RIFF hosts free, dog-friendly film event

The public - along with their furry, four-legged family members - is invited to a free, Rome International Film Festival event to see “Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero,” an award-winning animated feature based on the incredible true story of history's most decorated military dog.

“Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero” will be projected on a large screen for the slew of viewers on Thursday Nov 7th, 7:30 p.m. at the Courtyard by Marriott Rome Riverwalk in Downtown Rome.

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Lauren Jones Hillman
“Rubén Blades is Not My Name” to show at RIFF 

The lively rhythm of conga drums and the sounds of trumpets will have audiences itching to get up and dance during the award-winning documentary film “Rubén Blades is Not My Name,” by Abner Benaim at the Rome International Film Festival. The film follows the legacy of Latin American icon Rubén Blades who grammy-award winning music brought Salsa music to an international audience. The film will screen at the Rome City Auditorium on Friday, November 8th at 7 p.m. and will be followed by a Salsa dancing party at the Brewhouse Music & Grill on Broad Street at 9 p.m. 

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Lauren Jones Hillman
RIFF Announces Marquee Presentation “Sgt. Will Gardner” by Max Martini

For its 16th festival, The Rome International Film Festival will roll out the red carpet for the biggest stars of America – Her veterans. RIFF announces one of its marquee presentations, “Sgt. Will Gardner” by Max Martini. The film explores the struggles of a troubled Iraq veteran who finds it difficult to reintegrate into society and sets out on a cross-country journey with the hope of reuniting with his son. The film was written and directed by Martini, who is also the film’s star.

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Lauren Jones Hillman
RIFF Announces Substantial Organizational Growth

As its 16th year promises a fresh and diverse lineup of top-notch films, the Rome International Film Festival announces major growth within its board of directors, welcoming 11 new members to a board of 18 dedicated professionals. In all, a team of 37 business and film industry leaders work to make RIFF possible. 

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Lauren Jones Hillman