- Associated Press - Monday, November 9, 2015

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) - The brother and mother of Philip Seymour Hoffman have been honored at a film festival in the late actor’s family’s western New York hometown.

The High Falls Film Festival in Rochester opened Sunday with the hometown premiere of “Dog Bowl,” a short film written and directed by Gordy Hoffman, who grew up in suburban Fairport and now lives in Los Angeles.

Festival officials presented Philip and Gordy’s mother, Marilyn O’Connor, with the Rochester Film Legacy Award. The award honors a filmmaker or supporter based in the Rochester area whose passion and dedication embodies the city’s film legacy.

Gordy and Philip credited their mother with inspiring their passion for movies. Philip Seymour Hoffman died of a drug overdose in 2014.

The film festival resumes Thursday and runs through Nov. 16.

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