The 10th Anniversary Edition of the SR Socially Relevant Film Festival NY will take place from March 16-31, with an opening night to be held at Walter Reade Theater at Lincoln Center with the films, SHABU and TNAASH.
With a mission to shine the spotlight on filmmakers who tell compelling, socially relevant, human interest stories, SRFF 2023 will present close to 80 documentary films at several venues throughout the City as well as films streaming online from March 24-31.
One of the many documentary films on view this year, ‘The Renegade Legacy of Bleecker and MacDougal‘, is a blast into the past of Greenwich Village, its cafes, artists, poets and musicians in the 1960s expressing as artists do, the politics of the day. The Renegade Legacy of Bleecker and MacDougal will be on view at Cinema Village on March 17th at 9:15pm.
“There Goes the Neighborhood” is another film about NYC in the Festival this year. Directed by Ian Phillips, who was born and raised in NYC, it speaks to extreme gentrification and the communities fighting back.
The film revisits the fight against Amazon HQ2 in Queens and the ‘No Towers, No Compromise’ campaign among others. There Goes the Neighborhood will be showing on March 17th at Cinema Village.
SRFF has screened an international slate of over 620 films from 39 countries since its inception in 2013. Filmmaker Q&A’s follow most of the screenings where filmmakers are present. The mission of the Festival is to spotlight filmmakers and their films that tackle the social and environmental issues of the day without relying on gratuitous violence, special effects, loud soundtracks, and sensationalism to draw in an audience. The festival supports its filmmakers beyond the weeklong festival, as it showcases the selection of films in other venues, events throughout the year, and some major film markets and festivals, such as it has done at the Cannes Film Festival.