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URI FLP - Rhode Island Film Festival
Providence, United States (Outgoing Program)
This program will provide students with an opportunity to engage in an immersive experience at the Rhode Island International Film Festival in Providence, Rhode Island. As attendees of the festival, students will have full access to all films, special events, Q&A sessions with festival organizers, film industry professionals, and filmmakers from around the globe. Students will also view many international films, thereby gaining a deeper global perspective. At the end of the festival, students will have developed an experiential understanding of film as an art form, and an important aspect of international business, communication, and entertainment.
The festival and all associated events will take place throughout the city of Providence, Rhode Island. Filmmakers from around the globe will be in attendance and staying in the "creative capital" throughout the festival.
Students will have the option to earn 3 URI credits for FLM 491: Independent Study or COM 410: Advanced Topics in Communication Studies.
As part of the program, students will be attending opening night ceremonies, meeting with filmmakers, viewing films in different locations, attending the Film Forum, attending the ScriptBiz conference, engaging in critical conversations with peers about festival experiences, and more.
Students will have the option to stay in double- or single-occupancy rooms in the Biltmore Hotel, located in downtown Providence, Rhode Island.
Note: There is an additional charge for single rooms.
Program Cost: $1600 (with accommodation)
$1000 (without accommodation)
Program fee includes:
- 3 URI credits
- Several meals
- Rhode Island International Film Festival Registration
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Tom Zorabedian is the Assistant Dean of the URI College of Arts and Sciences. Tom is also working with the Dean and the Director of the Harrington School of Communication and Media with strategic planning and management to develop, promote, and advance the School. Tom also is a faculty member in the Film/Media and Communication Studies programs and teaches film courses in the Honors Program. Tom is interested in the history, meaning, messages and impact of moving images as an important cultural force. Tom earned his BA and MA at URI, and his doctorate at Boston University, where he was the graduate Scholar Award recipient, studying with the late renowned British film historian and scholar, Roger Manvell, first director of the British Film Academy.
Before coming to URI, he was Assistant Professor of Communications at Rhode Island College, where he taught film and television history, theory, and production courses, as well as writing, interpersonal communication, and public speaking. Tom has also taught at Salve Regina University (Acting for the Camera) and at Boston University. Also, via a grant in association with Emory University in Atlanta, he created and wrote educational information for boys and men. He has also worked as a film critic for several publications and as an independent film and video producer, including directing and producing a documentary on the Armenian genocide, and as a producer and a writer of a live, cable TV series, Club Genius. He has acted as an extra in a number of feature films, including “Mystic Pizza”, “”Amistad”, and “Outside Providence.”Tom has given numerous presentations on various film topics, such as, as “Hollywood Armageddon; War in Many Mediums: Film, Press, and Propaganda”; “Eating in the Dark: The Meaning of Food in Film”; “Hollywood Leads the Way: Social Issues in Film”; and “Film Portrayal of the Cold War: In From the Cold, A Russian-American Dialogue”. He also was co-coordinator of the University Honors Colloquium, Moving Images: Their Development, Power, and Cultural Significance.”
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