It’s time for Flickers, the Rhode Island International Film Festival, and as usual I’m completely overwhelmed by options because I have never heard of most of these films or directors or actors or even in some cases the venues where they’re screening.
The two documentaries I did actually hear about are of course screening at the same time as one another.
At 3pm, the Jamestown Philomenian Library presents a free screening of WBCN and The American Revolution, Bill Lichtenstein’s documentary about the storied Boston radio station that played rock for forty years before switching over to sports talk in 2009. Lichtenstein was the youngest DJ in the station’s history, and later moved on to Brown and then a program director gig at WBRU (RIP). The documentary also features such oddities as clips shot by Andy Warhol, Bruce Springsteen’s first radio interview, and footage of countercultural figures like Noam Chomsky and Patti Smith.
If you’re in Providence, at 4pm there’s a program of shorts called New Directions, featuring animation and documentary from the United States, narrative shorts from Iran and Ukraine, and A la Deriva (Adrift), Paula Cury Melo’s documentary about reproductive rights in the Dominican Republic. The director will be in attendance. That screens at the Center for Media Production in Johnson & Wales’ TACO Center for Business Arts and Sciences, 10 Abbott Park Place, Providence)
By the way, if weekday afternoons screenings aren’t feasible for you, both films are screening a second time. There’s an invite-only screening/director Q&A of Adrift at Riffraff on Tuesday evening – message for details if you’re interested – while WBCN and the American Revolution screens Saturday morning at the AS220 Black Box (11am).
above: Bruce Springsteen performs at Harvard Square Theatre on May 9, 1974 / photo: Barry Schneier