Rated SR: Socially Relevant Film Festival New York, a new non-profit film festival running March 14-20, 2014, at New York’s Quad Cinema, offers an international selection of narrative and documentary features representing a dozen nations.
According to its press release, RATED SR "focuses on socially relevant human stories and raises awareness of 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.
Amy Goodman (at right) will deliver the festival’s keynote address on Tuesday, March 18th, and present the “Rated SR Social Justice Award” for raising awareness to issues outside mainstream media. 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.
Dovid Meyer, above, and Little Bi-Beep, the penultimate photo) and documentary films (Control, below, and From the Black You Make Color, at bottom) 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. To take a look at the complete festival line-up, simply click here and then start browsing.
here. Individual tickets are available at the Quad Cinema.
here, having garnered close to 100,000 visits to date. Media and other festival partners include the Village Voice, 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.