Go indie with SENE Festival of film, music & art

Go indie with SENE Festival of film, music & art

PROVIDENCE – The SENE Film, Music and Arts Festival, a festival dedicated to bringing life to the arts, returns for an eighth year, starting April 19 and running through April 23 in Providence and other locations.

Presented by Southeast New England Film, Music and Arts, the SENE Festival features everything from feature films to horror shorts, documentaries to music videos, promoting independent cinema, music and art throughout what organizers are calling a "dynamic festival."

The festival gives a local stage to some of the biggest independent arts talent out there, said Phil Capobres, artistic director for SENE. Capobres told The Breeze that this year’s festival will feature 110 films from 60 to 70 filmmakers, two musical performances, three parties and an art exhibit. There will plenty to enjoy for all tastes, he said.

Filmmakers are coming from across the country, and even Mexico, to show their work at the SENE Festival, but there will be more of a focus on local filmmakers, said Capobres.

“We’ll have more local films than we’ve ever shown,” he said, with 33 total shown over the five days.

The format of the SENE Festival stays basically the same from year to year, said Capobres, though the content changes dramatically from one year to the next. The popularity of the festival has steadily grown over the past eight years, he said.

The festival is held at multiple locations during the four days, including:

• The Columbus Theatre, at 270 Broadway in Providence.

• The Greenwich Odeum, at 59 Main St. in East Greenwich.

• The Warwick Museum of Art, at 3259 Post Road in Warwick.

• Rhodywood Studio, at 209 Douglas Ave. in Providence.

• The Arctic Playhouse, at 117 Washington St. in West Warwick.

• And the Varnum Memorial Armory, 6 Main St. in East Greenwich.

Each SENE Festival relies on volunteers to make it happen. Those wishing to volunteer can do so by filling out a form found on the festival website, www.senefest.com . Volunteers are needed for box office and ticket sales, ushers, filmmaker transportation and tech-DVD operators. Volunteers who work six or more hours during the festival will receive a free pass to the entire festival. Options are three-hour or six-hour shifts.

Prices for the film festival include $10 at the door for all films, $50 for a VIP pass (easily the best deal, said Capobres) to all events, plus other perks, and $25 for a SENE pass to all films.

For more on the SENE Festival, including a schedule of events, visit www.senefest.com . Find the SENE Festival on Twitter, @SENEFest.

In “Circle,” a narrative short film directed by Alexander Heringer and produced by Heringer and Daniel Piechocki, a young woman escapes into a seemingly perfect past after experiencing a tragic loss. The film will be one of many shown at the 2016 SENE Festival.
Members of the Massachusetts-based Whiskey Treaty Roadshow play at last year’s SENE Festival.
Above, crowds mingle at last year’s festival.