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The Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival from the interns' point of view
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Blog posting by Kimberly Capehart, Documentary Studies and Production ’16, FLEFF Blogger, Cherry Hill, New Jersey
Wake up. Get ready for the day. Walk down 4 flights of stairs. Walk past the library. Cut through Campus Center. Walk through the parking lot outside of Phillips Hall. Stop and get coffee at the Park cart. Go to class.
This is my daily routine just to get to class. In just 7 months, I’ve walked this route hundreds of times, and it’s safe to say that I could probably walk it with my eyes closed at this point (okay, maybe not with all the stairs).
How often do we get stuck in routines? How often do we neglect to let ourselves explore the environment we live in simply because we don’t need to?
In a world reduced to cell phones and computer screens, it’s more important now, than it has ever been, to break out of our shell of convenience and “comfortability” and actually explore the world that we live in. This is where Dérive app comes in.
The brainchild of Babak Fakhamzadeh, a web guru who is currently situated in Uganda, and Eduardo Cachucho, an architect living in Johannesburg, Dérive app is a web-based application that allows users to “get lost in [their] own city,” states Fakhamzadeh.
The application presents users with a series of cards that dictate a certain action. These digital cards, which are accompanied by drawings, collages, and/or pictures generated by contributors, lead the user on an unpredictable, and purely random route throughout the city, or area, of his or her choosing.
“Follow something yellow”
“Find a fancy sports car”
“Stop for three minutes.”
The cards are simple to follow, yet interesting enough to allow for a full day exploration of a city.
“By using Dérive app, you are specifically avoiding places that everyone else is going to,” says Fakhamzadeh. It allows users to “explore the city merely for being there,” adds Cachucho, “it gets them out of their everyday experience of the city.”
In addition to tracking their dérives (the unofficial name for users’ explorations, which comes from the French verb “deriver” which means “to drift”) users also have the ability to add pictures and notes from their journey. It’s also “a tool to record that experience and share that experience with others,” notes Fakhamzadeh.
So get out there and dedicate a day to exploration. Break out of your routine and explore your surroundings! Find a new favorite place to eat, venture down some back streets, and get lost in your own city.
I’ll be doing a dérive in Philadelphia next week; where will you explore?
Saturday, February 23, 2013
Blog posting written by Andrew Ronald, Film, Photography & Visual Arts '15, FLEFF Social Media Manager, Mahopac, NY
Although FLEFF is just a little over a month away, there is so much that has yet to happen. And there is so much to be excited for. At this point in my FLEFF-tastic journey, I have had a lot to reflect upon.
One of these upcoming events in particular is the Upstate Filmmaker's Showcase premiering at downtown Ithaca's independent art cinema, Cinemapolis. On March 3rd, the entire staff will come together and converge with fellow audience members consisting of local professors, other interns, and of course, the entire Ithaca community.
People will converge. Ideas will collide. And conversation will occur.
Because isn't that what festivals are all about anyway?
Of course there are other very exciting events that the interns have been preparing for, including our efforts to revamp urban exploration in a new was using the Derive app and our positive stories that we will be covering through an exciting partnership with EngageMedia. But we will save these for later. In the meantime, let us reflect.
My role as a Social Media Manager has truly allowed me to ascertain a newfound perspective towards the idea of film festivals, and FLEFF was the perfect vehicle to explore this attitude. Festivals are fast-paced, and the only way to respond to this celerity is through the ability to adapt. You have to be pliable. The fellow interns and bloggers have understood this, and they are all so willing and eager to contribute to the festival's success.
And what a successful festival it is going to be.
Working with their enthusiasm has given me the passion to work harder, strive to serve as a positive role model, and also have a lot of fun on this journey!
What can you take away from your own FLEFF-tastic experiences?
Sunday, January 27, 2013
Blog posting written by Andrew Ronald, Film, Photography & Visual Arts '15, FLEFF Blogger, Mahopac, New York
Well here we go again with another great edition of the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival!
My name is Andrew Ronald and this is my second year in a row blogging for FLEFF, but first year taking on the role as a Social Media Manager. I am from Mahopac, New York currently studying Film, Photography & Visual Arts with a minor in Marketing at Ithaca College. You guys might recognize some of my blog posts from last year, but this time around, the festival is taking a slightly revamped approach as the theme of mobilities is explored.
And what an appropriate theme it is!
Simply put, I love everything about communications. From the commercial to the artistic. From the global to the local. And similarly, a lot of these connections have to do with the presence of festivals themselves. Festivals are very unifying. They create binaries, connect individuals, and are highly established places of convergence.
FLEFF is no exception.
I can't wait to engage with some of the new programs we have going on this year, including the up-and-coming Derive, an urban exploration project, and perhaps the quintessential example of mobilities: flash mobs!
In honor of the new theme, what do you guys think of when you hear the word "mobilities?"