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Pawtucket Arts Festival unspools weekend film fest

September 26, 2013

PAWTUCKET — Enjoy a feast for the senses, as the 14th annual Pawtucket Arts Festival continues through Sunday with its lineup of creative films, live music, refreshments and food.

All of the films are shown at the Blackstone Valley Visitor Center, 175 Main St., Pawtucket. The standard admission fee is $10 per day, and that price includes a free T-shirt from Mirror Image, music, food, drinks, short films and features.

The festival began on Thursday and the fun continues tonight, with a reception at 6 p.m., followed by a musical performance by Zack Silk. At 7:45 p.m. are two short films, Chip Hourihan’s “Hibbing” and Rahmin Bahrani’s “Plastic Bag,” followed by the feature film at 8 p.m., Olivia Silvers’ “Arcadia.”

Saturday starts with a Kids Free event at 11 a.m. Among the film sessions, featuring a variety of short films and features, prominent American roots band, Rockwood Ferry from Ithaca, N.Y., performs at 2 p.m. and again at 6 p.m. The Saturday night feature is Tom Gilroy’s “The Cold Lands” at 8 p.m. Sunday’s reception starts at noon with a different schedule of music, short works and features.

Rick Roth, owner of Mirror Image and executive producer of the annual Pawtucket Film Festival, said “The Cold Lands” was shown at the Cannes Film Festival and has won several awards. He noted that this was a return visit to Pawtucket for Gilroy, and noted that Chip Hourihan, who also produced “Frozen River,” has participated in the event just about every year since it began.

A complete schedule of the Pawtucket Film Festival is online at


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