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The Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival from the interns' point of view
Monday, April 11, 2011
Blog posting written by Lindsay Harrop, Cinema & Photography '13, FLEFF Intern, McMinnville, Oregon
FLEFF is upon us! We had a terrific kick-off last night with the world premiere of the Finger Lakes Uncorked! webisode series and grand opening gala at the Finger Lakes Wine Center in downtown Ithaca. Since then, I've run into a lot of people on campus asking, "Just what is FLEFF?" Besides AMAZING, here's a quick catch-up on some of what FLEFF is all about:
FLEFF stands for the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival, but it goes beyond what you'd expect. The documentaries and narrative films shown at the festival all revolve around the idea of how people relate to their environments and how our environments relate to us.
There are films with topics ranging from environmental exploitation (like End:Civ showing at Cinemapolis Friday, April 15 at 9:00pm with director Frank Lopez) to the recent economic breakdown (Fixing the Future showing at Cinemapolis Saturday, April 16 at 4:00pm with director and journalist David Brancaccio). There are also silent films with live musical accompaniment, new media presentations on campus and live music events at Delilah's April 14-16th.
A lot of the artists, musicians and filmmakers associated with FLEFF events will be present at their events to answer questions and interact with the audience - especially students.
The last live FLEFF festival in 2009 attracted over 10,000 people and this year is going to be even BIGGER. Most of the on-campus events are free but if you want to attend a Cinemapolis screening (and I'm sure you do) you can buy a Festival Five Pass for $45 ($35 with college ID) or an individual screening ticket for $9.50 ($8 with college ID).
So what are you waiting for? Check out the schedule of events this week on-campus and downtown at Cinemapolis and see what all the excitement is about!