2018 Festival Schedule Announced
The High Falls Women’s Film Festival has announced its slate of films screening November 1-5 at the Little Theater and events at other venues around Rochester’s “East End.” Currently in its 17th year, the festival continues to champion the role of women in the film industry, both in front of, and behind, the camera. The program offers six narrative features, eight documentary features, and four shorts programs including a special free Saturday morning program for kids. In addition, the festival has scheduled events of inspired conversations with filmmakers over coffee and evening parties to help celebrate the vibrant and diverse industry professionals and audience members the festival has proudly attracted.
Notable documentary films in the year’s schedule include “This Changes Everything,” which interviews such film industry pioneers as Meryl Streep, Geena Davis, Tracee Ellis Ross and more to take an incisive look into the history, empirical evidence, and systemic forces that foster gender discrimination in Hollywood and illustrates the gender disparity throughout our culture. “We’re honored to open our festival with this documentary. It exemplifies our mission and shows why we bring films by and about women to Rochester audiences, setting the stage for the rest of the festival.” said Executive Director Kate Herrmann.
“The Judge” chronicles the historic story of how Kholoud Al-Faqih became the first woman judge to be appointed to the Middle East’s Shari’a (Islamic law) courts. Highlighting gender disparity in another creative field is “A Fine Line” which asks why women comprise only 6% of head chefs and restaurant owners when traditionally women have always held the central role in the kitchen. The film gathers perspectives and experiences from world renowned chefs, including Dominique Crenn, Barbara Lynch, April Bloomfield, Lidia Bastianich, Cat Cora and many more, while telling the personal story of a small-town restaurateur and single mother on a mission to do what she loves while raising two kids with the odds stacked against her.
Of the festival’s narrative selections, a definite standout is “Saint Judy” starring Michelle Monaghan, Common, Alfred Molina, and Alfre Woodard – the true story of a landmark legal case concerning an Afghan woman who fled her home country after being persecuted by the Taliban for opening a school for girls. “The White Orchid” starring Olivia Thirlby, Jennifer Beals, and Nichelle Nichols is a crime thriller where a part-time investigator finds herself taking dangerous chances and pushing personal and professional boundaries as she gets closer to the truth.
Tickets are now on sale at HighFallsFilmFestival.com for individual films and events in addition to
passes granting full and special access to the festival’s many films and events.