Weekly Rochester Events #305: The French Settle for Mississippi
Thursday, November 11, 2004Since I've basically been poring through The High Falls Film Festival events for the past couple days, I haven't had a chance to (a) get out to too many things, and (b) think about writing any kind of essay introduction. Oh well.
So, I'll fall back on the old technique of writing about the week in review.
Last Friday I got out to George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) to go to the Celebration of Colorama which apparently excited all the TV stations enough to show up. The presentation was very cool ... I hadn't realized Kodak had a gigantic picture in Grand Central Terminal (E. 42nd St. & Park Ave., New York City) that they'd change every few weeks. The history fascinating — to me as a photographer, my interest was piqued by the optical enlarger they used to create the 10-foot by 30-foot images on film, albeit in a series of smaller strips that they spliced together. After that I went to The Community Darkroom at The Genesee Center for the Arts (713 Monroe Ave.) to see the opening of their Foundations show. Unfortunately, I really wasn't particularly inspired by any of the photographers' images, and I didn't even think I might be comparing to the images I had just seen. On a whim I stopped by Daily Perks (389 Gregory St.) and stumbled upon their open mic acoustic show ... they stuck bongos in front of me, so I tried to keep a beat on songs that seemed right. Either I'm an amazing natural drummer that caught everyone off guard or I was so bad that nobody would comment on my lack of skills. I'm betting on the latter.
On Saturday night, I got out to see JoAnn Vaccaro perform at Starry Nites Café (696 University Ave., formerly Moonbeans) She was also a participant last night (thus making it three days in a row she'd played in public.) (And I didn't ask about the bongos.) Anyway, the place was filled (in its present small size) with 15 or so people, mostly fans. I was glad she played my personal favorite song of hers, "My Memory," and held the entire place in rapt silence with it.
For an abrupt change in musical style, I went to Monty's Krown (875 Monroe Ave.) in time to just miss The Isotopes ... and, from what I could gather, an awesome performance. I did get to see The Blastoffs who also played my favorite of theirs — "Timebomb." They were followed by more excellent, wicked loud punk-rock from The Emersons.
The rest of the week I was trying to keep up on the website, and write all this crazy stuff for The High Falls Film Festival. I'm excited as hell this year, not only to go (which I have anticipated more in past years when I had a job to take a vacation from) but because I'm holding an authentic press pass in my hands. With some encouragement from friends around town (a.k.a. Karen and Dayna) I wrote to the festival to ask for a press kit on the merits of this very website. Hooray! Finally, a perk for 6 years work.
This year I decided to go through in detail and pick things out of interest. As in the past, the festival offers a bunch of overlapping programs and I just wish I could see them all. So, what I thought I'd do is list out the things I am really going to miss missing so I can see my top picks which I'll list in the daily events.
Anyway, early on Thursday night, I'll try to go to the Screenplay Live! event at Blackfriars Theatre (28 Lawn St.) so I'm going to miss two films that look really good. At 6:30 p.m. in back at The Little (240 East Ave.) is A Place of Our Own about black families who had vacations at Martha's Vineyard a generation ago, and the effects of racism on them. Pretty much concurrently at 7 p.m. is Kinsey at the Dryden Theatre at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) about the life of Alfred Kinsey, author of the book Sexual Behavior in the Human Male. I think this may make it to commercial release, so I should have another shot at seeing it.
Late on Thursday, I'm going to try and see Juvies at 9 p.m at The Little but I'd also like to go see Travellers and Magicians at 9:30 p.m. in back at The Little about a couple men — a university graduate and a student of magic — who embark on journeys to find a different life. I opted for the former since the director, Leslie Neale will be on hand to answer questions.
Early on Friday I'm probably going to see Lipstick & Dynamite, Piss & Vinegar: The First Ladies of Wrestling at The Little and pass up The Woodsman at 7 p.m. at the Dryden Theatre about a convicted child molester released from prison and trying to integrate himself back into society. Also showing is July '64 about the Rochester race riots of 1964 at 6:30 p.m. in the back at The Little but I had the chance to see it before, albeit on TV. Later on Friday evening at 9:30 p.m. I'm planning to see Jailbait at The Little and forsaking DiG! at 9:15 p.m. also at The Little, a documentary about 1990's post-punk bands The Dandy Warhols and Brian Jones Massacre.
Saturday gets even crazier, since there's stuff going on all day. First, around noon I'm going to try and get to M.C. Richards: The Fire Within at The Little at 11 a.m. since it'll wrap up and give me enough time to get to O'Bagelo's (165 State Street) — if a little late. The Documentary Panel at 11 a.m. at the Curtis Theatre of George Eastman House also looks interesting as documentary makers discuss the documentary in terms of its factual and subjective facets. Also starting at 11 a.m. is 20 Fingers in back at The Little about the daily lives of Iranian couples with an emphasis on the oppressive rules applied to women. At 12:45 p.m. in back at The Little is Brotherhood about New York City firefighters and the uniqueness of their daily lives during and after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
Later in the afternoon, I'll probably still be at lunch at 1:45 p.m. and miss the Conversation with Joan Allen at the Dryden Theatre at George Eastman House. I'd like to try and make it out to see Still the Children Are Here in back at The Little at 3:30 p.m. then head over to the second Shorts Program in the same place at 5:15 p.m. This means I'm going to miss this year's Women of SoFA in back at The Little featuring [what looks to be an awesome set of] short films from RIT's School of Film and Animation students. I'll also miss Persons of Interest at 4:45 p.m. in the Dryden Theatre about people detained under suspicion of terrorism being denied due process, as well as Historias mínimas (Intimate Stories) in the front theater of The Little at 5:15 p.m. about three strangers making a journey from their small Argentine village to a larger town 200 miles away for various odd reasons.
Later that night I'm going to try and make it to the 7:15 p.m. show of Easy in the front theater at The Little then head over to the Gala Night Party at the ballroom at The Rochester Club (120 East Ave.) and maybe sneak out early to catch the Shorts Program #3 at the Dryden Theatre at 10:45 p.m. Of course, all this means I'll miss the closing night awards presentation and screening of Off the Map at the Dryden Theatre at 7 p.m. about a family who is scratching out a somewhat acceptable existence in a desolate locale until an IRS agent appears to collect unpaid taxes (er ... that is, he visits them to collect unpaid taxes, not that he creates the illusion thereof.)
Sunday offers a little relief. I think I'm going to try and get to Rolling at 11:00 a.m. in back at The Little. To do this I'm going to miss out on Heir to an Execution in the front at The Little at 10:30 a.m. about the filmmaker's grandparents being executed during the McCarthy Red Scare and why they were willing to die for their cause. From there I'd like to get to the Dryden Theatre at 12:30 to see A Conversation With Lois Smith, and forgo Arna's Children in the front of The Little at 1 p.m. about a theater group in Palestine for children traumatized by the loss of their friends and relatives in the Israeli/Palestine conflict.
Later that afternoon, I'd like to check out the Master Class with Jean-Louis Rodrigue in the Curtis Theatre at 2 p.m. I'm going to miss Another Road Home at 3:50 p.m. in back at The Little about the documentary maker's trip to be reunited with her Palestinian caretaker friend-of-the-family before she moved to the United States.
Of course, I never actually follow the plan ... there's always someone who suggests I should see one thing or another for really good reasons and I end up doing that instead.
Oh yeah ... by the way, here's all the festival events listed in a tab-delimited file that shouldn't be too hard to import into a datebook or handheld ... I saved it with both Macintosh and Microsoft newline formats.
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