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Cinema in Rochester, NY


  • Rochester Info-Courses often offers film courses by Rochester's famous film critic, Jack Garner and others.
  • Rochester Institute of Technology offers numerous film and video courses.
  • Visual Studies Workshop.  "The Visual Studies Workshop is an internationally recognized center for media studies, including photography, visual books, digital imaging, film and video. It is located in two historic buildings, comprising 44,000 feet of space in Rochester's museum and cultural district. It serves visual artists and the general public with diversified programming in education and exhibitions. VSW's Siskind Gallery, The Collector's Gallery and Bookstore are open from noon–5pm, Tuesday through Saturday. Afterimage,the journal of media arts and cultural criticism, is published by VSW, as well as an extensive series of artists' books. Artists residencies, access programs, and internships make the facilities available for the production of artworks and for scholarly research in VSW's extensive archives and library."


  • High Falls Film Festival.  "High Falls Film Festival is an annual international film festival that showcases exceptional work by women in film and video - all positions before and behind the camera, including cinematographer, screenwriter, editor, composer, director, producer, stuntwoman."
  • Rochester Contemporary
  • The Rochester International Film Festival. "...the oldest continuously-held short film festival in the world, has been presented each year since 1959 by Movies on a Shoestring, Inc. Each festival includes a wide variety of original and imaginative works by film students, advanced amateurs, and professional filmmakers from all over the world."
  • The Rochester Jewish Film Festival.  "...New feature-length films, award-winning documentaries, and avant-garde short films along with visiting filmmakers, educational programs, family events make up Rochester's newest and largest Jewish cultural event."
  • The Rochester Lesbian & Gay Film & Video Festival (ImageOut).  "The mission of ImageOut [the Rochester Lesbian and Gay Film & Video Festival, Inc] is to inform, entertain, educate, and enrich the Greater Rochester and Western New York community through the exhibition of multi-racial and multi-cultural films and videos, and through various artistic and educational programs by and about gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (GLBT) people. International in scope, ImageOut fosters connections among people from all racial, religious, gender, sexual, ability, economic, class, age and ethnic groups, and serves as a major thread in the progressive art and cultural fabric of the region. ImageOut is dedicated to supporting the distribution and exhibition of GLBT multi-media art forms, and the compensation for and recognition of the creative work of these artists and arts professionals by deepening the appreciation of their work. Its chief program is ImageOut, The Rochester Lesbian and Gay Film and Video Festival."

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Rochester, NY online movie groups

  • AIVF-Salon-Rochester.  "Individuals who have attended or expressed interest in maintaining a salon about film and video in Rochester, NY."
  • Friday Night Movie Club.  "For members of the Friday Night Movie Club (FNMC), a loose coalition of Movie Enthusiasts based in Rochester NY and at RIT."
  • Rochester Cinema,  "Rochester, NY cinema, movie theaters, film festivals, video, reviewers, and anything else related are relevant topics for discussion in this group. Write your own movie reviews, comment on published reviews, and share your moving going experiences."


  • The Little Theatre.  The Little Theatre began in Rochester in 1928 as a link in a proposed chain of small theatres 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.

    The "little cinema movement" represented a response to the mass merchandising trends in the entertainment industry that was gathering momentum in the 1920s with the ascension of mass circulation magazines and the arrival of radio. With movie companies and film producers devoting increasing attention to the new and mass market "talking" motion pictures, the "little cinema movement" attempted to reach an audience open to the experimental, the eclectic, and the unusual. It hoped to appeal to devotees of silent films, foreign films and films based on the classics."

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