An Interview with Viola Davis

Rhode Island native and Hollywood leading lady, Viola Davis, talks poverty, #MeToo and finding her authenticity in this exclusive Q and A.

“We are put on this earth to connect. And it’s through connection that you find a sense of belonging.”

Viola Davis Earns Triple Crown of Acting

She is the first black woman to earn an Oscar, Emmy and Tony awards.

Congratulations to Viola Davis, who grew up in Central Falls and just won her very first Oscar last night at the eighty-ninth annual Academy Awards. After accepting the award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Fences, she has now earned the triple crown of acting: an Oscar, an Emmy and two Tonys. She is also the first black…

Celebrate the Oscars at a Local Red Carpet Event

Watch the Oscars at a local VIP viewing, and check out our predictions for who will win; we're looking at you, Viola Davis.

The biggest night of the year in film is on Sunday, and you can celebrate like an Oscar-nominated star. On Feb. 26, Flickers: Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF) will transform the Providence Biltmore Ballroom into the Dolby Theatre in honor of the 89th Annual Academy Awards. Prepare to be asked, "Who are you wearing tonight?" as the Red Carpet…

Live Out Your Golden Ticket Fantasy, and Other Cinematic Adventures

Providence Children's Film Festival's Reel Connections turn an afternoon at the movies into an engaging (and educational!) activity.

Get thee to the movies, parents and children. The Providence Children’s Film Festival, from February 17 to the 26th, brings kid-friendly, independent shorts, documentaries and feature films to the region every February vacation week. It’s a nice alternative to the franchise-dominated multiplex and, my favorite part, it creates a space for dialogue between kids, parents, local experts and filmmakers. PCFF’s…

Local Wedding Band Stars in De Niro's The Comedian

Rhode Island-based band, the Free Downloads, plays the Jewish wedding dance and cover songs in the major motion picture.

Head to the movies on Friday to see The Comedian, – premiering Feb. 3 – and you might recognize a few familiar faces next to more famous ones. The film’s cast includes Hollywood heavyweights Robert De Niro, Danny DeVito, Leslie Mann and Edie Falco alongside a well known Rhode Island wedding and events band, the Free Downloads. In the movie,…

Five Things We Love About Rhode Island PBS

The venerable station turns fifty this year.

1. The community conversations. Humble brag, coming at you. Rhode Island Monthly partnered with Rhode Island PBS for two engrossing conversations in 2016: the first, on the rise of pediatric mental illness, and the second, on bridging the skills gap in the state. Both brought together experts with national renown, allowing a timely conversation to unfold in front of a…

Bleed For This Hits Big Screens Nationwide

Rhode Island plays a major role in the movie about the comeback story of boxer Vinny Pazienza.

On Thurs., Nov. 10, the Vinny Paz movie, Bleed for This, premiered at Providence Place Cinemas, two years to the day when filming first began in Rhode Island. Hollywood stars and producers attended the local premiere, including Miles Teller, who plays Cranston boxer Vinny Pazienza, and Aaron Eckhart, his trainer. Even Vinny Paz himself strutted the red carpet, openly giving…

Q-and-A: Be a Man with Comedian Ray Harrington

Harrington and a group of close friends created a documentary about his journey of finding out what it means to be a man in modern day America.

Ray Harrington dabbled in standup comedy while in college, but it wasn't until he moved to Rhode Island from Maine in 2011 that he decided to make it his full-time gig. Now he performs all over the country, and his debut album from Stand Up! Records, The Worst Is Over, topped comedy charts on Amazon and iTunes. He can also…