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2015 High Falls Film Festival

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  1. Rochester Film Legacy Award to be Presented to Marilyn O’Connor

    High Falls Film Festival will present the Rochester Film Legacy Award to Marilyn O’Connor, an energetic supporter and lover of film who was a member of the Festival’s founding board of directors.

  2. Screening of Gordy Hoffman’s Short Film “Dog Bowl” with Follow Up Q & A

    Workshop / 1 hour 30 mins
    Short films play a crucial role in contemporary cinema. Compelling stories can be told outside of the feature format, they simply require filmmakers with the passion and devotion to tell them. A great short can open many doors in a filmmaker’s career. Following the screening, filmmaker Gordy Hoffman will answer questions about the process of short filmmaking; how to get your short film from concept to completion.

  3. Thursday “Coffee Chat” – FREE Admission

    Coffee Chat at the Strath / 60 mins
    Join the visiting filmmakers for informal discussion at the Strathallan. Complimentary coffee will be served. It's great fun to meet the filmmakers one-on-one!

  4. Happy 40th – Opening Night Film with Director Q&A

    Madoka Raine / USA / 2015 / Drama / 1 hour 40 mins
    Quietly courageous, this beautifully acted ensemble film features four women coming together to celebrate the birthday of a friend, who is grappling with a dramatic shift in her life due to an accident that has left her wheelchair dependent. Director Madoka Raine co-stars as the "loose cannon" — an ironic role considering her delicate navigation between drama and dialogue in scenes that should be painfully intimate between husband and wife. Instead, a profound elegance is revealed in this marital dance as we witness a relationship that relies on caretaking vs. communication.

    Precedes: Opening Night Party at the Sibley Building

    Happy 40th – Opening Night Film

    The Little Theatre - #1
    Thursday, November 12, 2015 6:00 pm


  5. Happygram – with Director Q&A

    Julie Marron / USA / Documentary Feature Film / 1 hour 40 mins
    Forty percent of the women in this country are given the illusion of knowledge when they receive their yearly letter announcing the results of their mammogram. This riveting documentary tells the story of the fight to accurately inform women about their cancer screening.
    Happygram

    The Little Theatre - #5
    Thursday, November 12, 2015 6:30 pm


  6. Opening Night Party at the Sibley Building

    Party
    Join us for a fabulous party in the heart of downtown Rochester in the landmark Sibley Building. Mingle with our visiting filmmakers. Enjoy live movie-themed music from the band Backstory, also playing rock and R&B classics. Enjoy decadent desserts from The Melting Pot, hors d’oeuvres from Brown Hound Bistro, and a cash bar.

    Preceded by: Happy 40th – Opening Night Film with Director Q&A

    Preceded By:
    Happy 40th – Opening Night Film

    The Little Theatre - #1
    Thursday, November 12, 2015 6:00 pm


  7. Friday “Coffee Chat” – FREE Admission

    Coffee Chat at the Strath / 60 mins
    Join the visiting filmmakers for informal discussion at the Strathallan. Complimentary coffee will be served. It's great fun to meet the filmmakers one-on-one!

  8. Yemeniettes

    Shawn Thompson / USA / 2013 / Documentary Feature Film / 1 hour 1 mins
    This uplifting documentary helps give us hope that young Muslim girls might just have a chance for a better future. Three Yemeni teenage girls enter a youth Middle Eastern entrepreneurial competition, with their innovative solar-panel powered devices, designed to compensate for the frequent electrical grid outages in their country.

    Luckily, their unusually open-minded parents “support” the girls’ ambitions, despite community pressure not to allow their daughters to pursue non-traditional female vocations. Along the way, the girls encounter the hardships of a country scarred by a broken educational system, joblessness, and a threatening Al-Qaeda presence.

    Yemeniettes

    The Little Theatre - #5
    Friday, November 13, 2015 5:30 pm


  9. Soof

    Antoinette Beumer / Netherlands / 2013 / Drama / 1 hour 36 mins
    A universal romantic comedy, about expectations, disappointments, food processors, pasta vongole, wine, vodka, cheating and being perfectly happy together. Soof - short for Sophie - has it all... but every once in a while she can’t resist thinking: “is this all there is...?”
    Soof

    The Little Theatre - #1
    Friday, November 13, 2015 6:00 pm


  10. “Connections” – Short Films Program 1

    1 hour 30 mins
    A lost child, a long–over-due coming out, a dead cat, small and large dramas in nine short films from Britain, Sweden, Australia and the US. This program is a poignant mix of tragedy and comedy that affirms the need for human connection in as concentrated a form as only short films can. Programmed by Johannes Bockwoldt
    Connections Short Films Program 1

    The Little Theatre - #5
    Friday, November 13, 2015 8:00 pm