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.
Packages and discounted ticket options are now on sale:
10-ticket package: $80.00 (up to 2 tickets per title)
3-day weekend pass (Friday March 14- Sunday March 16): $65.00
7-day pass (Friday March 14-20) includes all films and panels: $85.00
Group tickets available for parties of 10 or more: $8.00 per ticket through the Outreach program.
Individual tickets are sold through the Quad Cinema: http://www.quadcinema.com
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
Coney Island: Dreams for Sale, Alessandra Giordano, USA, 81min, 2013, documentary
Dovid Meyer, Moshe Mones, USA/Israel, 101 min, 2013, narrative
Flore, Jean-Albert Lievre, France, 2014, 85min, documentary
Forward 13: Waking up the American Dream, Patrick Lovell, USA, 120 min. 2013, documentary
If Only Everyone...,Natalia Belyauskene, Armenia, 2012, 94min, narrative
Indian Summer, Simon Brook, France, 84, 2013, documentary
Lucky Express, Anna Fischer, USA, 87, 2013, documentary
Offside Trap (Abseitsfalle)
Orphans of the Genocide, Bared Maronian, USA, 91min, 2013, documentary
Small Small Thing, Jessica Vale, USA, 85min, 2013, documentary
Coal Rush, Lorena Luciano & Filippo Piscopo, USA, 85min, 2013,
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
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.
·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.
Education and Community Outreach Coordinator:
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.