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The Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival from the interns' point of view
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Blog posting written by Isabel Galupo, Cinema and Photography '14, Towson, MD
Jon Reis, a local Ithaca photographer, visited our FLEFF class tonight to discuss the local financial considerations behind hosting a film festival.
While he told us about his personal passion for supporting local artists and gave us a behind-the-scenes look at the local finances behind FLEFF, he indadvertedly gave us an invaluable piece of advice: always do what you love.
At the beginning of his talk, Mr. Reis told us that he was a Sociology major in college...but he always loved photography.
In order to break into the the photography field, he got a job at the local paper. He admitted that the minimum wage pay wasn't that great, but he didn't mind because he was lucky enough to get a job doing what he loved.
Now, as a professional photographer, he has married these two interests and takes photographs that serve as visual social commentaries on American culture.
Mr. Reis-- along with many of the filmmakers, musicians, and intellectuals involved with FLEFF-- has managed to find a way to integrate his multiple, seemingly conflicting interests into his livelihood.
FLEFF is a space-- a microtopia, perhaps-- that brings together passionate, dedicated creators to live their truths, much as Mr. Reis has. It is a space that can inspire other artists and thinkers to do the same.
Are you doing what you love?