Rochester Street Films

Next up:
Rochester Street Films will be back in September 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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Next up:
Be Prepared to Stop

Be Prepared to Stop - April 4, 2018 at The Little Theatre

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.


Elissa Orlando

Elissa Orlando
Senior VP for Television & News


Enid Cardinal

Enid Cardinal
Senior Sustainability Advisor
Rochester Institute of Technology

Jim Hoffman

James Hofmann

Richard Perrin

Rich Perrin
Director of Planning, East Region
T.Y. Lin International Group

Jim Stack

James Stack
Executive Director
Genesee Transportation Council

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.


The Rochester Street Films below explored topics including accessibility, poverty, urban exploration and car culture.  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?


Rochester Street Films is made possible by the generous support of our sponsors.

The Community Foundation
Pace - Bike Share
Highland Planning
Lori's Natural Foods
TRU Yoga
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City of Rochester - 200 Years of Frederick Douglass
The Little Theatre
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Reconnect Rochester
Floating Homes Films

We are currently seeking sponsors for Rochester Street Films 2018. See all sponsor levels and advertising opportunities and contact us if you or your organization are interested in supporting this program.