April 11, 2015

Fast Forward Film Festival Announces Top Picks

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A dozen films were top picks out of 96 entries in this year’s Fast Forward Film Festival. They are:

SweetBeez by Ben Gonyo of Rochester

The story of a volunteer organization for urban beekeeping in Rochester.

Sturgeon Song by Erica Barnabas of Brighton (Democrat and Chronicle columnist Erica Bryant.)

A short about the global and local environmental crisis impacting sturgeon.

Single Track Nature by Don Casper of Irondequoit, epic10films

The story of a volunteer organization in Rochester that teaches children about nature.

Paper by Ben Doran, RIT student, of Pittsford

A film about paper and the need for its recycling.

Landed by Meagan Dellavilla of Webster

The story of a couple and their earthship in Canada.

Kristen the Science Girl by Kristin Smith of Brighton

An environmentally focused parody of Bill Nye the Science Guy.

Just Add Water by Jeff Mead of Caledonia

The story of the Rochester based, globally focused, nonprofit Water for South Sudan.

Greenovation by Nick Neumann, RIT student, of Honeoye Falls

A short about a unique Rochester store dedicated to upcycling.

Epiphany by Michael Tomb of Rochester – Studio Michaelino

A film about energy.

Changes by Michael Ramsey and Film STARS at the City of Rochester’s East High School.

An environmental call to action through music.

Ain’t No Fish by Tom Gasek of Rochester

A short stop-motion film featuring singing seals in the ocean. by Naghmeh Farzaneh, RIT student, of Henrietta

A film that provides an objective view of the future of the earth.

If you go

What: Fast Forward Film Festival

When: 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, April 17 (film screenings) and 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, April 18 (reception, film screenings and award ceremony)

Where: Fridayat The Little Theatre, 240 East Ave., Rochester. Saturday, George Eastman House, Dryden Theatre, 900 East Ave., Rochester.

Cost: Friday, adults $5, students/seniors/Little Theatre members $4. Saturday, adults $25, students/seniors $20.

Tickets: Tickets available at

More: (585) 484-0343