Rochester LoFilm was an informal guerilla filmmaking group that conceived and
shot films in a single day.
This concept was started in Los Angeles by Morgan Nichols and friends, and introduced to Rochester
by David Danesh when he returned from LA to his
hometown of Rochester. A number of short films
produced by the group screened at the Emerging Filmmakers Series, a then-monthly
screening series at the Little Theatre.
A Partial Rochester LoFilmology:
Interview Fundamentals for the New Global Economy (2006)
Reading Marcus (2005)
Open Scenes (2003-04)
Sex and Conspiracy at the Midnight Cafe (2003)
Gathering of Men (2002)
After Dave Danesh kicked things off, the group was organized by Liz Lehmann, Sean Donnelly
and others. There was no formal membership per se; a shoot was "organized" guerilla style
by blasting out an email announcement to actors and filmmakers. The main requirement was a location.
LoFilms are a great way to practice making films. The stakes are low, allowing freedom to experiment,
creatively collaborate, learn from mistakes, and have fun. LoFilm production eventually wound down
as the filmmakers became occupied with their own larger projects. Separately, those interested in
"informal" or "practice" filmmaking started the Rochester Moviemakers group (founded by Stan Main),
which later merged with RAVA and became RAFAS.