RIC Students – Past and Present – Represented at Prestigious Film Festival

The 2014 Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF), which ran Aug. 5-10, featured works by RIC film and media studies alumni and one current student: Derek Dubois ’08, M ’10, Matt Tente ’07 and Jesse Crichton.

These films are among more than 240 feature-length documentary and short films from 62 countries screened at RIIFF. The festival draws over 32,000 people annually as well as major filmmakers, industry talent and celebrities. RIIFF is a qualifying festival for the Academy Awards and has been host to films by such greats as the Farrelly brothers.

On Thursday, Aug. 7, at 6:30 p.m., “Sinners,” an 18-minute thriller by Dubois, told the tale of an alcoholic priest in a blue-collar factory town who wrestles with his faith when young children start disappearing at the hands of a serial killer. Soren Sorenson ’12 composed the score/soundtrack for the film. “Sinners” was shown at The Vets, One Avenue of the Arts, Providence.

Dubois double majored in film studies and psychology and went on to earn his master’s degree in art with a concentration in media studies. As an adjunct at RIC, he has taught Introduction to Film as well as Screenwriting I and II.

Sorenson earned his master’s degree in art with a concentration in media studies and recently began teaching Introduction to Film along with Digital Audio Production at RIC.

On Saturday, Aug. 9, at 8:30 p.m., Matt Tente ’07 and current RIC student Jesse Crichton premiered their films at the Bell Street Chapel, 5 Bell St., Providence.

Tente’s 21-minute “Welcome to the Building” examined an online infatuation that takes a dark and dangerous turn.

Tente double majored in film studies and communication. He recently worked as assistant to director Scott Cooper on the film “Black Mass,” which recently completed filming in Boston.

Crichton’s 19-minute “Exposure” is about a woman who experiences her first exposure therapy. This is a behavior therapy technique intended to treat anxiety disorders. It involves the exposure of the patient to the feared object or context in order to overcome their anxiety.

Crichton is currently working on his master’s degree in media studies.

RIC’s program in film studies teaches students to master the art of filmmaking and allows them to explore the history of cinema from an international perspective.

Students interested in filmmaking select from 10 different production courses, including screenwriting, preproduction, narrative film production, documentary, experimental filmmaking, animation and sound design.

The M.A. in art with a concentration in media studies provides students with the skills needed to produce their own art or media using digital technologies.