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.