Presenting the 2017 Fast Forward Film Festival winners!



Juried Award Winners

Love Song of the Drone
Brian Larson

City of Gardens
Michael Tomb

Alex Freeman

Honorable Mentions

Ben Doran

Kristen the Science Girl: The Shining
Kristen & Kelly Smith

Audience Choice Award

City of Gardens
Michael Tomb

View the 2017 Adult Category Official Selections!



Juried Award Winners

Life Through My Eyes
Juleyka Roche & Tylor Ngourn

The Decay
Mary Moore & Eleanore Barrera

Worm Farms
Caleb Holf & Colin Ransom

View the 2017 Youth Category Official Selections!


Congratulations to all of our Rochester filmmakers!

Festival Program

Take a look at our 2017 Film Festival Program!

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 Meet the 2017 Jury

Jurist Benjamin TuckerBenjamin Tucker
Assistant Collection Manager at the George Eastman Museum

As the Assistant Collection Manager at the George Eastman Museum, Benjamin Tucker is an avid film buff and has been working in the film industry for over 20 years. His background in film festival programming and archival film projection gives him a unique perspective on our submissions, and his lectures at both the L. Jeffrey Selznick School of Film Preservation and the national archives of Mexico, Australia, and India offer an uncommon skill set to our talented panel of jurists.  We are looking forward to having Ben on the 2017 Film Festival Jury!

Muffie Meyer

Muffie Meyer
Film and Television Director

Muffie Meyer is an award-winning American director whose productions include, documentaries, theatrical features, television series, and children’s films. Early in her career, Meyer co-directed Grey Gardens with the pioneering cinema verite documentarians David and Albert Maysles, and Ellen Hovde. Meyer and Hovde (retired) went on to create Middlemarch Films, an acclaimed production company based in New York City that has produced more than one hundred films and videos that have been distributed nationally and internationally in theaters, on television, and in the home-video and educational markets. Meyer’s projects were the recipients of numerous awards, including, two Emmy Awards, Cine Golden Eagles, the Japan Prize, Christopher Awards, the Freddie Award, the Columbia-DuPont, and the George Foster Peabody Awards.

Adam Lubitow

Adam Lubitow
Entertainment writer, film critic

Adam Lubitow is the film critic for CITY Newspaper, Rochester’s print and online alt-weekly. He’s written for several entertainment websites, including Logo Networks, and currently writes and edits for the ImageOut, LGBT Film Festival. When he’s not sitting with strangers in dark rooms, Adam is a frequent coffeehouse patron and cheeseburger connoisseur.


Anahita Williamson

Dr. Anahita Williamson
Chemical & Environmental Engineer

Dr. Williamson has a strong background and extensive experience in the field of chemical and environmental engineering, including manufacturing process modification for improved material recovery and reuse, sustainability and green engineering.  Prior to joining the EPA as the Director of the Division of Environmental Science & Assessment, Dr. Williamson served as the Director of the NYS Pollution Prevention Institute at the Rochester Institute of Technology.  In this role, Dr. Williamson worked with industries, communities and academia on implementing a variety of solutions that focused on reducing both environmental and economic footprints.  Dr. Williamson also has extensive experience in utilizing life-cycle assessment (LCA) methodology for evaluating the environmental performance of a process/product from cradle-to-grave and has performed multiple LCAs throughout her career.  

Dr. Williamson is a Lean Six Sigma certified Greenbelt. She understands the importance of applying lean thinking when implementing environmental solutions. Dr. Williamson holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and M.S. and Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental engineering, all from Clarkson University.

Our Team

Andy SternAndrew Stern, founder of the Fast Forward Film festival, co-founder and executive director of The Lost Bird Project

Andy Stern, a recently retired neurologist and Associate Professor of Neurology at the University of Rochester, now devotes himself fully to raising environmental awareness. He is the co-founder and Executive Director of The Lost Bird Project, a non-profit that initiates many national projects aligned with its mission of connecting more deeply to the earth through art. The Fast Forward Film Festival is the organization’s newest initiative and is focused locally on the greater Rochester community. EarthVigil, another local project, is a collaboration between The Lost Bird Project and the Rochester Zen Center that brings a meditation presence to environmental issues. Andy also works closely with Physicians for Social Responsibility on issues of Climate Change Health. A long time Zen Buddhist practitioner, he is the author of numerous essays related to environmental concerns, mostly from a Zen perspective. For more information on Andy’s projects, visit lostbirdproject.org.

Becca Delaney

Becca Delaney, Festival Director and owner of Delaney Marketing & Event Services

Becca joined Fast Forward during the festival’s inaugural year, helping to build the festival from the ground up. In her previous roles with Rochester Institute of Technology and as an independent marketing consultant for global companies, Becca developed creative brand solutions and strategy with event planning support, as well. Becca’s signature is extracting and projecting artistic elements in each campaign she touches.

Becca holds a bachelor’s degree in communications and journalism from St. John Fisher College and a master’s degree in communication and media technology from Rochester Institute of Technology. In her free time, she enjoys photography. Her muses? Bentley and Belle, her adored golden doodles.

Ashley Neal

Ashley Neal, Green Story Guide Project Lead & Designer

In her work with the Fast Forward Film Festival, Ashley combines her artistic talents with her experience in marketing and communications.  As the Project Lead for Fast Forward’s Green Story Guide, Ashley builds community connections and actively meets with Rochester youth, offering resources and learning materials to inspire engagement and action on environmental issues through the film festival. Ashley has an extensive background in visual communications and is responsible for the creation of the festival’s marketing and graphic design materials.  More of Ashley’s design work can be viewed on her website Ashley Neal Design.

mike caruso

Mike Caruso, Marketing & Communications Assistant

Mike is currently on loan from the Rochester Institute of Technology where he will graduate with a degree in Environmental Sustainability Health and Safety. He joined the Fast Forward team in the festival’s inaugural year as a dedicated volunteer and later as Gala Chair. Mike now joins the staff on a part-time basis as our Marketing & Communications Assistant. Utilizing both his passion for the environment and his strong outreach capabilities, Mike is a key contributor to Fast Forward’s vision and growth. In his role, Mike will expand festival programs and events and respond to local community needs while aligning with the festival’s mission.


Luke Dunkelberg, Marketing & Communications Assistant

Luke is currently a junior at St. John Fisher College, where he will graduate with a bachelor’s degree in Marketing. Luke now joins the Fast Forward team on a part time basis as our Marketing & Communications Assistant. In his role, Luke will be utilizing his knowledge of marketing and outreach, as he keeps the community informed about this importance of environmental sustainability through the Fast Forward Film Festival. Luke is also a member of the St. John Fisher College Cross Country and Track & Field teams.


Bill Walter, Content Marketing Manager

Bill has always had a knack for creative, which he brought with him when joining the FFFF team. As a Content Marketing Manager, Bill brings an expertise in nonprofit storytelling through his development of messaging and content for local organizations. Bill holds a Bachelors Degree from St. John Fisher College in Communication & Journalism and is extremely passionate about film.


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Community Advisory Council

The Fast Forward Rochester Community Advisory Council (CAC) was created in 2015 to support Fast Forward ROC’s efforts to showcase new environmental perspectives through film. Fast Forward ROC seeks to engage a thoughtful, connected and diverse Community Advisory Council to further its mission.

Members of the 2016 Fast Forward Rochester Advisory Council

Fred ArmstrongAnimatus Studio (Animation)

Enid CardinalRochester Institute of Technology (RIT)

Don CasperEPIC 10 Productions/Films

Shawn DunwoodyArtist, Youth Coordinator

Timothy MadiganSt. John Fisher College (SJFC)

Jan MillerThe Nature Conservancy

Chris Pulleyn – Trustee Emerita, George Eastman Museum

Robert PutneyImpact Earth, Inc.

Pamela Reed SanchezSeneca Park Zoo Society

Frank ReganSierra Club, Rochester

Kimie RomeoGenesee River Watch, Green Drinks Coordinator

Daniel SchneidermanRochester Mini Maker Faire

Sara ScottCity of Rochester, Recreation & Youth

Malcolm SpaullRochester Institute of Technology, School of Film & Animation

Meg SternowskiConstellation Brands, Environmental Sustainability Specialist

Zachary WelchRochester Association for Film Arts and Sciences



 2017 Festival Sponsors

Thank you to our 2017 Fast Forward Film Festival sponsors! Your support helps Fast Forward Rochester showcase filmmakers and artists of all ages in Rochester, NY.


The 2017 Fast Forward Film Festival welcomes new sponsors.  To learn about sponsorship opportunities, click here or contact Festival Director Becca Delaney at rebecca@fastforwardroc.org

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