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Saturday, February 1, 2014
Blog post written by Blaize Hall, Television-Radio Communications, '15, FLEFF blogger, Georgia, VT
Dissonance. The word strikes a chord within every musician who toils over notes that clash while simultaneously creating the esoteric thrill appreciated by those who thrive on disharmony. Dissonance; A word that evokes images of unsettled, restlessness. It is a word that embodies the quintessential human experience of dischord. We all need it. Humanity craves disagreement for the ways that it fuels the process of wrestling with theoretical challenges and being able to come to more solid personal conclusions through the struggle. FLEFF assistant, Tiffani Amber Muller, explained "Dissonance is something we don't necessarily stop to think about but we do experience every day of our lives".
The clash of ideologies has existed as long as there has been more than one person on the world, essentially for all time. Sometimes we break these contradictions into universally understood boxes of thought. The issue with this system lies in the fact that people are multifaceted, and the pieces of who we are don't always add up to fit into these groupings of thought created by society. Dissonance is a word that exemplifies all human conflict and disagreement. If we can allow ourselves to be open to this conflict not only between the different schools of thought with which we are comfortable seeing disagreement, but even among them, we can break new ground.
As we focus on dissonance as the theme of FLEFF 2014, we can prepare ourselves for the exciting opportunity to have our perceptions challenged, to meet disagreement with an open mind, and to allow ourselves to learn through the process of experiencing disharmony. Tiffany Amber Muller shared her thoughts on the theme for the festival. "I think its gonna be really eye opening, I think it's a unique theme, and I think it's a very broad spectrum. It allows new doors to open." I hope we all get to experience something at this year's festival that makes us uncomfortable and forces us to grow. I hope for conversations that display disagreements on the front lines, for films that cause us to fight for what we believe, and for lingering questions that unsettle us and inspire us to seek for answers in new places. Bring on the dissonance.
Monday, January 28, 2013
Blog posting written by Andrew Ronald, Film, Photography & Visual Arts '15, FLEFF Intern, Mahopac, New York
Cinema is moving.
Usually at twenty-four frames per second for all you filmmaker enthusiasts out there (putting Peter Jackson's attempt at innovation aside.) But nonetheless, the statement remains valid.
Cinema has the ability to transcend space and time. Spark social rebellion. Create dynamic cultures. Truly change how people see the world.
And hey, isn't this why they call them motion pictures in the first place?
But festivals are just as mobile. FLEFF is no exception as it gathers heterogeneous ideas and cultivates people, ideas, exchanges, businesses and, of course, films together. It is a hodgepodge of artistry and commercialism. A reflection upon the historical birth of cinema to today's Oscar-nominated films. A widespread connection between internationally foreign films to the ones made in your own hometown.
The concept behind mobilities is meant to explore the actual movement of people, ideas, and things, as well as the broader implications behind these movements.
And FLEFF is the perfect vehicle to explore what is mobile.
Saturday, March 3, 2012
Blog posting written by Chloe Wilson, Television-Radio ’14, FLEFF Intern, Ashland, Massachusetts.
1. It’s interdisciplinary. FLEFF brings people of all mediums together. You can be an Environmental Studies major learning about new media, an electronic musician watching a silent film, or an aspiring novelist immersing him/herself in The Concert For Microtopias, Every FLEFF attendee brings something to the table.
2. It’s inter-generational. Whether you’re a student, a media professional, or an Ithaca resident, FLEFF has something for all ages. The welcoming environment and endless opportunities for FLEFFers to mingle leads to inter-generational conversation. Who knows what you’ll learn from another FLEFFer?
3. It’s intellectual. This is one of the many goals that FLEFF accomplishes each year. FLEFF inspires attendees to learn from media and its creators, as well as from other attendees. Everyone has a story and lesson to share, and FLEFF celebrates that by providing countless opportunities for FLEFFers to do so.
4. It’s a great opportunity for professionals and students. For students, there is no better professional opportunity. You learn directly from industry professionals about working with all forms of media. Students learn about media (as well as film festival protocol) through their experiences with the festival. And for professionals? They get to show and talk about their work to an incredibly eager audience! What could be better?
5. It is not static. FLEFF is always changing. While some professionals come back and give presentations year after year (like Robby Aceto), FLEFF always brings something new to the table. This is why FLEFF has themes: to allow each festival to explore new technologies and ideas, and this is what makes FLEFF so stellar.
It was hard to narrow the list down to five, but what do you think, FLEFFers? What do you think makes FLEFF unique?