Rochester Street Films

Next up: “Winter Edition”
Wednesday, November 29. 6:30 p.m. at The Little Theatre #1

Rochester’s streets are alive with activity (when the weather is nice). But how to do we stay active when winter bears down upon us? Might Rochester even capitalize on its reputation as one of the snowiest places in America? Get inspired with these short films and clips from around the world.

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…

Marielena Vélez de Brown, MD, MPH
Deputy Commissioner
Monroe County Department of Public Health

Maria Furgiuele
Executive Director
Community Design Center of Rochester

Norman Jones
Commissioner, Department of Environmental Services
City of Rochester

Erik Frisch
Transportation Specialist
City of Rochester

Dan Aman
Town of Brighton
Town Clerk

PLUS… Zagster will give a short presentation about the success of Rochester’s bike share this season, and what to expect for next year.

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.

Rochester Street Films: Winter Edition

About Rochester Street Films

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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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.

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.

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.

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.


Rochester Street Films is made possible by your donations and the following sponsors.

American Public Transportation Association
Lori's Natural Foods
The Community Foundation
ESL Charitable Foundation
United Way of Greater Rochester
LaBella Associates
Rochester Brainery
TRU Yoga
SWBR Architects
Become a Sponsor Today!


Reconnect Rochester
Floating Homes Films


City of Rochester
The Little Theatre
Editions Printing
Center for Disability Rights

More than
a movie.

Rochester Street Films are…

Local and relevant.

Hilarious, AND thought-provoking.

A little maddening.

Always enlightening.

Above all, not to be missed.