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2014 Socially Relevant Film Festival Benefit — 11/23
January 14, 2016 @ 1:39 pm EST
CRS Community Films invites you to an exclusive sneak-preview of and benefit for the 2014 Rated SR — Socially Relevant Film Festival New York! See clips of some of the submitted films, vote for your favorites, and learn how you can help make the Festival happen. If you ever wanted to ask questions of an internationally successful film producer, director and festival organizer, now’s your chance!
This inspiring undertaking is the brainchild of founding Artistic Director Nora Armani helped by a team of dedicated collaborators, such as Laurence Hoffman (Director of Programming), Valentina Bertozzi and Aude Lambert (Marketing and Sales), Lucie Tripon (Production Assistant) and Interns (Marion Avril and Marine Marcenac – NYIT students). Takeaway: If they can do it, so can you!
The Festival will take place March 14 – 20, 2014 with all screenings at The Quad Cinema in Greenwich Village. Submissions are still being accepted through December 15!
RATED SR is a festival and film lab that aims to satisfy a market need concentrating on everyday positive human stories while offering an alternative to the proliferation of violence & crime in films, and to an assaultive movie going experience. www.ratedsrfilms.org
The mission of Rated SR Socially Relevant Film Festival New York is to support filmmakers who deal with socially relevant content by encouraging them to produce socially relevant films that are often overshadowed in the marketplace. Donations to support the Festival are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law and can be made via PayPal from the Festival’s web site.
Rated SR Films are entertaining, enlightening, uplifting but most of all artistically appealing.
“Audiences have become saturated with this type of [violent storytelling] content and are seeking more intelligent content worldwide. World Cinema has already been engaged in this alternative of “Non violent storytelling” for a long time. In these films the story unfolds in a natural way driven by the characters and situations they find themselves in, and not by violent and aggressive human interaction whether or not arms and weaponry are involved,” said Armani in an interview for Filmmaker Lifestyle.
About Festival Founding Artistic Director Nora Armani
Nora Armani is an award-winning actor/filmmaker with extensive experience in organizing film events and curating or guest-curating film festivals internationally. She represented the Ministry of Culture of Armenia in the Film Division from 1991-1993 and organized numerous film events and retrospectives on Cinema worldwide under her Paris-based film production company Parev Productions for over a decade. These events included AFI in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. Kennedy Center, Pompidou Center Paris, ICA London, Cine Lumière London, Edinburgh Film Festival, Kerala Film Festival India, most recently Silver Lake Film Festival in LA as guest curator. She has presented several papers at conferences such as Central Eurasian Studies Society (CESS) at Harvard University and Harriman Institute at Columbia University as well as LSE Media Studies on Sergei Paradjanov and Cultural Identity in Cinema. She holds an M.Sc. degree in Sociology from London School of Economics (LSE) the University of London, where she did research work towards her M.Phil/Ph.D. degree through 2005.
As feature film producer Armani’s films were screened in the official selections of the Cannes Film Festival (Un Certain Regard), IFF Rotterdam (Competition), Denver, Oregon, Paris, Cambridge, and Edinburgh. As a filmmaker Nora Armani recently wrote & directed her debut film, ‘Moving Stories’ that premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2012 and was seen at a number of US and International Film Festivals such as, MOCA Jacksonville FL World Arts Film Festival, ARPA Film Festival Los Angeles, Monaco Film Festival, Festival de Films de Femmes de Creteil, London Shoreditch Town Hall, and the Golden Apricot Film Festival in Armenia.
Nora has a cosmopolitan background having lived and worked as an actor/film producer in Italy, the Middle East, Armenia, UK and France. She is multilingual and currently calls New York home after many years in Los Angeles and Paris. For more information see full bio and filmography on: www.noraarmani.com
About CRS (Center for Remembering & Sharing) and Social Activism
As you may know, CRS (Center for Remembering & Sharing) is a center for the teaching and practice of A Course in Miracles (ACIM). Many people see the Course as being solely about changing the mind rather than behavior, about finding peace in one’s own mind by accepting external circumstances (as being unimportant, indeed unreal) rather than trying to change them. However, the Course also says (in an earlier edition) that once your mind returns to love,
You now share my inability to tolerate the lack of love in yourself and in everyone else, and must join the Great Crusade to correct it. The slogan for this Crusade is ‘Listen, Learn, and Do.’ This means Listen to My Voice, Learn to undo the error, and do something to correct it. The first two are not enough. The real members of my party are active workers. — A Course in Miracles Urtext (T-1.26).
Therefore, we at CRS actively support all forms of social action that are motivated by love and the goal of undoing the obstacles to love in the world. That starts with changing our own minds by returning our own thoughts to love and then spreads when we help others to do the same.
Learn moreRated SR Film Festival Web Site
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