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Filmmakers, actors gather in R.I. to celebrate industry

Erica Derrickson and John Stimpson at the New England film industry gala.

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Erica Derrickson and John Stimpson at the New England film industry gala.

Billy “V” Vigeant and salon owner Sandie Bergantino at the New England film industry gala.

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Billy “V” Vigeant and salon owner Sandie Bergantino at the New England film industry gala.

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Imagine magazine — which covers film, TV, and media production in New England — hosted its New Year’s Celebration & “Imaginnaire” Awards Gala at the Providence Biltmore on Tuesday night. The gala honorees included Redtree Productions executive producer Margie Sullivan; Vermont writer-producer Jay Craven; actress Erica Derrickson, who founded Hollywood East Actors Group (and played a prostitute in the Boston movie “The Heat”); Verdi/Woodhaven Production Co. president Chad Verdi; and Diane Pearlman, executive director at Berkshire Film and Media Collaborative. Guests included Providence actor Billy “V” Vigeant, who just played an FBI man in “American Hustle”; Steven Feinberg, executive director of the RI Film and Television Office; and director John Stimpson, best known for TV movies such as “Sins of the Preacher” and “Sexting in Suburbia.”

Mark Shanahan can be reached at shanahan@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @MarkAShanahan. Meredith Goldstein can be reached at mgoldstein@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @MeredithGoldste.

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