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The Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival from the interns' point of view
Thursday, February 9, 2012
Blog posting written by Kaley Belval, Documentary Studies and Production '15, FLEFF Intern, Woodbury, CT
Life is interesting when you seek out issues that you have never known of before. That is my main interest, finding stories which I do not know much about and educating myself so that I can help to educate others.
This is one of the main reasons why I wanted to be a FLEFF intern. I love learning about issues that I have no direct relationship to or know very little about. In learning about the experiences of others, it is much easier to be understanding and educated about our world. I became really interested in the festival the first time I came to visit Ithaca, and wanted to learn more. When I saw the website, I was extremely interested in the online Trafficked Identities Exhibition that was featured online last year. This past semester, I wrote an article for Buzzsaw Magazine about human trafficking. I find it to be a very fascinating issue that needs to be discussed in greater detail so that actions can be taken to prevent this phenomenon from occurring.
FLEFF is something which I am really excited about, not just because of the exhibits and films that will be screened. As a Documentary Studies major, I am truly interested in seeing how an actual film festival operates, the type of people that attend, and being a part of the marketing process. It is very amazing that I have the opportunity to gain this experience and meet so many interesting people within the industry.
What would you be interested in learning more about? Go out and expand your horizons. Maybe you will stumble onto a subject that you become truly passionate about! It's worth a try.