Reel Connections at the 2017 Festival

PCFF Reel Connections make real connections between what you experience on the screen and what’s happening closer to home.

We invite audiences of all ages to engage in topics from and beyond our film screenings to better understand the diverse and challenging themes and subject matter presented. Reel Connections spark richer discussions—with youth among their peers, at home, in classrooms, libraries, or after-school programs and other settings—while building community connections that can enhance and extend the film’s impact. Occasionally before, but usually following a screening, meet filmmakers, see performances, and participate in discussions that accompany selected films. As an added bonus, some films include a film guide with discussion questions, hands-on activities and related resources including related books, films and local organizations. Access the guides on the PCFF Film Hub ( Make it real with Reel Connections!

Saturday, February 18
 (Gilder Center for the Arts)  Follows the 1:00 PM screening of Kayayo

Kayayo1Wearing traditional dress, the Providence Presbyterian Ghana Choir delights us with Ghanaian songs, tells about life in Ghana, and shows kids how to hold carrying baskets on the head like the kayayo in the film!

Sunday, February 19 (Gilder Center for the Arts) Follows the 1:45 PM screening of Mr. Frog

Angel Bazinet from Biomes Marine Biology Center tells us all about frogs, where we can find them in Rhode Island and how you can help our web-footed friends, then she answers your amphibious questions. Learn more about Biomes, New England’s most hands-on aquarium!

Sunday, February 19 (Gilder Center for the Arts) Precedes the 3:45 PM  screening of Brothers of the WindBrothersWind_OPPITZ Foto m-2789

Born To Be Wild Nature Center and several recovering raptors introduce this one-of-a-kind film. Meet a regal raptor in the lobby, and at 3:45 learn about the birds and find out how BTBW rehabilitates and/or cares for Rhode Island’s injured and rescued raptors. Don’t be late or you’ll miss out!

Wednesday, February 22 (Warwick Public Library) Follows the 10:30 AM screening of All the Wiser

Join Imagine Kolle 37 director, Michele Meek, and her daughter for a post-film Q&A. Her film is about a German Adventure Playground unlike any playground you’ve seen before!

Friday, February 24 (AS220 Main Stage) Follows the 6:30 PM screening of Sonita

sonita_hires4KALI MA HipHop is Providence’s female dynamic duo: Maxx Millanova and Konscious Keke, accompanied by Deejay Kellan. Their use of powerful lyrics and playful vibes light up any stage. Tonight they bring you into their world of storytelling and mysticism from the perspective of two young women bearing the trials and tribulations of the 21st century.

Saturday, February 25, 3:00 PM (Providence Athenaeum) The Power of the Documentary Special screening + discussion:

Why are docs for all ages? In this time of “alternative facts” and “fake news,” is the role of documentary filmmaking changing? Lots to talk about in one of the city’s premiere conversation spots. Leading the discussion will be Sara Archambault, co-founder and programmer of the award-winning documentary film series The DocYard and a creative producer for numerous documentary film projects over the past 15 years, and Kendall Moore, an award-winning documentary filmmaker and Associate Professor in the departments of Journalism and Film Media at URI.

Saturday, February 25 (Metcalf Auditorium Chace Center/RISD Museum) Follows the 3:45 PM screening of Brothers of the Wind

Peter Green, of PROVIDENCE RAPTORS: Urban Wildlife Photography, presents a slide show of his amazing photographs of the many raptors that fly above us here in Providence. He will introduce you to the wildlife around us, even in the city.

Saturday, February 25, 4:15 PM (RISD Auditorium) Partnership Presentation: My Life as a Zucchini

MSL_MY LIFE AS A ZUCCHINI-Zucchini Main ImagePresented in partnership with Media Smart Libraries which supports public programming events emphasizing the use of film and media texts to promote expanded literacy in the 21st century. MSL raises awareness that libraries are key agents of change in advancing the digital media literacy of children, teens, and families in their communities.

Sunday, February 26 (RISD Auditorium) Follows the 12:30 PM screening of Gus Outdoors: Then & Now Double Feature

Meet the filmmakers! Gus Outdoors films are always a hit at PCFF. The Rhode island father and son documentary team Sean and Gus Nightingale have expanded their filmmaking crew to include sister Talus! Come watch their latest film Fish Frenzy and they will be ready to answer your questions right after the show.Wonka 5

Sunday, February 26, 3:45 PM (RISD Auditorium) Follows screening of Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

Glee Gum “Golden Ticket” contest! All children have a chance to win! In the spirit of Willy Wonka’s Golden Ticket Contest, PCFF has partnered with local candymaker, Glee Gum. We’re giving away a Glee Gum sample pack to the first 100 children attending the screening of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory on Sunday, February 26. Five candy samples will have golden tickets redeemable for a special prize!