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The Rated SR Socially Relevant Film Festival New York focuses on socially relevant human stories to raise awareness of social problems by offering positive solutions through the medium of cinema.
A new non-profit film festival, it runs from March 14 to the 20th, 2014, at New York’s Quad Cinema; its main slate offers an international selection of narrative and documentary features representing a dozen nations.
Founded by award-winning actor, filmmaker and curator Nora Armani, the festival showcases films with human interest stories and socially impactful themes as a response to the proliferation of violent storytelling.
The festival founders and supporters believe that by expanding knowledge about diverse cultures and the human condition as a whole, it’s possible to create a better world free of violence, hate and crime.
The festival 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.
Over 30 narrative and documentary films will screen including 12 features that compete for the Grand Prize — a week-long theatrical engagement at the Quad Cinema, courtesy of the QuadFlix Select Program. The 10 documentaries will compete for the documentary prize which offers the winner will a VOD DVD distribution deal courtesy of Cinema Libre Studio, a leader in the distribution of social issue documentaries and independent feature films.
The following lists the main slate of films in competition.
Coney Island: Dreams for SaleAlessandra GiordanoUSA, 81min., 2013documentary
Dovid MeyerPaul MonesUSA/Israel, 101 min., 2013narrative
FloreJean-Albert LievreFrance, 2014, 85min.documentary
Forward 13: Waking Up the American DreamPatrick LovellUSA, 120 min., 2013documentary
Full CircleZhang YangChina, 2012,104min.narrative
If Only EveryoneNataliya BelyauskeneArmenia, 2012, 94min.narrative
Indian SummerSimon BrookFrance, 84 min., 2013documentary
My Love Awaits Me by the Sea (Habibi Biyestannani and el Bahr)Mais DarwazahPalestine, Qatar, Germany, Jordan80min., 2013documentary
Offside Trap (Abseitsfalle)Stefan HeringGermany, 98min., 2012narrative
Orphans of the GenocideBared MaronianUSA, 91min., 2013documentary
Small Small ThingJessica ValeUSA, 85min., 2013documentary
Coal RushLorena Luciano & Filipo PiscopoUSA, 85min., 2013documentary
ControlChris Bravo, Lindsey SchneiderUSA, 50min., 2013 (NYFA artist)documentary
Destiny’s BridgeJack BalloUSA, 80min., 2013 (NYFA artist)documentary
Fred Ho's Last YearSteven de CastroUSA, 58min., 2013documentary
From the Black You Make ColorRichie Sherman and Judy MaltzUSA, Israel, 75min., 2012documentary
Hamshen Community at the Crossroads of Past and PresentLucine SahakyanArmenia, Turkey, 60min., 2012documentary
Not Who We AreCarol MansourLebanon, 72min., 2013documentary
Stable LifeSara MacPhersonUSA, 52min., 2013documentary
The ThrowawaysBhawin SuchakUSA, 62min., 2013documentary
Journalist/author/radio commentator Amy Goodman, host of will deliver the keynote address on "The Impact of Socially Relevant Films" and will present an award for a film in the Rated SR Social Justice Category. 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.
Partner supporters include:
· Academic partner, the School of the Visual Arts Social Documentary department, home of the new MFA in Social Documentary filmmaking.
· Dailymotion (http://www.dailymotion.com/RatedSR#video=x19e8px), 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 also presents 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.
The closing night includes the Awards Ceremony reception which takes place at the Tenri Center (across from the Quad Cinema) where one can applaud the winners, see the filmmakers win their awards, and view the closing night films all on one night.
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. Rated SR aims to promote positive social change through the powerful medium of cinema.
For tickets there is a variety of packages and discounted ticket options are now on sale at: www.ratedsrfilms.org
Individual tickets are available at Quad Cinema: www.quadcinema.com
Rated SR Socially Relevant Film Festival New YorkMarch 14-20, 2014
The Quad Cinema34 West 13th StreetNew York, NY212-255-8800212-255-8800
This year's installment of the Rendezvous with French Cinema series, The 19th edition -- presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center and Unifrance Films -- annually showcases a slice of contemporary French film of the previous year.
Running from March 6th through the 16th, 2014, this festival features several interesting new works at three venues: The Film Society, the IFC Center and BAMcinématek.
In François Ozon's Young & Beautiful, a gorgeous 17-year-old — Marine Vacth, in a striking, quasi-Bressonian performance — decides to become a call-girl. The director's films are consistently stylistically accomplished and this is no exception — his handling of camera-movement, camera-placement, composition for the frame, and editing are remarkable.
Ozon, working from his own screenplay, achieves some unexpected pathos and his refusal to explain his protagonist is admirable, although I would have appreciated greater artistic ambition here, as I would regarding the director's other films.
The digital image in Young & Beautiful is mostly handsome although some sensuality is attenuated in scenes with bright light. The sphinx-like Charlotte Rampling has a memorable cameo and the great French actress, Nathalie Richard, is featured in a small role. A final bonus is the expressive use of several Françoise Hardy songs on the film’s soundtrack, each one marking a passage of time.
In Jacques Doillon’s Love Battles, from the director’s own screenplay, a young woman engages in a series of erotic and romantic confrontations with a man whom she has fixated upon. Doillon is faithful to his austere conception and risks tedium in the pursuit of artistic honesty and refusal to charm but this certainly has many of the impressive qualities that distinguish the director’s original body of work.
The intertwining of aggression and hostility with vulnerability and tenderness is remarkable here and the female lead, Sara Forestier, gives an especially compelling performance. The film is shot in a relatively loose style, with a lot of handheld shots, generating an unusual intimacy. The use of a digital format, however, proves to be a serious liability as the copious bright sunshine in the film washes out the image due to the narrow range of contrast.
Agnès Jaoui's entertaining Under the Rainbow is about, among other things, a romance between a music student and the daughter of an industrialist, interspersed with fairy-tale elements. Working with her regular writing partner, Jean-Pierre Bacri — who brilliantly co-stars with Jaoui here — the filmmaker has constructed an clever screenplay with excellent dialogue. The mise-en-scène, however, is undisciplined, lacking the elegance of an earlier feature like Look at Me. This weakness is further compounded by the inadequacies of the digital format.
Serge Bozon's eccentric Tip Top follows the investigation by two Internal Affairs operatives into the murder of an immigrant Algerian informant. The unusual tone here is engaging and it’s pleasurably disorienting effect is enhanced by delightful, comic performances by Isabelle Huppert and Sandrine Kiberlain, in the lead roles. The director's style is formally controlled and characterized by abundant visual wit although the formal splendors are hampered by the deficiencies of the digital format. (The intriguing Bozon was the subject of a Film Society retrospective a few years ago.)
Bertrand Tavernier's Quai d'Orsay observes the circus-like atmosphere in which a newly hired young speechwriter attempts to please his employer, a Minister of foreign affairs. Thierry Lhermitte gives a bravura performance as the manic politician but Niels Arestrup as the chief deputy is even more impressive.
Quai d'Orsay is not without interest but does not rise to the level of the director's best films, such as Coup de Torchon or Captain Conan. The absorbing classicism that opens the film settles into a somewhat routine conventionality for most its length. Here, again, the reliance on a digital format lamentably diminishes the visual texture.
For more information go to: www.filmlinc.com/films/series/rendez-vous-with-french-cinema-2014
Film Society of Lincoln Center70 Lincoln Center PlazaNew York, NY 10023
IFC Center323 Avenue of the AmericasNew York, NY 10014
BAMcinématek30 Lafayette AvenueBrooklyn, NY 11217
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VR, AR, 360º Video, Virtual Cinema—in immersive experiences, expect to be an active participant to drive your viewpoint and your narrative. The Convergence section of the 57th New York Film Festival takes place on October 10-13, 2019, at Lincoln Center's Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center. For a reasonable $7 to $10, you can experience one of three Virtual Cinema programs. Anticipate wearing headsets and wait times with timed entry, but the interesting interactive installations and people surrounding you will distract.
Convergence programmer Matt Bolish selected the lineup this year to reflect our world crisis happening now. “The work in this year’s edition of Convergence really confronts some of the most pressing issues of the day: humanity’s impact on the environment (Anthropocene Project, Last Whispers), how we care for the most vulnerable among us (Metro Viente, Send Me Home), the terrors of homelessness and the opioid epidemic (Homeless: A Los Angeles Story, Ghost Fleet, Holy Night), with equal measures of pathos and humor (Eyelydian, Your Spiritual Temple Sucks).”
In a narrative, how would virtual cinema add empathy or add another layer of information or provide context? An example is the Anthropocene Project. While you are immersed in a VR headset, the scale of 360º video as the camera pans and zooms out of a manmade disaster in nature is breathtaking yet alarming.
Death, memories, and loss extend to a special off-site immersive theater installation of Poe’s The Raven in a world premiere at NYFF57 Convergence. The highly anticipated live theater performances will take place October 10–13 at The American Irish Historical Society’s mansion on Fifth Ave., across from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. (The Society hosted James Joyce’s play “The Dead” earlier this year, where the audience and actors moved from room to room.)
Live actors and AR headsets emitting audio cues and sonic ambience will guide you through the elaborate interactive installation. The premise is that Edgar Allen Poe has invited you to his wake. Over the course of the performance, you come to realize why you are truly there. Nevermore!
For the 170th Anniversary of Edgar Allan Poe’s mysterious and destitute death, NYFF57 Convergence team collaborated with Lance Weiler, Ava Lee Scott, Nick Fortugno, and Nick Childs to develop an experimental immersive theater installation with emergent technology. From their production notes, the concept is: “Fifty participants wearing Bose AR glasses will move through the building and ‘Poe’s mind’ with the Internet of Things lanterns in hand. The experiment will be released under a Creative Commons License. The goal is to develop, document and release our code so others can remix and share.”
Lance Weiler and Nick Fortugno run the Columbia University’s Digital Storytelling Lab and the DSL community collaborators’ meetups (which I do recommend) at the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center at Lincoln Center. Columbia DSL also has a worldwide collaboration community, Sandbox, for prototype developers: columbiadsl.mn.co. Ava Lee Scott is the founder of Actors Theater of NYC (who will be performing) and specializes in immersive theater as a performer (Sleep No More, Home of Enchantments).
MAIN SLATE (September 27–October 11)https://www.filmlinc.org/nyff2019/sections/main-slate/
PROJECTIONS (October 3–6)https://www.filmlinc.org/nyff2019/sections/projections/
CONVERGENCE (October 10–13)https://www.filmlinc.org/nyff2019/sections/convergence/
Virtual Cinema: Program One (21 min.)3 films from the Anthropocene Project
Virtual Cinema: Program Two (43 min.)Metro Viente, Eyelydian, Ghost Fleet, Send Me Home
Virtual Cinema: Program Three (39 min.)Your Spiritual Temple Sucks, Last Whispers, Homeless: A Los Angeles Story, Eyelydian
Immersive Theater Experience: Edgar Allan Poe The Raven (60 min)American Irish Historical Society mansion991 5th Ave / 81st St., New York, NY
Interactive iPad: Holy NightThe U.S. opioid crisis in a small Rustbelt town through the eyes of a preacher, grandmother, and teen. FREE
To learn more and buy passes/tickets: https://www.filmlinc.org/nyff2019/ Passes on sale now. Single tickets go on sale Sept. 8.
Venue & Box Office Information
Alice Tully Hall – for advance in-person ticket purchasing 1941 Broadway (between 65th Street and 66th Street) Monday – Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Sunday: Noon – 6:00 p.m. Also open until 30 minutes after the start of any performance. 212.671.4050
Film at Lincoln Center Box offices open one half hour before the first screening and close 15 minutes after the start of the last show.
Walter Reade Theater 165 W. 65th Street, north side, upper level (between Broadway and Amsterdam) 212.875.5600
Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center 144 W. 65th Street, south side (between Broadway and Amsterdam) 212.875.5600
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