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We preview The Little Theatre's upcoming Science on Screen event by talking about Hitchcock's Psycho and psychology in filmmaking.

Our panel of experts discusses about how filmmakers use visual techniques to control the minds of moviegoers. We break down Psycho's famous "shower scene," and explore what rules, if any, exist in modern films. Our guests:

  • James Cutting, Ph.D., chair of the Department of Psychology at Cornell University
  • Les Friedman, Ph.D., professor and former chair of the Media and Society Program at Hobart and William Smith Colleges
  • Bri Merkel, special events manager for The Little Theatre

A Rochester photojournalist was 26 years old when he set out across the country in 1970 -- a man with only his friend and a beat-up VW bus. Throughout their journey, Mark Brady took black-and-white photographs.

Forty years later, Brady essentially rediscovered the slides, and he discovered a different America. It was more open, more accepting, and in some ways, more beautiful. His photographs became a book, and now his work is on display this month at the Little Theater's cafe.

Brady joins us to talk about the journey: the hospitality he found on the road; why hitchhiking was safe; his encounter with a young Michael McKean; the beauty of America; and the way that trip feels almost impossible today, and yet almost necessary. Our guests:

  • Mark Brady, photojournalist and author of The Paisley Tunnel, 1970
  • Roger Bruce, member of the Board of Trustees, Visual Studies Workshop

Kaki King is one of the most extraordinary guitarists in the world today. She will perform at The Little Theatre on Thursday, February 25 at 8:00 p.m. She joins us to talk about her body of work.

In the United States, more than two million Americans are in prison, and 50 percent of those inmates have children under the age of 18. That means more than 1 in 28 children have a parent in prison, up from 1 in 125 children 25 years ago.

In Ontario County, volunteers have teamed up to help re-connect families through literacy: the Storybook Program offers imprisoned parents the opportunity to record audiocassettes or CDs of themselves reading to their children. The program is the subject of a new documentary called Turn the Page, which has been submitted for the Unite Rochester Challenge. It will be screened at The Little Theatre on February 11.

We discuss the Storybook Program, the documentary, and the prison system in America. Our guests:

  • Linda Moroney, filmmaker and director of Turn the Page
  • Claire Kremer, founder of the Storybook Project

Sympathy, Said the Shark is a new film written, produced and directed by a couple of guys who grew up across the street from each other in Sodus. They have aimed to create a different kind of thriller with this film, and they join us to talk about their techniques.

The Little Theatre will host a Rochester premier for the film on January 13, with the filmmakers joining the audience. Our guests: 

Our monthly media panel discusses the film, Spotlight, a new drama about the Boston Globe’s “Spotlight” investigative team that from 2001-2002 uncovered a pattern of sexual abuse of children by Roman Catholic priests in Massachusetts. The team’s story, which exposed the cover-up by the Boston Archdiocese, won the Globe the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service.

The Spotlight team devoted more than a year of reporting to publish the story. This raises questions about journalism today, where budget cuts and the threat (and reality) of layoffs impact the time and resources devoted to stories. We talk about the state of today’s newsrooms and the ongoing struggle for dollars and resources. Our guests:

  • Sean Lahman, Watchdog reporter, Democrat and Chronicle
  • Justin Murphy, education reporter, Democrat and Chronicle
  • Steve Orr, Watchdog reporter, Democrat and Chronicle
  • Scott Pukos, public relations coordinator, The Little Theatre

James Cameron’s Oscar-winning film, The Abyss, was released in 1989. The film was about deep water explorers trying to find an submarine, who instead come upon an alien species. What we want to know is, was the science behind the deep water exploration accurate?

That will be the discussion on Monday, March 16 when a screening of The Abyss is part of The Little Theatre’s Science on Screen series. Our guest today, Dr. Charles Fisher of Penn State University will lead that discussion, along with another discussion that day to discuss the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Also with us to discuss The Little event is Peter Wayner, PR and marketing coordinator at The Little.

Then, did you know Rochester was ranked the 20th most arts vibrant large city in America? That according to the National Center for Arts Research. So…what now? We brought in Geva Theatre Executive Director Tom Parrish to discuss this.