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When selling a house, it is important to show the house in its best condition. Getting rid of the clutter, sprucing up the landscaping, and repainting the walls are the usual suggestions, but what about home staging? Hiring a home staging professional to do all of these tasks can be one of the best decisions you make when selling your house.

A potential buyer is not just looking for a house, but for a home. Make them feel like your house can be their new home! The “staged” look of a house can evoke emotion in a customer as soon as they walk in the door. If that buyer can picture themselves lounging in the living room, hosting in the dining room, and filling the picture frames throughout the house with pictures of their loved ones, they are more likely to buy it.

The more you invest in getting your home ready to sell, the higher the return will be. Creating an ambiance and an atmosphere that make potential buyers feel at home and comfortable is a wise investment.


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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

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Rochester topped the list of markets with the strongest signs of recovery in the housing market, a national housing data index released Monday shows.

The Housing Market Recovery Index, released by RealtyTrac, said Rochester ranked so well due to below-average unemployment, underwater and distressed sales percentages, combined with above-average drops in foreclosure activity and increases in home prices.

In addition to Upstate New York, other areas showing strong recovery are in southwest Florida and the Bay Area of northern California, while markets in northern Maryland, southeast Pennsylvania and downstate Illinois are lagging the furthest behind in the recovery.

“The U.S. housing market has clearly shifted to recovery mode over the past 18 months, with home prices consistently rising and foreclosures falling closer to pre-housing bubble levels,” said Daren Blomquist, vice president at RealtyTrac, in a statement. “Still symptoms of the distress that plagued the housing market over the past seven years continue to linger, particularly in the form of a high percentage of underwater borrowers and distressed sales.

“This lingering distress is creating an uneven pace of recovery across different local markets.”

The index was calculated based on seven different factors relating to the health of the real estate market: unemployment rate, underwater loans percentage, foreclosure activity percent change from peak, distressed sales percent of total sales, institutional investors share of total sales, cash purchases share of total sales, and median home price percent change from bottom.

Those seven factors were indexed for each market with national averages as a baseline, and all seven indexes were averaged to calculate a total recovery index.

RealtyTrac ranked 100 major U.S. metros based on this total recovery index, but data is available for more than 900 metro areas nationwide. California-based RealtyTrac is operated by Renwood RealtyTrac LLC.

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princetonreviewRochester Institute of Technology is again being recognized by The Princeton Review as one of the nation’s best universities for undergraduate education. The education-services company features RIT in the just-published 2014 edition of its annual bookThe Best 378 Colleges.

In its profile on RIT, The Princeton Review quotes extensively from students at the university who were surveyed for the book.

According to a summary of student comments, “Rochester Institute of Technology is bursting at the seams with a myriad of fantastic academic opportunities. Students here greatly value the fact that the university maintains a strong ‘focus on innovation’ and heavily encourages ‘collaboration [between] business and technology.’…Overall, an RIT education encourages students to think in new ways and challenge what seems impossible.”

The publication also cites “RIT’s fabulous co-op program which allows students to get real-world experience while still in school. And with amazing departments ranging from game design and animation to computer science and biotechnology, your academic needs and interests are guaranteed to be met.”

“RIT offers outstanding academics, which is the primary criteria for our choice of schools for the book,” says Robert Franek, Princeton Review’s senior vice president, publisher and author of the publication. “We base our selections primarily on data we obtain in our annual institutional data surveys. We also take into account input we get from our staff, our 35-member National College Counselor Advisory Board, our personal visits to schools, and the wide range of feedback we get from our surveys of students attending these schools.”

The Princeton Review is an education-services company known for its test-prep courses, tutoring, books, and other student resources. School profiles and ranking lists in “The Best 378 Colleges” are available at

The Princeton Review is just one of several national rankings received by RIT. To view other rankings, go the university’s website.

Food trucks headed downtown?

Downtown could welcome its first food trucks come June, with three proposed sites accommodating two trucks each.

The test program — allowing for a maximum of six trucks at any one time — is more limited than initially discussed. Proposed sites are the Andrews Street bridge, near South Avenue and West Broad Street and near State and Platt streets.

Hours would vary by site, and trucks would rotate on four-hour intervals.

“It would be on first-come, first-served … we won’t be assigning spots,” City Council member and Finance Committee chairwoman Carolee Conklin said Thursday during a administration briefing on the topic.

Council expects to consider legislation when members meet in committee on May 9, and could vote on May 14. The proposal is to establish a probationary program running June 1 through Dec. 31.

A number of sites were considered. Five received administrative OK. But in this early going, the city scrapped approved locations near East Avenue and East Main Street, as well as near Court and Exchange streets because of potential conflicts with existing restaurants or businesses and to keep the test program limited in size, officials said.

“What’s confusing to me is how we went from, I believe it was, eight locations to begin with,” said Paul Vroman, co-owner and operator of Brick N Motor food truck. With three sites and six slots, “You are going to have people circling the neighborhoods, waiting for that time.”

State law prohibits a lottery for on-street assignments. There currently are 15 to 20 food trucks in operation. Vendors would pay the same $750 license fee charged to food carts. The new provisions would not permit food trailers and, in draft form, limits the truck size to 26 feet in length.

“Some of them might never have a chance to be there,” City Council member Jackie Ortiz of the handful of slots. “I’m concerned this is not going to be enough.”

The Henrietta Town Board gave Brick N Motor the go-ahead to operate this week, and Vroman said other towns are waiting to see what regulations get enacted by the city, which has been doing considerable research on the topic. Food trucks have been controversial in many communities, not just because of the competition to established, tax-paying restaurants but also over safety regulations both for food handling and fire suppression.

Proposed hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on State Street; 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on West Broad Street; and 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Andrews Street. The city anticipates expanding the program next year with added locations on the Midtown property and elsewhere.

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

Spider Man Closings

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As you may or may not know, they have started filming the Spider Man 2 movie downtown, which has resulted in a large portion of Main Street being closed along with cross streets being local traffic only. The following link looks like the best way to find out which streets will be affected.  When you get to the web page, click on the button that says “Day by Day Street Closure Maps” and it will pull up a nice map with color-coded street closures.

The only unfortunate thing is that it is a day-by-day update, so you can only find out about tomorrow’s street closures.  They say they will update it every evening with closures for the next day.

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.