The Brattleboro Retreat’s President and Chief Executive Officer Dr. Robert E. Simpson, Jr., (far right) and Senior Director of Development Konstantin von Krusenstiern (far left) were each presented with Producer’s Circle Awards on Sunday, February 26, at Rhode Island’s annual Oscar Night America party in Providence, RI.
The awards are presented to community and business leaders who have helped to nurture and build what has come to be known as Flickers: Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF). RIIFF is one of only 65 film festivals worldwide that is a qualifying event for the Oscars. Five films that premiered at RIIFF and Anna’s Vision Film Festival last year were nominated for Oscars in the short film category.
“Our relationship with the Dr. Simpson and Mr. von Krusenstiern over the past three years has been a successful melding of the mission of the Brattleboro Retreat and that of our arts collaborative,” said George T. Marshall, executive director of RIIFF. “They are not just visionaries but true supporters of the arts.”
For the past three years the Brattleboro Retreat has been chosen as Flicker’s charitable partner and has worked with the arts collaborative to create events such as the Flickers North Country Film Festival and Anna’s Vision Film Festival, the latter of which was held last September in downtown Brattleboro and raised $1000 for the United Way of Windham County Irene Flood Relief Fund.
“Our collaboration with George Marshall and Flicker’s RIIFF has underscored our mutual understanding of the important and critical role that the arts and the movies can play in reducing stigma for people who suffer from mental illness and addiction,” said Simpson.