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The Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival from the interns' point of view
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Blog post written by Shawn Steiner, Film, Photography, and Visual Arts '13, FLEFF Intern, Elkridge, MD
Elizabeth Miller has begun her presentation so there is still time to get here if you can! We are in The Park Center for Business room 111.
TRANSMEDIA WORKSHOP: ELIZABETH MILLER
"The beauty of transmedia is that both of us can present at the same workshop and show drastically different things."
"Stories are at the core of understanding people."
SCREENING: Mapping Memories
This is a participatory transmedia project Miller worked on in which youths of Montreal were able to tell their stories on their terms. It is important to understand that transmedia is more than a digital environment.
Miller does a lot of her work in a documentary setting, but that hasn't stopped these projects from evolving into multiple forms across mediums. And, after watching a couple clips from some projects I am getting more excited for On the Waterfront screening at Cinemapolis tomorrow night.
"People protect people from violence."
Transmedia projects and the idea of using media to bring information to the public is necessary to helping society. Educating the public is a way to change the world.
And, as a plus, this movement between and through medias is a "mobility."
Issues of Privacy and Protection
The key is working in a group with people with similar stories. A safe environment is where it starts. But, the purpose of these stories is to create a shift in thought.
Evan: You can't outrun it. Instead of fighting it you have to get right in front of it. Accept you don't have privacy and work in that realm.
Miller: The huge thing in transmedia is public vs. private.
Evan: "Facebook me is better than me." Facebook opens you up to the public sphere in a way in which you cannot recover from.
Elizabeth Miller is a huge supporter of web documentaries. It allows people to access the databases of information available and travel through it in their own way. And while it is still evolving we don't know what will happen next.
"We are still seeing such a large range. It is a question that is up to you to answer."
QUESTION: Where do you see transmedia evolving?
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?