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The Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival from the interns' point of view

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Posted by Karly Placek at 10:42PM   |  Add a comment
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Blog posting by Karly Placek, Documentary Studies and Production '15, FLEFF Social Media Manager, Monroe, Wisconsin 

As a freshman, I was told by a professor to enjoy every minute of my college experience because it was going to be the fastest four years of my life. 

Nearly two years later, I've come to the conclusion that this is the truest piece of advice regarding my college years. Every semester seems to fly by faster than the last, and this spring was no exception. 

Only three and a half months ago I met the rest of the blogging staff for FLEFF and began to fully immerse myself in the festival. In this short amount of time, we've interviewed many talented artists, distributors, and intellectuals; conceived and performed flash mobs and street-team demonstrations; engaged personally with an international cohort of guests; and even produced international documentary shorts. It's also rumored that we were "the best blogging team FLEFF has ever seen," but I"ll leave that up for you to decide! 

I personally made many connections this year and was inspired by many professionals. I learned a lot about documentary and activism from conversations with Kelly Matheson , Sarah DuPont , and Liz Miller. I'm excited to see the future of social and environmental activist media and how incredible individuals (and maybe even myself!) will change the dialogue on the activist documentary.

Maintaining a leadership role on the blogging staff has been full of challenges this semester, but I had a team of hard-working individuals who were genuinely thrilled to be working with FLEFF. Our team overcame all obstacles and did so with zeal and passion. It's unfortunate to realize that I will never work with this exact blogging team again, but I'm thankful for all of the insight I've gained and the knowledge we've learned as a team. 

I can't believe I  can say I've already interned for two years with FLEFF - I still feel as if I'm just getting used to college! One thing's for sure: I value every moment spent working with FLEFF. I know that in two short years, I will not have the chance to be as involved and engaged with the incredible people, ideas, and media that have surrounded me for the past two years at the festival. A festival is nothing without people - and I've met some truly inspirational ones here at FLEFF. 

A million thank-you's to everyone involved in any way with FLEFF. "Mobilities" has been a great ride. 

 


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