SENE Film Festival opens Monday

SENE Film Festival opens Monday

PROVIDENCE - The Southeast New England Film, Music & Arts Festival returns to Rhode Island April 20-25. This 7th annual SENE Festival will showcase 120 films, five musical performances and multiple parties and networking events.

Highlighted this year is the world premiere of the feature documentary "Bluebirds Fly, Love & Hope on the Autism Spectrum" by Rhode Island director Cherry Arnold, best known for her Emmy Award-winning feature documentary "Buddy." "Bluebirds Fly" will leave audiences with a better understanding of autism, along with an awareness of what can be done to help individuals with autism live happier, more productive lives. The film screens Saturday, April 25, at 3:30 p.m. at the Columbus Theatre, 270 Broadway, in Providence.

Also highlighted are three documentaries commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. The films screen Monday, April 20 at 7 p.m. at the Columbus Theatre. Filmmaker Robert Davidian will be on hand to discuss his films.

The Columbus also hosts most of the festival's film screenings on Monday, April 20, Friday, April 24 and Saturday, April 25. These include the New England premiere of the award-winning film "Bereave" starring Malcolm McDowell, Jane Seymour and Keith Carradine.

Tickets to most films screenings and events are $10 and are available online or at the door. Visit www.senefest.com for complete film, event and ticket information.