Category : Rochester Events

M&T Bank Clothesline Festival

webad-2013-smallThe M&T Bank Clothesline Festival is set to take place on Saturday, September 7 from 10 am to 6 pm and Sunday September 8, 2013 from 10 am to 5 pm at the Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester, 500 University Avenue Rochester NY 14607.

Admission costs $5 at the gate; children 10 and under free if accompanied by an adult; includes Gallery admission. No pets (except service animals), skateboards or roller-blades allowed; bicyclists should enter at Prince Street and check bikes at the RCA Bicycle Valet.

About the Festival
Fifty-seven years after the first Clothesline, Rochester’s largest and longest-running fine art and crafts festival continues to evolve. It’s now the place to experience all-day live entertainment, sample food from some of Rochester’s favorite vendors, enjoy free family art activities, visit the museum, and of course, browse and buy original artwork throughout the grounds. list of artists

Each year sees the addition of more festivals, but Clothesline remains a favorite with artists. Because the Gallery charges admission and screens the work of the exhibitors, serious shoppers are more in evidence than at other festivals.

Clothesline remains popular with visitors, too. In recent years, it has earned five “Best of Rochester” awards from City Newspaper readers.

With the completion of the Memorial Art Gallery’s Centennial Sculpture Park, this year’s festival will once again have full use of the MAG campus. 2013 grounds map

Parking/Shuttle Bus
Park and ride the handicapped-accessible shuttle bus from the Gleason Works lot on Anderson Avenue or the East End garage at East Main and Scio Streets. Shuttles run from 9 am to 6:30 pm Saturday and 9 am to 5:30 pm Sunday.

Clothesline is the Gallery’s biggest fund-raiser—all artists’ entry fees and public admission fees go directly to the Gallery’s operating budget. And in 2013, these dollars will go even further thanks to M&T Bank, our Presenting Sponsor for an unprecedented 20th straight year.Thanks also to Supporting Sponsors Nolan’s Rentals, Inc. and University of Rochester Medical Center, to our media sponsor City Newspaper, and to our community partner WXXI.

Go Green
Several area organizations are helping us make Clothesline greener. Thanks to Rochester Greenovation for sponsoring our composting and recycle stations; to Rochester Cycling Alliancefor providing a bicycle valet station (enter at Prince Street); and to Dave Goldman and the Sierra Club of Rochester. Also available (behind the Gallery): a water bottle refill station.

Ride the bus!
Visit Rochester Genesee Regional Transit Authority’s website for routes, schedules and special discounts for visitors to Clothesline and other area festivals. Learn more


Want to take the Best of Rochester survey? Click here!

Place your bets!

The 2013 Best of Rochester Readers’ Poll is here. Click on this link to take the open-ended Primary Ballot. Fill in YOUR favorites in at least 40 of the 113 categories for your ballot to count. Voting in the Primary Ballot will close promptly at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, September 4.

Then check back on Wednesday, September 11, to see which local people, places, and things made the Best of Rochester Final Ballot.

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Make sure to follow City Newspaper on Facebook and Twitter for Best of Rochester updates, and for a chance to win an invitation to our exclusive invite-only Best of Rochester Party.

images (3)The City will conduct a public informational meeting to discuss the Inner Loop East Reconstruction Project on Wednesday, Aug. 28 at 6 p.m. in the City Council Chambers of Rochester City Hall, 30 Church St. The proposed project will eliminate a 2/3-mile segment of the Inner Loop Expressway between Monroe Avenue and Charlotte Street and replace it with a, “Complete street,” which is designed to accommodate all users including pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists and transit riders.

The project’s goal is to increase traffic safety, reconnect neighborhoods with the Center City and make available parcels of land for mixed-use redevelopment. Reclaiming this land will raise local tax revenues, create jobs and generate private investment.

“This project will benefit the entire city,” said Mayor Thomas S. Richards. “We are building a city that encourages walking, biking and enjoying the outdoor environment. Replacing this section of the Inner Loop will demonstrate the City’s commitment to fostering quality of life here in Rochester.”

The purpose of this meeting is to review the project, discuss preliminary design alternatives and solicit suggestions from the public. The project’s design consultants will give a detailed presentation and citizens can interact with City staff following the presentation.

Preliminary engineering and design is anticipated to be complete by winter 2013/2014. Final design will be complete by summer 2014 and, pending funding availability, construction may begin as soon as fall 2014.

Members of the public may contact City of Rochester Transportation Specialist, Erik Frisch at with comments and concerns prior to Sept. 15, 2013.

Additional project information is available at

Fairport Music and Food Festival

Fairport Food

People of all ages will fill the Village of Fairport, from noon to dark, Aug. 24, to celebrate the end of summer while benefiting a great cause. The canal-side Fairport Music and Food Festival will feature live music, a variety of food from area restaurants and food trucks, and children’s activities! All proceeds from the event benefit Golisano Children’s Hospital at the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC), with a total of more than $500,000 raised in the event’s history.

This year’s Fairport Food and Music Festival will showcase 22 bands across three stages, for a total of 10 hours of live entertainment. Kids’ entertainment includes an arts and crafts table, rock wall climbing, bounce house, and appearances by the Magic Guy and Gadgets the Clown. Representatives from Kohl’s Pedal Patrol and the Rochester chapter of the Injury Free Coalition for Kids will also be handing out bike safety information and have a carnival-style spin-the-wheel game, with a prize give-away, at the Golisano Children’s Hospital booth.

To pre-order tickets and find out more about the event, click here.

The Rochester International Jazz Fest

The Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival in Rochester, New York, has quickly become one of the nation’s most popular and most respected music festivals.

The Rochester International Jazz Fest start tomorrow on Friday June 21st featuring dozens of shows over the next nine days. The festival encompasses much more than jazz, with blues, rock, zydeco, world music, r’n’b, rockabilly, and other styles on display. And while you’ll have to pay to get into the Eastman Theatre and Club Pass Venue shows, there are dozens of free shows. This weekend check out Josh Panda & The Hot Damned and Dr. John & The Nite Trippers Friday and Delbert McClinton on Saturday at the free East & Chestnut stage. For a full schedule visit the Jazz Fest website, and for photos, exclusive interviews, daily concert reviews and more, check out every day of the festival.

Rochester Real Beer Week 2013

Rochester Real Beer Week 2013 begins on June 14. The events feature an amazing series of craft beer events to delight every palate this year. There are beer launches (don’t forget to vote on your favorite), happy hours, tastings, pairings, socials, breakfasts, brunches, and dinners; pig roasts, clam bakes, concerts, trivia contests, a keg toss-off, Kan Jams, tap takeovers, draft dominations, Father’s Day specials, AND a burlesque show, of course.

To help you navigate this week, you can also download the free app or pick up an Event Guide in the June 5 issue of City Newspaper or at any participating venue. Cheers!

Also don’t miss Rochester Real Beer Expo

Saturday June 15th from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM

VIP hour at 5:00 PM

The anchor event of the Rochester Real Beer Week is the Third Annual 2013 Rochester Beer Expo.

Local business owners from the award-winning South Wedge neighborhood have joined forces through the Business Association of the South Wedge Area (BASWA) to bring you a street party with over 80 of the most exciting craft beers currently available.  The third annual Rochester Real Beer Expo will be held on Saturday June 15th from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM with a pre-event VIP/Preview hour at 5:00 PM. The event will be held on tree-lined Gregory Street in the South Wedge, from Whalin Street to Bond Street. Along with a world-class collection of craft beers we will be serving up ciders, locally made cheeses, and locavore eats including Cajun BBQ, fresh pizza, poutine, German & Italian sausage, wraps and sandwiches, hand rolled cigars, and more. All against the backdrop of live local musicians. Plus a few new surprise twists that will be sure to delight and amaze you.

We love our neighborhood and we love good beer.  We will bring to you a beer festival that captures what is exciting in the ever-changing craft beer community.  Too often we have found ourselves at beer festivals that simply offer all the same beers commonly available at any event.  We aim to shake things up and present you with the type of beer event that we would like to attend. When you go to a tasting event you should hope and expect to have your eyes opened to new experiences. We can certainly promise you that. Our neighborhood thrives on its creativity and diversity and we will bring you an experience that reflects that.

2013LF_banner_insideThe day has arrived — the Rochester Lilac Festival kicks off today! Join us at NOON today for the opening ceremony and wear purple as we plan to break the record for the largest crowd wearing purple! Come smell the flowers … and fab food at lunchtime.

Rochester Lilac Festival

Friday, May 10, 2013 – Sunday, May 19, 2013 (10 Days)

10:30am-8:30pm Daily | Admission is Free

Highland Park, Rochester, NY | Directions

Venue Information

Monroe County’s famous Highland Park is a picturesque setting filled with gardens, rolling hills, large open spaces and so much more. More Info

Click Here to Download the Full 10-Day Event Schedule and Lilac Festival Map

Be A Part Of History!  Friday, May 10th at 12:00pm

News crews will be on hand to record the event! We want the whole world to know we have a “Passion For Purple” in Rochester, NY!!

It’s an Opening Day celebration like no other! Wear your purple and join us at Center Stage! Together we’ll set the record for the biggest crowd of people wearing purple ever assembled!  Park FREE at any of the three Public Lots until 3pm.  More Parking Info

 Live Music & Children’s Entertainment All Day, Every day!

View the Full Schedule including Concert Lineup and Children’s Entertainment Stageschedule More Info

Download The Mobile App

Get the Lilac Festival Souvenir Cam and full festival schedule on your phone! Plus, we’ll be giving away prizes and upgrades throughout the Lilac Festival More Info

It’s Easier Than Ever To Visit The Festival!

Now with three designated Public Parking Lots offering close-in access, free parking weekdays through 3:00pm More Info

Special Events at the Festival

  • YNN Lilac Parade Saturday, May 11, 2013 More Info
  • One-Of-A-Kind Shopping Art & Craft Weekends feature over 120 artists and craftsmen selected through a juried process. More Info
  • Medved Lilac 10K and 5K Family Fun Run Sunday, May 19, 2013 More Info
  • Wine & Chocolate Tasting Tuesday, May 14th; Wednesday, May 15th; and Thursday, May 16th More Info
  • Craft Beer Garden Serving All Festival Hours More Info

Seniors Day is Wednesday, May 15th

Save all day with special Seniors discounts on food and beverage at the Big Top Foot Tent and throughout the festival! Enjoy a special afternoon concert performance with the Smugtown Stompers at 1:30pm at Center Stage.

Lilac Festival Ground Rules

This is family and environmentally friendly festival!

Bicycles, skateboards, in-line skates and pets are not allowed. With the exception of one sealed bottle of water, visitors may not bring food or beverages into the festival grounds. For the safety of all guests, there is a “no chairs” policy. Umbrellas and blankets are welcome.  Minors should be accompanied by a parent, legal guardian or responsible adult. Cameras with detachable lenses are not allowed without a Springut Group Inc. issued press pass.

Purchasing Lilac Trees and Bushes

Lilac trees and bushes will be available for purchase during the Festival. To take yours home, look for the tent outside the Lamberton Conservatory in Highland Park.  For more information, you may call the Lamberton Conservatory directly at 585-753-7270

Clean Sweep – 2013

images (3)More than 25,000 volunteers have demonstrated their pride in Rochester by working alongside City crews to clean and beautify just about every street in the city. In addition to removing litter and debris, volunteers do such things as planting flowers, pruning trees and performing other neighborhood beautification projects.

Help Rochester sparkle at Clean Sweep

Register Now!

Tweet Your Sweep!

The City of Rochester wants YOU to share your Clean Sweep experience. Share pictures the projects you and your neighbors are working on to make our city sparkle! Send your pictures to @cityrochesterny with the hashtag #CleanSweep and your project may be featured on the official Twitter feed of the City of Rochester.

See the fun!

Click the quadrant name in the table below to view an image galleries from 2012 Clean Sweep

2013 Clean Sweep Dates and Places:

Date Quadrant Location
Saturday, April 27 Northwest Edgerton Park – 41 Backus St.
Saturday, May 4 Southeast Cobbs Hill Park – Culver Road and Norris Drive
Saturday, May 11 Southwest Genesee Valley Park – 131 Elmwood Ave.
Saturday, May 18 Northeast Norton Neighborhood Service Center Office – 500 Norton St.

What can I expect at a Clean Sweep?

Clean Sweep Saturdays have become community gatherings, offering citizens an opportunity to reacquaint themselves with old friends and make new ones. City crews also remove graffiti, clean City properties, repair sidewalks and fill potholes during the Saturday Sweeps.

Clean Sweep events have also become team-building exercises for neighborhood associations, church groups, school clubs and teams, and civic organizations. Residents can also take advantage of Clean Sweep by raking and their own yards and sidewalks and placing the bulk refuse at the curb, knowing a City crew will soon come by to retrieve it.

Saturday Clean Sweeps begin at 8:30 a.m. where volunteers arrive to free coffee and donuts. They’re given a free t-shirt, assigned to a team and hit the streets by 9 a.m. Tools are provided, but volunteers are encouraged to bring their own. They return to the staging ground at 1 p.m. for a picnic to build on the community spirit that is the most lasting benefit of Clean Sweep.

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Established in 2001, the High Falls Film Festival was originally conceived with the intent of highlighting the contributions of women in all aspects of the film industry. But in 2010, the festival shifted gears, renaming itself the 360 | 365 Film Festival. For two years, the festival drifted away from its original mission, instead opting to function as an all-purpose film festival, open to independent filmmakers of all types.

After going on hiatus for 2012, the High Falls Film Festival returns this week under its original name, and with a renewed focus on its founding mission. The 2013 edition of the festival, headed by new executive director Mary Howard, will run April 18-21. The line-up, curated by new programming director Kate Dobbertin Bernola, boasts more than 50 independent, foreign, documentary, and short films from 12 countries around the world, all in their own unique ways shining a well-deserved spotlight on women in film.

What follows is a quick take on 10 selections from this year’s festival. For the complete schedule, visit the festival’s website at, which also has ticket information, as well as a full list of all the events, panel discussions, and parties.

“The Girls in the Band”

It’s no secret that we Rochesterians love some jazz, so kicking off this year’s festival with this fascinating musical documentary, focusing on the early female pioneers of the art form, was probably a no-brainer. The film serves well as a primer on the subject, beginning just prior to World War II, when all-female jazz groups like The Sweethearts of Rhythm were seen as little more than novelty acts, and moving all the way up through the rise of contemporary artists like Esperanza Spalding.

Director Judy Chaikin treats all her subjects with reverence, especially the older women. She shows them for the trailblazers they were, fighting for their right to follow their dreams in a field that was seen largely as a man’s domain, and in so doing, paving the way for others to follow in their footsteps. While the film too often relies on the documentary crutch of talking-head interviews, the real highlight here is the plethora of performance clips showcasing these gifted musicians who prove that gender is no definer of true talent.

(Screens Thursday, April 18, Little 1, 6:30 p.m.; Friday, April 19, Cinema, 4 p.m.)

“California State of Mind: The Legacy of Pat Brown”

Known as “The Grandfather of Modern California,” Governor Pat Brown’s two terms (from 1958 to 1964) marked a time of incredible change in an era that was particularly crucial to the development of the state as we know it today. Directed by Brown’s granddaughter, Sascha Rice, the film perhaps naturally ends up being somewhat biased. The harshest criticisms the film makes are that he was fair-minded to a fault, making him come across as wishy-washy, and that he was possibly too devoted to his family. But it’s hard not to be impressed with what Brown was able to accomplish, setting up key components of California’s infrastructure, and one can’t help thinking would have been all but impossible in today’s age of political gridlock.

Everyone from Tom Brokaw to Nancy Pelosi and Arnold Schwarzenegger provide commentary, explaining how the governor’s career set the standard for all who were to follow, including Pat’s son, Jerry Brown, the current governor of California. Director Rice keeps things interesting (even for a generally politics-averse moviegoer like myself), an even more impressive accomplishment considering that this is her first foray into documentary filmmaking.

(Screens Friday, April 19, Cinema, 1:15 p.m.)

“Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel”

Blessed with a sublimely charismatic subject, Lisa Immordino Vreeland’s glossy documentary captures fashion icon Diana Vreeland’s larger-than-life personality, bringing the legend to life through archival footage, interviews with friends, family, and those who worked alongside her. But the director’s most effective decision was to allow Diana to narrate her own life story, through the use of an actress reading from transcripts from interviews conducted by writer George Plimpton while they worked together on her autobiography.

Chronicling Vreeland’s life from birth through her time as an editor for Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue, and finally, as head of the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute, Vreeland comes across as delightfully droll and eminently quotable. While always entertaining, the doc doesn’t attempt at any sort of psychological depth, content to stay on the surface of things. But hey, that’s exactly how Diana would have wanted it.

(Screens Friday, April 19, Little 1, 6:30 p.m.)

“Unfinished Spaces”

The National School of the Arts was commissioned by Fidel Castro during the early days of the Cuban Revolution. In that time of hopeful beginnings and romantic ideals, three

architects — Roberto Gottardi, Ricardo Porro, and Vittorio Garratti — were given the task of designing a campus that Castro hoped would become home to the greatest art school in the world. Given a practically unlimited budget and complete creative freedom, the buildings they created were themselves works of art. Before construction was finished, the school had become home to a community of student artists of all types. But as Cuba became increasingly totalitarian, creativity and art was no longer an integral part of the plan. Construction of the school was halted, and what existed of the campus was allowed to fall into disrepair as the years passed.

Directors Alysa Nahmias and Benjamin Murray’s inspiring and often quite moving history of the school, including recent efforts toward preservation by the World Monument Fund, allows audiences to see the campus in all its glory, as well as the ruin it gradually became. It acts simultaneously as a symbol of what passion and imagination can accomplish, as well as a warning of what can happen when those freedoms are taken away.

(Screens Friday, April 19, Little 5, 6:45 p.m.)

“Casting By”

Outside of maybe sound-effects editor, there isn’t a behind-the-scenes position on a film set that fascinates me as much as that of the casting director. These men and women call upon a powerful insight that allows them to see an actor’s potential, often before the performers themselves are aware of it. This star-studded and slickly directed documentary shines a spotlight on this aspect of the filmmaking process and pays tribute to Marion Dougherty, a pioneer in the field. Dougherty veered from the traditional Hollywood star-making system, and focused on finding real actors, often from the New York theater community, and often not the standard definition of what Hollywood wanted their stars to

look like. In so doing, she ended up securing the first roles of an entire generation’s worth of important actors, from James Dean to Al Pacino, and she ultimately altered the face of her profession for all time. Unexpectedly emotional by its end, “Casting By” pays tribute to an incredibly influential woman and an unsung hero of the industry.

(Screen Friday, April 19, Little 1, 9:15 p.m.)

“Turn Me On, Dammit!”

Fifteen-year-old Alma has an active and varied sex life, but it’s one that she’s frustrated to admit exists entirely inside her head. These fantasies incorporate just about everyone she comes into contact with, but most frequently star the main object of her affection, her handsome classmate Artur. The rare story to tackle the subject of teen sexuality from the female perspective, this frequently funny, sometimes quite painful film gets a lot of comedic mileage out of poor Alma’s blurred line between fantasy and reality. Lead actress Helene Bergsholm gives a hilarious, charming, and utterly fearless performance, and director Jannicke Systad Jacobsen demonstrates a keen understanding of the way teenagers can sometimes feel like prisoners in their own bodies, completely at the mercy of the hormones raging inside them.

(In Norwegian with English subtitles; screens Friday, April 19, Little 5, 9:30 p.m.)

“Future Weather”

The first feature from writer/director Jenny Deller is a sensitively drawn coming-of-age story about 13-year-old tomboy Lauduree (Perla Haney-Jardine, demonstrating a talent beyond her years), a budding scientist with an obsession for climate change and conservation. When her flaky mother abandons her to run off and pursue her dream of becoming a make-up artist in California, Lauduree is left in the care of her pragmatic, no-nonsense grandmother (Amy Madigan). This amiable indie film balances a blatant green message with a sweet-natured story, but it’s the performances — including Lili Taylor as Lauduree’s compassionate science teacher — that stand out the most.

(Screens Saturday, April 20, Little 1, 3:15 p.m.)

“How We Got Away With It”

A group of 30-something friends gather together for their annual lakeside summer vacation, but when an unexpected tragedy occurs, some of them are forced to cover up a deadly secret. I really wanted to like this locally filmed thriller, and it does feature some fine performances and confident direction from first-time helmer Jon Lindstrom. It’s also undeniably fun to note the Rochester landmarks that pop up throughout. The problem is that the script too often asks the audience to ignore any concept of how rational people would behave. The characters constantly seem to make the least logical decisions possible. I grew frustrated with the script’s reluctance to divulge crucial information, so that by the time it gets around to revealing the (by that point obvious) answers, it was difficult to work up the energy to care.

(Screens Saturday, April 20, Dryden, 3:30 p.m.)

“The Day I Saw Your Heart”


Justine (Mélanie Laurent, “Inglourious Basterds”) works as a radiology technician at the local hospital, but prefers clandestinely using the x-ray machines for her personal art projects. She’s always been content to drift through life, and has never been able to maintain a romantic relationship. All of her problems, however, seem to stem from her strained relationship with her overly critical, self-involved father, Eli. If she has any hope of finding happiness, it appears she’ll have to start by mending their broken relationship.

Blending elements of romantic comedy with dysfunctional family drama, this lively, colorful film is occasionally too quirky for its own good, but it is always entertaining. Director Jennifer Devoldère deftly handles the transition from broad comedic material to the more dramatic moments that come later, and Laurent continues to prove that she deserves to be a huge star.

(In French with English subtitles; screens Saturday, April 20, Dryden 6:30 p.m.)

“A Lot Like You”

Filmmaker Eliaichi Kimaro’s intensely personal documentary grew from a desire to explore her roots. Born to a Tanzanian father and Korean mother, but raised in America, Elaichi felt trapped between cultures, truly belonging to none. In an attempt to connect with and understand her heritage, she decided to travel with her parents to visit her father’s tribe in the Mt. Kilimanjaro region of Africa. She hoped to gather enough material to make a film out of her experiences.

Her film didn’t turn out exactly that way she’d envisioned. When she arrives in Tanzania, she finds herself kept at a distance by her father’s family, until one day when she approaches her aunts to talk about their lives, and they open up to her in a way that they never had with anyone before. They speak of a culture’s subjugation of women, of female circumcision and forced marriages. Kimaro’s sudden connection to the women is deepened by her own background of abuse. A powerful and thought-provoking film exploration of identity and conflicts of culture, her film emerges as one of the highlights of this year’s festival.


(Screens Saturday, April 20, Little 1, 9:30 p.m.)




Thursday, April 18

9:30-11 a.m.: Informal Coffee Chat with Directors Rochester Plaza, FREE

6:30 p.m.: “Girls in the Band” Little 1 ($15; Q&A to follow)

7 p.m.: “Watchtower” Little 5


9 p.m.-midnight: Opening Night Party Inn on Broadway ($25)

9:15 p.m.: “Facing Mirrors” Little 1

9:30 p.m.: Shorts Program 1: Short Cuts Little 5

Friday, April 19

9:30-11 a.m.: Informal Coffee Chat with Directors Rochester Plaza (Free)

1:15 p.m.: “California State of Mind: The Legacy of Pat Brown” Cinema

4 p.m.: “Girls in the Band” Cinema (Q&A to follow)


6:30 p.m.: “Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel” Little 1 (Fashion Show to follow)

6:40 p.m.: “The Most Fun I’ve Ever Had With My Pants On” Cinema (Q&A to follow)

6:45 p.m.: “Unfinished Spaces” Little 5

8 p.m.-midnight: Party at the Strathallan (Free)

9:15 p.m.: “Casting By” Little 1


9:30 p.m.: “Turn Me On, Dammit!” Little 5

9:30 p.m.: “Pretty Brutal” Cinema

Saturday, April 20

9-10:15 a.m.: So You Want To Make A Movie? Panel Discussion Little 5 (Free)

9:30-11 a.m.: Informal Coffee Chat with Directors Rochester Plaza (Free)

10:30 a.m.-Noon: Future of Film-The Impact of Digital Media Panel Discussion Little 1 (Free)

11 a.m.: RIT Women of SoFA Little 5 (Meet & Greet to follow in Little Café)

12:30 p.m.: Go Public Project 4 Shorts & Panel Discussion w/Director Little 1

1 p.m.: “Molly Maxwell” Dryden


1:15 p.m.: “The Way to Nowhere Island” Little 5

3:15 p.m.: “Future Weather” Little 1 (Q&A to follow)

3:30 p.m.: Shorts Program 2: Dead Ends Little 5

3:30 p.m.: “How We Got Away With It” Dryden

6 p.m.: “First Comes Love” Little 5



6:30 p.m.: “Margarita” Little 1 (Q&A to follow)

6:30 p.m.: “The Day I Saw Your Heart” Dryden

9 p.m.-midnight: Closing Night Party Potter Peristyle, George Eastman House ($25)

9 p.m.: “A Teacher” Dryden ($15)

9:15 p.m.: “Harisma” Little 5

9:30 p.m.: “A Lot Like You” Little 1 (Q&A to follow)


Sunday, April 21

3:30 p.m.: Audience Choice: Best of the Fest (Documentary) Little 1

6 p.m.: Audience Choice: Best of the Fest (Narrative) Little 1

TICKETS: Unless otherwise noted, all tickets cost $12, and can be purchased at the venues or online Students and seniors 65 and older (with IDs) receive $2 discounts on all tickets.

A Film Fanatics Pass, which grants admission to all 27 regular festival screenings, costs $120. An All-Access Film Fanatics Pass, which covers screenings and all parties, costs $170.

VENUES: Little Theatre 240 East Ave. | Dryden Theatre George Eastman House, 900 East Ave. | Cinema Theater 957 S. Clinton Ave. | Rochester Plaza 70 State St. | Inn on Broadway 26 Broadway | The Strathallan 550 East Ave.









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The City of Rochester is releasing new information about the filming of scenes for the movie “The Amazing Spider-Man 2”.  The city says filming will happen April 30th to May 9th.  On a webpage created to answer questions about the filming the city says, “The production team is looking for extras! Send your name, a photo of yourself, the year, make, and model of your car, and your contact information to to be considered. Please note that the City of Rochester is not involved with the extra selection process.”

For a link to the City’s new movie webpage click here.

The City sent out the following release on Thursday:

City of Rochester

News Release

Preparations Underway for Major Movie Shoot Downtown

(Thursday, April 11, 2013) – Mayor Thomas S. Richards met with the producer of The Amazing Spiderman 2 movie this week to discuss the logistics of the production that will take place Downtown. The major motion picture shoot is set to begin on Tuesday, April 30 and is expected to wrap up by Thursday, May 9. Action sequences will be shot on Main Street, between South Plymouth Avenue and East Avenue, requiring some portion of Main Street to be closed each day during the filming from approximately 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

“This is a fun and exciting time for Rochester and we are looking forward to welcoming the more than 300 crew members to our city,” Mayor Richards said. “At the same time, this is a very large event and our number one priority is making sure that the public is informed of all the necessary road closures and that movie fans are not in any areas that may cause safety concerns.”

Surrounding streets will be closed intermittently during this time and some areas will be closed to pedestrians. These details are subject to change as the production company finalizes its schedule. City officials have been meeting with the Rochester Police Department, Rochester Fire Department, Monroe County Dept. of Transportation and the Rochester/Finger Lakes Film & Video Office to finalize plans for street detours and closures as well as measures to best keep the public informed. RTS buses using Main Street will be re-routed for the duration of the film shoot. Details will be posted on this page and on as soon as they become available. Discussions with the Rochester Genesee Regional Transportation Authority (RGRTA) and the Rochester City School District are ongoing regarding alternate bus routes for students and the potential impact this may have on them–which is expected to be minimal.

The City will provide information regarding filming activity, with comprehensive information to be posted at The website will feature street maps detailing street and sidewalk closures, and “frequently asked questions” sections for the public, Downtown residents, workers and business owners and the media. Updates will also be posted on the City’s Facebook page at as well as on Twitter, @cityrochesterny, #SpideyROC.  In addition, City customer service representatives will be available by phone at 311, 24 hours-a-day to answer detour related questions. Callers outside of city limits may call (585) 428-5990.