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2018 High Falls Film Festival

Films & Events

2018 Complete Program Lineup


  1. I’m Fat – with Q&A

    Halit Levy / Israel / 2017 / Documentary Feature Film / 53 mins
    Halit is a fat woman in a world where everyone wants to be thinner. She is a filmmaker, an instructor for youths at risk and is in an amazing relationship. At the age of 40 she sets off on a revealing personal journey exposing old wounds, difficulties and successes in the present and thoughts about her future as a fat woman. This is a film about fat women from a personal perspective which succeeds in providing a viewpoint on a social and cultural phenomenon that does not depend on weight.
    I’m Fat

    The Little Theatre - #5
    Friday, November 2, 2018 9:15 pm Available at box office


  2. Ingrid – with Q&A

    Morrisa Maltz / USA / 2018 / Documentary Feature Film / 51 mins
    An intimate look at a woman who left her life as a successful fashion designer and mother in Texas to become a reclusive hermit, immersed in nature, focused solely on creating art.
    Ingrid – with Q&A

    The Little Theatre - #5
    Sunday, November 4, 2018 2:00 pm


  3. The Judge – with Q&A

    Erika Cohn / Palestine, USA / 2017 / Documentary Feature Film / 76 mins
    When she was a young lawyer, Kholoud Al-Faqih walked into the office of Palestine’s Chief Justice and announced she wanted to join the bench. He laughed at her. But just a few years later, Kholoud became the first woman judge to be appointed to the Middle East’s Shari’a (Islamic law) courts. THE JUDGE offers a unique portrait of Judge Kholoud—her brave journey as a lawyer, her tireless fight for justice for women, and her drop-in visits with clients, friends, and family. With unparalleled access to the courts, THE JUDGE presents an unfolding vérité legal drama, with rare insight into both Islamic law and gendered justice. In the process, the film illuminates some of the universal conflicts in the domestic life of Palestine—custody of children, divorce, abuse—while offering an unvarnished look at life for women and Shari’a.
    The Judge – with Q&A

    The Little Theatre - #1
    Saturday, November 3, 2018 5:00 pm


  4. Keely and Du – with director Q&A

    Dominique Cardona and Laurie Colbert / Canada / 2018 / Narrative Feature Film, Thriller / 80 mins
    Adapted from the Pulitzer Prize nominated play by Jane Martin, Keely and Du is a gripping psychological thriller that explores and humanizes the abortion controversy by taking the anti-choice agenda to a frightening new battleground.
    Keely and Du – with Q&A

    The Little Theatre - #5
    Sunday, November 4, 2018 5:00 pm


  5. Kids’ Short Films Program – FREE Admission

    54 mins
    The High Falls Women's Film Festival is proud to host a FREE special screening of the Rochester International Children’s Film Festival.
    Kids’ Shorts – FREE

    The Little Theatre - #5
    Saturday, November 3, 2018 10:30 am FREE


  6. Number 37

    Nosipho Dumisa / South Africa / 2018 / Narrative Feature Film, Thriller / 100 mins
    Paying homage to the Hitchcock classic Rear Window, Number 37 tells the story of Randall Hendricks, a gangster recently crippled by an injury sustained in a gang fight. Entrapped in his apartment, Randal is given a gift of binoculars by his devoted girlfriend, Pam. Randal is in debt to a sadistic loan shark, and when he witnesses a powerful criminal commit murder he initiates a treacherous blackmail scheme. With deception and greed around every corner, what follows is a thrilling ride that puts both of their lives in mortal danger.
    Number 37

    The Little Theatre - #5
    Thursday, November 1, 2018 7:45 pm Available at box office


  7. Making Your Film in NYS Panel – FREE Admission

    Panel Discussion / 60 mins
    Meet the team from the New York State Governor’s Office of Motion Picture & Television Development, the regional film office, and local filmmakers for a discussion of all things productive in New York State – tax credits, location scouting, finding stages and crew, and more. Whether you’re a first time filmmaker wondering where to start or a veteran producer looking to catch up on the latest, this informal face-to-face Q&A is an invaluable opportunity to meet Team NY and learn firsthand about all the great things New York State and this region has to offer.
    Making Your Film in NYS Panel/Coffee Chat

    Sony Festival Lounge
    Friday, November 2, 2018 4:00 pm FREE


  8. Opening Night Party – sponsored by ESL Federal Credit Union

    Party / 180 mins
    Join us for a fabulous opening party at Arbor Loft, the elegant event space overlooking Downtown Rochester and the East End. Mingle with visiting filmmakers and film fans and enjoy decadent desserts, hors d’oeuvres, and a cash bar plus live music.

    Preceded by: This Changes Everything – Opening Film with director Q&A

    Opening Night Party

    Arbor Loft
    Thursday, November 1, 2018 8:30 pm Available at the door

    Preceded By:
    This Changes Everything – Opening Film with Q & A

    The Little Theatre - #1
    Thursday, November 1, 2018 6:30 pm Available at box office


  9. Saint Judy – with Q & A

    Sean Hannish / USA / 2018 / Drama, Narrative Feature Film / 106 mins
    SAINT JUDY tells the true story of Los Angeles immigration attorney Judy Wood, who single-handedly changed the United States law of asylum and saved countless lives in the process. In a landmark case, one of her first as an immigration lawyer, Judy Wood represented an Afghan woman who fled her home country after being persecuted by the Taliban for opening a school for girls. After a tenacious battle both in and out of court, Judy's efforts culminated in arguments before the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit where she fought to include women as a protected class.

    Precedes: Friday Night After Party

    Saint Judy – with Q&A

    The Little Theatre - #1
    Friday, November 2, 2018 7:30 pm Available at box office

    Precedes:
    Friday Night After Party

    Steadfast
    Friday, November 2, 2018 9:30 pm No cover/cash bar.


  10. Saturday “Coffee Chat” – FREE Admission

    Coffee Chat / 60 mins
    Engage with filmmakers and festival fans from a front-row-seat during an intimate and informal one-hour talk. Special guest, entertainment lawyers Mark Costello and Alan Lockwood of Boylan Code LLP.
    Coffee Chat – Saturday Morning

    Sony Festival Lounge
    Saturday, November 3, 2018 10:30 am FREE