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Films with a nod to macabre

deathcemberThis weekend marks the premiere of Anomaly – The Rochester Genre Film Festival.

The new film fest is dedicated to showcasing and supporting independent genre films that exist in the murky boundaries among horror, science fiction, fantasy, action and dark comedy.

Anomaly will screen at the Cinema Theater, the oldest movie theater in Rochester. Film screenings begin at 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 8 with “Passholder Happy Hour.” The night finishes with an opening night after-party at 11:15 p.m. at Nox.

On Saturday, Nov. 9, “Shocking! Spooky!” kicks off the day at 10:15 a.m. followed by a post-film Q&A. Films continue throughout the day and wraps up with an after-party at 11 p.m. at Skylark Lounge.

Sunday, Nov. 10 opens with “Deathcember” (pictured) at 11 a.m. There will be a post-film Q&A to follow with writer-director Vivienne Vaughn, composer Andrew Scott Bell and co-writer/director Zach Shildwachter. “Deathcember” contains 24 terrifying visions by 24 genre directors from all over the world.

Anomaly closes with “VHYes” at 8 p.m. on Sunday. anomalyfilmfest.com

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