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One Take Film Festival

2018 marks the second year of the One Take Film Festival. This Rochester, NY Film Festival has grown out the Little Theatre's highly successful monthly documentary series that began in 2012. It celebrates and promotes the art of non-fiction filmmaking and stimulates public understanding and appreciation of the documentary film.  Over the course of four days (April 19–22), we’ll celebrate the art of documentary filmmaking in its many and ever-evolving forms. While we all know that non-fiction films can inspire, surprise, challenge, enlighten, and entertain us, this year we really sought out films that would speak to who we are as a nation, but also specifically to the Rochester community. From its long-standing history supporting women’s rights, to an environmental activist from the Finger Lakes, to an exploration of our city through the long lens of photography, the personal becomes the universal.  Year One played to sold-out audiences and included a shorts program curated from the best Western New York film submissions. Year Two boasts nine more short film premieres on April 22 as well as nine feature films that will screen throughout the weekend. Filmmaker Q&As follows most films –with in person or via Skype – and will let audiences interact with such notable directors as Julie Cohen, Betsy West, Brian Kaufman, Chanda Chevannes and John Murphy and Traolach O’ Murchú who will be on stage after both screenings of Photo City. Live music, a virtual reality experience, and nightly after-parties hosted by Rochester Cocktail Revival round out the festival. Passes and tickets are now on sale and going quickly, so pick up yours today and don’t miss a minute of #OTFF18!


Presented by and Hosted by The Little Theatre

The Little Theatre is the premier cultural center for the presentation of American independent and foreign films, visual arts and music for the greater Rochester community.  Through educational events, the Little Theatre provides local artists a place to share and discuss their visions with a diverse audience.  The Little Theatre engages the community in a warm and inviting atmosphere with programming that stimulates and expands thought, inspires the spirit, promotes friendly discussion and opens cultural horizons.

The Little Theatre began in Rochester in 1928 as a link in a proposed chain of small theaters designed to provide an "intimate" alternative to the large commercial movie houses of the day. The Little Cinema Movement, which was dedicated to showing "art films that appeal to the intelligent and sophisticated," started in 1925. When it opened in 1929, The Little Theatre was the fifth "little temple of the cinema" to be built. 

Over its rich history, The Little has been home to countless festivals, performances and special events and now boast five theaters and The Little Café which serves fresh food specials, coffees, wine, beer and free nightly music.

As the theater moves into its 88th year, a full slate of improvements are projected to ensure that The Little only becomes more relevant in Rochester’s blossoming independent artistic community. These improvements include a full renovation of historic Theater 1, with great care being taken to respect and preserve the historical building. These renovations include making the theater and its facilities more accessible to patrons with special needs, so everyone feels welcome in the space.

To discover mover, visit the Little Theatre in person at 240 East Avenue in Rochester NY or find out more about the films and music offerings online.