Brittney Cooper (they/she) is a sophomore Cinema and Photography Major with minors in Honors Interdisciplinary Studies and Women and Gender Studies. They are from Tunkhannock, Pennsylvania but is currently studying in Ithaca New York.
Brittney and I sat down together midway through the festival to discuss some of her more exciting encounters.
“Hi, Makiyah. Nice to meet you,” Brittney begins in tacit acknowledgment that we’ve known each other since beginning college in the same orientation group.
When we met, I learned that Brittney was the kind of go-with-the-flow mellow that results in trying anything once. Her method for ‘doing’ FLEFF this year mirrors that. “Yeah, well, I thought I’d challenge myself by going to events I had no background in. The new media stuff, especially,”
In addition to a glowing review of Stephanie Rothenberg’s work with oysters, Brittney mentions the F2F Conversations between Carla Golden and Nicole Horsley: “It was the first time I heard somebody bring up WAP outside of the internet and it was a professor! She just said it so casually.”
The casual, conversational tone of many FLEFF events helped soothe Brittney’s earlier nerves at the onset of the festival. “I was definitely intimated. It can be scary to be in conversation with people that are experts in their field when you are not an expert in anything. But once you meet them, once you ask that first Q&A question, or you sit down to interview them for a blog, all the anxieties fade to the background.”
“I guess I was really surprised,” Brittney adds, “how much of FLEFF was really about human connection, across countries, cultures, and screens.”