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Fisher to Host First Screening in Fast Forward’s Inaugural ‘On the Road’ Series

April 6, 2017

St. John Fisher College will host the first screening of films showcased during the 2017 Fast Forward Film Festival as a part of the organization’s inaugural On the Road Earth Week Series. The free screening, which will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 18, in Basil 135, will also include remarks from festival founder Dr. Andrew Stern.

Fast Forward Film Festival

The Fast Forward Film Festival showcases environmental films made by Rochesterians. The shorts, which are created by both novice and veteran filmmakers, aim to raise awareness of environmental issues through a local lens. The films originally premiered at The Little Theatre on Friday, March 31, and at the Festival Gala at the George Eastman House on Saturday, April 1. The new On the Road series brings these films to several other community venues.

The Film Festival has several College ties. Dr. Tim Madigan, is a member of the Fast Forward Rochester Advisory Council, Like Dunkelberg ’17 works as a marketing and communications assistant, and alumna Becca Delaney serves as the festival director.

Fisher student James Romer and Dr. Lynn Donahue share details about sustainability service-learning projects during the Fast Forward Film Festival Gala.

Fisher student James Romer and Dr. Lynn Donahue share details about sustainability service-learning projects during the Fast Forward Film Festival Gala.

During the Gala, Fisher environmental sustainability service-learning projects were highlighted in the Educational Opportunities Showcase. Students and faculty spoke with Gala attendees about community-based projects ranging from water quality analysis and watershed stewardship with Genesee RiverWatch to marketing and public relations consultation with Headwater Food Hub.

Dr. Mike Boller, associate professor of biology and director of the sustainability program, hopes that this collaboration will inspire members of the Fisher community to create films for future festivals.

“We’re very excited to bring the Fast Forward Film Festival to campus to expose our students to sustainability in action right here in our town,” said Boller. “The selected films highlight some great ideas and projects, and I hope they will inspire our students, faculty, and staff to be more involved, make better connections in our Rochester communities, and even make some short films of their own.”