For those around Rochester who are interested in documentary filmmaking, the Rochester Documentary Group (ROCDOC Group) is an invaluable resource. (Note: The linked ROCDOC facebook page is private, but if you’re interested in joining because you make or enjoy viewing documentaries, you can request an invitation to join the group by visiting the facebook page).
The group, started by filmmaker Linda Moroney of Low to the Ground Productions, meets the third Thursday of each month at The Little Theatre to screen works-in-progress as well as completed works, generally, produced by local filmmakers.
For those filmmakers embroiled in making a documentary that is partially completed, the input and constructive criticism from fellow filmmakers can be a tremendous asset in completing the film. For those filmmakers who have completed their film already and screen it to the group, the ability to share it on the big screen, and respond to questions by fellow filmmakers and documentary enthusiasts can be an enriching and thought provoking experience.
Equally fun is the post-screening gathering in the Little’s cafe where ROCDOC attendees network, hear about others’ projects and discuss the work screened that evening, or any other topics that may come up. ROCDOC Members receive special pricing on a drink-of-the-evening.
Coming up during the October 15 meeting of the Rochester Documentary Group at The Little Theatre will be the completed Documentary called Yonder Come the Blues, by RCTV’s Carvin Eison. The work, created for Geva Theatre Center’s event celebrating local blues musician Son House, is described as follows:
Eddie James “Son” House, Jr. was born March 21, 1902 (maybe). He grabbed up his suitcase and took off down the road one last time October 19, 1988. Son House is an American original…. a singer, songwriter and guitarist who performed with deep emotional power and conviction. Son’s legacy is suspended between the secularism of a blues idiom and the sacred teaching of a southern Baptist preacher…. or as Son would often say, between God and the Devil… Son’s impact on America cultural heritage can never be overstated.”This ain’t no monkey junk.”
This Rochester Documentary Group screening at the Little Theatre, located at 240 East Avenue (use entrance on Winthrop Street) is open to the public, and begins at 5 PM on Thursday, October 15, 2015. The screening is free for ROCDOC Members, and there is a $2 suggested donation for Non-members. ROCDOC Membership and Screening Fees go to the Little Theatre to help underwrite use of their screening facilities during prime time. For those who wish to join the Rochester Documentary Group, the fee is $20 and membership may be purchased at meetings (although membership is not required to attend screenings or networking events).
We hope you can join the group on Thursday, October 15 at 5 PM for Yonder Come the Blues.