Rhode Island International Film Festival: Shorts

August 7, 2019 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Black Box Theater
95 Empire St


Men of Vision

Frank Todaro United States | 2018 | 20min | Narrative | Drama, Sci-Fi & Fantasy

At the turn of the 20th century, swaggering inventor Hubert Moss is in the midst of a dry spell that threatens to ruin him. Could the young acolyte who shows up at his door be his salvation?


Marielle Woods United States | 2018 | 15min | Narrative | Comedy

When a naïve and optimistic color guard captain can’t get a job after college, she must take a gig as a sign spinner to make ends meet. But when she ends up in a turf war with an entitled drug dealer, she’s forced to discover her inner badass to take him down.

Director Biography-
Originally from New Jersey, Marielle Woods is an award-winning filmmaker who thrives in the high-stakes world of action storytelling.
After receiving her BA in Visual Studies from Harvard University in 2008, she moved west and has been working as an LA-based director and producer ever since. She got her start in docudrama television, directing and producing shows for networks including Discovery, History, A&E and Animal Planet. She cut her teeth filming gunfights, avalanches and animal attacks, traveling around the globe in pursuit of good stories. Now, she lives every week like it’s Shark Week.

Moving into the scripted world, Woods has spent much of the last four years working with some of the best stunt coordinators and second unit directors in the business, on films including JOHN WICK 2, BABY DRIVER and BRIGHT. She has helmed award-winning branded content as well as internationally recognized short-format narrative pieces. She flipped a car in the jungles of Puerto Rico for her short, MI CORAZON, and recreated war-torn Iraq on a soundstage in Culver City for her 2018 film, DO NO HARM. Most recently, Woods turned sign-spinning into a martial art for her DWW film, SPIN.
Woods likes to push buttons and boundaries, telling stories that make audiences think — with a few explosions or car chases along the way.

The German King

Adetokumboh M’Cormack United States | 2019 | 20min | Narrative | Drama, Romance

Set in 1914 at the start of World War I, The German King is the incredible true story of Rudolf Douala Manga Bell; a Cameroonian Prince who was raised in Germany. After his father’s death he returns home to Cameroon to become King. However once back home in Africa, he learns that his people are being oppressed and killed under Kaiser Wilhelm II’s tyrannical colonial rule. He realizes the only way to put an end to his nation’s suffering, is to lead his people in a rebellion against the Kaiser; a man he once considered his brother and best friend.

Director Biography-
Adetokumboh M’Cormack was born in Freetown, Sierra Leone, to Diplomat parents and raised in Kenya, Nigeria and England. He is a graduate of the prestigious Conservatory of Theatre Arts and Film at SUNY Purchase College where he studied Acting. His credits include leading roles in movies like Columbia Pictures’ Blockbuster Battle Los Angeles, Blood Diamond alongside Leonardo DiCaprio, and Captain America: Winter Soldier. He has also starred in hit TV shows such as Lost, (where he played Father Yemi) Heroes, 24 and NCIS and is currently the voice of Isaac in the Netflix hit animated series, Castlevania. He also recently starred in the film Boxed” as Henry “Box” Brown; the 19th century slave who put himself in a box and shipped himself to freedom which garnered M’Cormack several best actor nods. Wanting to tell more stories about people underrepresented in main stream media, M’Cormack decided to also step behind the camera and write to produce powerful stories about people who people who normally do not have a voice. His film “Irish Goodbye” about a gay Syrian refugee living in Los Angeles was a finalist at the Emerging Filmmaker Showcase at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival and won Best Short film Awards at the Independent Shorts Awards, Indie Shorts Fest, and the Veterans Film Festival.

The Beetle at the End of the Street

Joan Vives Lozano Spain | 2018 | 20min | Narrative | Comedy

Amadeo is a good person. He lives in a small village of Valencia, and since his wife died, he sacrifices himself in taking care of his father-in-law, Agustín, who is disabled.

The Damsels

Delphine Corrard France | 2018 | 20min | Narrative | Drama, French-Speaking

Laurenne is an old lady in a retirement home. Discreet and obedient, she is quietly getting depressed. That is until she meets Sylvie, a forty-year-old woman freshly hired in the establishment. As they become friends, Laurenne finally discovers what boldness is.