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June 10, 2003


Lights, camera, Corrente

Joel Furfari


PAWTUCKET -- Director Michael Corrente, whose film "American Buffalo" was shot in Pawtucket, is scheduled to make an appearance in his home town during the Pawtucket Arts Festival, organizers announced Monday.

Rick Roth, who is organizing the fourth annual film festival, said Corrente will appear at the festival on Sept. 10 and 11. The arts festival, formerly called the Convergence Pawtucket Arts Festival, will be held from Sept. 6 through 20.

Roth said the festival will screen Corrente's "Outside Providence" on Sept. 10 and "Federal Hill" on Sept. 11 in the theater inside the Pawtucket Visitors Center on Main Street.

Audience members will be able to ask the director about his films, Roth said.

"It's very exciting to have a guy from Pawtucket and who is a big-name person come in," he said. "It's great. It's a small theater and a low-key event but we've had some pretty big names in the independent film world who have come before."

Roth, who owns Mirror Image, a local T-shirt company, said he was able to convince Corrente to return to the city's arts festival.

"I have an interest in bringing the arts to Pawtucket and Michael is from Pawtucket. We hit it off and talked and I suggested that he come up for this year's festival," Roth said.

The film festival will run from Sept. 10 to 14 and will include the chance to meet filmmakers and listen to live music. Tickets to the festival cost $10 per night and can be ordered by calling 724-5353.

The three-weekend arts festival will be book-ended by the Chinese Dragon Boat Festival on opening day, Saturday Sept. 6, and a reprise performance in Slater Park of the Rhode Island Philharmonic on the last Saturday of the festival, Sept. 20.

The festival is still months away, so not every event is pinned down yet -- but look for the middle weekend in the park to feature 60 or more quality arts and crafts booths, by far the most ever.

Most events will be free, although the Sept. 5 opening night gala, now aimed to feature Latin-flavored music, will cost you $2 to get into the Visitor Center and sample the dozens of food items donated by restaurants, markets and other festival supporters.

And while it's not exactly high art, a "rubber ducky derby" fund-raiser to benefit the Childhood Lead Action Project was approved by the festival committee, with 500 or more people expected to launch their hopefuls on the Blackstone River behind Slater Mill.



ŠThe Pawtucket Times 2003

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