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The Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival from the interns' point of view
Thursday, February 13, 2014
Blog post written by Blaize Hall, Television-Radio Communications, '15, Georgia, Vermont
Pizza from Sammy’s, gorge jumping, picnics at Buttermilk Falls, great theatre at Dillingham, Apple Fest, Chili Fest, ICTV, The Ithacan, bagels from the Ithaca Bakery. All of these are special traditions of Ithaca. FLEFF, however, offers something more. The Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival is a tradition with a purpose.
FLEFF has been an important establishment in Ithaca for 17 years. What began as an outreach project by the Center for Environment at Cornell University in 1997, has become a popular event, highly anticipated by Ithaca College students and faculty, Ithaca residents, and visitors from afar. The broad range of artistic displays, coupled with the focused genre of environmental films make this festival relatable to a wide audience, but still allow for unique themes, (like this year’s theme of Dissonance!). It’s location in Ithaca gives it an approachable low-key feel, while also being a hotspot for activists, world-renowned artists, and film historians alike, and providing the opportunity for meaningful connections. And that’s ultimately the purpose of film festivals, to make those connections and learn not only from the films, but from the guests, and other participants in the festival.
All of these factors make FLEFF a truly valuable Ithaca tradition, one that students should NOT miss out on while they’re here! I’m looking forward to seeing A Touch of Sin at the 2014 festival. What films do YOU want to see this year?