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Amy Goodman to Deliver Keynote Address

Amy Goodman

NEW YORK - Feb. 28, 2014 - PRLog -- Rated SR Socially Relevant Film Festival New York a new film festival running March 14-20, 2014 at New York’s Quad Cinema adds an opening night selection, spotlight screenings, and shorts to its impressive roster of over 50 films from nearly 20 nations. Amy Goodman, author and host of the internationally acclaimed independent news program Democracy Now! will present a keynote address on the role that socially relevant films play in fostering change on Tuesday, March 18th. The Rated SR Social Justice Award will be presented to one of the five contending festival films: Coal Rush, Control, Destiny's Bridge, Forward 13: Waking up the American Dream, The Throwaways. Spotlight screenings include: Opening Night Selection Mamarosh, directed by Momcilo Mrdakovic Director Q&A following screening Spotlight on Human Loss: USC Shoah Foundation films The Lost Children of Berlin, directed by Elizabeth McIntyre Narrated by Anthony Hopkins Reclaiming their childhood: fifty Holocaust survivors reunite. I Remember, directed by Andrzej Wajda (Katyn) The story of four survivors who were either helped or betrayed by their Polish neighbors. Spotlight on Meditation: Meditation, Creativity, Peace, by The David Lynch Foundation Q&A with Peter Trivelas, Director of Programs and Teacher at the David Lynch Foundation following screening Spotlight on PTSD: Comedy Warriors - Healing Through Humor directed by John Wager Q&A with director John Wager, co-producer Bernadette Luckett and film subject Joe Kashnow following screening Spotlight on LGBTQ Little Bi Peep directed by Jon Russell Cring and Anna Shields. Director Q&A following screening Spotlight on Immigration The Defector directed by Ann Shin Director Q&A following screening Newly added: six Shorts ( programs with focuses on subjects such as Disability, Women, Environment, Activism, Child Protection and PTSD round out the festival’s international programming. Founded by award-winning actor, filmmaker and curator Nora Armani, the festival will showcase films with human interest stories and socially relevant themes as a response to the proliferation of violence and violent forms of storytelling. Rated SR aims to promote positive social change through the powerful medium of cinema. Tickets: Packages and discounted ticket options are now on sale: at: 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 available at Quad Cinema: Festival Contacts: Publicist:; (516) 606-3091 Education and Community Outreach Coordinator: Constance Du Bois 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. Press and Industry are invited to opening night reception: call (212) 253 2022 or RSVP at

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