Films on the Lives of Ordinary People » CounterPunch: Tells the Facts, Names the Names


Films on the Lives of Ordinary People » CounterPunch: Tells the Facts, Names the Names.

The Socially Relevant Film Festival, 2015

Films on the Lives of Ordinary People

by LOUIS PROYECT

After being asked to chair a panel discussion on storytelling at the Socially Relevant Film Festival 2015 in New York that runs from March 16 to 22 and previewing a dozen scheduled films, both narrative and documentary, I had an epiphany: “socially relevant” films have a higher storytelling quotient than Hollywood’s for the simple reason that they are focused on the lives of ordinary people whose hopes and plight we can identify with. With a commercial film industry increasingly insulated from the vicissitudes of an unending economic crisis, it is only “socially relevant” films that demand our attention and even provide entertainment after a fashion. When the subjects of the film are involved in a cliffhanging predicament, we care about the outcome as opposed to the Hollywood film where the heroes confront Mafia gangsters, CIA rogues or zombies as if in a video game. Read More…

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This is the Official Blog of SR Socially Relevant Film Festival NY. Socially Relevant Film content, human interest stories in film and on TV, good storytelling without the need of resorting to gratuitous violence, crime and excessive sensationalism, and without violent forms of moviemaking is what we believe in. We also, strongly believe that just as negative images and violence breed more violence, creativity, enlightenment and information create a better world for all concerned. Our mission is to become a platform that showcases this type of socially relevant film content.
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