PSH: Remembering a "ROC-star"



 Image courtesy - The Little (photo courtesy: The Little Blog, Pete Wayner)

July 23rd marks what would have been the 47th birthday of one of the greatest artistic talents to come out of Rochester - the late Philip Seymour Hoffman. In honor of his achievements and contributions to film and theatre, The Little Theatre produced a tribute this past winter immediately after his passing that brought in over 1,100 fans to sold-out shows and established what is now called the Hoffman Award for the Rochester Teen Film Festival.

This summer, the tributes to our late "hometown boy" continue. If you weren't one of the lucky ones to get over to The Little this past February or March, here are a few other ways in our city to honor PSH and the talent that was taken away from the world far too early.

Writers & Books:

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Writers & Books on University Avenue is offering an adult reading seminar called "Reading Philip Seymour Hoffman". From its website - "In this class, the four seminal screenplays for Capote, Love Liza, The Savages and Doubt, starring the celebrated late actor, will be read in their entirety. The scripts will be used to analyze the writing and illustrate dramatic principles. Issues of adaption from stage to screen and especially the relationship between screenwriting and acting will be explored in detail. Excerpts from pertinent films will complement the reading and discussions."

Although the classes started on July 10th and meet on Thursdays, there are still 6 classes left until the end of August and you will need to call Writers & Books to (585)473-2590 see if there is still space to join in on the discussion.


The Dryden Theatre:

Dryden Theatre (photo courtesy: Lisa Kribs-Lapierre)

The George Eastman House's Dryden Theatre is hosting its own extensive PSH Tribute this summer for what they call a "major retrospective of his work" that currently runs on Wednesday evenings. A full schedule of showings can be seen at the Dryden's link, and Part II will continue on into September and October.


Movies with a Downtown View:

Movies with a Downtown View Image Last, but certainly not least, we hope everyone joins us (the Rochesteriat in conjunction with The Little) at the upcoming, brand-new experience of Movies with a Downtown View happening at MLK Jr. Memorial Park on July 25th. Bring a blanket and friends and come see our tribute to Philip Seymour Hoffman as we show Almost Famous, a summery-let-loose-type of film that showcases the incredible PSH in this earlier role of his. Get out of the movie theatre this summer to watch PSH - and come along for the food trucks, the beer tent, and the many give-aways we have in store for the crowd.

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