The 2019 community-engaged transcreation project uses the form of a documentary to feature two beloved businesses on the Genesee Street Corridor in Southwest Rochester. One is the long-established and popular Brooks Landing Diner and the other, B+Healthy Fresh Food Market, a recent addition to the local food map. Blending puppetry, true customer stories, and live interviews with Sue Choi of Brooks Landing Diner and Kaptah Xi-Amuru of the Fresh Food Market, the short film offers a creative response to the residents’ survey recommendation for more intentional promotion of local businesses. While all students contributed to the performance and/or production of the film, Ruqin Chang, Michael McCaffrey, and Seungju Yao created the script and David Backer, Raymond Diaz, Lu Nguyen, and Heriniaina Rajaoberiso took up all things technical. Tom Bohrer, Elizabeth and Mary Weeg— founder and members of Puppet Trio and long-time local residents—helped train the students in the art of puppetry. The documentary is provided with subtitles for accessibility.
Brooks Landing Diner & B+ Healthy Fresh Food Market:
Genesee Street Corridor, Southwest Rochester, New York
Script Written By : Ruqin Chang, Michael McCaffrey, and Seungju Yao
Technicals Handled By: David Backer, Raymond Diaz, Lu Nguyen, and Heriniaina Rajaoberiso