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The Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival from the interns' point of view

Posted by Kimberly Capehart at 7:47PM   |  1 comment

Blog posting by Kimberly Capehart, Documentary Studies and Production '16, FLEFF Blogger, Cherry Hill, NJ 

Wow. 

10 - the number of spent weeks of planning, interviewing, and blogging:

  • Leading up to the 17th annual Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival, all of the FLEFF Bloggers spent 10 weeks reading, researching,...

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Posted by Kayla Reopelle at 6:56PM   |  Add a comment

Blog posting by Kayla Reopelle, Documentary Studies and Production '14, FLEFF Blogger, Roy, WA

 

Maybe thinking about dissonance will...

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Posted by Kayla Reopelle at 6:53PM   |  1 comment

Blog posting by Kayla Reopelle, Documentary Studies and Production '14, FLEFF Blogger, Roy, WA

During FLEFF week, I was absorbed by the festival. While speaking with other students about the...

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Posted by Rachael Lewis-Krisky at 6:48PM   |  1 comment

I stood in the crowded jazzy room of the Argos Inn. In my hand rested my usual: the Brooklyn. This venue makes it classy in a short tumbler with a beautiful round ball of ice. I felt that my all black FLEFF wear suited the space.

I stood talking to the women whose company and work I’ve respected for years, which is that of Vanessa Domico. She is...

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Posted by Kayla Reopelle at 6:39PM   |  Add a comment

Blog posting by Kayla Reopelle, Documentary Studies and Production '14, FLEFF Blogger, Roy, WA

This is my first and last year as a staffer for FLEFF.

 

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Posted by Liuqing Yang at 11:57PM   |  Add a comment

Blog post written by Lucy Yang, Journalism and Politics ’14, FLEFF Blogger, Puyang, Henan, China

Do I like working for FLEFF? Of course! Here are my reasons:

As a staffer, I don’t just attend the film fest; I learn it.

As part of a semester-long liberal arts course, this blogging...

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Posted by Alexis Lanza at 11:19PM   |  1 comment

Blog Posting by Alexis Lanza, Film, Photography, and Visual Arts '15, FLEFF Blogger, Enfield, CT 

There were certain moments during FLEFF week that had the most impact on me. They were given freely as gifts, and now they belong to me, part of who I am as an intellectual individual and an artist. These are the moments where I stopped to think in a way I had never thought...

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Posted by Elma Yedda Gonzalez at 11:14PM   |  Add a comment

1. Be flexible

FLEFF bloggers are not just writers or armchair theorizers. We are part of the staff, which means our job goes beyond attending the festival and writing about it. Sometimes we need to pass out fliers, we need to converse with guests, or we need to promote the festival in a flash mob and attract audiences. We need to be flexible with our time and our work.

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Posted by Liuqing Yang at 10:57PM   |  Add a comment

Blog post written by Lucy Yang, Journalism and Politics ’14, FLEFF Blogger, Puyang, Henan, China

  • Learn about the program as much as possible 

Read the descriptions of each individual film and event very carefully and learn as much as possible of the program. This way, you will have a clear sense of which screenings and events you want to...

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Posted by Alexis Lanza at 10:39PM   |  Add a comment

Blog Posting by Alexis Lanza, Film, Photography, and Visual Arts '15, FLEFF Blogger, Enfield, CT 

Be proactive. 

It's not easy to work around conflicting schedules. Finding time to interview and meet with people will prove tricky. The best way to avoid running into last minute problems is to plan ahead. 

Do outside...

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Posted by Liuqing Yang at 10:13PM   |  Add a comment

Blog post written by Lucy Yang, Journalism and Politics ’14, FLEFF Blogger, Puyang, Henan, China

Thanks to Ithaca College Office of the Provost, each of us bloggers got two complimentary passes to the festival. With these two passes, I was able to attend 11 film screenings (5 per pass times 2 and then plus one on the house, thanks to the generosity of Cinemapolis and Brett...

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Posted by Haley Stearns at 10:02PM   |  Add a comment

Blog Post written by Haley Stearns, Still Photography ’15, FLEFF Blogger, Buffalo, New York

1. Consider the theme

While each year’s theme merely outlines the concept for that specific year, it helps to understand it fully in order to apply it to different events and films.

2. Know the guests

Being a part of FLEFF in any capacity requires...

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Posted by Haley Stearns at 9:43PM   |  Add a comment

Blog post written by Haley Stearns, Still Photography ’15, FLEFF Blogger, Buffalo, New York

Looking back at FLEFF and all of the other blog posts I have written, I realize that my greatest appreciation throughout this entire experience has been having the opportunity to participate in this international film festival. Not only did being a blogger give me a voice on the subject...

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Posted by Haley Stearns at 1:53PM   |  Add a comment

Blog post written by Haley Stearns, Still Photography '15, FLEFF Blogger, Buffalo, New York

1. How to think on my feet

Being in interviews with various festival guests and participants, the most important skill I have developed over the course of this experience is learning how to absorb and respond in an efficient manner.

2. How to...

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Posted by Elma Yedda Gonzalez at 12:28AM   |  Add a comment

“I was very impressed by how the music seemed to convey the mood of the story even though it was silent,” Ithaca College Senior Hayleigh Gowans, said. She attended the screening of “The Red Kimono,” a 1925 silent film about a small-town girl who succumbs to a toxic romance. The film was produced, written and...

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Posted by Elma Yedda Gonzalez at 10:22PM   |  Add a comment

In film festivals, parties are as important as movie screenings. This year, Argos Inn, “the beautifully restored, LEED certified historic mansion” on Buffalo St. in downtown Ithaca, hosted FLEFF’s after-parties Thursday through Saturday.  

Upon entering the white mansion, warm air blew on my face and hit the freezing breeze...

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Posted by Elma Yedda Gonzalez at 10:11PM   |  Add a comment

The Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival does not box itself into one genre of film, one type of media, or one social issue. This year, the festival featured films and events discussing issues ranging from green burials to drug addiction. Feminism was one of the recurring themes in the festival. 

 
Feminist scholars and media producers visited FLEFF to...

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Posted by Blaize Hall at 4:19PM   |  Add a comment

Blog post by Blaize Hall, TV-R, '15, Georgia, VT

The festival has run its course, the guests have gone home, the posters have been taken down, and the blogging is over - mostly.  Two weeks later, the energy of festival week has dissipated, but the impact remains.  Three films impacted me in unexpected ways, and cause my mind to wander back to Cinemapolis in my spare...

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Posted by Elma Yedda Gonzalez at 6:22AM   |  Add a comment

I watched about a dozen films at the festival last weekend. I know how hard it was to choose which films to watch, so here are my top five in case you missed them:

5. A Touch of Sin by director Jia Zhangke

The film follows four stories of violence and corruption in China. Four characters from different provinces are driven to violence out of frustration with their financial...

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Posted by Liuqing Yang at 1:31AM   |  1 comment

Thanks to everyone who has contributed to this year's FLEFF and made it a success. See you next year! 

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Posted by Liuqing Yang at 12:28AM   |  1 comment

Blog post written by Lucy Yang, Journalism and Politics ’14, FLEFF Blogger, Puyang, Henan, China

  • Friday, April 4, 2:00 p.m., “Russian Visual Cultures and Putin” with Dr. Irina Aristarkhova, moderated by Dr. Patricia Zimmermann

“If you want to be an artist, don’t go to an art school; go to the...

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Posted by Elma Yedda Gonzalez at 12:14AM   |  2 comments

The Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival concluded last Sunday. It brought nearly 60 international guests, drew thousands of attendees, and presented about 100 events and screenings.

If you weren’t there, here is a list of the three most memorable moments you missed ... and therefore, the three reasons you should save the date for the 18th annual FLEFF, April 6-12 in...

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Posted by Rachael Lewis-Krisky at 11:25PM   |  2 comments

It took a film about death to remind me how beautiful life truly is. A Will for the Woods took on a topic that makes people cringe and cry, in a beautiful and in-depth way.

I was hooked by the intensely deep connection the film builds with cancer victim

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Posted by Alexis Lanza at 11:13PM   |  2 comments

Blog Posting by Alexis Lanza, Film, Photography and Visual Arts '15, FLEFF Blogger, Enfield, CT 

On Sunday, April 6, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology presented a showcase of work from the multimedia lab, moderated by

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Posted by Rachael Lewis-Krisky at 11:12PM   |  2 comments

They squawk to their friends. They hop across the forest floor. They puff their feathers to attract a mate.

The birds shown in the Cornell Lab of Ornithology showcase were so comical they could have been cartoon characters. In How Nature Works: Barrier Island Foraging Strategies FLEFF goers got the inside close-up...

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Posted by Rachael Lewis-Krisky at 11:06PM   |  1 comment

The Throwaways by Ira McKinley brought to light an often-ignored issue in the United States: mass incarceration.

As a black man and ex-felon, McKinley has a deeply personal relationship to the issues that come with mass incarceration, all of which he raised in the...

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Posted by Haley Stearns at 10:53PM   |  1 comment

Blog post by Haley Stearns, Still Photography '15, FLEFF Blogger, Buffalo, New York

As a first year student attending Ithaca College, I originally studied film. As a film student, I had the pleasure of watching Sergei Eisenstein’s 1925 silent film, Battleship Potemkin three times prior to viewing it at Cinemapolis on Saturday, April 5th.

While...

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Posted by Liuqing Yang at 10:38PM   |  1 comment

Blog post written by Lucy Yang, Journalism and Politics ’14, FLEFF Blogger, Puyang, Henan, China

Dr. Stephen Tropiano moderated a discussion panel on Sunday, April 5. Titled “Diaries...

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Posted by Haley Stearns at 10:30PM   |  1 comment

Blog post by Haley Stearns, Still Photography ’15, FLEFF Blogger, Buffalo, New York

It’s two days after FLEFF and I cannot stop thinking about all of the moving films that I was able to see this past week. When signing on to be a blogger for this years festival, I had no way of knowing the powerful way that these films and festival guests would impact my interpretation of...

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Posted by Haley Stearns at 5:19PM   |  1 comment

Blog post by Haley Stearns, Still Photography ’15, FLEFF Blogger, Buffalo, New York

Following the screening of Xu Huijing’s film, Mothers at Cinemapolis on Friday, April 4th, Kevin Lee of dGenerate films stood before an awed audience to further...

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Posted by Alexis Lanza at 2:45PM   |  1 comment

Blog Posting by Alexis Lanza, Film, Photography, and Visual Arts '15, Enfield, CT 

Leila Nadir and Cary Peppermint, founders of ecoarttech, brought apps to the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival for the first time this year.

 

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Posted by Elma Yedda Gonzalez at 11:08AM   |  2 comments

The 17th annual Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival concluded last Sunday, let's take a look at its social media log. 

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Posted by Blaize Hall at 1:08AM   |  2 comments

Blog post by Blaize Hall, Television-Radio, '15, Georgia, VT

“You don’t get credit for everything.” - Amy Brown

Amy Brown is one of the Producers and Directors of A Will For The Woods.  Amy shared how the idea for this film began while she was still at grad school, and while she was able to...

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Posted by Alexis Lanza at 12:39AM   |  1 comment

Blog Posting by Alexis Lanza, Film, Photography, and Visual Arts '15, Enfield, CT 

Hockett Recital Hall was filled with an array of guests; students, black t-shirt clad members of the FLEFF staff, community members, families, and more. Caution tape was draped around rails in a hue of orange reminiscent of...

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Posted by Kimberly Capehart at 10:42AM   |  1 comment

Blog posting by Kimberly Capehart, Documentary Studies and Production '16, FLEFF Blogger, Cherry Hill, NJ

With screenings beginning at noon, Saturday, April 5th was a very full day of FLEFF. 

The lobby quickly filled with coffee-clutching people around 11:30, eagerly anticipating the day's full line up, including: A Will for the...

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Posted by Kimberly Capehart at 10:56AM   |  1 comment

Blog posting by Kimberly Capehart, Documentary Studies and Production '16, FLEFF Blogger, Cherry Hill, NJ 

Friday, April 4th at Cinemapolis kicked off with even more energy that the previous day. 

Guests were, once again, lined up out the door of Ithaca's local, independent theater in the Commons. FLEFF interns eagerly handed out handbills for the upcoming...

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Posted by Kayla Reopelle at 1:26AM   |  Add a comment

Blog posting by Kayla Reopelle, Documentary Studies and Production '14, FLEFF Blogger, Roy, WA

 

“Once...

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Posted by Kimberly Capehart at 12:46AM   |  1 comment

Blog posting by Kimberly Capehart, Documentary Studies and Production '16, FLEFF Blogger, Cherry Hill, NJ 

The first night of screenings downtown at Ithaca's local, independent theater, Cinemapolis, kicked off yesterday on Thursday, April 3rd.

Guests lined up out the door to buy tickets to A Will for the Woods with filmmakers Amy...

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Posted by Liuqing Yang at 6:37PM   |  Add a comment

Blog post written by Lucy Yang, Journalism and Politics ’14, FLEFF Blogger, Puyang, Henan, China

Tomorrow (Saturday, April 5) 12:00 p.m. at Cinemapolis, Dr. Stephen Tropiano will moderate a panel discussion, Diaries of Dissonance, with FLEFF filmmakers and...

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Posted by Kimberly Capehart at 4:12PM   |  1 comment

Blog posting by Kimberly Capehart, Documentary Studies and Production' 16, FLEFF Blogger, Cherry Hill, NJ 

I'm currently sitting here in what is a very crowded, very warm Park 223, at the very end of FLEFF Lab Friday

The day has has featured intimate, conversational sessions...

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Posted by Kayla Reopelle at 12:25AM   |  Add a comment

Blog posting by Kayla Reopelle, Documentary Studies and Production '14, FLEFF Blogger, Roy, WA

 

Tonight’s...

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Posted by Rachael Lewis-Krisky at 1:54PM   |  Add a comment

On his way to Ithaca, Andrew Lowenthal from EngageMedia took a moment to speak with me on the phone. Despite a fuzzy connection we managed to have a great conversation about global media engagement and activism. Little did I know that in this conversation I would receive some of the best advice for my future life in media. 

Lowenthal said there are two things that...

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Posted by Rachael Lewis-Krisky at 1:33PM   |  Add a comment

1. The Throwaway

 Ex-felons face stigmas and exclusion when they move back into their communities. However, Ira McKinley proves his status will not stop him from bringing positive change to his home in Albany, NY. Despite also being homeless, McKinley’s strives to reveal the marginalized by giving them...

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Posted by Rachael Lewis-Krisky at 9:14AM   |  Add a comment

Coming to FLEFF is this coming week, is the innovative Andrew Lowenthal. He is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of EngageMedia, one of my favorite new media projects out there. It is a non-profit media, technology and culture organization that serves as a platform and tool for independent filmmakers,...

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Posted by Kimberly Capehart at 9:03AM   |  Add a comment

Blog posting by Kimberly Capehart, Documentary Studies and Production '16, FLEFF Blogger, Cherry Hill, NJ 

Vanessa Domico and her distribution company, Outcast Films, are taking the film industry by storm and rattling the cages of the "norm." 

Domico will be attending the 2014 Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival in support of...

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Posted by Kayla Reopelle at 12:51AM   |  Add a comment

Blog posting by Kayla Reopelle, Documentary Studies and Production ’14, FLEFF Blogger, Roy, WA
 

Pens scribbled onto paper scraps, journals and spiral...

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Posted by Kayla Reopelle at 12:45AM   |  Add a comment

Blog posting by Kayla Reopelle, Documentary Studies and Production '14, FLEFF Blogger, Roy, WA

 

Make Our Garden Grow + Nuclear explosions

Candide + Nitrate decayed footage of children riding bikes

Gershwin Preludes + Mothers throwing knives at children

The American...

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Posted by Rachael Lewis-Krisky at 10:13PM   |  Add a comment

Two words I'd never expect to hear in the same sentence. However, Jonathan Miller knew how to do it perfectly. Earlier this evening at the Dissonant Environments talk he said:

"The job of a journalist is to sift through the hairball of reality. And hopefully make some mittens or sweaters out of it."

I've never heard a better description of...

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Posted by Liuqing Yang at 8:31PM   |  Add a comment

Blog post written by Lucy Yang, Journalism and Politics ’14, FLEFF Blogger, Puyang, Henan, China

I recently Skyped with Kevin Lee, Vice President of Programming and Education for dGenerate Films. He is coming to Ithaca on Friday...

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Posted by Blaize Hall at 7:09PM   |  Add a comment

Blog post by Blaize Hall, Television-Radio, '15, Georgia, VT

Leila Nadir and Cary Peppermint

Tom Shevory stands at the front of the room and introduces the event and guests.  He points to flyers for other events throughout FLEFF week, then begins introducing Leila Nadir and Cary Peppermint of Ecoarttech.
She has an impressive list of...

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Posted by Rachael Lewis-Krisky at 6:39PM   |  1 comment

Mary Zebell is a landscape designer and artist who has worked on private and public commissions across the U.S. More specifically, her site-specific public art was commissioned in 2007 by FLEFF, commemorating those killed in war or natural disasters since 2000.

She designed the set for last night's

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Posted by Rachael Lewis-Krisky at 6:11PM   |  Add a comment

EcoArtTech is an engaging new media project that engages in environmental spaces through mobile technologies – the dichotomy between nature and modernization. Co-creator Lelia Nadir, along with Cary Peppermint, is a special guest at FLEFF this year. Nadir is an Afghan-American critic, scholar, artist and writer teaching...

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Posted by Liuqing Yang at 1:33AM   |  Add a comment

Blog post written by Lucy Yang, Journalism and Politics '14, FLEFF Blogger, Puyang, Henan, China

Come to Friends 302 at 5:30 p.m. today for a screening of Orange Revolution! The film chronicles Ukraine's 2004 presidential campaign and offers background for the...

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Posted by Blaize Hall at 11:33PM   |  Add a comment

Blog Post by Blaize Hall, Television-Radio, '15, Georgia, Vermont

The American Dissonances concert was a contrasting assembly of American tunes played on two pianos, a bass, a trumpet, a flute, with Mezzo-Soprano vocals.  A screen played scenes of iconic geography throughout the U.S., and eclectic historical scenes such as activist movements, early home-videos, airplane...

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