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The Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival from the interns' point of view
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
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.
During my last three years, I watched my friends engage in the festival through the roles of intern, blogger, and assistants, but never took the plunge for myself.
As a student, I would look up the grid for CInemapolis, do a simple Google search and decide what to see with my friends. After the screenings, life would go on without much thought regarding the guests or the works themselves.
As a staffer, the festival enchanted me.
Immersing in programmed films and guests’ bios week after week built my anticipation for the events. By the time the festival arrived, my staffer badge felt like a highly coveted backstage pass to an intellectual concert.
When you work for the festival, you’re around a group of people who exude as much excitement about the films as you do.
You understand the unique opportunity to share ideas with scholars like Dr. Irina Aristarkhova or filmmaker Ira McKinley. The exclusivity of a premiere such as Cotton Road or the rare chance to watch films from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in a cinema holds more weight.
Working for the festival helped me grasp just how much work it takes to pull together
60 on-campus events and 58 off-campus events over seven days related to one theme.
It made me appreciate the opportunity to see any film at Cinemapolis, let alone the 10 that I had the privilege of viewing, in an entirely different light.
I encourage every student, regardless of year, major, or position, to throw themselves into the festival as a staffer. You won’t regret it.