Upcoming Films


One Take Short Films

Saturday, April 21, 2018 10:30am

COMMUNISTS IN THE SUMMER HOUSE by Camille Howard [18 min]

Explore one of the most fundamental rights of passage with this lighthearted documentary that focuses on the menstrual experience of women of all ages!

DON’T DEFINE ME by Don...


Photo City

Saturday, April 21, 2018 1:15pm

Home to the Kodak company for over 125 years, Rochester, New York is a city uniquely defined by photography. Photo City focuses on the lives of the city’s photographic and creative community as they struggle to maintain a link to their analogue...


Becoming Who I Was

Saturday, April 21, 2018 4:00pm

Cast out of his monastery and displaced in his reincarnation, a Ladakhi boy of noble birth must go in search of his past life in Tibet, with the help and sacrifice of his aging godfather.

Padma Angdu's world turns upside down when the...


RBG

Saturday, April 21, 2018 6:30pm

TICKETS SOLD OUT

There will be a rush line for any sold out screenings beginning 45 minutes before the film starts. There may be available seats from passholders not attending the screening. Those seats will be...


Minding The Gap

Saturday, April 21, 2018 9:30pm

Bing Liu’s lovely portrait of wayward men stumbling into early adulthood functions both as a snapshot of their tumultuous lives and Liu’s own experience alongside them. Combining first-rate skate video footage with a range of confessional moments...


Ex Libris: New York Public Library

Sunday, April 22, 2018 2:00pm

This Rochester premiere will take place at Dryden Theatre (900 East Ave.)

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Unfractured

Sunday, April 22, 2018 6:30pm

A hopeful documentary about fighting with your whole heart, UNFRACTURED follows introspective biologist and mother Sandra Steingraber as she reinvents herself as an outspoken activist and throws herself into a an environmental war that...


Previously Screened

The King

Forty years after the death of Elvis Presley, two-time Sundance Grand Jury winner Eugene Jarecki’s new film takes the King’s 1963 Rolls-Royce on a musical road trip across America. From Memphis to New York, Las Vegas, and beyond, the journey traces the rise and fall of Elvis as a metaphor for...

12th and Clairmount

In July 1967, Detroit experienced one of America's most violent civil disturbances. To tell that story in an emblematic way, 12th and Clairmount fuses rare archival footage from the era - including newsreel, educational films and more than 400 reels of home movies donated by Detroiters - along...

Boom for Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat

Filmmaker Sara Driver explores the pre-fame years of the celebrated American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, and how New York City, its people, and shifting arts culture of the late 1970s and ‘80s shaped his vision. Conveying Basquiat’s personal magnetism, eccentricity and non-stop creativity, the...

Photo City

Home to the Kodak company for over 125 years, Rochester, New York is a city uniquely defined by photography. Photo City focuses on the lives of the city’s photographic and creative community as they struggle to maintain a link to their analogue past and to forge an identity in this new digital...

HOOP DREAMS

"The great American documentary... The best film of the 1990's" - Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

First exhibited at the 1994 Sundance Film Festival, where it won the audience award for best documentary, Kartemquin's Hoop Dreams is the remarkable true story of two...

ABACUS

From acclaimed director Steve James (Hoop Dreams, The Interrupters, Life Itself), Abacus: Small Enough to Jail tells the incredible saga of the Chinese immigrant Sung family, owners of Abacus Federal Savings of Chinatown, New York. Accused of mortgage...

BRIMSTONE & GLORY

Tultepec, Mexico is known for just one thing: fireworks. The city manufactures more than half of all fireworks made in Mexico, a good percentage of which will be set off at the small town’s annual festival for San Juan de Dios. With that background, you can let statistics fall by the wayside and...

THE LAST DALAI LAMA?

THE LAST DALAI LAMA? takes a fresh look at what is important for the 14th Dalai Lama at 80:  The historic confrontation between Tibet and China; his influence in political, spiritual, and educational spheres; work with neuroscientists; and his personal feelings on aging,...

THE ISLANDS AND THE WHALES

In the remote Faroe Islands, inhabitants have hunted seabirds and pilot whales for millennia. An isolated culture based on food and folklore, the Faroese built their traditions around survival. "In the past, nature was giant and humans tiny ... and now it's the other way around." Soaring aerial...

DOLORES

In the copious volumes written about Cesar Chavez and how he formed the first farm workers' union in America, there's little mention of Dolores Huerta, although she was his equal partner and co-founder of the union.

In the first film of its kind, DOLORES sheds light on this enigmatic,...

WHOSE STREETS

Told by the activists and leaders who live and breathe this movement for justice, Whose Streets? is an unflinching look at the Ferguson uprising. When unarmed teenager Michael Brown is killed by police and left lying in the street for hours, it marks a breaking point for the residents...

UNREST

Jennifer Brea is a Harvard PhD student about to marry the love of her life when she’s struck down by a fever that leaves her bedridden. Months before her wedding, she becomes progressively more ill, eventually losing the ability even to sit in a wheelchair. When doctors tell her it’s "all in her...

SHORT FILMS, LONG LUNCH

Short Films, Long Lunch Program: Celebrating the best short non-fiction films from WNY filmmakers 
Grab and go lunches from Orange Glory Catering will be available for purchase at the Little Concession stand for a delicious mess-free lunch you can eat while you watch!

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I CALLED HIM MORGAN

On a snowy night in February 1972, legendary jazz trumpeter Lee Morgan was shot dead by his common-law wife, Helen, during a gig at a club in New York City. The murder sent shockwaves through the jazz community, and the memory of the event still haunts the people who knew the Morgans. Helen...

QUEST

Filmed with vérité intimacy for close to a decade, QUEST is a portrait of a family in North Philadelphia. Christopher “Quest” Rainey, along with his wife Christine’a (aka “Ma Quest”), open the door to their home music studio, which serves as a creative sanctuary from the strife that grips their...