Cinema Retro has received the following press release:
2017 Socially Relevant Film Festival returns to New York City this month.
Founded in 2013 by Artistic Director and Festival Curator Nora Armani the SRFF
is now in its fourth year. Focusing on "socially relevant film content,
and human interest stories that raise awareness to social problems and offer
positive solutions through the powerful medium of cinema" the festival has
screened 157 films from 35 countries over 20 days in its first three years.
year, 46 films will be screened from 23 countries. There are narrative features
(6), documentary features (12) and short films (23) presented during the fest
which also includes "an AR/VR and 360 gear expo and film exhibit, panels
on Women, Immigrations and Refugees, VR/AR and 360 films, Industry Panels at
SVA Social Documentary MFA film department on Funding Film Ideas and The
Hazardous Documentary. SAG-AFTRA hosts a low-budget film production workshop
for visiting and local filmmakers in the festival, and the Mayor's Office of
Media and Entertainment together with the Governor's Office of Motion
Picture & Television present a workshop on filming in New York. "
you know that most of the chocolate we consume is on the backs of child slaves?
"The Chocolate Case," the opening night feature of this year's
Socially Relevant Film Festival, chronicles the journey of three journalists
who uncover this fact, fail to convince the big chocolate producing companies
to end the practice and eventually enter the chocolate market themselves.
4th SRFF runs from March 13-19 at the Cinépolis Chelsea. It is packed with
films from around the world that will move you, inform you and have you talking
about them for days. There are narrative features, documentary features and
short films. There are also panels, workshops and VR/AR demonstrations to
attend. Parties too.
a desire to become a filmmaker? The afternoon of March 14th features a
"Smartphone filmmaking workshop" that will present an award to the
best smartphone film possibly giving the filmmaker a waiver to submit the film
for free for next year's festival.
15th features a retrospective screening of Charlie Chaplin's "The Great
Dictator" that is preceded by an "Artists in Resistance" panel
RETRO-ACTIVE: THE BEST FROM THE CINEMA RETRO ARCHIVE
(Cinema Retro joins other retro movie lovers in mourning the recent passing of Turner Classic Movies host Robert Osborne. This is Lee Pfeiffer's interview with Osborne that originally ran in 2008)
Cinema Retro Editor-in-Chief Lee Pfeiffer chatted with Robert Osborne, the popular host of TCM's movie broadcasts. Osborne, who is also the official Oscar historian, is well known for his informative introductions and epilogues for the films that TCM broadcasts. Director Sidney Lumet once said that even if he doesn't desire to see certain films, he always tries to tune in for Osborne's introductions. Osborne is as affable offscreen as he is on the air. Witty, knowledgable and conversant in all things Hollywood-related, he has many of the attributes he ascribes to the stars he grew up idolizing. In addition to being a columnist for the Hollywood Reporter, Osborne is by all accounts America's premiere film historian.
CR: You seem to have every movie lover's dream job: to get paid to watch and analyze classic movies. How did this come about and what led to your association with the Academy?
RO: When I was first starting out as an actor, I was under contract to Lucille Ball at Desilu Studios, which was owned by Lucy and Desi Arnaz. Lucy knew I had this passion for movie history which at that time was not a normal thing. Most people weren't interested in movie history. She said, "You know, you would have a happier life as a writer than as an actor. You should be writing about movies, because nobody is." She told me that she thought being an actor would never make me happy, but writing would. She knew I was a journalism major at the University of Washington. She told me that if I took up writing as a profession, the first thing I had to do was write a book because people would look at you differently if I did. She told me it didn't even have to be a good book, but that everyone is impressed with anyone who writes a book because most people lack the discipline to do it. I knew she was telling me this for my own good, not some other agenda, so I quit being an actor and became a writer.
The thing I decided to write about was the Academy Awards because you could always find a list of who won Oscars, but you could never find a list of who was nominated. It was even hard to get one from the Academy because that was a very small organization at the time. So I wrote this book and it hit a chord with people because you couldn't get a book about the Oscars anywhere else. The cult success of that book has followed me around ever since. Years later, when they decided they wanted a history done of the Academy, they asked me to write it. (The latest edition of the book is titled 75 Years of the Oscar: The Official History of the Academy Awards-Ed.)