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The Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival from the interns' point of view
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Blog posting written by Chloe Wilson, Television-Radio ’14, FLEFF Intern, Ashland, Massachusetts.
Before you read the rest of this post, you should know that Kaley Belval blogged about an amazing interview with filmmakers Laura Kissel and Jessica Bichler earlier in the week. That being said, I sat through a talk with Kissel and heard her talk in depth about her film, Cotton Road, and the ideas behind its production.
(P.S. Did you know she was a Fulbright Scholar?! That's amazing!)
Cotton Road is an analysis of globalization through one of the world's most popular commodities: cotton. The film shows the journey of cotton from South Carolina to factories in Shanghai to a retail store, while analyzing the landscape of social relations and the effect of globalization on the economy.
Kissel said that the following questions went into the creation of her film:
Kissel showed us a sourcemap of a supply chain. It was incredibly extensive and it helps individuals find out where product have gone and where they are going to go. "We want people to think about mapping their own clothing and other products that they are interested in," said Kissel. "What is the impact of shipping an object from South Carolina to China?"
Kissel also talked about the main issues that she is interested in that will be brought up in Cotton Road:
One of Kissel's main points was audience engagement and outreach. "How should we tell audiences about the film?" Kissel asked us. "How do we engage audiences? And where are your audiences? You have to find them... [For Cotton Road] the audience is students and young people. So how can we engage those audiences?"
Social media, of course! Kissel plugged the soon to be interactive website and encouraged us to like the Facebook page and to tweet @cottonroadmovie to share opinions and comments. You should definitely check out the sites.
Cotton Road will be shown at Cinemapolis this Saturday at 2 PM, FLEFFers! Are you as excited to see it as I am?