News, Views, Updates and More about the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
My name is Jonathan Morello. I’m inviting you to learn with me, explore with me, and grow with me as we embark on a journey that is the 2013 Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival (FLEFF). This year's theme is MOBILITIES.
However, before we submerge completely in ideas ,films, music, art and politics, I would like to invite you to get to know me. I'll be keeping the Fresh at FLEFF blog updated, and working on community outreach for the festival.
I’m currently a full-time graduate student pursuing a master’s of science in communications at Ithaca College. My studies here started last spring. I focus on corporate and organizational communications. Once I complete my degree in summer 2013, I hope to start a career in marketing or public relations for a corporation or agency that handles clients within the entertainment industry. So FLEFF is a perfect transition for me--a great way to contribute to a major festival.
Before I decided to attend graduate school, I had just received my bachelors of arts from Hofstra University in May of 2011. I majored in print journalism and minored in music. I was also extremely active on campus, so I am hoping to share time-management skills with interns, mini-course students, and festival course students as they embark on their FLEFF journey this year.
I wrote for the university’s student- ran newspaper. I worked as a resident assistant (R.A). I played for the men’s club ice hockey team. I was a leader in my fraternity. All of these activities gave me something very special: joy. These extracurricular activities are the reason I hold my alma mater dear to my heart. And they motor my interest in working on building social relationships within a festival like FLEFF. Community outreach and community building are two goals I have for my work with FLEFF this year.
My involvement with FLEFF began a few weeks ago when Dr. Patricia R. Zimmermann, codirector of FLEFF and professor in the Department of Cinema, Photography and Media Arts at Ithaca College, contacted me via e-mail. She informed me that I’d be working as the assistant to the co-directors for this year’s festival! This would be my graduate assistant in the Roy H. Park School of Communications--a step toward my goal of doing marketing, public relations and community outreach.
This news ignited feelings of excitement and intrigue. I immediately began researching everything I could about FLEFF. (tip for intern applicants: RESEARCH!)
Reading the vast array of blogs, supporting documents and film descriptions on last year’s website helped me understand the fundamentals of FLEFF, the diversity of those involved and the international recognition and impact of the festival.
To me, FLEFF is something much more than a way to help me gain solid professional experience within the field of communications. It is something that offers me the chance to meet people and hear voices from all over the world as they seek to have their messages heard.
The stories found at FLEFF are powerful. The topics are serious: war, disease, health, genocide, the land, water, air, food, education, technology, cultural heritage, diversity and beyond.
You see, I never had the chance to study abroad. Now, I feel lucky. FLEFF is my passport to the world. It's not a physical location, but an artistic and intellectual place, a place I am very excited to explore with all of you.
Monday, March 26, 2012
Renowned DJ/VJ multimedia/new media artist Art Jones will do a master class and a concert as a featured artist-in-residence for the 15th Annual Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival.
Art Jones works with film, digital video, live audio/video mixes, installations, audio, television, interactive media, and hybrid media. He has produced and directed for MTV, Deep Dish TV, the New York City Women's Health Project, the New York Times, Red Bull BC One Tokyo, and the American Civil Liberties Union. In Austria, Switzerland, Hong Kong, Portugal, Mexico and other international venues, he has collaborated on live mixes with Soundlab, DJ Spooky That Subliminal Kid, Phillip Virus with Alec Empire, Teleseen, Amiri Baraka, Femmes with Fatal Breaks, and Anti-Pop Consortium. Jones' media art projects have screened at the Museum of Modern Art, London's Tate Gallery, and many international media festivals and broadcast outlets.
Master Class on Remixing, New Media and the Arts of Collaboration
Monday, March 26,
Park Hall, 3-4:30 p.m.
The Concert for Microtopias
Tues March 27
Hockett Recital Hall
Live remix with classical musicians and actors
Both events are free and open to the public.
The 15th Annual Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival, exploring the theme of Microtopias, runs march 25 through April 1, on the Ithaca College campus and downtown at Cinemapolis. Festival schedules and bios of guests at FLEFF.
FLEFF: A DIFFERENT ENVIRONMENT
Saturday, March 24, 2012
The New China occupies the news, with fear, anxiety and competitiveness. At FLEFF, see the new China in new ways, with banned, underground, radical, and transnational projects that refute these global clichés from the ground up.
Beijing Beseiged by Waste (Wang Jiu-liang, China, 2011; 71 min.)
Photographer Wang Jiu-liang travels to more than 500 landfills, fearlessly documenting Beijing’s unholy cycle of consumption through poignant observational visits with the scavengers who live and work in the dumps. While China’s economic ascent commands global attention, less light has been shed upon the monumental problem of waste spawned by a burgeoning population, booming industry, and insatiable urban growth. Award-winning photographer Wang Jiuliang focuses his lens upon the grim spectacle of waste, excrement, detritus, and rubble unceremoniously piled upon the land surrounding the China’s Olympic city, capital, and megalopolis, Beijing. With Kevin Lee, in person, from dGenerate Films, Sat, March 31, 7:10, Cinemapolis.
Winter Vacation (Han Jia) (Li Hongqi, China, 2010; 91 min.)
It’s the last day of winter vacation in Inner Mongolia. Four aimless adolescents enjoy their last hours of freedom drifting between the barren spaces of their small town. They make surreal visits to homes of family and friends, including an unhappy little boy who dreams of becoming an orphan to escape the tyranny of his family. A prevailing absurdity casts over their lives as they endure petty instances of bullying while arguing over the purpose of school, teenage love, and life in general. Winner of the Golden Leopard for Best Film at the Locarno Film Festival, the third film by poet-novelist Li Hongqi announces him as a major figure in China’s independent cinema. Targeting the nonsensical undertones of modern Chinese society, Li unleashes a mercilessly deadpan humor that’s as biting as the film’s wintry landscape. With Kevin Lee, in person, dGenerate Films, Sunday, April 1, 1:30 Cinemapolis
Cotton Road (Laura Kissel, USA, 2012)
From fields in South Carolina to factories in Shanghai, “Cotton Road” makes visible the production cycle of an agricultural commodity through the stories of workers who transform raw cotton from a seed in the ground to a product on a store shelf. The film begins with farmers and seeds and ends at a retail store. In between, it tracks the travels of cotton to China where young factory girls dye, spin and sew, manufacturing the products we desire to consume. Connecting our consumption to the labor behind it, “Cotton Road” weaves a portrait of globalized work in the 21st century. With Laura Kissel and Matt Hockenberry, in person, Sat, March 31, 2 p.m. Cinemapolis
The 15th Annual Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival, exploring the theme of Microtopias, runs March 25-April 1, on the Ithaca College campus and downtown at Cinemapolis. For a full schedule of events and bios of guests, click HERE.
FLEFF: A DIFFERENT ENVIRONMENT
Thursday, March 22, 2012
FLEFF interns are building a microtopia right here on the Ithaca College quad this weekend. They are spelling out the word MICROTOPIAS with reclaimed and recycled materials.
Join us to expand this microtopia for this special, FLEFF-intern generated, outdoor installation at the Opening Reception on Monday, March 26, from 4:30 -6:30 in the Handwerker Gallery.
Refreshments and live music and you and collaboration and conversation= Microtopia
The Microtopias Installation was conceived by the FLEFF operations team, which includes Marian Brown, Ann Michel, Tanya Saunders, Tom Shevory, Phil Wilde, Patricia Zimmermann, to highlight ways in which recycled materials can mobilize community and collaboration to make something new out of something thrown away. Insights International, the multimedia production company with offices in Ithaca and New York city, has worked as producers to mount the installation.
Interns were put into groups, with each group given a letter to devise from recycled and reclaimed materials on campus. Members of the winning letter will each receive a gift certificate to the Ithaca College bookstore. Winners will be announced that the FLEFF after gathering on Thursday March 29 at the Finger Lakes Wine Center, a new festival partner.
Landscape architect and land artist Mary Zebell will serve as judge.
Mary Zebell is a landscape architect, planner, designer, and installation artist who has worked across the United States on public and private commissions, both large scale public green spaces and smaller scale gardens. She is principal of Mary Zebell Garden Design. She designed the Wisconsin Worker's Memorial in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in 1995, as part of a special public art commission. Her site-specific public art installation, Counting, commissioned in 2007 by the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival, commemorated those killed in war or natural disasters since 2000. She has worked extensively as a curator of exhibitions in public spaces, such as "The Inscribed Image," at the Tompkins County Public Library and other venues. As a designer, she has also created mise en scene, costuming, and blocking for theater, concerts, and special exhibitions.
The Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival runs March 25- April 1, on the Ithaca College campus and downtown at Cinemapolis. Events on campus are free, screenings at Cinemapolis require admission. Buy your pass at the Ithaca College bookstore this week.
FLEFF: A Different Environment
Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact FLEFF codirector Patricai Zimmermann at firstname.lastname@example.org. We ask that requests for accommodations be made as soon as possible.
Sunday, March 18, 2012
FLEFF's signature silent film/live music events--our version of microtopias-- roll out once again.
We're celebrating the 90th anniversary of the short comedies by the incredible silent film genius Buster Keaton, with a specially prepared score of lively zydeco music by Li'l Anne and the Hot Cayenne. Saturday, March 31, 4 p.m., Cinemapolis. Admission charged.
This is one of those not-to-be-missed-get-there-early-to-get-a-seat-FLEFF-one-of-a-kind experiences!
Buster Keaton Shorts (Buster Keaton, United States, 1920-1923, 105 min.) The short films of Buster Keaton are considered cinematic classics, and offer some of his best early work. They are “an exception to the idea that shorts are inherently less satisfying and less accomplished than feature films… And at their best they dispel the theory that you can't do something grand on a small scale.” (Screen Savour) Five of Keaton’s best--and most significant-- short films are offered in this program: The Scarecrow, One Week, The Playhouse, The Boat, and Cops.
Li'l Anne and Hot Cayenne. Take half a dozen groovemasters add a spicy blend of rock ‘n’ roll, blues, and funk to the up-tempo Zydeco beat, and presto, you’ve got a sound that pays homage to the Louisiana greats while blazing new trails! Li’l Anne & Hot Cayenne have been pleasing crowds of young and old alike for more than a decade. Their music is guaranteed to get your toes tapping, fingers drumming and feet moving onto the dance floor!
For schedules, guest bios, and programming, go to our website: FLEFF (updates daily, so keep checking!)
FLEFF: A Different Environment