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The Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival from the interns' point of view
Thursday, February 9, 2012
Blog posting written by Gillian Smith, Journalism, '12, FLEFF Intern, Harwich, Cape Cod, Massachusetts
A wise man, more commonly known as Mark Twain, once said that "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowline, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream." This, among many other things, is the driving inspiration in my life.
Having the ability to dream has led me to many life opportunities that seemed out of reach. I grew up on Martha's Vineyard, a small island off the coast of Cape Cod, Massachusetts. For many months of the year, my world consisted of my 15 classmates and my family. I followed my dream of becoming a journalist and luckily made it off that tiny island, eventually traveling throughout Europe for six months and expanding my horizons greatly. Through my education, I have learned that I am a very creative person. I have always painted and loved the arts, but what I have learned is that my true passion is for writing and producing documentaries. Documentaries combine everything that I love about investigating a story with my need for hands on work.
Being an Ithaca College student has both inspired me to reach beyond any goals I have set for myself as a journalism and has taught me the importance of living a sustainable life. Sustainability is not something that I was brought up with, or had ever really been taught to keep in mind. Living here has shown me the true importance of being aware of the environment and what effect I may have on it.
This, in combination with my love of journalism and documentaries, is what inspired me to become an intern with FLEFF. I am intrigued by the idea of a film festival, and am truly excited to have the opportunity to get to work on a film festival of this caliber. I also applied to the internship because I have a new interest in sustainability, and take any opportunity that I can to learn more about it. I was surprised to learn that this internship is run mostly by previous interns. In my mind this is a great way to inspire the new interns and to also generate ideas rapidly.
I will end this post with a question: what will we, as interns, to make this FLEFF season bigger and better than the last?