The 18th annual Rhode Island International Film Festival is underway. The festival kicked off Tuesday night with a series of short films at the Providence Performing Arts center. It's recognized as a launching pad for up-and-coming directors. Festival director George Marshall said the Rhode Island provides filmmakers with a less crowded place to showcase work.
"You can get a lot more publicity out of Rhode Island than out of New York or Los Angeles, where you tend to get lost. What do you want to do? You want to get picked up," said Marshall.
A documentary about the fight to create Pell Grants will screen Wednesday evening as part of the Rhode Island International Film Festival.
The film is called "Pell Grants: A Passion for Education." It details the events in Washington leading up the the creation of the federal student loan program named for the late Rhode Island Senator Claiborne Pell.
As part of the screening at the Veteran's Memorial Auditorium in Providence, Pell’s widow Nuala Pell and his grandson Clay Pell will take part in a question and answer session.