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The Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival from the interns' point of view
Sunday, March 2, 2014
Blog posting by Kayla Reopelle, Documentary Studies and Production ’14, FLEFF Blogger, Roy, WA
Leslie Thompson, senior Film, Photography and Visual arts major from Annapolis, Maryland, leaned against the black leather couch in the Ithaca College Photo Gallery. She just finished testing some new techniques in the lab for her darkroom photography class.
“[I like] trying out new things, testing and manipulating material, just playing with things, and being okay with failure.”
Thompson transferred to Ithaca last year after studying at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design her freshman year and at a community college near her home her sophomore year.
Photography has been Thompson’s passion for a long time, but during her sophomore she became interested in film. When she found Ithaca College’s BFA program, she saw it as a perfect fit between the two.
“[Film is] an escape... it’s nice to be able to immerse yourself in something that isn’t necessarily your reality. Opposite of that, pretty much 90 percent of my photography is self portraits.
“Both [are] honestly a nice way to express yourself without having to be loud about it. You can hide behind it a little bit, but you can still get your thoughts out there.”
When she came to Ithaca, she saw FLEFF T-shirts and stickers everywhere. Once she learned what the acronym stood for, she wanted to get involved.
“I’ve been interested in film festivals from afar. I had never really worked on them. I had some experience working with Bonnaroo, music festivals, so it seemed like a really good opportunity to do something...with my peers and experience what a film festival is.”
Thompson took the Festivals mini-course last year and works as an intern for the festival this year.
She’s looking forward to interacting with filmmakers. Thompson expects it will be challenging, yet beneficial: challenging because she isn’t comfortable with “casual schmoozing,” beneficial for the different perspectives these filmmakers acquired through their work in the field.
Her advice for students is to immerse themselves in the festival.
“Go to as many films as you can. I didn’t go to quite as many as I could have last [year] and I think it was definitely a missed opportunity. If you can swing it or afford it definitely go as much as you can.”
Sunday, January 26, 2014
Let me start off by saying how exciting it is to be a part of the 17th Annual Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival! I am so thrilled to have the opportunity to post about the events of the festival as well as interact with everyone involved.
I am a junior Film, Photography, and Visual Arts major with a minor in Integrated Marketing Communications. My major allows me to pursue my greatest passions in life while broadening my skill set. Having the opportunity to study at Ithaca College has taught me more than I ever could have imagined about my future profession and myself as a person.
On campus, I am involved in a number of activities. I play tennis for our club tennis team, participate in the American Marketing Association, and volunteer on a number of student film crews as frequently as possible.
I’m from Buffalo, New York, a city known mainly for their outstanding chicken wings and not-so-outstanding football team, the Buffalo Bills. Growing up in a very cold and snowy part of New York was perfect for two of my favorite passions in life: skiing and film. There’s nothing more magical to me than the feeling of gliding across a snow covered mountain on a cold winters day, and nothing more relaxing then settling into a warm movie theater to escape the cold.
I was originally drawn to FLEFF as a freshman on campus because of the prospect of participating in my first film festival while having the opportunity to interact with filmmakers from around the world. After speaking with various filmmakers and festival guests, I remember feeling so inspired to be in an environment that promoted such open expression of thoughts and ideas. FLEFF also helped me to realize that film festivals are more than just screenings; they are a place for expression of ideas through various channels such as music, lectures, and, of course, film screenings.
This year, I am especially looking forward to participating more actively during FLEFF. Being a blogger is an incredible honor and I am so excited to work with the other amazing members of our blogging team! We have so many incredible events, screenings, and experiences ahead of us and I am so thrilled to have the opportunity to experience and write about them!