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The Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival from the interns' point of view
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Blog posting written by Dorothea Hinman, Cinema and Photography '15, FLEFF Intern, Rochester, NY
FLEFF 2013 was an experience I will never forget.
I can remember our first class meeting back in the beginning of the semester. We went around the room shared with the rest of the interns our thoughts about the upcoming semester as a FLEFF blogger. We shared things we were excited about and things we were nervous about. Not only did this help us get to know each other, it also eased the anxiety we were all feeling.
Soon, this anxiety turned to excitement. Actually engaging in international affairs, interviewing filmmakers and working with Engage Media was not daunting at all. In fact, it's downright thrilling! Each week we were presented with a new task. These tasks were hands on and practical: it was a nice break from the normal grind of essays and exams that make up the rest of college life.
I learned a lot about social media through my FLEFF experience. I had never blogged before. It was a new form of media that I was introduced and thrust into. I learned the importance of "getting it out there." Social media is no about creating something precious that takes four hours to make. It's about important, dynamic ideas and it's about getting it out there, quick, for the world to observe and learn form.
As the festival got closer, we became busier and busier. One of my favorite activities we engaged in was another form of social media to spread the word of FLEFF: flash mobs! Almost every week we had a flash mob around campus to raise awareness and interest in the festival. Not only were these mobs effective, they were also super fun! We got to share our excitement with civillians and engage in conversation.
FLEFF week was a blur of excitement and fluidity. There really was nothing like seeing a line out the door for films like AKA: Doc Pomus and Wild Style. It was a wonderful thing to see people from all around the community come to see these films. I really got a sense of community from the whole experience.
I am very grateful to have participated in FLEFF. I have learned a lot and made a lot of friends. Endless thank yous to everyone else involved, we had a great run!