I’ve been fortunate to be part of the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival’s extended family for many years now.
Thanks to the kind invitations of Patty Zimmerman, Director of the festival, I’ve been happy to share Latin American films with local Ithacan audiences in different editions of FLEFF. Some highlights include: Claudia Sainte-Luce’s THE AMAZING CATFISH (2013), Natalia Almada’s EVERYTHING ELSE (2016), Fernanda Valadez’s IDENTIFYING FEATURES (2020) all from Mexico; Patricio Guzmán’s THE PEARL BUTTON (2015), a Chilean documentary; and, Argentinian filmmaker Gastón Solnicki’s KÉKSZAKÁLLÚ (2016).
Being part of the large festival community has been one of the most enriching aspects of my FLEFF experience. For one, it’s been a great opportunity to meet the dedicated students from Ithaca College who volunteer for the festival and participate in the festival’s events.
Part of the core audience of the festival, the students create a very dynamic and energetic atmosphere.