The Second Annual High Falls Film Festival, showcasing women behind-the-camera, is set to roll out October 30 – November 3 in Rochester, New York.
“We can look forward to an exciting array of filmmaking this fall with work by some of the world’s most talented woman directors, producers, screenwriters, production designers, cinematographers and more,” said Catherine Wyler, Artistic Director of the High Falls Festival.
Along with the 35 plus feature-length films being screened at the festival, there will be plenty of seminars, panel discussions and workshops to attend. Among this year’s many panel discussions will be a critics panel, “The Cutting Edge,” with Molly Haskell, Jack Garner, and Carrie Rickey, and “Women Who run the Show – How a New Generation Stormed Hollywood,” which is based on a new book with the same title by Mollie Gregory, who will be one of the panelists. Another panel will be a continuation of last year’s highly successful discussion on “Representation and Reality in Documentary.”
Two awards will be handed out at the High Falls Festival this year. The annual Susan B. Anthony “Failure is Impossible” Award will be given to a woman in the film industry who has persevered in her career and has triumphed over adversity. In 2001, actor Pam Grier (“Jackie Brown”)was the first recipient of this award. Also, there will be a Web of Life Award given to a woman filmmaker who has demonstrated a dedication to the universal medium of art as an expression of the interconnectedness—the web—of life on this planet. In 2001, the award went to Faith Hubley, one of the film world’s most celebrated animators.
“This year, we are working to put the festival on the national map as a very special festival and as a natural extension of Rochester’s history both as to women’s rights and motion picture film,” said Bill Coppard, High Falls Executive Director.
For more information, go to the official website for the High Falls Film Festival.