For the event’s first year, the DSA is curating the selected films. In Stone’s words, the festival will highlight underrepresented locations or communities. “Springfield is having this wonderful creative renaissance right now, and we want this event to be reflective of that,” she says. The festival’s mission tagline is “celebrating exceptional things in unexpected places.” Although the festival isn’t aiming to show films from only local talent, Stone says the DSA is bringing successful filmmakers to Springfield in hopes of inspiring the city’s film community.
The event promises three films followed by a Q&A with the lead actor, producer or director, along with live music before each showing. The DSA is working to provide a next-level concession stand and a fresh, modern look at the Historic Fox Theatre. Along with the films, Rated SGF is hosting a workshop to educate and inspire local filmmakers. The workshop is moderated by Josh Pfaff of Locke and Stache (a local media production house) and Rich Amberg, assistant professor of media, journalism and film at Missouri State University.
Whether you’re a creative or a film buff or simply enjoy the magic of the silver screen, Rated SGF is the place to be come March 31.