Rochester Street Films will be back in April 2018. Check back soon for details.
This film series—produced in partnership with Floating Home Films—aims to identify, explain and discuss complex transportation concepts, and facilitate community conversation about the current state and future possibilities for mobility in Rochester.
Together with locally produced and archival short films, live panel discussions help to stimulate community conversation on a wide range of related topics including Rochester’s transportation history, bus transit system, cycling infrastructure, pedestrian life, street design, “car culture”, equity issues, urban sprawl, and more.
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Be Prepared to Stop
The American Society of Civil Engineers grades the condition and performance of America’s transportation infrastructure as a ‘D’ or worse. Our roads and bridges are crumbling; Over 35,000 people are killed on our highways every year; Our transit systems are unable to keep up with demand. And the U.S. lags behind the rest of the developed world in infrastructure investment. Be Prepared to Stop talks about these challenges from the perspective of the freight transportation industry. We’ll have a conversation about the overlapping interests we might have with this industry (i.e. getting more people off the roads and investing in public transit), and how we might join efforts in advocating for change.
Our featured short film will follow Mona Seghatoleslami, host of WXXI Classical 91.5 FM on her winter commute as she bikes and buses into downtown. After the film Mona will lead a panel discussion with local leaders including…
Genesee Transportation Council
City of Rochester
Director of Planning, East Region
T.Y. Lin International Group
Reserve your seat in advance with an online donation to Reconnect Rochester (suggested $5 – $25).
*No one will be turned away at the door for lack of funds, but seats will go quickly. Reserve your spot ahead of time.
We asked local filmmakers and ordinary citizens to share their perspective on what it’s like to get around Rochester without a car. No rules; No restrictions; No filter. Those films (below) explored topics including accessibility, poverty, urban exploration and car culture.
And we’d like to ask for your help getting these films in front of as many people as we can. If you would like to host a mini screening of Rochester Street Films with your friends or neighbors, please contact us.
This film focuses on the lives of three Rochesterians. Cee Cee, Nassir, and Eve give us a firsthand look at what life is like when you can barely afford to buy a bus pass, much less a car. After you watch the film, be sure to check out the live presentation and panel discussion here.
Ericka Jones, a Systems Advocate at Center for Disability Rights, focuses on a segment of our population often overlooked. For people with disabilities, Ericka shows us how running a simple errand requires careful planning days in advance. Ironically, even the streets themselves can become barriers to living a productive life.
Alex Freeman has previously made several films about local cyclists. With this project Alex attempts to understand why the automobile has had such a grip on the hearts and minds of Rochester commuters.
Nate Butler grew up around cars. Learning to work on them with his dad as a kid, he just figured that cars were the only way to get around. Now a student at R.I.T., Nate has taken up cross-country running and he’s learning something new about his community with every step.
Rochester NY in February. It’s 19ºF and the ground is slick with snow and ice. But Mona Seghatoleslami, host of WXXI Classical 91.5 FM will brave the cold attempting to ride her bike from her home in Brighton to her job in downtown Rochester (about 4 miles). Afterwards, Mona heads to Tryon Bike shop to find out what type of gear she’ll need for serious winter cycling.
Transportation planning is about giving people choices. Interview with Erik Frisch, Transportation Specialist for the City of Rochester.
Transportation is key for economic development and making a great city. Interview with Heidi Zimmer-Meyer, President of Rochester Downtown Development Corporation.
Alex Freeman introduces us to several Rochesterians who choose alternate modes of transportation.
For some perspective, Rochester Street Films looks back at how attitudes towards urban planning and transportation have changed over the last century. Remember this one?