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2015 High Falls Film Festival

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

Workshop / 1 hour 30 mins

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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.

Tickets will be available online until 5:45pm Sun. Nov. 8.
Tickets may be purchased at the door from 6pm-7pm

Dog Bowl Trailer:

Synopsis of Dog Bowl: A heartbroken girl spiraling through her life stumbles upon the true nature of her existence after stealing the vest off of a service dog. (length: 19 minutes)

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.

 

About Gordy: Gordy’s screenplay, LOVE LIZA, directed by Todd Louiso and starring his brother, Philip Seymour Hoffman, won the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival. He made his feature directorial debut with his script, A COAT OF SNOW, which premiered at the 2005 Locarno International Film Festival. A proud graduate of the University of Kansas, Gordy Hoffman founded the BlueCat Screenplay Competition in 1998 and remains its judge.

 

Director’s Statement:

The idea of stealing the vest off of a service dog took me to the character of Debra, who finds her world baffling and her soul in tears. She became like me, and I suspect many others, when, at certain times in our lives, we are alone and apart and unable to speak one right thing.

In finding all parts of the story of DOG BOWL, the beginning, the middle and the end, I was required to find a remedy for Debra’s wound in life, to share what I know, or what I believe I know, a little bit, about why we are not apart at all.

I started out on DOG BOWL like anything else, with something that occurs to me as an idea for a movie, and like every thing I’ve ever written, it grows into a story about all I’ve ever wanted for myself, in this case, someone to sit with. And that’s when I knew I was close to finishing the script.

Official Website: www.dogbowlthemovie.com

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

The Rochester Film Legacy Award honors a filmmaker or film supporter based in the Rochester area whose passion and dedication embodies Rochester’s proud film legacy. The award was last given in 2011 to screenwriter and producer Brock Yates (Cannonball Run, Two of a Kind, Smokey & The Bandit II)

O’Connor was instrumental in driving the High Falls Film Festival’s programming choices for several years, with her keen eye and insight. Among her current film activities, O’Connor hosts “Monday at the Movies” for Rochester friends and also guides friends near and far to wise screening selections with her intriguing and trusted reviews of movies she has seen.

A proud mother and grandmother and retired family-court judge, Marilyn has strongly supported of the film careers of her two sons – Philip Seymour Hoffman and his older brother Gordy Hoffman.
During his Academy-Award acceptance speech, Philip Seymour Hoffman told the world about his mother, noting “her passions became my passions and be proud, mom, because I’m proud of you and we’re here tonight. It’s so good.”
Thank you, Marilyn O’Connor, for all you have done to elevate and promote film in Rochester!