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In partnership with Flickers' Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF) and the Rhode Island Film and Television Office, Rhode Island PBS proudly presents doubleFEATURE, an exceptional opportunity for our viewers to see artistic, original, award-winning short films from a collection of animation, foreign language, documentary, or fiction films each week.

doubleFEATURE showcases the art of the short film and the artists who make them. Each week, in addition to presenting a selection of two or more short films, between the short films, Steve Feinberg, director of the RI Film and Television Office, and George Marshall, executive producer at RIIFF, interview filmmakers and industry professionals.

 

Mia | Wouter Bongaerts, Director | 9 min. Animated Short | Belgium, 2013
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Seven-year-old Mia tries to liberate her overworked mother from the clutches of an overpopulated metropolis. In her quest, she unlocks the hidden secrets that make the world turn.

Hostility and Hospitality | Bronte Stahl, Director | 24 min. Documentary Short | USA, 2015

Many residents of Acri, a hill town in Calabria, have sought refuge, opportunity, or just a new perspective in the seaside town of Westerly, RI. Now an influx of desperate African migrants has given Acri a way to pay forward its debts to the world of immigration.

The Showreel | Keir Burrows, Director | 16 min. Narrative Short | United Kingdom, 2014
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Nasreen is an immigrant office cleaner, working in London, who dreams of being a screen actor. Lacking the contacts or support to realize her ambitions, she creates extravagant characters for herself to play - zombie hunters, punk rockers, high-powered bankers - and imagines film crews are on every street corner and real people are just extras, and heads off on an action adventure with the most extraordinary results.

 

Bunion | Jessica Sanders* Director | 8 min. Narrative Short, | USA, 2014
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The story of a man, his foot, and finding happiness. This short romantic comedy stars Alia Shawkat (Arrested Development), Michaela Watkins (SNL, Casual) and Avi Rothman.

Even The Walls | **Saman Maydani and Sarah Kuck, Directors | 28 min. Documentary Short | USA, 2014Even the WallsEven the Walls
Even the Walls documents the unique connectedness of a public-housing development on the eve of its destruction. For more than 70 years, Yesler Terrace has been home to thousands of Seattle's low-income residents and international refugees. Conceived as the nation's first racially-integrated, public-housing development, Yesler now stands on the edge of a new social experiment: mixed-income, mixed-use housing. In 2014, the Seattle Housing Authority began selling off pieces of the 30-acre property to being the transition. 

The Secret World of Foley | Daniel Jewel, Director | 12 min. Documentary Short | United Kingdom, 2014
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The Secret World of Foley takes us on a journey into the little known world of Foley Artists, who bring films to life by adding sound effects in post-production. We follow a multi-award-winning two person team of Foley Artists and watch as they work together to bring to life a film about one morning in the life of a fishing village on the English coast. With their perfectly timed and precisely judged sound effects they transform the film as they interpret every sound detail, using props from their vast props store. This film shines a light on a little known film art form and is a testament to magic and wonder of cinema itself.

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About Some of the Featured Filmmakers 
*Jessica Sanders is an Academy Award–nominated, Sundance and Cannes Award–winning director and producer of narrative and documentary films and commercials. Jessica’s commercial career was launched when Steve Jobs handpicked her to direct Apple’s iPad launch campaign.

**Saman Maydani is a filmmaker and creative educator. Her work explores oppression and freedom through the personal narrative, with special focus on the voice and representation of women and other non-dominant cultures. Sarah Kuck is a filmmaker and journalist, with nearly a decade of multimedia storytelling and editing experience. She is greatly interested in the idea of culture and place, global mobility and community. Saman and Sarah met during graduate school and were drawn together to make Even the Walls to explore ideas of home and belonging.


Content debuts every Friday at 8 p.m. on Rhode Island PBS, then the same content replays on following Thursday at 10:00 PM, and Saturday at 2:30 AM. On Learn, the content airs Wednesday at 9:00 PM, Saturday at 3:00 PM and 5:00 AM.

Pop some popcorn and join us each week for the year-round film festival doubleFEATURE starting Friday, July 1 at 8 p.m. 

PAST EPISODES

  • The Present, Jacob Frey, director; 4-minute animated short from Germany, 2014. Jake spends most of his time playing video games indoors until his mom decides to give him a present.
  • Sandrine, Nicolas Greinacher, director; 11-minute short film from Switzerland, 2014. One kiss can change everything.
  • Chez Moi, Phuong Mai Nguyen, director; 12-minute animated short from France, 2015. Hugo's mother is back home. The day after, when Hugo wakes up, he finds black feathers all over his house.
  • AnnaEric Latek, director; 16-minute short documentary from USA (local), 2015. Anna is a wife, mother, grandmother, and Native American activist who endures the final stage of Alzheimer's. This film is an intimate portrait seen only though her eyes.
  • Future Hero, Ramin Serry, director; 6-minute short film from USA, 2013. This is a short film about a dad, a son... and a time-traveling killer android.
  • Eloise, Little Dreamer, Myriam Obin, director; 4-minute animated short from Canada, 2015. Losing her older sister in a parade was the first step to having Eloise's world turned upside down.
  • Bienvenidos, Academy Award-nominated director, Javier Fedder; 28-minute short film. An amazing innovation reaches a tiny school lost in the heart of the Peruvian Andes and revolutionizes the lives of the whole community: the Internet. It brings the world to their doorstep, but even more importantly, it offers the world the chance to finally discover what's happening in the remote village of Ingatambo.
  • Rabbit and Deer, Peter Vacz, director; 17-minute animated short from Hungary, 2015. Deer and Rabbit are good friends who share every happy moment while living together in their two-dimensional world. One day, the TV breaks and Deer sees a strange thing in it: a 3D cube. From that moment he is obsessed with finding the formula for the unknown third dimension while he totally ignores Rabbit. Then an unexpected accident transforms Deer into the third dimension, standing face to face with their flat 2D world.Scene from Bienvenidos and filmmaker Javier Fedder.