Studio Ghibli, the award-winning production team that brought to life the beautiful stories of The Secret World of Arrietty, Kiki’s Delivery Service, and Howl’s Moving Castle, is being awarded an honorary degree from the RISD during this year’s graduation commencement. To celebrate this achievement, RISD and the Providence Children’s Film Festival are hosting an exclusive screening of two Studio Ghibli films on May 31: Hayao Miyazaki’s Academy Award-winning Spirited Away and Isao Takahata’s Only Yesterday. Producer Toshio Suzuki is coming all the way from Japan to accept the award and will be speaking to the event’s audience between screenings. Suzuki says everyone at Studio Ghibli is impressed with RISD’s teaching philosophy, which is why the studio is more inclined to send a representative to Providence than to Los Angeles when Spirited Away won an Oscar in 2002.
The screening will take place at the RISD Auditorium on Canal Walk in Providence. The first screening will take place at 5:30pm, showing Spirited Away. Suzuki will speak and host a Q&A after the film ends at 7:30pm. At 9pm the second film, Only Yesterday, will be screened.
Both screenings are free and open to the public, but reserve your tickets now. Reservations can be made through the PCFF’s website.