Patricia R. Zimmermann, professor of screen studies and codirector of the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival, was an invited presenter at the 58th Annual Robert Flaherty Film Seminar, held this year at Colgate University from June 16-22.

Curated by Josetxo Cerdan, the theme of this year’s seminar was “Open Wounds.” Cerdan is director of the Punto de Vista International Documentary Film Festival in Navarra, Spain.

Zimmermann presented a special workshop with international Flaherty fellows on the history and significance of the Robert Flaherty Film Seminar, the longest continuously running gathering for independent film in the world.


Four student documentaries will air on WCNY, the Syracuse PBS affiliate, on Sunday, May 13 at 10:30 p.m. The films were produced as assignments for Spring and Fall 2011 courses taught by Associate Professor John Scott.

The featured films include:

On the Fence
Produced by Robin Elliott, Erik Johanson, Brad Kolodner, Anna Rosenblatt
Course: Nonfiction Production, Spring 2011
Approximate airtime: 10:31 p.m.


Join FLEFF this week at Cinemapolis as we showcase the extraordinary film, video and new media microtopia in the Upstate New York region in two special screenings. 

John Scott, TV/R and Karen Rodriguez, Cinema, Photography and Media Arts, have programmed two screenings--one focusing on lyrical works and the other on documentary--that torque the concept of...

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Irena Salina’s award-winning documentary investigates what many believe to be the most important political and environmental issue of the 21st century. She builds a case against the growing privatization of the world’s dwindling freshwater supply with an unflinching focus on politics, pollution, human rights and the emergence of a domineering world water cartel. Beyond identifying the problem, “Flow” also gives viewers a look at the people and institutions providing practical solutions to the water crisis.

Sponsored by Take Back the Tap/Ithaca College, SGA, Trees Institute/Roy H. Park School of Communications


Associate Professor James Rada's documentary received a Director's Choice Selection for the 31st Annual Black Maria Film Festival.

The film, "Deeds Not Words: The Buffalo Soldiers in World War II," tells the true story of one of the last segregated army units as told by the men themselves. Included in the documentary are interviews with the Director of the Army War College, the daughter of one of the white officers in the unit and one of the 92nd Division’s biggest supporters, former Chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Colin Powell.


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