The Little’s One Take Documentary Film Series presents a unique mix of documentaries—ranging from film festival favorites to unheralded gems—followed by panel discussions and filmmaker Q&As. The series was launched in 2012.
32 Sounds – Jun 15 + 17
ONE TAKE DOC SERIES | Thursday, June 15 at 7:15pm + Saturday, June 17 at 3pm | Explore the elemental phenomenon of sound and its power to bend time, cross borders, and profoundly shape our perception of the world around us.
The One Take Documentary Film Series is made possible in part by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.
Nam June Paik: Moon is the Oldest TV – Apr 6 + 8, 2023
ONE TAKE DOC SERIES | Thursday, April 6 at 7:15pm + Saturday, April 8 at 3pm | A documentary about the journey of Nam June Paik, famous Asian artists of the 20th century, who revolutionized the use of technology as artistic canvas.
Okay! (The ASD Band Film) – Feb 16 + 18, 2023
ONE TAKE DOC SERIES | Thursday, February 16 at 7:15pm + Saturday, February 18 at 3pm | OKAY! (The ASD Band Film) follows the members of The ASD Band, four talented autistic musicians, as they embark upon the challenging journey of writing their first original album and gearing up to perform in their first live show.
Sam Now – May 4 + 6, 2023
ONE TAKE DOC SERIES | Thursday, May 4 at 7:15pm + Saturday, May 6 at 3pm | A mother’s disappearance sends pain and mystery through her family. SAM NOW follows her son’s 25-year search for answers.
A House Made of Splinters – Mar 9 + 11, 2023
ONE TAKE DOC SERIES | Thursday, March 9 at 7:15pm + Saturday, March 11 at 3pm | Children and staff in a special kind of home: an institution for children who have been removed from their homes while awaiting court custody decisions. Staff do their best to make the time children have there safe and supportive.
Subject – Jan. 26 + 28, 2023
ONE TAKE DOC SERIES | Thursday, January 26 at 7:15pm + Saturday, January 28 at 3pm | SUBJECT explores the life-altering experience of sharing one’s life on screen through the participants of five acclaimed documentaries.
Terrible Children – Oct 20 + 22, 2022
ONE TAKE DOC SERIES | Thursday, October 20 at 7:30pm | The filmmaker discovers a story about her father from a letter that remained unopened for 20 years. She tells his lyrical nightmares and archival dreams about religious war, love, and redemption across India, Denmark, USA and Canada.
All That Breathes – Dec 3 + 4, 2022
In one of the world’s most populated cities, two brothers — Nadeem and Saud — devote their lives to the quixotic effort of protecting the black kite, a majestic bird of prey essential to the ecosystem of New Delhi that has been falling from the sky at alarming rates.
All the Beauty and the Bloodshed – Dec 15 & 17, 2022
ONE TAKE DOC SERIES | Thursday, December 15 at 7:30pm | Following the life of artist Nan Goldin and the downfall of the Sackler family, the pharmaceutical dynasty who was greatly responsible for the opioid epidemic’s unfathomable death toll.
Fire of Love – Jun 23 + 25, 2022
From National Geographic Documentary Films comes the extraordinary love story of intrepid French scientists Katia and Maurice Krafft, who died just as explosively as they lived —capturing the most spectacular imagery ever recorded of their greatest passion: volcanoes.
Anonymous Club – Apr 28 + 30, 2022
ONE TAKE DOC SERIES | Thursday, April 28 and Saturday, April 30 | The antithesis of a rock biography, ANONYMOUS CLUB paints a raw and intimate picture of enigmatic singer-songwriter, Courtney Barnett – an anti-influencer who is a powerful voice for our times, a recluse acclaimed by audiences the world over and a strong female artist in conflict with herself.
Exposure – May 26 + 28, 2022
As the Arctic polar ice cap melts, reaching the North Pole has become increasingly dangerous. Yet an expedition of ordinary women from the Arab World and the West strap on skis and haul heaving sledges toward true North, against all odds and polar advice.
Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets – Jun 5, 2022
ROCHESTER COCKTAIL REVIVAL x ONE TAKE | Sunday, June 5 at 7:15pm (Doors at 6:15pm) | On the eve of the 2016 U.S. presidential election, and on its final night before closing, a Las Vegas dive bar becomes a stage where its employees and barflies commiserate one last time.
The Human Trial – Jul 28 + 31, 2022
Behind every breakthrough are the patients who risk everything for everybody else.
The Territory – Aug 25 + 27, 2022
When a network of Brazilian farmers seizes a protected area of the Amazon rainforest, a young Indigenous leader and his mentor must fight back in defense of the land and an uncontacted group living deep within the forest.
Ethel: Live score-to-picture – Sep 23, 2022
ONE TAKE | LIVE SCORE | Friday, September 23 at Kilbourn Hall at Eastman | The untold story of Ethel Kennedy comes alive in this family-made documentary, complete with a live score composed by Miriam Cutler.
Ascension – Jan 27 + 29, 2022
ONE TAKE DOC SERIES • Thursday, January 27 (with Q&A) and Saturday, January 29 • With pathos and humor, Kingdon captures the intense physical demands, aggressive corporate policies, and creative collaboration that fuel the ever-expanding labor force of the People’s Republic of China.
Ronnie’s – Feb 24 + 26, 2022
ONE TAKE DOC SERIES | Thursday, February 24 and Saturday, February 26 | Ronnie’s chronicles the life of saxophonist Ronnie Scott, a poor, Jewish kid growing up in 1940s East End, London who became owner of the eponymous night club. Musical greats spanning decades played at Ronnie’s including Dizzy Gillespie, Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, Miles Davis, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Nina Simone, Van Morrison, Chet Baker, and Jimi Hendrix.
Holy Heist – Mar 24 & 26, 2022
ONE TAKE DOC SERIES | Thursday, March 24 at 7:30pm and Saturdaym March 26 at 3pm | In an exclusive tell-all, never-before-seen interviews reveal missing millions, international terrorism, an unsolved murder, and more questions than answers in the Brink’s bank heist that liberated $7.4 million from an armored car depot.
Karen Dalton: In My Own Time – Oct 21 + 23, 2021
Blues and folk singer Karen Dalton was a prominent figure in 1960s New York. Idolized by Bob Dylan and Nick Cave, Karen discarded the traditional trappings of success and led an unconventional life until her early death. Since most images of Karen have been lost or destroyed, the film uses Karen’s dulcet melodies and interviews with loved ones to build a rich portrait of this singular woman and her hauntingly beautiful voice.
Voices from the Barrens – Nov 18 + 20, 2021
`Voices from the Barrens, Native People, Blueberries and Sovereignty` documents the wild blueberry harvest of the Wabanaki People from the USA and Canada.
Lily Topples the World – Sep 9 + 11, 2021
One Take Documentary Series LILY TOPPLES THE WORLD 2021 / 90 minutes / US / Not RatedPROOF OF VACCINATION REQUIRED TO ATTEND THE THURSDAY, SEPT. 9 SCREENINGIMPORTANT: Proof of vaccination, and a mask are REQUIRED to attend the 9/9 screening in Little Theatre 1. Please read our updated COVID Safety Guidelines for full details.LILY TOPPLES THE WORLD follows 20-year-old sensation Lily Hevesh – the...