Each year, the Rochester Polish Film Festival kicks off with
a series of screenings focusing on a few selected classics of Polish cinema. (A
second part, featuring a lineup of contemporary films, traditionally begins in
It used to be that movie-lovers interested in seeing the
latest independent and foreign film titles in a theater had to live in New York
or Los Angeles. Everyone else was pretty much out of luck unless they had an
art house theater nearby willing to do the legwork involved with bringing these
less commercial films to their local audiences.
Despite practically a hundred years of evidence to the
contrary, animation is still burdened with a reputation for being "kids'
stuff," simple cartoons meant to keep children occupied and out of their
parents' hair for a couple hours. But anyone who has bothered to broaden their
definition beyond the latest mainstream release from Disney or Dreamworks knows
animation has infinitely more to offer (although as one documentary suggests,
even those films can have hidden depths).