Silent River Film Festival Announces 2013 Program


The Silent River Film Festival Global Cinema continues to bring amazingly diverse selection of films in its third year to its Eclectic mix of audiences, and now offers many free events such as “Silent River Film Fair,” “Cinema For Causes” Seminar and much more.

This annual celebration of artistic excellence and creative activism includes 80 films from 17 countries to explore the works of many emerging independent filmmakers, talents, as well as the works of masters in cine art.

The festival opens on October 17th with HARMONY: A NEW WAY OF LOOKING AT OUR WORLD, inspired by the vision of Prince of Wales, directed by Stuart Sender and produced by Julie Bergman Sender (filmmakers of THE VOW, ACADEMY AWARD NOMINATED PRISONERS OF PARADISE, G.I JANE, SIX DAYS AND SEVEN NIGHTS and others).

As a tradition, the festival will open with two films, representing east and west. JOSH: AGAINST THE GRAIN directed by Iram Parveen Bilal an emerging female filmmaker from Pakistan will represent east at the Opening Night, where as HARMONY: A NEW WAY OF LOOKING AT OUR WORLD will represent west.

HARMONY: A NEW WAY OF LOOKING AT OUR WORLD, which had its world premiere this year at Sundance London, attended by Prince Charles and Robert Redford, is inspired by the passion, conviction & guiding principles of His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales. HARMONY captures the vision of an authentic leader tackling critical global issues working side by side with dynamic environmental activists, business leaders, artists, architects and governmental leaders from India to Canada, to the US and the UK, from boardrooms to organic farms and rain forests.

JOSH: AGAINST THE GRAIN tells a story of what happens when you want your life to be much bigger than yourself and for others. This brave film is a tribute to all innocent victims of retribution crime in feudal Pakistan and a youth movement against class separation, poverty, illiteracy and suppression of women’s rights.

2013 SRFF other highlights includes “PAD YATRA: A GREEN ODYSSEY” directed by Wendy Lee and produced by actress Michelle Yeoh of CROUCHING TIGER AND HIDDEN DRAGON, TOMORROW NEVER DIES. PAD YATRA: A GREEN ODYSSEY narrated by actress Daryl Hannah is an adventure of 700 people trekking across the Himalayas with a call to save the planet's "3rd pole," a glacial region now devastated by the climate chaos associated with global warming. Leader of this walking pilgrimage Gyalwang Drukpa (a Tibetan Monk) honored by United Nation's MDG AWARD is an advocate of environment protection, eco-friendly schools and teaching women leadership skills.

Silent River Film Festival this year, announces another attraction added to its annual event known as the “Silent River Film Fair.” Silent River Film Fair will provide free admission to all attendees attracting film lovers, industry insiders and those who are looking for a breakthrough in films. The Film Fair will have seminar, panel discussion, special screenings, exhibits, raffles, food and live entertainment, all to be concluded with a Red Carpet Award Night Gala.

“Silent River Film Fair” is held on the last day of the festival every year. This year the Film Fair and Award Night Gala will be held at the Irvine Civic Center on Sunday October 20th from 10.00 AM – 9.30 PM. This city supported event adds a new chapter in the history of the Silent River Film Festival and the City of Irvine, viewed as a positive and efficient relationship for CITY, SRFF and the Irvine community.

2013 Silent River Film Festival will take place at the Edwards Westpark 8 Theater and Irvine Civic Center in Irvine.