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SR Socially Relevant Film Festival Panel Discussion: A Dialogue on the Potential of Art as a Revolutionary Tool — 3/22/15
January 14, 2016 @ 1:39 pm EST
CRS and the SR — Socially Relevant Film Festival NY 2015 invite you to the Festival closing night panel disucssion on art as revolutionary tool. This panel is free and open to the public.
Films are not distractions; they are documents, testaments, instruments of progress. How can festivals and filmmakers work together to not just talk about issues, but to do something about them? We will consider the conscious and unconscious limitations placed on the making and consumption of art, and then we will discuss tactics and strategies that allow us to circumvent these limitations or transform them into opportunities. How have the arts in revolutionary times been used as a tool for education, organization and action? What can art do that nothing else can? We will trace the history of art as a utilitarian social practice up to the modern moment – up to the last panel of the Socially Relevant Film Festival — and ask: “what next?”
Adam Kritzer, Moderator – A writer, filmmaker and educator currently in post-production on his first feature, “Good Funk”.
Jessica Vale, Panelist – A filmmaker whose first documentary, “Small Small Thing”, won awards at the 2014 Socially Relevant Film Festival and screened on Al Jazeera
Cherrell Brown, Panelist – A community and national organizer with Equal Justice, USA
Sean Starowitz, Panelist – A Kansas City-based multi-hyphenate artist whose work is executed in a variety of social, political and community engaged contexts.
Darius Clark Monroe, Panelist – A filmmaker whose first documentary, “Evolution of a Criminal”, received a theatrical release and screened on PBS.
SR SOCIALLY RELEVANT FILM FESTIVAL 2nd Edition showcases a broader slate of issue-oriented films. The Festival’s timely and socially engaging selection offers World and U.S. premieres, tributes and industry panels from March 16-22. This year’s lineup of 54 films from 33 countries opens with Come to my Voice, at CUNY Graduate Center, Proshansky Auditorium March 16, at 7pm.
A wide range of social issues are portrayed during the rest of the week, namely:
Gun control & police brutality, Race relations & discrimination, Violence against women & empowering women, LGBT rights, Conflict in the Mideast, The environment & climate change, The US economy & oil rush, Immigration & exile.
Founded by Actor/producer Nora Armani in 2013, the festival runs from March 16 – 22, 2015 at Tribeca Cinemas, Maysles Cinema, the Quad Cinema & SVA (School of Visual Art – Chelsea campus).
The Festival film selection and schedule, including 54 movies from 33 countries. is now available on the Festival website at www.ratedsrfilms.org.
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