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The​ SR Socially Relevant(™) Film Festival New York​ invites you to Spotlight Panels and Industry Workshops

A wide range of panels, workshops, and roundtables are offered by SRFF in its fourth edition. All panels and workshops are free of charge and open to all filmmakers and members of the audience (as space permits). RSVP is required.

NEW YORK - March 10, 2017 - Rezul -- Meet the team from the New York State Governor's Office of Motion Picture & Television Development for a roundtable discussion of all things productive in New York State – tax credits, location scouting, finding stages and crew, and more; an informal face-to-face Q&A opportunity to Meet Team NY.

Participants: Kathryn Fisher and Steven Pelton.

NY Loves Film Roundtable
Friday, March 17, 3 – 4 pm
Where: Festival Lounge - Cinepolis Chelsea (260 West 23rd Street)

Low Budget Film Production workshop - SAG-AFTRA
Thursday, March 16, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Where: SAG-AFTRA NY Local, 1900 Broadway, 5th Fl, New York, NY 10023

Meet the SAGindie staff and the Theatrical Business team of SAG-AFTRA to learn the ins and outs of low budget Motion Picture & Television production. The SAGindie workshop highlights the Student/Short Film and Low Budget Theatrical Agreements.


New Technologies and their Socially Relevant TM Uses
March 17, 2:00 - 3:00 pm
Where: Festival Lounge - Cinepolis Chelsea (260 West 23rd Street)

Kris Kolo:
Industry Advisor, Global Executive Director VR/AR Association.
Alissa Crevier: Global Head of Brand Partnerships Littlestar.

Andrew Feinberg: COO TimeLooper, an app that enables tourists visiting historic locations to experience events that transpired at those locations first-hand through virtual reality.
Kiira Benzing: storyteller crossing the mediums of theater, improv, documentary, fiction and virtual reality.
Matthew MacVey: runs immersive journalism programs at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.

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Moderated by Marco Castro Cosio, who is a Research Fellow at the Brown Institute for Media Innovation, based at the Columbia University School of Journalism and is a resident at the TED Conference site.

Spotlight panel - CHAPLIN: Artists in Resistance
March 15, 8:00 - 8:40pm
Where: Cinepolis Chelsea (260 West 23rd Street)

Napoleon Da Legend: lyricist
Kim Fraczek: Director of Sane Energy Project
Raz Mesinai: Music producer
Andrew Short: writer, actor, artist and activist
Andrew Tider: artist and creative director
Moderated by Lucie Tripon: writer/filmmaker and member of SRFF team.

Spotlight Panel Violence Against women
March 16, 3:00 - 4:00 pm
Where: Cinepolis Chelsea (260 West 23rd Street)

Monica Mahendra Singh
: Social Activist for Violence against Women at the UN
Piper Anderson: writer educator and Founder of Create Forward LLC
Deborah Kampmeier: Filmmaker
Kankana Chakraborty: Filmmaker
Mirka Hermoza Laznik: Gender Justice coordinator at the Broad Front
Moderated by: Nora Armani - Founding Artistic Director of SR Film Festival

Spotlight Panel Immigration and Refugees
March 16, 8:45-9:15pm
Where: Cinepolis Chelsea (260 West 23rd Street)
Lucas Jedrzejak: filmmaker, Bison Grass Films Ltd
Brigitte Gauthier: professor, author, and filmmaker
Irina Patkanian: Filmmaker
Adnane Tragha: Filmmaker
Hassan Hamza: Filmmaker

Funding Your Film Ideas
March 18, 10:15-11:30am
Where: School of Visual Arts MFA Social Documentary Film Theater ( - 136 West 21st street, 1st floor, New York, NY 10011

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Susan Margolin:
Founder, St. Marks Productions
Courtney Harge: Member advisor, Fractured Atlas (
Debra Zimmerman: Executive Director, Women Make Movies (
Hayden Goldblatt: Counsel, Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz law firm
Moderated by: Christopher Atamian: storyteller, journalist, and director


The Hazardous (Brave) Documentary
March 18, 12:00 - 1:15 pm
Where: School of Visual Arts MFA Social Documentary Film Theater ( -136 West 21st street, 1st floor, New York, NY 10011
Axel Baumann:
Guy Davidi: Filmmaker
David A. Andelman: Journalist
Moderated by Andre Fuad Degas, Filmmaker


Smartphone filmmaking workshop by Ching Juhl
Festival Lounge - Cinepolis Chelsea (260 West 23rd Street) (
When: March 14, 3:00 pm - 4:00pm
Ching Chen Juhl is a producer, videographer, editor, concert violist.

Script reading - excerpts from the five finalist scripts (
Where: Festival Lounge - Cinepolis Chelsea (260 West 23rd Street) (
When: March 16, 2:00 pm - 3:00pm

Excerpts from the five finalist scripts will be read by actors directed by Jillie Simon and Mike Jankowitz in the presence of the scriptwriters:

Against by Justin Jackola, USA
Almast by Marla Sloane, USA
American Dream by Charles Ancelle, USA
The Chain by Robin Lamont, USA
The Record by K.R. Scott

For more info:
The Official Trailer of SRFF 2017 (

Press Contact: Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi (929) 228 7663

Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi
Nora Armani

Source: SR Socially Relevant Film Festival New York

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