One Take Film Festival: April 19-22

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One Take Film Festival: April 19-22

A documentary about Rochester and its relationship to photography, along with a film about Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, highlights the second year of The Little’s One Take Film Festival (OTFF).

OTFF takes place Thursday, April 19 to Sunday, April 22, 2018. This year’s lineup at The Little (240 East Ave.) includes Photo City, RBG, along with post-screening discussions with filmmakers, a virtual reality garden, and more.  The full OTFF lineup will be available at on Tuesday, March 20.

About OTFF: The festival has grown out the Little Theatre's highly successful monthly documentary series – One Take: Stories Through the Lens – that began in 2012. It celebrates and promotes the art of non-fiction filmmaking and stimulates public understanding and appreciation of documentary film.  The festival is a four-day celebration of education, art, music, food, empowerment, and film. The festival brings together filmmakers and audiences for direct engagement after each event.  OTFF debuted in May 2017.

Passes and tickets: All-access pass prices are $80 for a regular pass and $65 for seniors, students, along with members of The Little and the Roc Doc Group. Early bird passes – with $10 off both the aforementioned prices – are on sale now at The deal lasts until Sunday, March 11.

For individual shows, general admission tickets are $11 and $7 for members of The Little and the Roc Doc Group.

About 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 age.

Featuring an eclectic cast of characters, from former Kodak factory floor workers to the father of digital photography, this is a film about how a city is shaped by its people. Their personal and professional struggles give us a glimpse of what it means to be a creative today and how in a company town weighed down by its own history, some moments never fade. The film also features interviews with professor/filmmaker Carvin Eison, writer/photographer Frank De Blase, along with members of the Democrat and Chronicle.

Director John Murphy will fly in from Ireland for a post-screening discussion.

About RBG:  As the United States Supreme Court leans increasingly to the right, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s vigorous dissenting opinions and ferocious 20-push-up workouts have earned this tiny, soft-spoken intellectual giant the status of rock star and the title “Notorious RBG.” What many don’t know is Ginsburg’s strategic, trailblazing role in defining gender-discrimination law.

Intent on systematically releasing women from second-class status, she argued six pivotal gender-bias cases in the 1970s before an all-male Supreme Court blind to sexism. Now 84, and still inspired by the lawyers who defended free speech during the Red Scare, Ginsburg refuses to relinquish her passionate duty, steadily fighting for equal rights for all citizens under the law. Through intimate interviews and unprecedented access to Ginsburg’s life outside the court, RBG tells the electric story of Ginsburg’s consuming love affairs with both the Constitution and her beloved husband Marty—and of a life’s work that led her to become an icon of justice in the highest court in the land.

A Skype with the filmmakers will follow this screening.

Festival favorites return: Staples of the first OTFF, including a program of short movies from Western New York filmmakers, festival house band Guy Higgins and Friends, along with the Virtual Reality Garden, return for 2018. The VR Garden is a series of virtual reality films presented with Frameless Labs and the MAGIC Center at Rochester Institute of Technology.

More on the festival at