News from Career Services: Weeks 6/6/16 & 6/13/16

Here is the latest from the Career Services Office!

ENGINEERING AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY:

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY:

An agency that finds talent for the Naval War College in Middletown, RI posted 5 jobs in the IT field.

A local private college has hired a number of Information Technology grads and they just hired another Information Technology/Software Engineering grad this week who will work as their Database Administrator.

A manufacturer and supplier of mass finishing technology posted a Paid Internship that would work well for a candidate in IT /software Engineering or Game Development.

An award-winning telematics solutions company in Massachusetts reached out with a role for a Jr. Systems Administrator.  The well-paying role would be a good fit for graduates from Information Technology and Cyber Security.

A leading staffing agency in RI posted a role for an Assistant Auditor for IT.  The role works well for graduates from Cyber Security or Information Technology/Network Engineering.

DIGITAL MEDIA PRODUCTION:

A local news station posted a position for a Production Assistant and Creative Services Producer

Two different radio station posted positions for a Part-time Board Operator and a Receptionist/Traffic Assistant

A telecommunications company in Englewood Cliffs, NJ posted a roll for an AV Technician

A behavioral health program posted a position for a Multimedia Specialist

GRAPHICS, MULTIMEDIA & WEB DESIGN:

A professional signage company in Seekonk, MA posted a full-time job for a Graphic Artist.  The grad who held the position previously has gone on to his dream job.

A medical group posted a paid internship for a Marketing/Communications Intern.

A staffing agency reached out with a short term role with a local creative company seeking a candidate with strong package design and Adobe Illustrator.

TRANSPORTATION TECHNOLOGIES:

A large Massachusetts-based dealership has 35 openings for Automotive, Auto Collision Repair and Automotive Service Management students and graduates!

HEALTHCARE:

Clinical Medical Assistant:

A Health Center in Warwick, RI posted a role for a Clinical Medical Assistant.

A local dermatology office reached out with a role for a Medical Receptionist.  This office has hired several NEIT grads and has been happy with the quality of the candidates.

Physical Therapy Assistant:

A contract rehabilitation company posted 2 jobs for PTAs in Rhode Island.  Over the years, this company has hired many NEIT graduates.

A public school district in CT has posted a role for a full-time PTA.

CONSTRUCTION:

Building Construction & Cabinet Making and Construction Management:

A well-known lumber company in Mansfield, MA posted positions for Mill Work Shop Technicians.

A carpentry company in West Greenwich, RI needs Carpenters and Carpenter Helpers.

A framing contractor company in Warwick, RI is seeking an Estimator.

A construction company in Manchester, CT posted a position for a Construction Clerk.

A local staffing agency is recruiting for Carpenters. The recruiter states: “I have several openings with two large construction companies with job sites in the North and South shore.”

GRADS WHO MOVED ON INTO NEW JOBS:

Digital Media Production:

2001 grad – AV Technician at CCRI and the Welcome Manager creating digital publicity at Roger Williams Park Botanical Center

2012 grad – Daytime Video Editor for ABC6 News

Construction Management:

2000 grad – Inside Sales Estimator for Arnold Lumber

Interior Design:

2013 grad – Assistant Project Manager at Taylor Interior Design

Architectural/Building Engineering Technology:

2015 grad – Mechanical Drafter with Creative Environment Corp. division of Thielsch Engineering

News from Career Services – May Wrap Up!

May was a busy month for the Career Services Office. Over 330 job leads came through the office marking the most leads in a month so far in 2016!

Here’s a look at job leads that came through at the end of the month:

Marine Technology

  • An online job board dedicated to the Marine industry currently has close to 100 jobs in the Marine Trades around the country! There are about 25 jobs in MA and RI in jobs ranging from Sales, Office Help, Yard Foreman to Technicians and Charter Boat Captains.

Automotive Technologies

  • A Warwick, RI company is looking for a Service Advisor and a Plainville, MA company is looking for a Service Writer from our Automotive Service Management program.
  • An automotive group out of Florida took over an existing truck center in East Providence and is looking for Auto Body and Diesel Technicians, Auto Body Painters, Parts, Warehouse and a Service Advisor.
  • A Wellesley, MA company needs a few Auto Body Technicians.
  • A Bristol, RI company looking for a Body Shop Technician.
  • A Brockton, MA company needs a Collision Repair Technician.

Graphics, Multimedia, and Web Design

  • A packaging manufacturer in Johnston, RI posted a Graphic Artist job. They have hired many GMW grads in the past.
  • A staffing company posted an entry-level role for a Graphic Artist in Medway, MA.
  • A world-class marketing company in Pawtucket, RI posted a role for an Art Director.
  • A local Breast Cancer Resource Foundation reached out to NEIT seeking a paid intern from the Graphics, Multimedia, and Web Design program. The candidate would be working on artwork for a book of poetry written by cancer survivors.

Information Technology

  • A large investment company in N. Smithfield, RI will have two major hiring events in 2017 and will be looking for Bachelor level candidates primarily from IT Software Engineering and Game Development. They host a program featuring intensive training in North Carolina prior to starting work in RI.
  • A Massachusetts Public School district posted 3 jobs for IT Network Engineering graduates: Computer Technician, Network Systems Technician, and a Technology Integration Technician.
  • A company in Taunton, MA posted a well-paying Co-op opportunity for a student in IT Networking or Cyber Security. The Co-op is full time and pays between $17 – $19 per hour.
  • A Massachusetts-based technology staffing company is seeking candidates from: IT Networking, IT Software Engineering, Cyber Security, and Game Development. They have multiple jobs open in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.
  • A Rhode Island-based staffing company posted a role for a part time Web Developer that would work well for students in the IT Software, Game Development and/or Graphics, Multimedia, and Web Design programs.
  • A technology firm in Newport, RI has hired about 10 NEIT grads from Game Development and Simulation Programming and IT Software and just posted 3 more! “We hope to fill all 3 jobs with NEIT grads”.
  • A Rhode Island-based insurance company is recruiting for an Assistant Auditor with a Programming background.
  • A division of the City of Providence posted a role for a Network Operations Analyst that would be a good fit for Networking and Cyber Security graduates.
  • A Public School district in Rhode Island reached out again for a Network Technician. The role was previously held by a NEIT graduate who has taken a new position with a cyber security company in Foxboro, MA.
  • A company in Middletown, RI posted multiple jobs for ITN grads. The roles range from Jr. Help Desk, to Sr. Help Desk Technician, to Network Technician.  They also posted a Mid-level Systems Admin and a Web Developer role.
  • An IT firm posted a well-paying role for a Network Engineer in Providence, RI.

Digital Media Production

  • A local division of the military has posted a position for a Video Broadcaster in the Public Affairs Department.
  • A local marketing firm is looking for an ongoing Photographer/Videographer needed for non-profit clients. The first event is the Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Foundation 3-day walk.

Refrigeration/AC Heating & Gas and Plumbing/Heating & Gas Technology Jobs

Some of these positions require some years of experience with licenses for Plumbing or HVAC:

  • Boston, MA – Power Plant Technician $42/HOUR
  • Boston, MA – HVAC Specialist $30 – $35/HOUR
  • North Kingstown, RI – General Maintenance Technician
  • North Kingstown, RI – Maintenance (mechanical, electrical, metal fabricating, painting, carpentry)

Health Sciences

  • A sleep center posted a role for a Clinical Medical Assistant. The role is appropriate for a grad from either Clinical Medical Assistant or Electronic Medical Records.
  • A local dermatology office recently hired a Clinical Medical Assistant graduate and reached out again to say that they are so happy with her that they are looking to hire another CMA from NEIT!
  • A group of recent grads from Medical Lab Technology have found work in their chosen field and are employed at the following hospitals: Morton Hospital, St. Anne’s, Rhode Island Hospital, and South County Hospital.

Surgical Tech’s needed!

  • A hospital in New Bedford, MA has 3 openings
  • A hospital in Willimantic, CT has 2 openings and is in dire need – Manchester Community College closed their ST program.
  • A staffing agency is looking for 4-5 Surgical Tech’s outside of the Boston area to be trained in Cardiac Surgery.
  • A contract rehab company based in Fall River, MA has hired many Occupational Therapy Assistant and Physical Therapist Assistant grads and are reaching out again seeking multiple PTAs for roles in Massachusetts.

 Veterinary Technology and Animal Business Management

  • A Dog Training Academy posted a full time and part time job as an Assistant Dog Trainer. The roles would work for students or graduates from the Veterinary Tech or Animal Business Management programs.

Criminal Justice

  • A CJ AS degree grad was hired into a union position as a Clerk for United Government Security Officers of America. She starts her new job at a site being built in Wareham, MA.
  • RI Airport Corporation Police Department has opened up their recruitment selection process.
  • Homeland Security has posted Transportation Security Officers for all airports across the country.

Electrical Technology (7 job postings in 1 week!)

  • Control Panel Technician – North Attleboro, MA
  • Field Technician – Cranston, RI
  • Field Service Engineer – Massachusetts territory
  • Alarm Technician – Rocky Hill, CT/Riverside, RI
  • Service Technician (Wind Turbines) – Coventry, RI
  • Electrical Technician – New York, NY
  • Commercial Service Technician – Boston, MA

 

TechXpo 2016 Attracts Over 75 Companies and Hundreds of Students and Alumni

On March 10, 2016, the Career Services Office held its annual Technology Career Expo (TechXpo) on the East Greenwich Campus. This event is the largest career event that the college hosts, with hundreds of representatives attending from companies across the region and beyond. This year the event was geared towards students and alumni from Business Management, Criminal Justice, Cyber Security, Digital Media Production, Electrical Technology, Electronics Systems, Electrical Engineering, Game Development/Simulation Programming, Graphics/Multimedia/Web Design, Information Technology – Network Engineering/Software Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Video Game Development/Design. The majority of the companies who attended the event were actively recruiting for positions in their company and provided insight into the many different careers that can stem from earning a New England Tech degree. Several companies had representatives present who were NEIT Alumni themselves, and they did a great job of conveying how their degrees from NEIT helped shape their careers. The alumni were:

• Keith Tingus from ACS Services, Inc.
• Michael Paulhus from Amica Mutual Insurance Company
• Sarah (Renaud) Martone from Brave River Solutions
• Kyle Daun from Compass IT Compliance
• Jeremy Girard from Envision Technology Advisors
• Glenn Barboza, Justin Taylor, and Jarrod Hastie from iAutomation
• Darren Bathgate from Kenzan
• Gary Maccarone from Ocean State Signal Company
• Gregory Winslow from Overhead Door Co. of Providence
• Thomas Battista from Schneider Electric
• Gordon Tempest from Secure Future Tech Solutions
• Mike Esposito from SencorpWhite, Inc.
• Shawn Harmon from Sertex Broadband Solutions
• James Sloan and David Balls from Tech Research Group
• Rory Manier and Robert-Louis Valle from TJX
• Jim Maymon from Tyco SimplexGrinnell
• Jeff Souza and Ronald Roberts from Woodard & Curran

Many of the employers made comments about how impressed they were by the attendees’ professional attire and preparedness during the event, and some students and alumni were even able to secure interviews the day of the TechXpo. New England Institute of Technology would like to thank everyone who attended the event, as well as the volunteers who helped coordinate another successful Career Expo! New England Tech career events are always closed to the public, which makes it a great opportunity to network and make connections with employers who are specifically interested in NEIT students and alumni. Next year will mark the 20th annual Technology Career Expo and we hope to make it our largest and best-attended TechXpo ever!

These guys dressed to impress!

These guys dressed to impress!

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Lots of activity in Tech Way during the TechXpo.

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NEIT Alumni Jeremy Girard from Envision Technology Advisors speaks with a current student.

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Graphics, Multimedia & Web Design student Bailey Jaeckel presents his resume to Tiffany & Co.

Attention Artists…New England Tech is looking for you

Tech Arts 2016New England Tech hosts a yearly event called TechArts.  TechArts allows students, faculty and staff an opportunity to showcase visual artwork.  Artwork can be art created as part of a New England Tech course,  as a hobby or even created professionally.

Print out the Art Submission Form, fill it out, and bring it to the Library. Access it here: https://library.neit.edu/…/457…/TechArts-2016-is-almost-here (or pick up a form in the Library.)

Submission forms need to be received by Saturday, March 19th.

For images of past exhibits, check out the 2015 TechArts Catalog here:https://library.neit.edu/About/TechArts

New England Tech Ranked One of the Best Small Colleges

DegreeMatch.org-2015-Awards-Best-ISTP-Match-300x252Exciting News from DegreeMatch.org:

New England Institute of Technology has been identified as having one of the best small colleges for ISTP Myers-Briggs personality types in our recent ranking. The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Test (MBTI) is the most common personality measure in the United States. A student with the ISTP personality type is someone who is creative, optimistic, and loves to work with their hands.

The ranking considered overall cost of attendance, student to faculty ratio, inclusion on notable lists, ranking by U.S. News and World Report, and number of ISTP areas of study.

New England Institute of Technology has been ranked as #15.

This ranking highlights the top 30 small colleges for those with an ISTP personality.

About ISTP Personality Types

The ISTP Personality is referred to as “the Virtuoso” and considered an Explorer. These are people who love to explore the world with their hands. They are “makers” who love to move between projects and take things apart to see how they work. From a very early age, this Myers-Briggs personality type loves to tinker. Some of their best attributes include their optimism, energy, creativity, practicality, knowing how to prioritize tasks; they are excellent in a crisis and remain relaxed at all times. To some they may seem “simple” or not highly intelligent, but this is NOT often the case. This blend of traits makes for a very enigmatic person who can also be spontaneous and unpredictable. Some of their potential negative attributes include being stubborn, insensitive, reserved, easily bored, disliking commitment and sometimes even engaging in risky behavior. Some of the best ISTP jobs include mechanic, engineering, graphic design, forensic science, construction, farming, emergency medicine and landscape architect.

#15 – New England Institute of Technology – East Greenwich, Rhode Island

New England Institute of technology Best College for ISTP PersonalityPoints: 11
University Website

The New England Institute of Technology is a leader in technical career training in southeastern New England. The institute is a private, non-profit technical college offering associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s and online degrees in more than 40 programs. Each program has been specifically designed based upon contribution from both educators and industry experts. The focus at New England Tech is to “give each student a solid balance: a base of analytical skills with hands-on training.” Most of the bachelor’s degree programs can be completed in as little as 3 years. There are several options for the ISTP personality type at all levels. There are several available associate’s degree options. At the bachelor’s level, the following ISTP degree options are available:

The following graduate level programs are also offered:

  1. Master of Science in Construction Management
  2. Online Master of Science Degree in Construction Management

Cost of Attendance: $23,814
Overall School Accreditation:
New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC)
Enrollment: 2,841
Student/Faculty Ratio: 13:1
US News and World Report Ranking:
#140 Best Online Bachelor’s Degree Programs
Inclusion on the Following National Ranking Lists:
Complex.com: The 10 Best Trade Schools in America for Aspiring Mechanics – Ranked #7
ISTP Majors: More than 5

News from Career Services: Week of 1/25/16

Here’s a look at our weekly roundup of good news from the Career Services Office!

A local Health Center posted a role for a Clinical Medical Assistant.  CMA’s from NEIT have significant opportunities in the job market and medical facilities reach out to the college on a regular basis seeking candidates.  Employers often say that they like the NEIT grads because they hold an Associate Degree vs. a certificate.

Surgical Technology currently has 3 hospitals searching for grads. A recent grad was just hired by one of them and they are still looking for more!

A therapy treatment center in RI reached out to NEIT seeking Physical Therapist Assistant graduates.  The hiring manager said they have both Occupational Therapy Assistants and PTA’s from NEIT and they are very happy with their training and skills.

A national, full-service B2B Digital Marketing Agency in Massachusetts recently hired a Graphics, Multimedia and Web Design grad and have reached out to NEIT seeking more candidates for additional roles.  The grad who works there as a Digital Marketing Associate stated: “This new job is the best I’ve had. I’ve already learned so much.”

The Health Sciences Fair that the Career Services Office held in October is still receiving great feedback from employers! Isabel Cravens, Staffing Specialist from Newton-Wellesley Hospital stated, “I attended a Health Science job fair event at NEIT. I was very impressed by the event and it was wonderful to be able to meet so many students and faculty. One of the positions I always struggle to find qualified candidates for is Surgical Technologist. The OR nurse managers who hire Surgical Techs really like the NEIT program.”

A software company in Massachusetts posted a total of 4 Information Technology jobs with NEIT and they have already hired 2 IT Software Engineering graduates. The recruiter stated that they are “thrilled” with the NEIT candidates.

There are currently 5 employers recruiting Construction Management and Architectural/Building Engineering candidates for companies located throughout Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

š›Digital Media Production graduates have 6 new job opportunities with companies ranging from local news stations, to wedding videographers, to corporate offices.

Upcoming event for Criminal Justice students and alumni12 Local Police Departments will be represented at a recruiting event on February 3rd from 11:00a – 1:00p at the CJ building. This event is for NEIT students and Alumni only and is not open to the public.

NEIT Launches Super Bowl Ad Campaign

TommyDeNucciCampaign features accomplished filmmaker and New England Tech graduate Tommy DeNucci

East Greenwich, RI – New England Institute of Technology has launched a new ad campaign featuring notable alumnus and accomplished filmmaker, Tommy DeNucci. The university will run a 30-second spot during the Sunday, February 7 Super Bowl, and has begun running 15-second teaser ads leading up to the big game. The 30-second ad will not be unveiled until Super Bowl Sunday, but the university has released a three-minute film narrated by DeNucci, that tells the story of how he went “from New England Tech to Hollywood.”

“Tommy has a great story–the kind of success story we are proud of and we want to showcase,” stated Richard Gouse, President of New England Institute of Technology. “Tommy has credited New England Tech with giving him the skills and the confidence to thrive in the film industry.  That’s our mission. We help equip our students with the skills needed to succeed in the real world. We have a network of successful alumni across a wide array of industries and fields. Our graduates have gone on to become successful video game designers, filmmakers, IT technicians, 3D printing experts, engineers, nurses, occupational therapists, architects, police officers, and much more. We want to tell these stories, and what better platform than an ad during the Super Bowl.”

DeNucci, a Cranston, Rhode Island resident and 2005 graduate of New England Tech, has achieved great success in the film industry. An accomplished writer, actor, and director, he has been involved in the production of over fifteen feature films, including the upcoming Vinny Paz movie, which was directed by Martin Scorsese. He wrote, directed, and starred in a film that is now featured on Netflix and just finished directing a feature length film in Los Angeles.

The Super Bowl ad will run on WPRI, Channel 12, in the Rhode Island media market.

To view the three-minute film, visit www.neit.edu/tom

NEIT to Host Free Career Exploration Workshops

EAST GREENWICH, RI – Dr. Douglas H. Sherman, Senior Vice President and Provost at New England Institute of Technology (NEIT), announced that the university will offer a free series of Career Exploration workshops designed for individuals interested in exploring various career options. Each Career Exploration Day will feature two to three hands-on workshops giving participants the opportunity to experience firsthand some of the job responsibilities in their field of interest. Faculty, graduates and employers will be on hand to guide students through the activities and to answer any questions regarding potential career paths.

All Career Exploration Days are free of charge and will be conducted on Saturday mornings from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. with lunch available from 12:00 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. The schedule of workshops is as follows:

January 9, 2016: Automotive, Marine, and Criminal Justice

January 23, 2016:  Information Technology and Digital Media

February 6, 2016:  Health Sciences

February 27, 2016:  Engineering and Architecture

March 5, 2016:  Building Trades

March 12, 2016: Various Management Programs

Sherman stated. “For more than 75 years, New England Tech has offered technical hands-on training to its students. Learning by doing is what drives our more than 50 associate, bachelor’s and master’s degree programs. The goal of the Career Exploration workshops is to offer individuals the opportunity to gain a stronger sense of their career interests through hands-on activities as well as to learn about the education and training that will be required to be successful in the workplace.”

To RSVP or for a complete listing of the programs being offered, visit www.neit.edu/careerexploration or call 401-467-7744 for more information.

The Road to a Career in Filmmaking

Katrina Morgan

Katrina Morgan

Katrina Morgan received a Bachelor of Science degree in Digital Recording Arts (now named Digital Media Production) from New England Tech in 2009.  Since that time, Katrina has made her mark in the world of filmmaking.  The mother of two children, Aurora, 11, and TJ, 5, Katrina works long days as a Production Office Coordinator and film Co-Producer.  With the help of her mom, Katrina is able to balance her career with raising a family.  “Working three months and then enjoying a few months off before I gear up for the next film allows me to spend quality time with my children.   They are amazing being so supportive of my unique job.” Katrina shares her experiences with Tech News Readers. 

Why did you decide to attend NEIT for your degree? 

I really liked how unique the campus was along with the class sizes. The degree program attracted me as well as the hands-on experience using various video and audio equipment.

How did you choose your program? 

I grew up in the theatre and always knew I wanted to work in the entertainment business. However, it was difficult for me to find an area within the business that I felt confident in.  By attending NEIT, I was able to learn all aspects of film and audio production, which helped me focus my career. 

How did you get your career started? 

I was willing to work for free. A friend, Andrea Ajemian, who is a film producer, had posted on Facebook that she was looking for volunteer Production Assistants (PA) for her new movie. At the time I was freelancing so I was able to work for free.  I also wanted the opportunity to learn about the film scene in Worcester, which is near where I live. After I interviewed with her and volunteered for a few weeks, the production team ended up hiring me during the shoot as the Assistant Production Coordinator. 

Tell us about your current position.

I am a member of Local 161 as a Production Office Coordinator, and I am also a Co-Producer with Andrea whom I have now worked with for five years. I have worked on 12 movies as the Production Office Coordinator and 2 movies as the Co-Producer where I received my first front end credit. I have learned a lot from Andrea and look forward to doing more films together.

Most of the films can be seen on Lifetime.  Currently, two features that I co-produced are being shown on Lifetime, “The Assault” and “Don’t Look Back” the latter of which was filmed in Idyllwild, California, and my first film shot outside of Massachusetts.

One theatrical film, “The Forger” with John Travolta, was released to On Demand while other theatrical films I have done are yet to be released. I recently worked on “Purge 3” filming in Warwick and Woonsocket, Rhode Island.

What do you feel ultimately prepared you for your position? 

I feel my years in customer service, my education at NEIT and my drive to work in this business prepared me for the job.

Do you have any advice for graduates who are just beginning their job search?  

To be honest, getting your foot in the door is the hardest part, but once you’re in and you prove yourself, people will refer you for other projects. My advice is to be honest and true to yourself. Don’t take a job on a film if you don’t really believe in it or want to be there. Working in film production means 12 hour days or longer so if you don’t want to be there, it won’t be a good experience.

What can current students do to better prepare themselves for jobs in this field? 

Although you do a lot in school, you have a lot more to learn out in the field so never stop learning. Be willing to “get the coffee” without complaint, no one is above getting coffee.  Also listen and pay attention. There are opportunities everywhere. When I first was volunteering, I was doing various PA jobs for the production. Only by paying attention to what the production needed was I able to end up working in the office and thus starting my career as a Production Office Coordinator.

Digital Media Production Grad Starts Film Fest

Support ‪#‎DigitalMediaProduction‬ graduate, Adam Theroux by checking out 401 Film Fest this Friday and Saturday. ‪#‎401FilmFest‬ is FREE to attend and 100% of the money raised on the sale of food and raffle tickets will go to Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ocean State.

From Rhode Island Monthly:

The Scoop on the 401 Film Fest

The free inaugural event features films and music videos by local and international talent.

By Casey Nilsson

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I went to New England Tech for audio/visual. I’d already had some experience with audio, but I fell in love with video while I was there. Now I work for WPRI as a video editor, and I still do some independent film on my own.

There are lots of established film festivals out there already. Why start a new one?

I started this for zero-dollar independent filmmakers, not $20,000 indie filmmakers. We don’t have an outlet like this, especially not locally. We’re just a bunch of people getting together for the love of the art, not necessarily to make money.

Is the focus on local talent?

I wanted to have at least half of the selections be from Rhode Island; the last thing I wanted to do was not accept a Rhode Island submission, and we ended up having, for content reasons, to say no to two Rhode Island submissions. But I also wanted anyone to be able to enter. We got about 1,000 submissions in the end. It just took off and I got some great submissions.

What can attendees expect?

Everything from local talent in the music video showcase, including Roz and the Rice Cakes and Ravi Shavi, to a music video featuring Willie Nelson. It’s pretty hilarious stuff: One day I had this crazy idea to start a film festival, and then I received a short with Corey Feldman acting in it.

Some films are from people who are doing well in their field, which brings in some higher quality content. So we have a music video from a famous pop star from Kuwait and a video from a fifth grader from Rhode Island, which he made for a school project. He shot the whole thing on his cell phone. It’s inspiring.

Another inspiring thing: All funds raised will be donated to Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ocean State, right?

Yes, 100 percent of all funds raised through raffles and food. I’m a mentor, and it’s a blast. It’s really changed my life in the past year. I’ve seen a lot of good that it does. It benefits my life too, not just a child’s.

And admission is free?

Both days are free. We are expecting to sell out – well it’s hard to sell out when you’re not selling tickets but…. When I came up with the idea, I wasn’t expecting it to blow up as it has. The whole thing melted my heart in the greatest way. It’s free, it’s local and there’s a little something for everybody.

The Details: Nov. 13, 7-10 p.m. Arctic Playhouse, 117 Washington St., West Warwick. Nov. 14, 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. William Hall Library Auditorium, 1825 Broad St., Cranston, 401filmfest.com.