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The Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival from the interns' point of view
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!
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Blog was written by Kelsey Greene, Documentary Studies and Production, '13, FLEFF intern, Buffalo, New York
Recently, I had the chance to catch up with Brianne Riviello. She is currently an assistant to the internship coordinators. As a senior television radio major and integrated marketing and communications minor, Brianne has contributed a lot to FLEFF as her statement shows.
Brianne describes her experience with FLEFF by saying:
The Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival caught my eye as a freshman as simply a way to combine getting involved with my love for films. As I took my seat in the auditorium for my first intern meeting, I had no idea the overwhelming effect the festival would have on me over the next four years.
I started as an operations intern, learning the ropes, meeting guests, and watching how the festival operated. I also immersed myself in the content, from a deeply intense film about abortion in 1980's Romania to an incredibly inspiring documentary about refugee children in Uganda using dance as an escape from their war-torn lives. Needless to say, I walked away from the week immediately hooked on everything the festival had to offer.
The following year I worked as a team leader for FLEFF, leading the Blogging team, and am currently serving as an assistant to the internship coordinators for the 2011 edition of the festival.
I couldn't be more thrilled to have FLEFF landing, physically, back at Ithaca College and Cinemapolis once again. Every year, co-directors Dr. Patty Zimmerman and Dr. Tom Shevory, continue to surpass themselves in their selection of thought provoking and boundary pushing films, performances, and guest artists.
Essentially, I am involved with FLEFF because it makes me think. And it makes those around me think as well. And then we get to talk about it, with producers and directors of the films, no less!
I have still yet to find a place where so many diverse ideas are laid out to be revealed, discussed, argued about, and shared. So often in college, we as students fall into weekly routines, focused on campus life and the grind of writing papers and taking tests. FLEFF brings something more to the table, and inspires us to look a little deeper and a little wider at the world we live in.