By Peter Belsito | SydneysBuzz March 10, 2014 at 3:30PM
Rated SR Socially Relevant Film Festival New York ,
a new non-profit film festival will run March 14-20, 2014 at New York’s Quad Cinema. Founded by award-winning actor, filmmaker and curator Nora Armani, the
festival will showcase films with human interest stories and socially relevant themes as a response to the proliferation of violence and violent forms of
storytelling. Rated SR aims to promote positive social change through the powerful medium of cinema.
Amy Goodman will deliver the festival’s keynote address on Tuesday, March 18th and she will give out the “Rated SR Social Justice Award” for raising awareness to issues outside mainstream media. Such is the philosophy behind Democracy Now! Currently aired by more than 1,000 radio, television, satellite and cable TV networks in North America, and watched in dozens of countries via the Internet.
Over thirty narrative and documentary films will screen including twelve feature films which will compete for the Grand Prize, a week-long theatrical engagement at the Quad Cinema, courtesy of the QuadFlix Select Program, and ten documentaries will compete for the documentary prize. The winner will receive a VOD DVD distribution deal courtesy of Cinema Libre Studio, a leader in the distribution of social issue documentaries and independent feature films.
Feature Competition Narrative and Documentary
Hamshen Community at the Crossroads of Past and Present, Lusine Sahakyan, Armenia, Turkey, 60min, 2012
Festival partners include:
·Academic partner, the School of the Visual Arts Social Documentary department, home of the new MFA in Social Documentary filmmaking.
·Dailymotion, the official video media partner. A selection of close to 100 film trailers from the festival submissions are viewable on an official festival page, garnering close to 100,000 visits to date.
·Village Voice (Media partner)
·Other promotional partners of the festival include: NYFA, Indieflix, Unifrance Films International, Cineuropa, Alouette Communications, FIAF, Samuel Infirmier, Final Draft and Center for Remembering and Sharing.
·New-York based metalsmith designer Michael Aram has donated a special trophy to be awarded to the recognized Rated SR honoree.
·The festival awards the Vanya Exerjian award to a film that raises awareness to violence against women and girls, in commemoration of Armani’s late cousin and uncle, victims of a violent hate crime.
RATED SR is a film festival that focuses on socially relevant human stories and raises awareness to social problems by offering positive solutions through the powerful medium of cinema. Rated SR believes that through raised awareness, expanded knowledge about diverse cultures, and the human condition as a whole, it is possible to create a better world free of violence, hate and crime.
Rated SR Socially Relevant Film Festival New York shines the spotlight on filmmakers who tell compelling, socially relevant narratives across a broad range of social issues without resorting to gratuitous violence and violent forms of movie-making. Rated SR Films are enlightening, uplifting, entertaining, but most of all artistically appealing. A portion of the proceeds from ticket sales each year of the festival will be donated to a charity selected from the fields of: poverty, homelessness, cancer and aging.