April 19th & 20th


Located at 315 Academy Avenue, ProvidenceRI          (401) 272-0106
Face masks are encouraged. Popcorn will be served! All shows are free! Registration links are below.



Tuesday, April 19th at 1:30pm – (multi-national / 75 mins / Parental Guidance:  suggested for All Ages) To animate something is to give it the illusion of having life. The materialsanimators “bring to life” are unlimited. This year LET’S GET ANIMATED includes a film that uses match sticks to tell the entire story (Mitch Match: Episode #6); a cat formed out of clay that, well, behaves like a cat (MAGICAL CAT); and a stop-motion animation capturing what people do in an elevator when they are alone (ELEVATOR ALONE)…. plus more! Animation is a labor of love and you will see it in every film here. REGISTER HER





Tuesday, April 19th at 3:30pm – (USA / 74 mins / Parental Guidance:  (Parental Guidance: Age recommendation is based on the need to read subtitles, bullying, death of an animal.)    This year PCFF decided to change the title of our Spanish language shorts reel from CineEspañol into Películas y Palomitas! Films and popcorn just go hand in hand! This years films on Películas y Palomitas! come from Mexico, Colombia, and Uruguay. The stories expressed include a girl that pretends to be invited to a classmate’s birthday party (CLAIRE EGG WHITE); a bird whose call reminds a woman of her Grandfather (PHONOS); and a young girl who enrolls in a piñata making competition with unanticipated results (LA PIÑATA). Plus more!  REGISTER HERE 




 Tuesday, April 19th at 5:30pm – (USA / Documentary / 108 mins / Dir Garrett Zevegetis / Parental Guidance: Profanity, racial epithets and violent outbursts suggested Age 13+)  Film Trailer     Discussion to follow film. Director Garrett Zavgetis and a representative from the Providence Student Union) An explosive video goes viral, showing a white school resource officer in South Carolina pull a Black teenager from her school desk and throw her across the floor. An outraged nation divides over who is at fault and what role race played in the incident. Healer-Activist Vivian Anderson uproots her life in NYC and moves to South Carolina to help the girl and dismantle the system behind the “Assault at Spring Valley,” including facing the police officer.

To contextualize this incident, geographer Janae Davis treks the surrounding swamps to unearth the overgrown and neglected homes of formerly enslaved people of African descent, drawing a through line connecting trauma from the past to the present. Against the backdrop of racial reckoning and its deep historical roots, one incident illuminates a persistent American power structure. Much like the nation at large, the arresting officer and the girl thrown from the desk have starkly different perspectives of what happened. Through intimate verité footage and extensive interviews with both, a hidden truth is unearthed about what actually happened that day. Throughout the film, select scholars, historians, and experts provide further context to the story, as well as an examination of race, school discipline, and police accountability. 2022 Winner of Audience Choice Award Best Documentary Feature PCFF.  REGISTER HERE 








Wednesday, April 20th at 10:30am – (multi-national / 70 mins / Parental Guidance:  suggested All Ages) 

This is our first First Impressions reel ever. The films on this reel are curated for the youngest minds. Some narratives are driven by music like GRUMPY TIME CLUB, TAVI’S SONG and LITTLE CLOUDS. Others use a wide array of animation styles to tell some funny stories like LITTLE SNOWMAN, some thought-provoking like MY NAME IS FEAR and even some sad stories like DUET. You might notice (or not) but by the end you will have “visited” eight different countries through film. REGISTER HERE 









Wednesday, April 20th at 12:30pm – (multi-national / 78 mins / Parental Guidance:  suggested Ages 8+ for the need to read subtitles)   People with a passion so strong they live, practice, or focus more effort towards their goal than anything else they know. Seeing their stories might get you inspired to do stuff! The passionate pursuits shared on this reel include a documentary about Julieta who is determined to get plastic out of the ocean for the benefit of sea turtles; Ramón, an eight-year-old Mexican kid who wants to be the next kickboxing champ and Jay Jay Patton who was only 13 when she designed and built Photo Patch, a mobile app to help kids send photos and letters to parents who are incarcerated. Plus more! What’s your passionate pursuit?!  REGISTER HERE 








Wednesday, April 20th at 3:00pm  – (USA / 74 mins / Parental Guidance:  suggested Ages 8+ for the need to read some subtitles)  FILM TRAILER   ZERO GRAVITY follows a diverse group of middle-school students from San Jose, CA, who compete in a nationwide tournament to code satellites aboard the International Space Station. Does Rhode Island have a middle school that participates? YES!  REGISTER HERE