When a young SS soldier encounters an avant-garde theater-troupe of survivors celebrating the end of WWII, he must come to terms with his complicity in their grief.

Quenottes (Pearlies)| Pascal Thiebaux, Director | 13 min. | France, 2015.

Quenottes (Pearlies) is a story about a little mouse, but not just any mouse. It is THE little mouse, or tooth fairy, of your childhood. The one that brought you your first coin in exchange for the tooth under your pillow. In everybody's mind, the little mouse is a benevolent and generous character... What if it isn't? What if it is actually a neurotic psychopath obsessing about its collection of dental trophies? If a tooth is missing, it simply must be replaced. By any means necessary...

Don’t Mess With The Sharkies | Richard Rabelbauer, Director | 24 min. | Switzerland, 2015.

In the near future. A new, higher developed species called 'Sharkies' has pushed humans to the brink of extinction. Marie and Robert, two of the last few survivors, are on the run from the new rulers of our planet.

Monsters | Steve Desmond, Director | 12 min. | USA, 2015.

Jenn lives in an underground bunker, protected from the monsters that now ravage the world. This is the day that she goes outside…

The Uncanny Valley | Federico Heller, Director | 8 min. | Spain, 2015.

In the slums of the future, virtual reality junkies satisfy their violent impulses in online entertainment. An expert player discovers that the line between games and reality is starting to fade away.

Iahmes and the Great Devourer | Claire Sichez and Marine Rivoal, Directors | 14 min. | France, 2016.

Ten-year-old Iâhmès refuses to die. Angry with the gods he rejects their judgment and runs away to his hometown. His journey towards acceptance begins.

This event is sponsored by Flickers, the Rhode Island International Film Festival, The Rhode Island Film & Television Office, Amtrak, RISCA, Cox Media,Eurochannel, CW28, Diabolique Magazine, Motif,The Harrington School of Communication and Media atthe University of Rhode Island,The URI College of Arts & Sciences, The Film Media Program, and the URI Feinstein College of Continuing Education, Roger Williams University and the RWU Film Production Collaborative.