was formed in February 2003 by co-founders Markus
Varjo, Gil S. Ripley and myles samuel iezzi.
Based in New York City, the Rag is dedicated
to supporting and promoting independent films and filmmakers
on the festival circuit.
and Ripley had a combined 17 years' experience in the entertainment
industry when they self-published the first issue of the Rag
in early 2003 as a test of the indie-film climate. The one-pager
received an overwhelming response from filmmakers and festival
directors alike, and the two journalists launched the Rag
proper immediately thereafter. Via their relationship with
Myles Iezzi (founder of the KeMeK Production Network), they
assembled a core team of "Ragstaffers" to actively
track and trail film festivals worldwide, and signed a multi-year
deal to publish and distribute the Rag through the online
entertainment portal KeMeK, a proud champion
of truly independent art and artists.