Arts & Culture
2:57 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Rhode Island Film Fest Highlights Legacy of Sen. Pell

The Rhode Island International Film Festival is underway.  One movie highlights the loan program named for the late Senator Claiborne Pell.

The late Senator Pell fought for the creation of the Pell Grants in the 1970's, which are now used by about 9 million students annually.
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A documentary about Pell Grants will receive its world premiere in Providence as part of the week-long film festival.

The movie follows the battle Senator Claiborne Pell fought in Congress to pass the grant program in the seventies.

It was written and directed by Steven Feinberg, who’s also the executive director of the Rhode Island Film and Television Office.

Feinberg said that the film is especially relevant, considering that Rhode Island’s current Senators are fighting to keep interest rates down on federal student loans.

“It’s amazing how much the loans are now costing, how much higher education is costing.  I think the big thing that we hope our film sparks is discussion," said Feinberg.

Senator Pell’s widow Nuala, and grandson Clay will be at the premiere, and will take part in a question and answer session after the screening.

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