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Rated SR : Socially Relevant Film Festival New York Competition Slate Announced

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by Peter Belsito
March 10, 2014 3:30 PM
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We have been following this New York City Fest's development for a while and wish it well. Needless to say an important program of films.

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.

Films:

Feature Competition Narrative and Documentary

Dovid Meyer

Coney Island: Dreams for Sale, Alessandra Giordano, USA, 81min, 2013, documentary

Dovid Meyer, Paul Mones , USA/Israel, 101 min, 2013, narrative

Flore, Jean-Albert Lièvre, France, 2014, 85min, documentary

Forward 13: Waking Up the American Dream, Patrick Lovell, USA, 120 min. 2013, documentary


If Only Everyone, Nataliya Belyauskene, Armenia, 2012, 94min, narrative

Indian Summer, Simon Brook, France, 84, 2013, documentary

If Only Everyone

Lucky Express, Anna Fischer , USA, 87, 2013, documentary

Offside Trap (Abseitsfalle), Stefan Hering, Germany, 98min, 2012, narrative

Orphans of the Genocide, Bared Maronian, USA, 91min, 2013, documentary

Small Small Thing, Jessica Vale, USA, 85min, 2013, documentary

Documentary:

Coal Rush , Lorena Luciano & Filippo Piscopo, USA, 85min, 2013,

Small Small Things

Control, Chris Bravo & Lindsey Schneider, USA, 50min, 2013 (NYFA artist)

Destiny's Bridge, Jack Ballo, USA, 80min, 2013 (NYFA artist)

From the Black You Make Color, Richie Sherman & Judy Maltz , USA, Israel, 75min, 2012

Hamshen Community at the Crossroads of Past and Present, Lusine Sahakyan, Armenia, Turkey, 60min, 2012

Not Who We Are, Carol Mansour, Lebanon, 72min. 2013

Hamshen Community

Stable Life, Sara Macpherson, USA, 52min, 2013

The Throwaways, Bhawin Suchak, USA, 62min, 2013

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.

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1 Comment

  • Daniel | March 10, 2014 6:03 PMReply

    Cancer, should not be one of the fields of donation. It's a genetic disease. Nor should AGEING. ( Notice the spelling. Might as wel donate to alcoholics anonymous.

    The festival is anti-violence in society. Neither cancer nor ageing provoke social violence. Poverty and homelessness clearly do.

    Though it is also a genetic disease, the donations should include mental illness, and something concerning public schools.

    These damn festival organizers never think things through, they just want to be able to say they are running another film festival.

    Well bully for you all.

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