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October 31, 2020 4:18 am

Socially Relevant Film Festival Benefit & Sneak Preview


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.

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: and



About FILM VIDEO NEW YORK meetups:

This meetup primarily exists to provide a forum to screen and discuss films about improving our local and global communities (ie documentaries) as well as to support local filmmakers. Roughly once a month we’ll screen one or more works and then circle up for an intimate conversation with the artists or guest speaker.

We are also happy to use this meetup to cross promote other meetups and events devoted to filmmaking and documentaries. Feel free to suggest meetups as well as films to screen. In fact, we really want you guys to bring films (your own or work by others that you want to support) to us that you would like us to screen and get feedback about. Unfinished films are welcome, too. We’d love to be able to provide the outside guidance and/or contacts that enable you to finish your film!

We’ll be screening on our own equipment: Oppo Blu-ray/DVD player, Panasonic HD projector, and Da-Lite 87″ x 139″ Model C ceiling-mounted projection screen with 2-channel PA sound. I’m told that super 8 or 16mm projection might be possible for certain projects as well (we don’t own those but maybe they could be provided…).

Dan Mullins

I write for - Check it out! I love films - old and new. Writing, editing, and researching for my own screenplays.