FESTIVAL WITH A THEME

The Chelsea Film Festival showcases 90 films with one underlying theme:  to make the world a better place through cinema.  Can they succeed?  Find out!

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Aired on October 19, 2017. 

TRANSCRIPT

> THE CHELSEA FILM FESTIVAL IS A SHOW CASE FOCUSED ON FILMMAKERS IN A WIDE RANGE OF GENRES.

ALL OF THE FILMS SHARE ONE THEME, TRYING TO MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE THROUGH SEN MA.

HIGHWAY'S A TASTE OF WHAT THE AUDIENCES CAN EXPECT FROM THIS YEAR'S FESTIVAL.

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AND THE FIFTH ANNUAL CHELSEA FILM FESTIVAL BEGINS IN NEW YORK CITY ON OCTOBER 19th AND RUNS THROUGH 22nd.

HERE TO TELL US MORE IS ITS FOUNDER INGRID JANE-BAPTISTE.

SO NICE TO HAVE YOU HERE WITH US.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

THERE'S SO MUCH I WANT TO TALK TO YOU ABOUT.

IT'S BECOME ENORMOUSLY SUCCESSFUL.

YOU HAVE THIS YEAR, THERE ARE SOME 90 FILMS.

YES.

26 COUNTRIES REPRESENTED.

HOW DO YOU GO ABOUT CHOOSING THE ONES THAT ARE GOING TO BE SHOWN AT THE FESTIVAL?

SO THIS IS A VERY THOROUGH PROCESS WHERE OUR SELECTION COMMITTEE GETS TOGETHER AND NARROWS DOWN THE GOOD ONES.

WE GET REALLY GOOD WORK.

AND WE HAVE CRITERIA.

THE MAIN ONE IS TO HAVE NEW YORK PREMIER TO HAVE NEVER BEEN SHOWN IN NEW YORK BEFORE AND OF COURSE THE STORY LINE, THE PICTURE, THE ACTING, THE SCREENPLAY AND ALSO THE FACTOR ON HOW IS THIS FILM MAKING AN IMPACT.

I WAS INSTRUCT BY ONE THING -- BY A NUMBER OF THINGS OBVIOUSLY BUT ONE IN PARTICULAR, AND THAT'S HOW AFFORDABLE YOU HAVE DECIDED TO MAKE THIS FESTIVAL.

YES.

WHY WAS THAT SO IMPORTANT TO YOU?

TO ME IT'S REALLY IMPORTANT BECAUSE, FIRST OF ALL, I'M FROM FRANCE.

AND EDUCATION, THE ARTS AND OTHER THINGS ARE FREE, ACCESSIBLE TO EVERYBODY.

AND THE ARTS ARE CHANGING THE WORLD, ARE RAISING AWARENESS.

AND IF WE DON'T HAVE ACCESS TO THE ARTS, HOW ARE WE GOING TO RAISE AWARENESS OR JUST HAVE PEOPLE DISCOVER NEW THINGS, YOU KNOW.

AND IF PEOPLE DON'T HAVE THE MEANS, THE BUDGET TO TRAVEL, AT LEAST A MINIMUM IS TO SHARE.

INGRID, IT'S JUST BECOME A FABULOUS EVENT HERE IN NEW YORK.

AS I SAID, THE FIFTH ANNUAL ONE.

THANK YOU.

GREAT WORK THAT IT'S GROWN THE WAY IT HAS.

CERTAINLY A TESTAMENT TO YOU AND ALL OF THE FOLKS INVOLVED.

CONGRATULATION TO YOU AND THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR SPENDING TIME AND TALKING WITH US.

YOU BE WELL.

THE CHELSEA FILM FESTIVAL WILL BE RUNNING IN NEW YORK CITY FROM OCTOBER 19th THROUGH THE 22nd.

FOR TICKET INFORMATION VISIT OUR WEBSITE AT METROFOCUS.ORG.

> FUNDING FOR THIS PROGRAM WAS PROVIDED BY --

> CORPORATE FUNDING FOR 'METROFOCUS' WAS PROVIDED BY MUTUAL OF AMERICA.

YOUR RETIREMENT COMPANY.

AND BY PSE&G, SERVING CUSTOMERS, STRENGTHENING THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY AND INVESTING IN THE FUTURE.

Funders

MetroFocus is made possible by James and Merryl Tisch, Sue and Edgar Wachenheim III, the Sylvia A. and Simon B. Poyta Programming Endowment to Fight Anti-Semitism, Bernard and Irene Schwartz, Rosalind P. Walter, Barbara Hope Zuckerberg, Jody and John Arnhold, the Cheryl and Philip Milstein Family, Janet Prindle Seidler, Judy and Josh Weston and the Dr. Robert C. and Tina Sohn Foundation.

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