If you ever thought that the words "indie movie" meant that your favorite actors from your most-loved shows and movies wouldn't make an appearance, think again. Here is a rundown of just a handful of the big names that you'll see onscreen during the week of August 7–12 at the 22nd Annual FLICKERS Rhode Island International Film Festival in Providence, Rhode Island. You won't want to miss them in these dynamic and different-from-their-usual roles!
Remember her as Sam from Nickelodeon shows "iCarly" and "Sam & Cat"? See Jennette McCurdy all grown up as political campaign intern Peggy in "The First Lady," screening on Wednesday, August 8 at 4:45 p.m. at the RISD Museum — Metcalf Auditorium. Buy tickets here.
If you grew up watching "Hannah Montana" on the Disney Channel, then you'll probably remember the pesky character Rico. Moises Arias has matured in the years since, and plays a much more serious role in "On Killer Robots," directed by Lorraine Nicholson, daughter of Jack Nicholson and an actress herself ("Soul Surfer," 2011). Check out this stunning drama on Thursday, August 9 at 9 p.m. at The VETS. Buy tickets here.
Chances are, you got sucked into binge watching "Stranger Things" like the rest of us. Don't miss Sean Astin, who played Joyce's faithful boyfriend Bob, and is also known for fan-favorite roles in films like "The Goonies," "Rudy" and "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy. Astin can be seen in feature film "eHero," which is screening Thursday, August 9 at 6 p.m. at The VETS. Buy tickets here.
Did you watch the show "Girls"? Remember Ray Ploshansky? Catch the actor who plays him, Alex Karpovsky, as a deadbeat, yet still hilarious, uncle in the comedy drama feature film "You Can Choose Your Family," screening Friday, August 10 at 8:30 p.m. at The VETS. Buy tickets here.
Any "Breaking Bad" fan will instantly recognize the talented actress who portrays controversial character Skyler White. Anna Gunn is also in "You Can Choose Your Family," directed by Miranda Bailey. Buy tickets here.
Thought we were done telling you about the star power in "You Can Choose Your Family"? Not quite. Stand-up comic and star/creator of "The Jim Gaffigan Show" plays a multidimensional dad in distress in this can't-miss feature film that will have you cringing, laughing, crying, and probably laughing until you start crying. Seriously, add it to your calendar for Friday, August 10, and get a ticket here.
At the Rhode Island International Film Festival you never know when your favorite performers will show up in a short or feature-length film. Be sure to attend some screenings so you don't miss seeing them in a new light!
*All photos courtesy of the filmmakers via their submissions/Withoutabox.com, except for photos from "Girls" and "Breaking Bad," courtesy of IMDB.