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The Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival from the interns' point of view
Saturday, March 1, 2014
Blog post written by Haley Stearns, Film, Photography, and Visual Arts '15, FLEFF Blogger, Buffalo, New York
This week I had the opportunity to interview one of our FLEFF Team Leaders, Rachel Weinberg. Rachel, a sophomore Documentary Studies and Production major, shared some of her passions, thoughts, and opinions about this years Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival.
Q: What are some of your passions and hobbies?
A: I have a passion for film. I love watching all kinds of film no matter the genre or year. My hobby is crew. I am a second year varsity coxswain.
Q: What originally inspired you to get involved with FLEFF?
A: What originally inspired me to get involved with FLEFF was the fact that I could easily immerse myself in various types of film from countries all over the world. Also, it gives students the opportunity to talk to professional filmmakers and get an inside look at their stories and how they created their films.
Q: Can you elaborate on your role as a Team Leader?
A: As a team leader I was giving a group of four interns, three of whom are freshman, which is really exciting to see. I guide them through the FLEFF process based on my prior knowledge as an intern. That knowledge includes: proper film/festival etiquette, the jobs and responsibilities they will have during FLEFF week, and how to research films and guests that will be showing and speaking at the festival.
Q: How do you think FLEFF has helped to develop your professional and leadership skills?
A: FLEFF has helped to develop my professional career in many ways. It has taught me how to converse with professionals in the industry and how to present myself in a professional way. It has helped me develop leadership skills by teaching me how to organize and run a large group. As a team leader, I realized everyone is different and it is important to uses everyone's strengths to create a unified and holistic work environment.
Q: How has it been working with fellow students and interns?
A: It's always a blast working with fellow students and interns. Everyone is so talent and those talents really come through during the FLEFF experience.
Q: Would you recommend being a team leader to aspiring FLEFF students?
A: I would definitely recommend becoming a team leader. It's a good way to meet people with similar interests and passions as you. Also, the rest of the FLEFF staff is awesome. Tiffani and Dr. Zimmermann are really creative, smart, and easy to work with.
Q: Why would you recommend other students/people to attend FLEFF?
A: I would recommend students and people to attend FLEFF because its a global perspective in our backyard. FLEFF brings international and award winning films from all over the world to the small town of Ithaca. FLEFF gives everyone the chance to step out of our own culture and into another.
Q: What are you most looking forward to during FLEFF week?
A: I am looking forward to all the films this year. There is an excellent line up so far and more films are being added constantly. It's so exciting to see international film, and be able to get an inside look from the director who is sitting right right in front of you.
Sunday, February 9, 2014
Blog post by Kimberly Capehart, Documentary Studies and Production '16, FLEFF Blogger, Cherry Hill, NJ
Uncomfortable. Conflicting. Incompatible.
For me, the past year has been all about breaking out of my comfort zone, and that is reflected in the theme of this year’s Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival.
I’ve come a long way in the last 12 months: from a timid, nervous freshman to a confident woman figuring out who and where she wants to be in the world. I’ve broken down walls that I built up and pushed myself to the edge of what used to be my comfort zone.
As a Documentary Studies and Production major, I’m required to take courses in film, photography, and journalism. Film and photography have always excited me, but as a freshman with very little confidence in my writing ability, the idea of journalism classes made my stomach churn.
I felt awkward amongst my peers and every writing assignment took me an excruciatingly long time to complete.
But here I am, a year later, blogging for the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival and writing for Buzzsaw Magazine. I pushed myself through all of my initial discomfort and found that I actually really like to write, and I’m not too bad at it either.
Dissonance is a clash of elements that produces an uncomfortable result.
I’m excited to explore the theme through films, performances, lectures, conversations, and by continuing to push myself out of my comfort zone each and every day.
What does Dissonance mean to you?
Sunday, January 26, 2014
Blog posting written by Kayla Reopelle, Documentary Studies and Production, ’14, FLEFF Blogger, Roy, WA
My name is Kayla Reopelle and I’m one of the new bloggers for the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival! I am a senior Documentary Studies and Production major with minors in Honors and Politics, Model UN delegate, and co-editor for Buzzsaw Magazine’s multimedia section, Seesaw.
Before I came to Ithaca College, I didn’t have a passport.
I’m from a small town in the South Puget Sound region of Washington State called Roy. Known for the bi-annual Roy Rodeo, my hometown is something a little different. I’m drawn back to its breathtaking views of Mt. Rainier and churches converted into gun shops.
I was eager to get out and explore the world, try new things, and my studies allowed me to do just that. I’ve traveled to three continents, worked with a radio show that features Incarcerated Voices, and found inspiration in new media theories that push me to tell stories in interactive ways.
FLEFF is one of the highlights of my spring semester.
The Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival gives me and other Ithaca College students a chance to meet filmmakers, artists, musicians and scholars, to see banned films, and push ourselves to think about the festival’s theme beyond conventional limits. When I heard this year’s theme was dissonance, I knew I wanted to be a blogger. More on that next week!
I’m very excited for FLEFF’s screening of Grass: A Nation’s Battle for Life (1925) this Tuesday, January 28 at 7:30pm in the Sage Chapel at Cornell University. The Cloud Chamber Orchestra will be performing a live score to the silent documentary.
I’ve seen the Cloud Chamber Orchestra at previous FLEFF’s and every performances brought a fresh reading to the film being screened. I hope to see you there!
What keeps you coming back to FLEFF every year?
Sunday, January 26, 2014
I’m a senior Documentary Studies and Production major at Ithaca College with minors in African Diaspora Studies and Honors. My schooling has provided me with every outlet to explore the worlds I care most about. I have traveled to England to experience the literary works of Pygmalion and My Fair Lady; completed independent research in South Africa about the strength of single motherhood for Xhosa women in the historically oppressed township of Langa; interned and produced for the WNYC arts and culture radio program Studio 360 hosted by Kurt Andersen; and consistently volunteered with the food donation program SWIFT. As I approach graduation, I thankful that Ithaca has given me everything I wanted and more.
In short, I am a passionate student journalist with an ear for stories, an eye for the small but beautiful aspects of life, a taste for an adventure, and a heart that always welcomes a genuine laugh. Anyone know a good joke?
Croton-on-Hudson, NY, my hometown, is a small village just north of NYC. It is known for the annual Clearwater Festival, a folk music and green initiative festival started by Pete Seeger nearly 45 years ago. Ever been? As it is a little hippie and post-communist town, I grew up to believe that you must be the change you wish to see in the world. I continue to strive for that every day.
FLEFF has been a key part of my experience at Ithaca College. From incredibly engaging international films to thought-provoking contests, from knowledgeable speakers to exciting performances, I have enjoyed every moment of FLEFF that I have ever experienced. In a previous year at the festival, I had the opportunity to meet director Tina Mabry of Mississippi Damned, a film that is still one of my favorites to this day. She helped me believe that a film could be made to truly challenge its viewers to think differently about race inequality.
This year, I am so thrilled to be a FLEFF blogger and truly honored to be part of the grand team. This year’s theme of DISSONANCE is surely going to create extraordinary events. Our writing contest for high school students reflects the festival’s ability to bring people from around the world together in an intellectually challenging way. I can’t wait to see what the students submit. FLEFF 2014, here we come!
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Blog post written by Sarah Lockwood, Cinema & Photography '15, FLEFF Intern, Blairstown, NJ
A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of sitting down with Stephanie Khoury - who goes by Steph - a fellow freshman and FLEFF Intern like myself.
Some quick facts about Steph include the following:
What I found most intriguing about Stephanie was her major - it was not originally her major of choice!
For Steph, high school provided art and video production classes, all of which sparked her interest and creativity. However these alone were not enough to push her in the direction of a definitive college major. She had though halfheartedly about attending an art school or major in art, however the sentiments were not fully realized.
Then began the long, arduous journey towards choosing a college...
In a sea of college applications and campus tours, Stephanie and her family passed a sign for Ithaca College, a school that some of her friends had recommended in passing. Nearly on a whim, she took the tour and ended up applying - and, eventually, attending!
Steph's interest in documentary works and environmental activism brought her to the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival - where we are happy to have her this year!
Thursday, February 23, 2012
Blog posting written by Isabel Galupo, Cinema and Photography '14, FLEFF Intern, Towson, MD
What kinds of people are attracted to a festival like FLEFF?
FLEFF flirts with contradiction, embraces conflict, and accepts disruption. It forces us to take a good, hard look at the false binary of intellect versus creativity that is agressively promoted in our society.
And FLEFF represents the freedom that comes from actively dismissing that binary.
Knowing all of this, we can consider Anjali Patel a natural FLEFF-er.
Read on to find out more about her and her involvement with FLEFF!
Isabel Galupo (IG): You came to Ithaca College as a Music Education and French Horn major; how did you come to major in Documentary Studies and Production?
Anjali Patel (AP): I auditioned to be a music minor, but they asked me to become a major. So I did. And it’s not that I didn’t like it; it just wasn’t for me. I knew about the Documentary program and had always been interested in it. It seemed perfect because it would allow me to be creative, as I am in music, but it would provide me with a way to also express my passion for human rights.
IG: How do you see FLEFF balancing creative expression with human rights issues?
AP: The festival is speaking out for environmental justice and the environmental movement, which is an extremely timely issue. But it’s also creating a hub of music, art, and film…and what better way to advocate for a cause than through artwork? Because everyone in the world can relate to that.
IG: You mentioned being passionate about human rights. Could you elaborate on one specific issue that you find particularly important to today’s society?
AP: I am extremely worried about the availability of the arts in inner-school areas. You always hear, “the first to get cut is the arts.” I think that a lot of people see the arts as something disposable but it’s not. I mean, getting the opportunity to learn to play a musical instrument for free? That’s incredible! And many children in this country are not getting to experience the great cultural experience of participating in the art and music in school.
IG: As a musician, I am sure that you were particularly engrossed by Drs. Hougham and Martin's presentation about “The Concert for Microtopias.” What insights did you gain about the intersection between FLEFF and musical expression from their presentation?
AP: I love that this festival is giving musicians an outlet to experiment and combine selections like the ones we heard during the presentation in ways that they would not normally be combined otherwise. I also look forward to it presenting people with music that they would not normally be exposed to.
IG: What was your favorite piece presented by Drs. Hougham and Martin and why?
AP: My favorite piece was “Pavane Pour Une Infante Defunte” partially because of the beautiful horn solo in the beginning (and I'm biased because that's my primary instrument), but also because it is so familiar and so beautiful. I'm not sure how I had forgotten about it, but it was nice to hear it again!
Anjali Patel is just one of countless dynamic, passionate, and enthusiastic interns involved in this year’s festival.
Stay tuned for more opportunities to get to know Anjali-- and our entire team of interns-- better through the "Intern Voices" blog!
P.S. Check out the Simon Bolivar Orchestra of Venezuela; it's one of Anjali's favorite orchestras!
Thursday, February 9, 2012
Blog posting written by Kaley Belval, Documentary Studies and Production '15, FLEFF Intern, Woodbury, CT
Life is interesting when you seek out issues that you have never known of before. That is my main interest, finding stories which I do not know much about and educating myself so that I can help to educate others.
This is one of the main reasons why I wanted to be a FLEFF intern. I love learning about issues that I have no direct relationship to or know very little about. In learning about the experiences of others, it is much easier to be understanding and educated about our world. I became really interested in the festival the first time I came to visit Ithaca, and wanted to learn more. When I saw the website, I was extremely interested in the online Trafficked Identities Exhibition that was featured online last year. This past semester, I wrote an article for Buzzsaw Magazine about human trafficking. I find it to be a very fascinating issue that needs to be discussed in greater detail so that actions can be taken to prevent this phenomenon from occurring.
FLEFF is something which I am really excited about, not just because of the exhibits and films that will be screened. As a Documentary Studies major, I am truly interested in seeing how an actual film festival operates, the type of people that attend, and being a part of the marketing process. It is very amazing that I have the opportunity to gain this experience and meet so many interesting people within the industry.
What would you be interested in learning more about? Go out and expand your horizons. Maybe you will stumble onto a subject that you become truly passionate about! It's worth a try.