this week, October 31 through November 3 at The Little Theatre. I’m delighted to welcome the Executive Director, Kate Herrmann to the show. Great to have you here. Kate: Thanks for having me, Mark. Mark: So tell us about this year’s festival. It’s been going on since 2001. What’s on tap this year? Kate: This year we have narratives, we have documentaries, we have shorts programs, we have films for kids, we have really something for everybody. Mark: We say Women’s Film Festival. How are women factoring into these films? What roles do they play? I use that word role – obviously on camera – but it’s more than that, right? Kate: Exactly. We feature independent films made by women – so women in featured roles behind the camera, writer, director, producer, editor, cinematographer – in those roles that women don’t have quite as much traction as men do. Mark: As I said, you’ve been doing this almost 20 years now. How has the film festival evolved over that time? Kate: The festival, when it was founded in 2001, really strove to put together Rochester’s legacy of being the birthplace of film and the birthplace of the Women’s Rights movement and marry that and bring a festival to Rochester audiences. The festival hasn’t really changed in its mission because unfortunately only about 17% of women have directed films from 2001 up until very recently. In the last couple of years we’ve seen that needle move a little bit because of the whole ‘Me Too’ movement and women are being afforded more opportunities, but that’s really for prominent women directors. We see more of the top 500 movies being directed by women, but for those making independent movies, it’s still difficult for them to get funding and find teams of women. So our festival gives them exposure that they wouldn’t otherwise have. Mark: And at The Little Theatre as well, a thought about being able to showcase these films at that historic venue. Kate: Oh, we’re so excited. We love to show at The Little and this year, most people know that Little One has been closed for quite a long time doing renovation. So our opening night will be the first time people will be in Little One and have a glimpse of the new lobby. There is still a little construction going on, but we’re still very excited to have people there at Little One. Mark: When people walk out of the theater, whether they see one show or they see multiple films over the course of the festival, what do you hope their takeaway is? Kate: We hope that their takeaway is that they’ve seen a great film that they couldn’t see anywhere else in Rochester. The films that we’re bringing vary in topics. We have family dramas, we have comedies, we have documentaries on subjects as diverse as climate change to extraordinary things done by women in their sixties. But these films are coming from other festivals around the world, such as the Toronto International Film Festival, South by Southwest, the London International Film Festival of Venice. So they’re really going to see a film here that they won’t be able to see anywhere else in Rochester. Mark: Great way to set it up. We thank you for your time. Kate: Thank you so much. Mark: Good luck with the festival. Again, October 31 through November 3 – wonderful opportunities showcasing film, women’s films here in Rochester. More online with a full schedule and an opportunity to get tickets ahead of time at HighFallsFilmFestival.co m. We’ll have that link on our site as well at rochesterfirst.com.” ((VO)) COMING UP OUR FULL WEATHER FORECAST AND SAYING THANK YOU TO THIS DOG. HE IS A BIG PART OF THE WAR ON TERROR.