2012-08-09 / About Town

Four festival films to be shown at arts center

The Jamestown Arts Center will screen four films as part of the 16th annual Rhode Island International Film Festival over a two-day span. Movies begin at 8 p.m. and the cost is $10 each night.

On Thursday, Aug. 9, the arts center will feature “Vinyl,” an 85-minute film based on a true story directed by Sara Sugarman. The movie is about an aging punk rocker who attempts to reunite with his old band only to be told he is too old. He finds a bunch of spotty teenagers to mime to his song, which goes straight into the charts. It was filmed in the United Kingdom.

The arts center will also feature “Brute Force” on Thursday. The 15-minute documentary, directed by Ben Steinbuaer, spotlights Stephen Friendland – also known as Brute Force – an irreverent recording artist signed by Apple Records.

Following a 1967 record release, Brute Force was on the brink of stardom when George Harrison and the Beatles championed his next single, “King of Fuh.” But the record was censored and shelved until 2010 when Sony and Apple reissued Brute Force’s controversial music from the ’60s. Musician Stephen Friedland will be in attendance for a Q-and-A session. He will also perform.

On Friday, Aug. 10, the arts center will have a screening of “The World Before Her,” a 91-minute film directed by Nisha Pahuja about the growing beauty pageant craze that swept through India. Also, “Nuits Blanches,” a 15-minute French film that translates to “Sleepless Nights” will be featured. Director Lionel Jusseret follows a dedicated night watchman as he and his fellow watchmen’s jobs are threatened by the exiting expatriate population. The film is in French with English subtitles.

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