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The Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival from the interns' point of view
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
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 the founder and director of Outcast films, a company that focuses on LGBT issues through public education and personal activism.
I’ve created short documentaries about LGBT issues, such as the film dealing with discrimination against LGBT adoption. In addition I have worked teaching kids how to make movies at the Jacob Burns Film Center. Domico’s work was so relatable. I hadn’t quite expected to find a company working on endeavors so aligned with my own work, let alone talking to the founder of those efforts.
From her relaxed demeanor to her honest opinion, the best part about the conversation was how easy it was to talk to someone so successful. The power in that is that Domico’s work moved from being unobtainable and unrealistic in my life, to being tangible and real.
The differences between bloggers, interns, festivalgoers, filmmakers, and distributers melted away. That’s part of the charm of film festival. Conversations become ignited over ideas more than experience. Sure people network and hope to learn something from those willing to spare some advice, but everyone is there to talk.