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The Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival from the interns' point of view
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Blog posting by Kimberly Capehart, Documentary Studies '16, FLEFF Blogger, Cherry Hill, NJ
I sat down with first-time FLEFF intern Emelia Breen in the noisy pub on the Ithaca College campus to talk about her experience so far with festival and what she's looking forward to. Breen, a sophomore Culture and Communication major, shared her thoughts over our cursory meeting.
KC: Why did you decide to apply for the internship?
EB: Well, I heard about the opportunity through Dr. Patricia Zimmermann's [Introduction to Film Aesthetics and Analysis] class and I received a couple emails about the festival through Laurie Arliss, who is the Chair of the Communication Studies department. I decided to apply for the internship because it sounded interesting and I hoped that it would help me figure out what I'd like to do for my concentration for my major.
KC: Could you tell me a little more about your major?
EB: There's a lot of core classes: some of which are in [the Roy H. Park School of Communications], even though the major isn't considered to be a part of the Communications school. I've been taking research classes in addition to general communication classes. But every Culture and Communication major is required to design his or her own concentration within the degree. I've been thinking a lot about different artistic forms and how they communicate different messages, and I think FLEFF will definitely give me some good experience and show me a lot of different things that will help me decide what I'd like to concentrate in.
KC: How have you and the other interns been preparing for the festival?
EB: We've been doing a lot of reading about the festivals, and specifically about FLEFF. We've been attending FLEFF-sponsored screenings on campus and kind of getting our feet wet with the whole process.
KC: What have you learned so far that has changed your perceptions?
EB: I really like that the festival is about sustainability, but across many different discourses. I also like that the festival isn't comprised only of films: there's other aspects to it that, I think, make it a more well-rounded festival. I think the fact that it is well-rounded draws a more intellectual crowd.
KC: What are you most excited about for the 17th annual Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival?
EB: As an intern, I'm excited to completely immerse myself in the festival for a week. It's going to be interesting to watch the films of different directors, producers, and distributors and then to be able to hear what they have to say about the films afterward. I'm really excited for all of the different conversations and questions that will be surrounding such a diverse showcase of films. I think that art and different forms of creation enable people to understand concepts and ideas that they may not have necessarily been able to understand if those concepts and ideas weren't presented in such a way.
Have any of your perceptions about FLEFF changed?