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Tuesday, March 19, 2013
The closer we get to FLEFF, the more excited I get! It also helps that more and more events are being announced everyday. It's exciting to guess what new films and guests will be at FLEFF, and what new experiences this year's FLEFF will offer.
I already posted about the Cinemapolis FLEFF films I can't wait to see, but the FLEFF on-campus schedule was released earlier this week and I am totally stoked about the slate of events! They all are going to be amazing, but here are three that I'm incredibly excited to partake in:
1. Lecture: Food Sovereignty and the Global Hunger Games
Okay, so it's not the story with Katniss Everdeen, but this lecture by Dr. Phil McMichael is centered on an interesting topic that everyone can relate to. "Food sovereignty" refers to the right of peoples to create, define, and reform their own food systems, but with our culture's method of food production, it is difficult to share that power with the whole of the populace. Personally, I'm really excited to learn more about this topic - as well as my place within the global system - so I'm definitely not missing this one.
This lecture will be held on Monday, April 1st at 7 PM. Location TBD.
2. Workshop: Transmedia
FLEFF is a front-runner in regards to new media, so what better place to learn about the importance of transmedia and how this affects the future of the industry? This workshop will be facilitated by Ann Michel and Phil Wilde, the principals of the award-winning production firm Insights International, and led by artist Elizabeth Miller and researcher/professor Evan Meany. Based on Miller and Meany's work in the new media field, I'm sure they both will have fantastic insight into this new and rising field.
This workshop will be held on Wednesday, April 3 at 6:50 PM in Room 111 of the Park Business School.
3. Film: The Other Side of the Water
This film follows a group of immigrants as they reinvent traditional Haitian music (known as "rara")for the streets of Brooklyn, their new home. It's a powerful mix of narrative of music that is unique to this documentary - it's definitely a film to see if you're interested in either artform. "The Other Side of the Water" also does a fantastic job portraying the Diaspora community in the New York area, making it both educational and entertaining.
This film will be screened on Tuesday, April 2nd at 1:10 PM in Room 281 of the Park School of Communications.
Be sure to check out the schedule on the homepage of the FLEFF website! What events are you excited for?
Saturday, March 24, 2012
Blog posting written by Isabel Galupo, Cinema and Photography '14, FLEFF Intern, Towson, MD
Every Wednesday night, the staff of FLEFF interns are instructed by Ann Michel and Phillip Wilde, co-directors of the production company Insights International. In this class, Ann and Phil guide us on how to market FLEFF to the Ithaca community, how to engage with festival guests and artists, and how to think about the business of film festivals in creative and innovative ways.
I had the opportunity to sit down with Ann after class last week and learn about her experience as a media professional, her paradoxical interests in mathematics and filmmaking, and her thoughts on live performances in FLEFF:
On her work for Insights International and her March 27th "Workshop on 100 Films about Water:"
"Insights produces social issue and science films...[the films at the workshop] are very short, bite size science...we're hoping with our filmmaking skills to bring people into the science fold that haven't really been in it before."
On the influence of math in her work as a filmmaker:
"Mathematics is a very concise language...the shortest sentence in the world is e = mc2. In 5 letters, you have described the universe. Good filmmaking, in my opinion, can also be concise."
On what makes FLEFF a unique experience:
"FLEFF always tries to do outside of traditional film screening events...watching a movie is not a big deal, so to get people out of their houses and into a theater...you have to add value to the experience, and one way to do that is to have performers...so that it becomes a more theatrical event."
Be sure to attend the "Workshop of 100 Films about Water," hosted by producers/directors Ann Michel and Phillip Wilde on Tuesday, March 27th in Park 279 from 2:35 - 3:50 P.M. Ann and Phil will be presenting segments of films that deal with the science and politics of water.
Thursday, March 22, 2012
Blog post written by Sarah Lockwood, Cinema & Photography '15, FLEFF Intern, Blairstown, NJ
As a FLEFF Intern for the 2012 season, I have had the pleasure of attending class weekly with two brilliant and inspiring internship coordinators - one of whom is Philip Wilde. Phil was kind enough to spend an extra ten minutes of his evening discussing his background in film, his involvement in FLEFF, and some advice for festival goers this year:
On His Journey to Video
Phil began his college career as a science major at Cornell University, here in Ithaca, NY. However, his true calling began in 1971, the year in which he first picked up a video camera, and "never looked back." Phil operates a production company with his wife - and fellow internship coordinator - Ann Michel. Together they create videos, mostly scientific in nature.
On His Involvement With FLEFF
Seven years ago Phil joined the FLEFF staff, due mostly to his good friend Dr. Patricia Zimmerman, co-director of the film festival. Also based in Ithaca, Dr. Zimmerman knew of Phil and his interest in all subjects technical theatre and video related, and asked him to join the process of running the festival.
Over the years, Phil noted that the most noticeable change in the festival is that it has become "more intellectual", a noticeable evaluation of film and the film environment.
On the Perks of FLEFF
To put it simply, the "excitement of possibilities", that "anything is possible". FLEFF is not limited by the academic world or the real world - it is a place to "make experiments", and revel in the results (in successes and mistakes).
"Go to everything you can possibly go to. Talk to everyone you can possibly talk to."
Plain and simple, a film festival is about involvement and communication. Equal interaction with all people present at a festival - interns, directors, guests, crew members, audience members - is crucial.
And most importantly - "Don't talk too much, listen."
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Blog posting written by Chloe Wilson, Television-Radio ’14, FLEFF Intern, Ashland, Massachusetts.
So I'm going to liveblog a FLEFF session that is for the interns, but I figured all you interested FLEFFers will get a kick out of this info too. This session is focused on The Concert for Microtopias and is hosted by two of the musicians performing in the concert.
6:58 PM- Patty Zimmerman (FLEFF Festival Coordinator and Ithaca College professor) is introducing "The Concert for Microtopias" and it sounds fantastic! Turns out we're using the Whelan School of Music for a concert location.
6:59 PM- Ann and Phil get a shout-out from Patty! #Awesome
7:01 PM- The actresses involved in the performance are loving the microtopia theme! The concert has been commissioned by FLEFF and is free!
7:07 PM- Brad has the floor! (He loves FLEFF because he gets to pick what he sings.)
7:09 PM- Debbie says that she loves working with dead people (musicians, I hope/am pretty sure of). Debbie shares a story about a man and his fabric collection (and Brad bought the guy's house and it's full of fabric) and his fabric room.
7:11 PM- Debbie: "We thought we'd start off my choosing some of our favorite things to play. Different things that make you happy or inspired or feeling feelings at the most extreme levels. That's what you'll find here. You'll find everything from different countries to different takes on spiritual things to ethnic things. Old, old-old music, new music, it's really a lot of different things."
7:14 PM- Debbie made us stand up and clap/dance along to music! It was hard to liveblog...
7:15 PM- Brad is playing us a German song with lyrics from a sacred text. As somebody who has sung in German, it's really hard! Gotta give the singer props.
7:16 PM- Recording isn't working... bummer.
7:17 PM- FLEFF Team Leader springs into action! She saves the day!
7:18 PM- Discovering a love for German opera right now.
7:20 PM- The title of the song (when translated) is "I Have Enough," as it "I have enough knowing that I'll go to heaven." What a great aria! (Guess my older brother's interest in Gilbert and Sullivan is rubbing off on me! Even though this particular opera is from Bach...)
7:21 PM- Brad gets to sing this piece? He mus be so excited! (He is. He also just said so.)
7:24 PM- Debbie is playing the piano for us. It's such a soft melody. Makes me wish I was that talented...
7:27 PM- Brad is playing a recording of the piece that Debbie just played. The soprano is amazing and its such a soft lullaby!
7:30 PM- This soft opera lullaby is going to be followed up by Maurice Ravel's "Pavane pour une infante defunte." I recognize this! (I used to study at the New England Conservatory. It was all music all the time!)
7:34 PM- Debbie says that the challenge will be to take these orchestral pieces and adapt them fully to piano. It's going to be hard to adapt harp for two pianos!
7:35 PM- Next on the program?! "Wade in the Water!!!!" I'm so excited! I performed to this in high school and am obsessed with this song.
7:36 PM- Listening to Big Mama Thornton's cover!
7:38 PM- I always get chills listening to this song! This cover is by the African American Choral Ensemble. Loving the alto line in this!
7:40 PM- Brad says that microtopias occur all over the IC campus... when professors teach in their classroom, in organizations, etc.
7:42 PM- From Debbie: The word "tarantella" comes from "tarantula." Ew...
7:43 PM- Listening to "Anytime" by William Finn.
7:45 PM- Somebody is asking a great question about how to collaborate over long distances! Brad is saying that they owe a lot to Patty and that she helps bring everyone together.
7:47 PM- Debbie is going to Berlin to practice with her fellow pianist! I'm jealous, it's such a beautiful city and there's so much history.
7:50 PM- Debbie: "If you really sit and think about it... these small moments of every aspect of who we are and what we are and it's fragmented and yet it can come together... That's what we're aiming for. This should be a new experience! Something that you don't do all the time."
7:51 PM- Brad: "I feel that FLEFF has opened my boundaries greatly... Just knowing that this is Ithaca, it's a really tremendous and wonderful safe place where you can expand yourself as an artist."
7:52 PM- Brad: "I love music and I love pushing the limit. I love having the music speak to people."
7:55 PM- Art Jones is the VJ for the concert! According to Patty, he has never worked with classical musicians. This will be a cool experience for everyone!
8:00 PM- Brad: "It's interesting to wonder what brings people to the concert. I think it's great that people are there because of music and their appreciation and love of music. I think that having a response is also really important. Not applause at the end, it's about the sense of something being given and something being received."
8:03 PM- And that's a wrap! Brava! Thank you! Encore! Many other words to express the thanks of the FLEFF interns.
What music would you want to hear at a FLEFF concert? What if it could be anything (Britney Spears, Sutton Foster, Jarhand... literally, anyone!)? Sound off below!