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Posted by Kimberly Capehart at 8:17PM   |  3 comments
Arise, a feminist film about women and the environment

Only 12 days left until FLEFF! 

With less than 2 weeks until the festival starts, it's time to start planning your FLEFF schedule. Both the list of the films being screened on campus as well the list of the films being screened downtown at Cinemapolis have been posted! Here are my top 5 recommendations of films to see at Cinemapolis:

1. A Will for the Woods - A moving documentary about a man who struggles with lymphoma as he faces arrangements for the end of his life. The film explores the phenomena of green burials: ecologically friendly burials in cemeteries that conserve natural areas. The film features a green cemetery located right here in Newfield, NY! Filmmakers Amy Browne, Tony Hale, and Brian Wilson will be in attendance.

Showing: Thursday, April 3rd @ 7:00 PM, Saturday, April 5th @ 12:00 PM 

2. The Hungry Heart - A documentary about prescription drug use and abuse in rural Vermont. Pediatrician Fred Holmes helps patients who are struggling with prescription drug addiction. Filmmaker Bess O'Brien and film score creators Judy Hyman and Jeff Claus will be in attendance. 

Showing: Sunday, April 6th @ 4:10 PM 

3. Cornell Lab of Ornithology Video Showcase - The Cornell Lab of Ornithology is a leading ornithological lab that specializes in the study and appreciation of birds. Engineers at the Lab record various bird noises, in fact, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology's Macaulay Library boasts the world's largest collection of natural sounds. The showcase will feature a number of samples of bird sounds. Special guests Yula Kapetanakos, Edwin Sholes, and Tom Swartwout will be in attendance. 

Showing: Sunday, April 6th @ 4:00 PM 

4. Arise - An inspiring documentary about women around the world who are leading figures in the environmental movement. As much an environmental documentary as it an ethnographic one: I will absolutely be in attendance. Filmmaker Lori Joyce will be in attendance as well as holding a workshop on campus preceding the screening in Park 281 on Friday, April 4th at 11:00 AM.

Showing: Saturday, April 5th @ 4:00 PM

5. The Throwaways - A documentary by local Upstate New York filmmaker Ira McKinley, about his struggle to bring social change to inner-city Albany, NY. The film examines the themes of mass incarceration and law and order while dealing heavily with the struggles that the filmmaker faces as an ex-convict. Ira McKinley will be in attendance .

Showing: Sunday, April 6th @ 2:00 PM 

What film(s) will you be seeing on Thursday night when the Cinemapolis showings kick off? 

 


3 Comments

I definitely agree with all of these selections. I would add A Touch of Sin though. It is one of the most controversial films this year, and it was even banned from China. I know I will be going to that one for sure.

Than you, Elma! A Touch of Sin also looks very exciting, especially considering the fact that it's banned. Another film I suggest is Mothers; it's a film that focuses on China's one-child policy and its consequences. Distributor Kevin Lee, of dGenerate films, will be in attendance. I spoke with him last year at the festival, we had a great, intellectual conversation about Chinese politics!

I've already got the tickets for all these five films on this list. My personal top pick is Though I Am Gone, which is the one that I am most excited about. I spoke with Kevin Lee from dGenerate Films a few days ago and this film is his favorite among the four brought by dGenerate. It is about the hidden and forgotten history of Chinese Culture Revolution and I would really love to see more people going to see it! It will be screened in the biggest theater on Friday night at 9:10 and again with Kevin Lee hosting on Saturday night at 7:20.



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