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The Socially Relevant Film Festival is Back, with NYWIFT Members Credited on Productions and Featured on Panels!

SR Socially Relevant™ Film Festival New York 2018 lands at Cinema ViIlage on March 16-22, 2018. SRFF’s Fifth Edition launches 70 films from 35 countries that cover a broad range of socially relevant™ stories about immigration, women and girls, human trafficking, climate change, aging, mental health, disability, social justice, homelessness, LGBTQ rights, VR/360º films and more. Close to 50% of the films in the selection are directed by women and deal with women-oriented issues.

SRFF is a non-profit film festival designed to shine a spotlight on international and local filmmakers who raise awareness for social issues, in response to the proliferation of violence and violent forms of storytelling on screen. Tickets can be purchased online via Eventbrite.

Watch the trailer here.

NYWIFT member Nora Armani is the festival's Founding Artistic Director.

NYWIFT members' films are listed below (with members noted in red): 

Darcy
Heidi Philipsen & Jon Russell Cring

It's summer break and fifteen-year-old Darcy works in her family's motel, a seedy operation on the edge of town. Sustaining the motel is the practice of taking in occupants who until only recently were incarcerated-an arrangement that Darcy's parents make with the Department of Corrections for a price. Those desperate strangers lurking the halls sleep for a night or more, never knowing who is shooting up, or who is leading a man to a working-girl next door. Visit the film website and watch the trailer here

Darcy will be screening as the closing film on Thursday, March 22 at 7 PM at Cinema Village. View this page for ticketing details for the full festival, and buy tickets here

Stickman
Margaret Galbraith

A knife altered the course of Roosevelt Wilkerson's life twice. As a young man, it sent him to prison. Later, homeless and angry, he picks up a stick and begins carving. Stickman is the incredible story of Roosevelt's journey off the street and the transformative - and unlikely - friendships he makes along the way. Stickman demonstrates that love and compassion hold no economic or racial boundary and have the power to transform each one of us. Visit the film website and watch the trailerStickman is a fiscally sponsored project of NYWIFT. The film won Best Documentary Feature at the 2017 Frame4Frame Film Festival in Arlington, Texas and Best Texas Film at the Lone Star Film Festival in Fort Worth, Texas.

Stickman will make its local debut at the Socially Relevant Film Festival on Friday, March 16 at 9:30 PM at Cinema Village. View this page for ticketing details for the full festival, and buy tickets here.

Artemis & the Astronaut
Alice L. Lee


Artemis watched her once brilliant pianist husband slip away from her one memory at a time. It's been four weeks since Henri died, and today is the day the conservatory is coming to pick up his beloved piano. Filled with sadness and anger, Artemis wanders her empty house-- there was so much left unsaid as Henri slipped away. And then, she hears him crying in the other room. Will Artemis get another chance to be with Henri? Learn more about Artemis & the Astronaut

Artemis & the Astronaut will be showing on Wednesday, March 21 at 3:30 PM as part of the "Aging Gracefully" group of short films playing at Cinema Village. Buy tickets here by selecting the short block of films titled "Aging Gracefully"!

Journey Without a Map
Jill Woodward

In the short documentary Journey without a Map, Abdul discovers an unlikely passion in contemporary dance, tapping into the healing power of art as he seeks asylum in Greece from his native Afghanistan. Watch the trailer here

Journey without a Map will be showing on Monday, March 19 at 3:30 PM as part of the "Where is Home?" shorts series playing at Cinema Village. Buy tickets here by selecting the short block of films titled "Where is Home?"

Click here to see other films about (and mostly by) women showing at the festival! 

Visit the festival website to view the full lineup of films. 


NYWIFT members are also featured as panelists at the following events (members noted in red): 

Panel Title: Editing your Documentary Footage

Panelists: E. Donna Shepherd, Mar Trevino, Eve Cuyen, Peter S. Crosby, Cheree Dillon, Christopher Atamian (moderator)

NYWIFT member Cheree Dillon is an award-winning documentary editor based in New York City. Her work has shown at festivals around the world including the Tribeca Film Festival, Sheffield Doc Festival, Visions du Reel, Outfest, and Big Sky Film Festival. Cheree’s work has also aired on PBS, Discovery, The World Channel, TSR2 in Switzerland and NBC. When she’s not making films, she’s volunteering in Harlem’s community gardens, learning to speak Spanish, watching movies and biking along the Hudson River.

Date and Time: Saturday, March 17, 2018 at 10:15 - 11:30 AM

Location: School of Visual Arts MFA Social Documentary Film Theater
136 West 21st Street, 1st floor, New York, NY 10011

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Panel Title: Distribution Revisited

Panelists: Wendy Lidell, Jeremy Workman, Valerio Caruso, Simon Taufique, Erika Edwards, Erika Peek, Christopher Atamian (moderator)

NYWIFT member Wendy Lidell is the Senior Vice President of Theatrical/Nontheatrical Distribution & Acquisitions at Kino Lorber, Inc.

Date and Time: Saturday, March 17, 2018 at 11:45 - 1:00 PM

Location: School of Visual Arts MFA Social Documentary Film Theater
136 West 21st Street, 1st floor, New York, NY 10011

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Spotlight Panel Title: Women | Gender Equality | Human Trafficking


Panelists: Ambassador Swanee Hunt, Ruchira Gupta, Simone Monasebian, Felicia Greenfield, and Jessica Vale

NYWIFT member Felicia Greenfield
, actor and co-producer of Good Girls Gone, a feature in development dealing with the problem of child sex trafficking in the US, will be on a Spotlight panel discussing women, gender equality and human trafficking. The program, which includes four short films, is presented with Apne Aap and the UN Media Partnership.

Date and Time: Monday, March 19, 2018 at 6 - 7:30 PM

Location: Cinema Village
22 East 12th Street | New York, NY 10003

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View the full panel and workshop schedule here


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NYWIFT programs, screenings and events are supported, in part, by grants from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts
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