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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 11-06-2019

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6 PAWTUCKET NOVEMBER 6-12, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE | PAWTUCKET EDITION PAWTUCKET – The Southeast New England Film, Music and Arts Festival, founded back in 2008 by Don Farias, Phil Capobres and Linda Dwyer, won't hold its fes- tival until next year, but a fundraiser planned this week will set the stage for that 12th event. The SENE Festival has undergone a few changes over the years, Farias told The Breeze, and will be looking to use some of this money to add regular pro- gramming beyond the fes- tival, including music and arts workshops for children. Additional offerings could also include Best of SENE events traveling around the area. Farias, a Glocester resi- dent and producing direc- tor and co-founder of the festival, said the new R.I. Spirits at 59 Blackstone Ave. has been hosting pri- vate fundraising events reg- ularly, where the nonprofit gets a percentage of the revenue from every cocktail sold. A fundraiser to benefit the SENE Festival will be held this Thursday, Nov. 7, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. The next SENE Festival won't be held until next October, with this year's festival held in the spring, leaving a wider gap than normal for planning and raising funds. The festival shows about 100 indepen- dent films each year, cho- sen from a larger selection of submissions. Cathy Plourde, co- founder and distiller at the downtown Pawtucket-based distillery and tasting room, said SENE Festival has worked through a number of transitions but remains a well-loved organization, winning accolades interna- tionally. The SENE Festival is run entirely by volunteers, said Farias. Money raised goes toward theater rentals, tro- phies, and marketing, with the hope that future funds raised will go toward chil- dren's or high school pro- gramming that runs for a few weeks at a time. Those involved with the organiza- tion want their program- ming to make filmmaking or drama fun for young people. The board for the SENE Festival is undergoing sig- nificant change, with other members moving away or retiring. Co-founder Capobres, though he's moved away, remains involved through reviewing movies online and other activities. The nonprofit is looking to add new people who want to be part of this rewarding effort, said Farias. Southeast New England Film, Music and Arts is the nonprofit that hosts the annual SENE Film, Music & Arts Festival, one of about 7,000 or so film fes- tivals in the world. SENE, which held its first festival in 2009 in Providence, has been recognized as one of the Top 50 Film Festivals worth the entry fee by MovieMaker magazine three years in a row. It is rou- tinely recognized as one of the top 100 Best Reviewed Festivals by Film-Freeway, the top film submission platform in the world. This year, Jeff Daniels won SENE's Best Actor and Best Screenplay awards. In 2010, SENE co- founders worked with city employee Herb Weiss to bring the festival to Pawtucket, with films screened at the Blackstone Valley Visitor Center. Visit www.SENEfest.com for more. Now in transition, city-based SENE Festival holding a fundraiser By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com From left are SENE founders DON FARIAS, PHIL CAPOBRES and LINDA DWYER. Pawtucket Veterans Council will honor veterans Monday PAWTUCKET – The Pawtucket Veterans Council, Mayor Donald Grebien, and the Pawtucket City Council will hold a ceremony to honor veterans during the Veterans Day Ceremony on Monday, Nov. 11, at 11 a.m., at the Pawtucket City Hall Amphitheater, 137 Roosevelt Ave. The ceremony will include the Tolman School Chorus singing the national anthem and "Amazing Grace." Brandon Camara from Jacqueline M. Walsh School for the Arts will perform taps. After the event, all in attendance will be asked to assemble at the Major Walter G. Gatchell VFW Post 306, 171 Fountain St., for colla- tion. For more information, contact John Gallo at 401- 573-7057. IN BRIEF

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