News, Views, Updates and More about the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Blog written by Patricia Zimmermann, codirector of the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival
So much is new at FLEFF 2011.
After a year of running FLEFF as a new media and social media exploration from off shore locations in Singapore and Mongolia, we're back to an on-the-ground, embodied festival right here in Ithaca.
We'll continue to work with our social media contests, blogs and new media projects PLUS we'll be bringing you concerts, presentations, panels, workshops, screenings, after parties and all those body-to-body, mind-to-mind encounters that make festivals feel a bit different from daily life.
So we are hoping you'll join us at the "checkpoint" for discussions, debates, engagement, and to reconnect with FLEFF and old FLEFFers.
With our 2011 Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival exploring the theme of Checkpoints, we're diving head first into every imaginable way to torque this idea through film, video, new media, installation, music, silent film, bands, concerts, and writers.
Here's our first top five of what's new:
1. We've expanded to FOUR DAYS of screenings downtown at Cinemapolis, our local nonprofit art cinema. With the new, gorgeous, and comfortable theaters with excellent sight lines, Cinemapolis now sports five screens in one building. No more shuttling across town! If one films sells out, just pick another film!
2. We've expanded the festival from seven days to EIGHT DAYS. We open on Sunday, April 10, with the world premiere of the webisodes UNCORKED, chronicling the Finger Lakes wine country. UNCORKED is produced, directed, and acted by talented Finger Lakes makers.
3. We're partnering with Delilah's Restaurant and Club on Cayuga Street for our post-screening gatherings and parties.
4. We're expanding our music programming, with more bands and musicians and DJ's at the parties at Delilah's, programmed by the ever-energetic London McDaniels, a guitarist and vocalist specializing in funk, soul, zydeco and R and B.
5. We're partnering with the Park Media Lab (USA) and Engage Media (Indonesia) on an international social media project called The Checkpoints Story Project, to aggregate and amplify stories about checkpoints. We are running a writing contest where you can win $500. And, with Park Media Lab, we'll also produce short works about checkpoints that will be loaded up on Engage Media as social media projects, sharing checkpoints stories from around the globe.
So FLEFF is back. We're now in Ithaca AND in Web 2.0. We're local and we're global. And we're probing all the places in-between.
All we need to make it a living, breathing, pulsing festival is....YOU!