NEW YORK — Actress Nora Armani, founding artistic director, and Mike Camoin, founding director of the Filmmakers’ Lab, first announced their plans for a unique new film festival, Rated SR – Socially Relevant Film Festival New York, while attending this year’s Cannes, but for Armani the makings of the festival have been present throughout her career as an actor, filmmaker and thinker.
According to its website, the Rated SR- Socially Relevant Film Festival New York is “devoted specifically to filmmakers and fans of entertaining and commercially viable movies that achieve box office success without resorting to gratuitous violence, vices and sensationalism.”
The multilayered festival will take place concurrently in Manhattan and in upstate New York at the Carey Center for Global Good/ The Carey Institute. Manhattan events will include screenings, red carpet, Q&A with the selected filmmakers and various panels. Upstate, the Filmmakers’ Lab will run with various panels with industry guests, networking opportunities, sessions and receptions as well as some screenings. Transportation will be offered between the two sites and accommodations will be available at the upstate location. Camoin, alongside Carol Ash, president of the Carey Center for Global Good, will be leading the festival activities at the Carey Center.
While the festival is the first of its kind and size, Armani has spent much of her life dedicated to acting, directing and festival organization.