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Exciting Greentopia | FILM Festival Update on Roc City Tonight

Wednesday night, our Greentopia | FILM curators Debra Rhoten and Linda Moroney were interviewed on Roc City Tonight to update everyone on our upcoming festival and festivities, which will kick off on March 17th. The festival, still accepting submissions until December 22nd, will once again feature inspiring local, regional, national and international documentaries spotlighting the most important issues  of the day and people working to make positive changes.



The 2015 Greentopia | FILM Festival will feature five days of primarily non-fiction films – each film kicked off by lively buskers and other artistic performances and followed by engaging, challenging, and stimulating panel discussions. We can’t wait! Don’t miss out, get your tickets NOW!

Eventbrite - Greentopia | FILM All-Access Passes 2015


Request for CSF (Community Supported Film) Proposals for 2015 Festival

Greentopia | FILM is commissioning the production of 3 short documentaries to be part of the film festival March 17-21, 2015. The deadline for all proposals is December 5, 2014 at Midnight. If selected, all filmmakers will be contacted on or before December 15, 2014 to begin production.

All films must tell a story of something happening in the Greater Rochester area that embraces the concept of sustainability or community building in some way. We are looking for positive success stories – no docs trying to expose some injustice.

Here are examples of films produced over the past two festivals:

All proposals must include:

  • A filmmaker bio
  • Contact info
  • Treatment outlining the story or concept of the film
  • Samples of past work.


All films must be 3-4 minutes in length, produced in HD1080 and delivered as a Quicktime file by March 1, 2015.


All filmmakers are expected to create a copyrighted work with all the proper licenses for images and/or music used. Filmmakers will retain the copyright of the film, but will sign a release giving

Greentopia | FILM the non-exclusive right to use the work in perpetuity in all media for promotion and screening. All films must add a title to the opening of the film of “Greentopia | FILM presents”


All films will receive upon delivery, $1000 and 2 all-access passes to the festival, (does not include Short Courses Event) as well as the extreme gratitude of the Greentopia | FILM Committee. As an added benefit, most of these films go on to help the organizations that are highlighted in the stories, giving back and serving the theme of sustainability and community building.

Please submit all proposals and any questions via email to: doncasper@me.com

Artisanal ROC @ Greentopia

Artisanal ROC @ Greentopia

Presenting Rochester’s finest flavors at the Greentopia ECOFEST

Taste, shop, sample and learn while supporting the local economy and local artisanal vendors at our tasting event and pop-up shop. Artisanal ROC is a pop-up community event with breweries, wineries, and shops celebrating the area’s finest local, sustainable and handmade edibles. We’ve scoured the area in search of the city’s top artisans for Artisanal ROC and curated the best of the best to showcase their products for this first time event.

Also included in Artisanal is a Tree Vodka tasting!
Apple Country Spirits is a farm distillery located in Williamson, NY producing fine quality, fruit based spirits. It is operated by David W DeFisher, operator of and co-owner (with his father, William) of DeFisher Fruit Farms, a 4th generation, family owned 400 acre farm that grows apples, pears, peaches, cherries and more.

The flagship product, Tree Vodka, will be the first of many smooth, delicious craft spirits. TREE Vodka is a super premium small batch distilled Vodka. Unlike the vast majority of other competing vodkas, TREE Vodka is crafted from fresh, delicious apples.

There is a $10 cost of admission to the event. More information on the Artisanal Food and Drink can be found on Rochester A-List’s website!

The Village Idiots Improv Comedy

The Village Idiots Improv Comedy

Local improve troupe to grace Greentopia with hysterics indoors and out!

The Village Idiots are Rochester’s only improv group that performs on a weekly basis – The troupe stays active year round by providing comedy and improv classes, hosting improv competitions, and exploding Diet Coke and Mentos every Christmas Eve.

At Greentopia you can catch the troupe parading around the extent of the festival bringing laughs, smiles, and all other funnies outside. They will also be performing an improv-comedy show on the Atrium stage at two in the after on Saturday, immediately following the Society for Chamber Music in Rochester.

This troupe is experienced, ready to go, and most importantly hilarious. We know that we can’t wait to see them on Saturday!

We Love Rochester

And we hope that you do as well


Rochester Love Notes has been tracking your love for our beautiful city over the last year, and we will be animating their stories on the walls of the High Falls gorge.

Expect to see stories such as this, left by one Trista on the Rochester Love Notes website –

“My Dearest Rochester,

I know I have not always been faithful. I left you briefly for Buffalo. But please know that she cannot ever compete with you my darling. Sure, her chicken wings were scrumptious. But she doesn’t have your garbage plate. I must also confess that I had a fleeting fling with Oswego. And although you can be cold for about 9 months of the year, she was downright frigid. Please don’t take offense. I love all of your seasons, I do. But you have to admit my dear, that on your sunny days, life is quite wonderful. I can visit Lake Ontario and enjoy a chocolate almond ice cream at Abbotts. In the fall there is hiking, apple picking and trick-or-treating. And even on your coldest days, I know I can always enjoy gingerbread creations at the George Eastman House, a movie at the Cinema, ice-skating at Manhattan Square Park, or a cross-country ski in Highland Park. So my love, I hope you will consider taking me back. I promise to be loyal, at least until mid-February, and then I may need a temporary tryst with Florida.

All my love,


– in dancing colors beside the pouring falls during the evening events on Saturday night. Stay young and beautiful, Rochester.

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