As usual, the 360/365 George Eastman House Film Festival was THE place to be and be seen. Each year this Rochester movie festival gets better and better and 2011 was of no exception!
This year, McKay’s Photography sponsored the opening night movie, “Everyday Sunshine – The Story of Fishbone” and director, Lev Anderson was in attendance to answer questions after the film. The film was so fun and informative. To get an inside view into the historical context of such a unique band who inspired so many successful artists (Red Hot Chili Peppers, No Doubt and many more) was a real treat.
Other highlights of the film festival were the panel discussions on Saturday at George Eastman House’s Curtis Theater. One was about Youth and Media Literacy and there was a heated and thoughtful discussion about race and economics. At the same time, it was inspiring to hear about so many programs around the city that are available for kids who want to learn how to tell their own story through the power of film.
There were also a lot of local Rochester films and filmmakers screening during the festival including “Second Story Man” by Neal Dhand. This was entirely shot near Rochester and most of the cast was in attendance for the Q&A afterwards.
There really were so many amazing movies and parties that there isn’t really time to tell you about them all here.