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The Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival from the interns' point of view
Saturday, April 19, 2014
In film festivals, parties are as important as movie screenings. This year, Argos Inn, “the beautifully restored, LEED certified historic mansion” on Buffalo St. in downtown Ithaca, hosted FLEFF’s after-parties Thursday through Saturday.
Upon entering the white mansion, warm air blew on my face and hit the freezing breeze outside. I expected the crowd at the parties to be smaller. I left the movie theater at 11 p.m. Friday night after sitting for about eight hours straight — taking a break only to go from theater to theater. I expected other festival attendees to be as exhausted as I was and craving solely a bed to lie on.
I was surprised to find little to no space to stand on when I entered Argos. The venue was nearly filled to its maximum capacity. People wandered the room carefully holding cocktails and beer above their heads and repeatedly announcing, “Excuse me.” A band played live music from one corner of the room.
I bought a drink at the bar and scanned the crowd immediately recognizing guests I had seen in the FLEFF Lab and at Cinemapolis: Rodrigo Brandao from Kino Lorber and the filmmakers of A Will for the Woods. I also saw Andrew Lowenthal from EngageMedia and Brett Bossard, Cinemapolis executive director. I approached them, thanked them for coming, and asked them questions. We briefly conversed about films and and about life in the film industry. We continued discourse about green burials, about the popularity of foreign films in America, and about “new media."
There were very few students there; I wish more had attended. I never thought going to a bar could be an intellectual experience. But, sharing a drink and chatting with FLEFF guests was, I must say, more intellectually stimulating than hearing a lecture in class. It was also more intimate than asking questions in a theater during Q&A's or after screenings. I only wish there were more parties.