First Annual Art & Design Film Fest

The First Annual Providence Art and Design Film Festival is in full swing at the Cable Car Cinema in Providence, running from October 29 until November 1st.

The aim of the festival is to examine different facets of the art and design world, from showcasing artists and designers to examining how art and design have played a role in shaping the modern world, exploring their influence on topics such as politics, history, and personal expression.

Thursday the 29th marked the opening night of the festival with a reception at the RISD Museum followed by a screening of the film “Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict”.  The film was followed by a question and answer session with Director Lisa Immordino Vreeland and John Smith, Director of the RISD Museum.


The festival is covering a wide range of subject matter, from sneaker obsessions to the displacement of the Kathputli Colony of artists in New Delhi, India. There is a strong international film presence, including films from Switzerland, Germany, France, Austria, the Netherlands, Taiwan and India.

Many of the film screenings are followed by Q & A sessions with local artists and designers, RISD-associated artists, professors, and museum curators, as well as professors from Brown and various experts on the subject matter of the films.