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The Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival from the interns' point of view
Thursday, March 22, 2012
Blog posting written by Jennifer Barish, Communication Management & Design ‘14, FLEFF intern, Skokie, IL
When Lynne Cohen moved to Ithaca, NY, she noticed that the community needed film—not just commercial blockbusters, but substantial pieces of art that could infuse a small town with big city culture.
In 2000, current Executive Director, Lynne Cohen, co-created The Seventh Art Corporation of Ithaca, Inc. The non-profit currently owns and operates Ithaca’s Cinemapolis with the goal to bring the best international and independent film to the community.
After chatting with Lynne, I learned how a small community cinema could become an epicenter of new thought and multi-generational conversation.
This year Cinemapolis will host the 2012 Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival. When Patricia Zimmerman approached Lynne Cohen about partnering with the festival, Lynne welcomed the idea because holding the festival would strengthen Cinemapolis’ mission to “encourages central New York residents to explore the power of film.”
FLEFF gives Cinemapolis a chance to screen a unique array of international films only available through the festival. And Cinemapolis gives FLEFF a beautiful facility to present poignant films in a venue loved by the entire community.
During Cinemapolis’ reopening in 2009, the community flocked to build the new theatre. The location is truly a reflection of the passionate, Ithacan patrons who support art in the local community.
Starting March 29th at the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival, Cinemapolis will open its doors to community members, students, and guests from around the world to discuss complex ideas in a new, equally passionate micro-topic community.
And Lynne’s advice to initiate your own, artistic microtopia?
“Be passionate….find a need that’s not being met….take a risk, be thoughtful, and be brave.”