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One Take Film Festival

It's doc time once again! Year 4 of the One Take Documentary Film Festival is happening April 30 to May 3, 2020! This Rochester, N.Y. 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, we’ll celebrate the art of documentary filmmaking in its many forms.  We seek films that inspire, surprise, challenge, enlighten, and entertain us.


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.

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.