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SENE Film Awards Announced
At a special ceremony Saturday night, SENE Festival directors Phil Capobres and Don Farias handed out film awards in 16 categories.   Congratulations to all the winning filmmakers!

The Bad Penny 

Best Feature Film
The Bad Penny

Director/Producer: Todd Bellanca 

Producer: Sarote Tabcum




 The Bully 

Best Short Film
The Bully

Director: Derek Kimball

Producer: Matthew Konkel




Best Documentary Feature
Hidden Treasures: Stories from a Great Museum

Director/Producer: Alexandra M. Isles




Naked Vision


Best Documentary Short
Philip Pearlstein: Naked Vision

Directors: Jen Dietrich & Sarah Nitschke

Producer: Jamie Lustberg




Black Box 

Best Animated Film
Black Box 

Director/Producer: Monica Garrison





Broken Hart 

Best Comedy Short Film
Broken Hart 

Director/Producer: Michael Allen Angel






Best Music Video (tie)


Director/Producer: Paul Gallasch







 Best Music Video (tie)


 Director: Isabelle Desmond






Best Regional Short Film

There She Is... 

Director: Jenn Dlugos 

Producer: Andrea Henry





Best Regional Documentary (RI, MA, CT)
Mezzanotte Obscura

Director/Producer: Lori Petchers  





Candy Apple Red 

Best LGBT Film
Candy Apple Red

Director/Producer: Todd Norris

Producer: Bobby Thompson




Best Experimental Film

A City Symphony Underground

Director Catherine Stratton








Best Screenplay

The Frost

Director Ferran Audi





Best Student Film

Director/Producer: J.L. Topkis

Best Student Animated Film
Surviving Hunger
Director/Producer: Balgum Son

Best Student Music Video

LipDub at Calvin College
Director: Rachel Kuyvenhoven

SENE would like to thank the 10 film professionals and film enthusiasts serving on this year's film awards jury.

Audience Award winners will be announced at a later date.

Closing Music & Poetry Event - Sun Apr 10
Jefferson ThomasJefferson Thomas's earliest memories are of a nightly ritual, played over and over again, ten thousand times. Waking up just before dawn to the old man's headlights shining in his bedroom window. The familiar bang of a guitar amp slamming against the front door, followed by a reassuring string of four-letter words. Good. Dad made it home again. He d drift back off to sleep, only to be awakened just a few hours later by his mother, a singer. He d smell coffee and hear the stereo roaring to life, beckoning him into a world with never enough money, but more wealth than anyone could imagine. Some kids might be able to fight the currents of such a childhood, but by his eleventh birthday, Thomas had thrown up his hands and surrendered, sitting in on bass for the old man's gigs. Within a year the kid had switched to guitar and was writing his own songs. At fifteen he was playing clubs, fairs, and festivals all over the Northeast, and before long he was plying his wares to audiences all over the U.S.

2008's WESTERN FRONT was fourteen tracks of Jefferson Thomas unique blend of rock and, social commentary and boozy fun, recorded in New York and Los Angeles and spiced up by Thomas s top-notch touring band as well as personnel from Sheryl Crow, The Dixie Chicks, Bon Jovi, Beyonce, and others. The song Thursday's Girl is featured in the Matthew Broderick film Finding Miranda.
  View Website

Matthew Foster-Moore

New York's Matthew Foster Moore has just finished his full-length debut. Produced by Jefferson Thomas and slated for a September release, "Headlines" is a thoroughly compelling amalgam of acoustic roots music with dashes of indie pop and funk thrown in.

Foster-Moore is a modern singer/songwriter who has the balls to be edgy and funky (check out the rapid-fire rap delivery of "You Look Good To Me" and "Take It Or Leave It") and the fearlessness to dial things back to traditional troubadour sensitivity, as in "Wakeup Call" and "Nolita". "Gypsy Girl" chronicles the exploits of his globetrotting little sister over a backdrop of indigenous instruments as she passes through each distant land.
   The backbone of the twelve-song set is the combination of Foster-Moore's rhythmic finger-style acoustic guitar and his warm, casual baritone.  View website

Duende Project
The Duende Project (formerly "Duende") is the poetry and music project of Tony Brown, veteran performance poet, and Steve Lanning-Cafaro, AKA Faro, electric bass and Nylon string guitar. They have released two CD/chapbook sets, "Jim's Fall" and "americanized" on their own Loyal Weasel Productions, and perform in the New England and Eastern Seaboard regions regularly. View Website  



Yunus Abdul-Quddus

Yunus Abdul-Quddus... father took him to jazz poetry clubs to expose him to poetry.   In the sixth grade he wrote his first poem. Bored with conventional story telling and books he read in grade school, he would skim through, take the sentences, and try to make them rhyme. His ability to take words and write completely different stories, showed his vast literary talents. At the age of 19, Yunus went public with his poetry for the first time at Brave New World in Philadelphia. He has set a life long goal to be heard globally. He is also founder and President of Johnson & Wales Underground Poetry Club, which brings together other artistic minds to share their literary talents. Yunus has appeared on Brown University Radio and WDAJ am The Drive with Angelo Marinoch. He has set a goal to create music that can bring all ethnic cultures and background under one umbrella, without disrespecting oneself or belittling women. "Pick up a dictionary like Malcolm X and tell your story. Write clean pure music and words that still tell true experiences of love, spirituality, and poetic testimonies on life. He has taught poetry and acting at the Met Technical Center, Johnson & Wales Poetry Club and CCRI  In 2005 he opened for Philadelphia's legendary poet Ursula Rucker and HBO Def Jam Iyeoka Ivie Okoawo at Sound Session. Yunus finished second place in poetry slams at the Lizard Lounge, Boston and AS220 in Providence.  Yunus has released three tracks on a poetry mix CD entitled Know Words-Volume I with the Quiet Nation Label, and completed a CD entitled Lost thoughts of Poetry. He is working on a chapbook entitled Lost Poets, a book of poems from the album and poems he has memorized over the past 15 years. This is only the beginning for a student/poet/teacher and counselor who puts passion into the art of poetry.

Sarah Sapienza

Sarah Sapienza is a performance poet living in Worcester, MA. Most recently the host for the Seattle Slam, Sarah has also acted as slam mistress for the state of Vermont. She believes in the redemptive power of poetry, is dairy free and thinks that shirt looks really good on you.




Also performing is poet Melissa Guillet 






Closing Music & Poetry EventSpot Underground

The Spot Underground  

15 Elbow St @ corner of Chestnut (Jewelry District)

Providence, RI    map  

Sunday, April 10, 2PM-7PM


$5 suggest donation   

Refreshments provided; cash bar

Followed by special screening of It's A Bash at 5:30 pm