‘GiveMe5 Teen Film Festival’ set for May 16 at Greenwich Odeum

PROVIDENCE — The seventh annual “GiveMe5 Teen Film Festival,” will be held Saturday, May 16, from 7-9:30 p.m. at the Greenwich Odeum, 59 Main Street, East Greenwich featuring short films created by teen filmmakers from around the state. The festival will also feature feedback from a professional film pane and one-minute films from the “GiveMe5 Teen Film Labs Make-a-Minute-Movie Challenge.”

“Diary of a Wimpy Kid” actor Robert Capron, Jr.. will serve as this year’s guest emcee. The professional panel will include Steven Feinberg, Director of the RI Film and Television Office; Kendall Moore, URI Associate Professor and filmmaker; and Tom DeNucci, film actor, producer, and director.

GiveMe5 is sponsored by Rhode Island State Council on the Arts’ Education Program, in conjunction with the Rhode Island Film and Television Office, and other film and media partners. Additional GiveMe5 sponsors include include: URI Media Education Lab; Flickers: Rhode Island International Film Festival; Rhode Island Film Collaborative; Motif; and the RI Arts Learning Network.

“The future of the rapidly expanding film, television, and new media industry in our Ocean State is related to growing young filmmakers in our education system,” said Steven Feinberg of Rhode Island Film & TV Office. “When I was a child, I was fortunate that my father was a sixth grade teacher because he had the insight to see my early interest in moviemaking. He and my Mom nurtured my passion and encouraged me to learn as much as I could. With each experience I fell more in love with film, and it became my life’s work and passion. Working in film and technology is a natural for most kids today, and we have a responsibility to educate them about the art of filmmaking and how they can achieve quality work in this innovative industry.”

“Young people today are inundated with images about them but not by them” added Sherilyn Brown, education director of the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts. “Media education is an important part of helping teens to think, using the art form of film. They also gain skills and knowledge applicable to the fast-growing national and international creative industries.”

The purpose of GiveMe5 is to network and grow film and media education programs statewide. GiveMe5 also sponsors two Teen Film Labs (Make-a-Minute Movie Challenge) in March (one in Providence and one in Kingston) and a Media Teachers Lab in October.

For more information, call 401-222-6994, or visit us at the GiveMe5 Facebook page.

GiveMe5 Teen Film Festival is free and open to the public, suitable for teens and up. Seating is limited, so register for a free ticket at theodeum.org.

— Nancy Burns-Fusaro