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The Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival from the interns' point of view
Saturday, February 22, 2014
Margaux Neiderbach is the Director of Student and Young Alumni Programs at Cornell University where she graduated in 1999. She also serves as a member of the Cinemapolis Board.
What do you do for FLEFF and year round as a member of the Cinemapolis board?
I volunteer as a greeter for FLEFF and have enjoyed attending many of the films that I would not otherwise have had the opportunity to see.
As a board member, I've been involved with special events such as the "Local Favorites" series, events surrounding the digital conversion, and the annual "And the Winner Is" fundraising gala, which will be held this year on 3/2/14.
I know Cinemapolis has converted to all digital projectors. How will this affect FLEFF, whether positivity or negatively?
The board is thrilled about the digital conversion and our movie-going audience is benefiting from it as well. The visuals and sound quality are infinitely better. FLEFF films can now be screened at a higher quality.
Tell me about a challenging aspect of your job, which, despite being difficult, has been rewarding?
Many community members don't realize that Cinemapolis is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that relies heavily on individual donations and grants. The theater depends on membership and donations, not only for the digital conversion, but also for day-to-day operations.
Informing individuals about the theater's unique role and importance in our community and nonprofit status can sometimes be a challenge. There are many ways that Cinemapolis benefits the community through lectures, talk-backs, cry-baby cinema, FLEFF, and much, much more that would not necessarily take place at a commercial venue.
Can you give me your “Top 3” memories from FLEFF where you remember feeling amazed and proud to be part of the festival?
Volunteering for FLEFF has provided me the opportunity to meet and speak with fascinating film directors and producers and spend time with dedicated Ithaca College students. I've seen incredible films from around the world and from our own backyard. This annual local tradition holds such an important place in the diverse local culture.
Do you have any words of wisdom for this year's FLEFF goers?
Check out the schedule in advance, buy a festival pass, bring your friends, and see as many movies as you can!