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

Posted by Meagan McGinnes at 9:01PM   |  Add a comment

 Kevin Lee is the vice president of programming and education at dGenerate Films. The film Beijing Besieged by Waste follows photographer Wang Jiu-liang as he travels to more than 500 landfills,...

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Blog posting written by Jennifer Barish, Communication Management & Design ‘14, FLEFF intern, Skokie, IL 

The problem with getting eyes on independent film is not distribution. The Internet has allowed mass circulation and platforms for open discussion. According to Carlos Gutierrez, Director of

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Posted by Meagan McGinnes at 3:43PM   |  Add a comment

How can the techniques behind shooting film mold the way the audience interprets the film’s intended message? If local spaces are microtopias, then what would the global marketplace be categorized as? These were the main two questions going through my head when watching the film Cotton Road, directed...

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Blog posting written by Kacey Deamer, Journalism and ENvironmental Studies '13, FLEFF Intern, Binghamton, NY

Released in 2009, this film follows the lives of three strong woman living in rural areas of Africa but making a difference in not only their lives, but the livs of others. As a part of FLEFF week, it was screened in Todd Schack's Issues and the News class on...

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Blog posting written by Chloe Wilson, Television-Radio ’14, FLEFF Intern, Ashland, Massachusetts.

Before you read the rest of this post, you should know that Kaley Belval blogged about an amazing

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Blog posting written by Chloe Wilson, Television-Radio ’14, FLEFF Intern, Ashland, Massachusetts.

Isn't FLEFF awesome? I don't know about you FLEFFers, but I have had an absolute blast at FLEFF 2012.  From The Concert for Microtopias to the outdoor installation to the tons and tons of films I've seen already, this year's FLEFF can't be beat.

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Posted by Sarah Lockwood at 7:15PM   |  2 comments

Blog post by Sarah Lockwood, Cinema & Photography '15, FLEFF Intern, Blairstown, NJ 

This evening's weekly intern FLEFF class features some very special guests. Two men stand in front of us to give a presentation about their film, Scavenger Hunt. Filmmaking and biology, united under a common...

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Posted by Isabel Galupo at 5:33PM   |  1 comment

Blog posting written by Isabel Galupo, Cinema and Photography '14, FLEFF Intern, Towson, MD

On Tuesday night, March 27, at the Hockett Family Recital Hall in Ithaca College's Whalen Center, "The Concert for Microtopias" dazzled audience members with a hodgepodge of classical...

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Posted by Kacey Deamer at 4:56PM   |  1 comment

Blog posting written by Kacey Deamer, Journalism and Environmental Studies '13, FLEFF Intern, Binghamton, NY

I hope you all were able to make it to Hockett Hall last night for the Concert for Microtopias. If not, you should also read intern blogger Meagan McGinnes'

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Peter Cleary is the Communications Director for Vestergaard Frandsen. He is also an Ithaca College alumnus. He graduated with a degree in politics....

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Posted by Meagan McGinnes at 11:40PM   |  2 comments

 “If utopias are nowhere, microtopias are everywhere.”

Microtopias never stay the same. They are alive. Like an audience, they move, respond and engage.

The concert was harmonious in its differences, overlapping in a seamless manner. It took the microtopias concept of a shared world, applying it to the worlds of music,

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Posted by Hannah Raskin at 10:24PM   |  Add a comment

Kin Ship is that band you play during summer night bonfires at the beach. With tunes reminiscent of California in the 1960’s, you’ll remember every happy memory you’ve ever had. But not only are the songs joyous and fun- they are also maddeningly catchy. I challenge you to leave a Kin Ship show without humming at least...

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Blog posting written by Andrew Ronald, Film, Photography & Visual Arts '15, FLEFF Intern, Mahopac, NY

The art of film is a dynamic fusion between a stimulating image and a moving soundtrack, and Patrick Winters is no stranger to proving his mastery of this balance as he specialized in sound design. In this...

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Blog post written by Gillian Smith '12, FLEFF Intern, Journalism, Harwich, MA

This afternoon I attended the screening of Dream Deferred: The Sakia Gunn Film Project, a film about the murder of Sakia Gunn in Newark, New Jersey. Sakia was a 15 year old lesbian teen who was murdered on at a bus stop in the city because she would not sleep with the man who propositioned...

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 Blog posting written by Kaley Belval, Documentary Studies and Production '15, FLEFF Intern, Woodbury, CT

Laura Kissel isn't just a director coming to FLEFF, she is an Ithaca College alum ('91) coming back to the home of her undergraduate years. 

Her new film project, 

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Posted by Kacey Deamer at 3:10PM   |  1 comment

Blog posting written by Kacey Deamer, Journalism and Environmental Studies '13, FLEFF Intern, Binghamton, NY

If you missed the official unveiling of the Microtopias art installation on the academic quad of Ithaca College yesterday, don't fret. The wind has died down and the art piece still stands, in all of its glory, on the quad until deconstruction this weekend.

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Blog post written by Colleen Ryan, Television-Radio '12, Anthropology Minor, Lansing, NY

Toivo (pronounced Toy-vo) is back for their third performance at FLEFF!

Toivo is a six piece band, originating from just up the lake in Trumansburg.  They play Finnish, Tex-Mex, and original music suited to the traditional dances of the Finger...

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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...

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Posted by Jennifer Barish at 10:56AM   |  Add a comment

Blog posting written by Jennifer Barish, Communication Management & Design ‘14, FLEFF intern, Skokie, IL

I tried to write a blog post that accurately portrayed the passion, intellect, and creativity of Robby Aceto. But I couldn’t do his words justice, so I will let Robby’s words speak for themselves:...

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Blog posting written by Andrew Ronald, Film, Photography & Visual Arts '15, FLEFF Intern, Mahopac, NY

Anyone with an interest in film and independent cinema should certainly take the time to get to know Karen Rodriguez, the curator of the Upstate Filmmaker Showcase for FLEFF at Cinemapolis. I recently had the opportunity to...

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 Blog posting written by Kaley Belval, Documentary Studies and Production '15, FLEFF Intern, Woodbury, CT

Veins in the Gulf is a documentary that was originally set to follow the disappearing bayou culture of Louisiana, but over the ten year time period that it was shot, followed much more than...

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Posted by Meagan McGinnes at 12:36AM   |  Add a comment

It is interactive. It requires effort. It forces you to give pieces of yourself, but also be willing to accept from others. It requires deeper thought.  It is a conversation.

Conversations are the backbone of FLEFF. It is the part of the festival that everyone from

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Blog posting written by Kaley Belval, Documentary Studies and Production '15, FLEFF Intern, Woodbury, CT

 

This year, Ithaca College's Park Media Lab is getting much...

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Blog post written by Colleen Ryan, Television-Radio '12, Anthropology Minor, Lansing, NY

 

This week, I had the pleasure of speaking with Chris White, an extremely talented musician, and one of FLEFF's returning performers.

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The Bernie Upson Quartet is an Ithaca staple, consisting of: Bernie Upson on bass, Dino Losito on piano, Chuck Leo on sax, and Al Harland on drums. 

I went to Maxie’s Supper Club for one of Bernie’s gigs (he plays there the third Sunday of every month.) Bernie’s passion and aptitude for his trade were evident with the first...

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Posted by Andrew Ronald at 3:51PM   |  Add a comment

FLEFF Week 2012 has begun! Conversations about the microtopias installation have been bustling all over campus and the artists have made their way into Ithaca. As a matter of fact, I am in the Park auditorium right now at Art Jones' master class about remixing, new media, and the arts of...

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Posted by Sarah Lockwood at 3:41PM   |  Add a comment
Blog post by Sarah Lockwood, Cinema & Photography '15, FLEFF Intern, Blairstown, NJ
 
I am live blogging from the Park Hall Auditorium at Ithaca College, in VJ/DJ Art Jones's master class entitled 'Live Remixing Revisited.' I am eager to learn as much as...

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Blog post written by Colleen Ryan, Television-Radio '12, Anthropology Minor, Lansing, NY

In recent years, FLEFF added the Graduate Fellows of Color Program to the festival repertoire.

This past week I spoke with Warren...

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Posted by Sarah Lockwood at 11:52AM   |  1 comment

Blog post by Sarah Lockwood, Cinema & Photography '15, FLEFF Intern, Blairstown, NJ

From talking with Menna Khalil, an activist with the Arab Spring movement, it was impossible not to come away with a thorough understanding of the movement's past, present, and future. For those who are not familiar, I asked Menna to discuss a few topics, which I have condensed into the following...

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Posted by Sarah Lockwood at 11:19AM   |  Add a comment

Blog post by Sarah Lockwood, Cinema & Photography '15, FLEFF Intern, Blairstown, NJ

I had the utmost pleasure of speaking with Menna Khalil, an activist with the Arab Spring movement the Middle East, specifically Palestine and Egypt. For the duration of our talk we covered her personal...

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Posted by Gillian Smith at 9:13AM   |  Add a comment

Blog post written by Gillian Smith '12, FLEFF Intern, Journalism, Harwich, MA 

What exactly is a concert for microtopias? What is a microtopia? What is a concert? 

Have all your questions answered Tuesday night at Hocket Recital Hall in the School of Music.

For those of you who have yet to have the pleasure of...

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Blog post written by Gillian Smith '12, FLEFF Intern, Journalism, Harwich, MA 

On Sunday, April 1st, self-described "queer multimedia artist" Shira Golding will be screening her documentary, "Empowered: Power From the People." The...

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Blog posting written by Jennifer Barish, Communication Management & Design ‘14, FLEFF intern, Skokie, IL

On Thursday, March 29th  Cinemapolis will screen The Upstate Filmmaker’s Showcase, Volume 1. Curated by Ithaca College Professor, John Scott, the screening...

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Posted by Andrew Ronald at 6:07PM   |  Add a comment

Blog posting written by Andrew Ronald, Film, Photography & Visual Arts '15, FLEFF Intern, Mahopac, NY

It is evident that Karin Ash has consistently demonstrated a fusion between dedication and a hard-working personality to get where she is today as president of the Cinemapolis Board of Directors. Cinemapolis itself is an independent theater...

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Blog posting written by Ian Carsia, Cinema and Photography '14, FLEFF Intern, Hamilton, NJ

Jim Miller has previously served as the Director of Development for The Shooting Gallery, the prestigious independent film company responsible for Sling Blade and You Can Count on Me. He has also served as Head of Acquisitions for Cinema Park Distribution.

For the past...

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Posted by Hannah Raskin at 4:26PM   |  Add a comment

Blog posting written by Hana Raskin, Communication Management & Design '12, FLEFF intern, New York City

Tom Torello is a graduate of Ithaca College, where he majored in Television and Radio with a concentration in Advertising and Public Relations. He has worked in New York City as a media planner at a big agency, for clients like Proctor & Gamble and Richardson...

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Posted by Meagan McGinnes at 12:37PM   |  Add a comment

 Microtopia does not necessarily mean a small utopia. As Naeem Inayatullah has pointed out, the “u” has been removed, causing the meaning to actually translate to a representation of space.

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Posted by Sarah Lockwood at 11:08AM   |  Add a comment

Blog post written by Sarah Lockwood, Cinema & Photography '15, FLEFF Intern, Blairstown, NJ

 What is a VJ?

"What does a DJ do?" Art Jones asks in response to my question.

A DJ at an event pools music from multiple sources, mixes and edits them through spontaneous...

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Posted by Meagan McGinnes at 9:18PM   |  Add a comment

 Jairo Geronymo is taking part in a “musictopia” at the Concert for Microtopias, happening on Tuesday March 27th at 8:15 p.m at Hockett Recital Hall.

Geronymo is the pianist for this concert, which is embracing this...

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Posted by Isabel Galupo at 9:07PM   |  Add a comment

Blog posting written by Isabel Galupo, Cinema and Photography '14, FLEFF Intern, Towson, MD

Every Wednesday night, the staff of FLEFF interns are instructed by Ann Michel and Phillip Wilde, co-directors of the production...

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Posted by Hannah Raskin at 8:25PM   |  Add a comment

Carlos Gutiérrez met his business partner Monika Wagenberg back in 1997 when they were both students in the Cinema Studies program at NYU. At the time, Latin American cinema was not very prevalent in the United States. Carlos and Monika wanted to find a way to "promote cinema from the region, locally," and thus, Cinema...

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Blog posting written by Ian Carsia, Cinema & Photography '14, FLEFF Intern, Hamilton, NJ

1) What are you presenting/participating in for FLEFF 2012 and how does this relate to and engage with Microtopias?

"I am teaching a course together with media arts artist and Ph.D. candidate at the Information Science department...

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Posted by Jennifer Barish at 10:31PM   |  1 comment

 

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.

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Posted by Sarah Lockwood at 12:22AM   |  3 comments

Blog post written by Sarah Lockwood, Cinema & Photography '15, FLEFF Intern, Blairstown, NJ

As a FLEFF Intern for the 2012 season, I have had the pleasure of attending class weekly with two brilliant and inspiring internship coordinators - one of whom is Philip Wilde. Phil was kind enough to spend an extra ten minutes of his evening discussing his background in film, his...

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Posted by Meagan McGinnes at 11:42PM   |  3 comments

 In Scavenger Hunt, director Matthew Podolsky explores the

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Blog posting written by Kacey Deamer, Journalism and Environmental Studies '13, FLEFF Intern, Binghamton, NY


It is officially spring, and with that comes the beginning of FLEFF. This Sunday the festival officially kicks-off with a reading at

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 Blog post written by Sarah Lockwood, Cinema & Photography '15, FLEFF Intern, Blairstown, NJ

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of sitting down with Stephanie Khoury - who goes by Steph - a fellow freshman and FLEFF Intern like myself.

Some quick facts about Steph include the following:

  • Born and raised in Jefferson, New Jersey (at one time...

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Posted by Gillian Smith at 4:34PM   |  3 comments

 Blog Post Written by Gillian Smith '12, FLEFF Intern, Journalism, Harwich, MA

 

In anticipation of our upcoming festival (just one week away!!) I've compiled a list of the top five musicians you just can't miss out on seeing this year! 

Drumroll please....

 

1) Robby Aceto:

After visiting our class a few weeks ago, Robby...

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Posted by Meagan McGinnes at 3:16PM   |  1 comment

 

Dr. Gordon Rowland is a member of Lil Anne and Hot Cayenne, which will be playing live music for the showing of Keaton Shorts

MM: What are you presenting at FLEFF 2012 and how does it fit into the theme of microtopias?

GR: I play tenor sax and scrubboard with 

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Posted by Kaley Belval at 12:17AM   |  3 comments

 Blog posting written by Kaley Belval, Documentary Studies and Production '15, FLEFF Intern, Woodbury, CT

Looking at the films for FLEFF made me incredibly excited for the festival. It was really hard to choose just five, but these are a few of the ones I find to be most fascinating. 

1.

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Posted by Ian Carsia at 1:51PM   |  Add a comment

Blog posting written by Ian Carsia, Cinema & Photography '14, FLEFF Intern, Hamilton, NJ

Devan Johnson is a member of the Ithaca class of 2012 and a returning Intern for the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival.

This year, she's assuming the added responsibility of 'team leader' for the newest crop of Interns. When asked about...

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Posted by Meagan McGinnes at 1:35PM   |  2 comments

 Top 5 Movies to see at Cinemapolis

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Posted by Andrew Ronald at 7:49PM   |  2 comments

Blog posting written by Andrew Ronald, Film, Photography & Visual Arts '15, FLEFF Intern, Mahopac, New York

Attention all cinephiles! The FLEFF 2012 Film Descriptions and Trailers page is up!

Now of course every film that will be screened...

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Posted by Jennifer Barish at 5:26PM   |  4 comments

Blog posting written by Jennifer Barish, Communication Management & Design ‘14, FLEFF intern, Skokie, IL

Okay. I need to talk about this. I need to get it off my chest. I'm already sick of this topic, but as a staff member at one of the most influential, international film festivals in the world studying communication at a college known for...

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Posted by Colleen Ryan at 11:09AM   |  1 comment

Blog post written by Colleen Ryan, Television-Radio '12, Anthropology Minor, Lansing, NY

This year, the interns will be constructing, to be said in my own words, something "super awesome" outside of the Gannett Center on the Ithaca College campus for the entirety of FLEFF week.

The...

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Posted by Chloe Wilson at 7:38PM   |  3 comments

Blog posting written by Chloe Wilson, Television-Radio ’14, FLEFF Intern, Ashland, Massachusetts.

I love movies.  Seriously, I am absolutely crazy about them.  So when FLEFF posted the FLEFF 2012 Film Descriptions and Trailers, I geeked out. 

I recommend checking out the...

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Posted by Sarah Lockwood at 7:08PM   |  3 comments

Blog Post by Sarah Lockwood, Cinema & Photography '15, FLEFF Intern, Blairstown, NJ

I have chosen to continue the journey to FLEFF week with a 'virtual tour' of some of the hottest places in Ithaca, NY to be during the week of March 25th, 2012!

This is...

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Blog posting written by Kacey Deamer, Journalism and Environmental Studies '13, FLEFF Intern, Binghamton, NY

Last year you may have read his blog posts as a FLEFF intern. This year he is a team leader, helping to organize FLEFF interns on different...

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Blog post written by Colleen Ryan, Television-Radio '12, Anthropology minor, Lansing, NY

 

The list of amazing guests keeps growing and growing, and by golly I don't think there's anything about FLEFF that I'm NOT excited for.

Here are five guests I'm most looking forward to:

1. 

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Posted by Kacey Deamer at 3:38PM   |  2 comments

Blog posting written by Kacey Deamer, Journalism and Environmental Studies '13, FELFF Intern, Binghamton, NY

My family isn't real, it can't be. Parents happily married living with their daughter, son and dog in a brick-faced suburban home with nice landscaping out front and a small pool in the back. Every Sunday there's dinner at the grandparents' house, only two minutes away. Holidays...

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Posted by Hannah Raskin at 1:21PM   |  2 comments

Blog posting written by Hana Raskin, Communication Management and Design '12, FLEFF intern, New York City

Each of the FLEFF 2012 guests contribute something special to the festival and help to foster our microtopia and 'different environment.' However, there are several guests that I am especially excited to meet....

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 Blog Posting Written by Kaley Belval, Documentary Studies and Production '15, FLEFF Intern, Woodbury, CT

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Posted by Colleen Ryan at 3:00PM   |  Add a comment

Colleen Ryan
Television-Radio, '12
Anthropology Minor
Lansing, NY

Fellow blogger Meagan McGinnes asked guest Robby Aceto last night at the FLEFF intern meeting how his improvisational music trio, Cloud Chamber Orchestra, forms a cohesive sound, despite having a different take on the film they...

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