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The Valley Breeze & Observer 04-25-2019

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2 SMITHFIELD APRIL 25-MAY 1, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER | SMITHFIELD SCITUATE FOSTER GLOCESTER Smithfield Police to host opioid addiction town hall meeting Tuesday SMITHFIELD – The Smithfield Police, in a cooperative effort with the Tri-County Southern Providence County Regional Prevention Coalition, are hosting a town hall meeting that addresses opioid addiction on Tuesday, April 30, at 6:30 p.m., in the Sgt. Norman G. Vezina Community and Training Room at Smithfield Police Department Headquarters, 215 Pleasant View Ave. There will be several different speakers covering various angles related to this topic. The purpose of this meeting is to inform residents that opioid addic- tion does impact the Smithfield community and that treatment is available for those in need. A resource table with brochures and literature relative to the opioid crisis, as well as Deterra (at-home, medication disposal) bags, will be available. At the end of the presenta- tion, there will be a question and answer period offered to attendees. Representatives from the police department, fire department, and event speakers will be available for any questions relative to opioid addiction and its impact. Seating for this event is limited and registration is required. To register, email Captain Jason A. DiGrado at jdigrado@smithfieldpd. com. SMITHFIELD – Town native Rob Schulbaum, who once worked in Los Angeles on the cartoon "Family Guy," is returning to Rhode Island to debut his first written and directed film, "The Wrong Todd." On May 18 at 8 p.m., the Smithfield native and 2000 Smithfield High School graduate will host the Rhode Island premiere of the film at the Columbus Theatre, 270 Broadway in Providence. The film is showing in the 11th Annual Southeast New England (SENE) Film, Music and Arts Festival from May 15-19, featuring 127 short and feature-length films from around the world. Schulbaum, 36, described his film as a science fiction comedy with "ordinary characters in extraordi- nary situations." He said he is a fan of science fiction, but does not have the budget to do that kind of work. Instead, he went with a recognizable, common movie theme: the evil twin trope. "It's about an evil twin from a par- allel universe that comes to steal his (Todd's) girlfriend," Schulbaum said. According to Schulbaum, the cast and crew are all local talents who helped in all processes when mak- ing the movie. Rhode Islander Ric Murray produced the film. Schulbaum used some aspects of his life to write the story, such as moving across the country with his significant other. The main character, Todd, must choose between moving across the country with his girlfriend, Lucy, or live in a world without her. Schulbaum said he and his wife, Kim Jones Schulbaum, decided to move to Rhode Island in 2014 to raise a fam- ily, but Schulbaum said he was ready to get back behind the camera and make films again. Working in animatics with "Family Guy" for 10 years was a dream come true, Schulbaum said, but he chose to move back east with his wife. He said he's found a "vibrant indie scene where people love making movies." Shulbuam teaches production and editing at Brown University. He and his wife have two children and the oldest, a 3-year-old, is in the movie. The pair also have an 8-month-old. The film was partially funded by an $18,000 Kickstarter fundraiser. Responses at film festivals have been mostly positive, said Schulbaum, and most people say they feel connected to the movie or that it is relatable to real life. Schulbaum said he was known dur- ing his high school years for having a camera ready and creating movies for classmates for group projects and class assignments. He said since his father put a camera in his hand at age 11, he began making movies. "Not good quality ones, but good practice," he said. He said he jumped at the opportu- nity to create short films when SHS foreign language teacher Margarita Dempsey encouraged students to make movies for class projects. "It was an exciting time because everything was pretty fresh. I was just making movies for ourselves and our friends," he said. Shulbaum said he hopes to expand the reach of the film to more audi- ences through online streaming ser- Smithfield native debuts first feature film in R.I. By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer jackie@valleybreeze.com SCHULBAUM Smithfield High School graduate ROB SCHULBAUM will premeire his first fea- ture film, "The Wrong Todd," at the Southern New England Film, Music and Arts Festival on May 18, at 8 p.m. at the Columbus Theatre, 270 Broadway in Providence. 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