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SR Industry Panels 2016 

SR Socially Relevant Film Festival panels are free of charge and open to all filmmakers (in the selection or not) and members of the audience. 


RSVP is required as in some cases space may be limited

  • From Book to Movie: Adapting the Novel for the Screen

When: March 14, 6:00-8:00pm [this panel will kickstart the Festival and is organized in collaboration with

Albertine Books in French and English.


Where: Albertine French Bookstore located in the building of the French Consulate General in New York

            972 5th Ave, New York, NY 10075



Robert Schenkkan - Pulitzer Prize, Tony Award, Writer's Guild Award winning and two-time Emmy nominated writer of stage and screen;  Lila Azam Zanganeh, internationally published author of the acclaimed book The Enchanter: Nabokov and Happiness; Marc Levy - widely published bestselling French Novelist of 17 works and Brigitte Gauthier, recently published published by Gallimard novelist and screenwriting professor novelist, as well as literary critic  will introduce us to the art of writing adapted screenplays.


Moderated by: Nora Armani, Actress, Founding Artistic Director of SR Socially Relevant Film Festival New York. 

Free and open to the public. RSVP.

  • SAG-AFTRA low-budget workshop

SAG-AFTRA is hosting a low-budget workshop for the festival filmmakers and interested guests of the festival. By RSVP only. 


When: March 16, 11:00am - 1:00pm


Where: SAG-AFTRA’s New York office

1900 Broadway, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10023
(between 63rd and 64th streets)


Arc/k Project will showcase to SRFF 2016 visitors both AR and VR experiences that are set in the context of recently preserved cultural assets.


When: March 18, 5:00-8:00pm and March 19, 2:00-4:00pm

Where: ​Filmmakers’ Lounge - Bow Tie Chelsea Cinemas

(260 West 23rd Street)


With: Brian Pope (writer, director, entrepreneur, philanthropist), Founder of Arck Project


Arc/k Project was founded by Brian Pope in late 2014 with the goal of creating a digital library to house art and artifacts that are in danger of destruction. 


The visual targets can be different images or motifs for each context in which supplemental imagery or information is desired. As the user navigates the space with a pre-loaded tablet, each target encountered initiates the presentation of different types of information. For example, a person holding a digital tablet loaded with an AR application could point the tablet’s camera at an Augmented Reality target and examine a three-dimensional object or location with completely realistic shadows and details.

Brian Pope
  • Revisiting Distribution

Revisiting Distribution will address the distribution topic in general, with a more specific sub-topic this year, The Deliverables: what every filmmaker needs to know about delivering their film for Domestic and International Distribution.  


When: March 19, 10:30am - 11:30am


Where: School of Visual Arts MFA Social Documentary Film Theater 

136 West 21st street, 1st floor, New York, NY 10011



Lee Wells, Ifac-arts director, artist, writer and technology consultant; Erica Peekdesign and post-production consultant at Indiepix Films, Jason Ward producer/distributor at Candy Factory; and Andre Degas, producer and director

Moderated by: 
Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi, Film Critic, Publicist of SR Socially Relevant Film Festival New York.


Free and open to the public. RSVP.

  • Shaping the Documentary

Shaping the Documentary panel will address the topic of storytelling for the documentary film in general with the sub-topic of how to integrate or adapt to the unexpected events that may occur either directly relating to the film, or outside unexpected events, that might take the film ‘off track’.


When: March 19, 12:00 pm - 1:30pm


Where: School of Visual Arts MFA Social Documentary Film Theater -

136 West 21st street, 1st floor, New York, NY 10011



Maro Chermayeff, SVA MFA Social Documentary Film Department Chair, Director, Producer, Author; Lorena Luciano, Documentary Filmmaker, TV Producer and Editor; Martina Radwan, Director/Producer/Cinematographer; Fernanda Rossi, Writer, Documentary Doctor; Paul Healy, Sony Electronics, Professional Solutions of America, and Rokhaya Diallo, journalist, writer and director.


Moderated by: Mike Sargent of WBAI - Pacifica Radio and Film Critic.


Free and open to the public. RSVP.

All panel are free and open to the public - priority being given to filmmakers and industry members - RSVP required as in most cases space is limited.
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