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The Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival from the interns' point of view
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Blog post written by Gillian Smith '12, FLEFF Intern, Journalism, Harwich, MA
Dr. Saunders, assistant provost at Ithaca College, has been instrumental in bringing FLEFF to campus and helping the festival grow to the national prestige it now has. FLEFF was assigned to Dr. Saunders when the festival moved from Cornell University to Ithaca College. She says she is happy to be learning from and contributing to FLEFF.
"I have always enjoyed the creative element of FLEFF, that it is different every year and that the focus on "sustainability" allows for the participation of everyone who wants to be a part of FLEFF," she said.
On the topic of this year's FLEFF theme, Microtopias, Dr. Saunders said she is looking forward to the conversation that FLEFF generates not only through the films and festival, but also through the conversation on the blogosphere.
"I like that FLEFF gives us topics for dialogue across disciplines and schools," Dr. Saunders said. "It brings the entire campus together for an interdisciplinary and international experience."
Saunders said she is particularly excited for tonight's multimedia concert in the Hocket Recital Hall. She added that she has enjoyed the evolution of FLEFF over the years.
"Under the leadership of Dr. Zimmermann and Dr. Thomas Shevory, FLEFF has become a campus-wide collaborative, interdisciplinary and international endeavor involving both on campus and downtown community sponsors," Saunders said. "FLEFF encourages us to look outward and forward, engages faculty, students and staff in conversations about ideas and issues that matter, and asks all of us to become informed and to care about others in the world community. In other words, FLEFF is not about film per se, but about the ideas and issues that affect us all and require our attention."