A Different Environment: FLEFF After-Parties

By Queline Meadows, March 30, 2021
My favorite part of any FLEFF event isn’t the event at all.

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Blog posting written by Queline Meadows, Culture and Communication with minors in French and Honors Interdisciplinary Studies, ’23, FLEFF Intern, Buffalo, New York.

My favorite part of any FLEFF event isn’t the event at all. It’s the after-party.

I wrote about after-parties in my blog last week, titled “My FLEFF Plan: Advice for Students.”

At after-parties, you don’t need to wait for a moderator to call on you. Everyone just unmutes their mics and dives headfirst into the conversation. They allow us to dig deeper under the surface of conversations from the event.

They can also be a pretty fun time!

Here are some of the event after-parties I’ve attended so far:

Entangled Infiltrations: New Media Exhibition Launch and Roundtable

At this after-party, I spoke with FLEFF guest Azalia Muchransyah about video essays and her inspiration for her own desktop film, Attention at Tension

During our conversation, I learned that she was inspired by Searching and Transformers: The Premake. I doubt I would have been able to uncover these nuggets with a quick question during the Q&A portion of the event.

Conversations Across Screen Cultures: Iskandar Zulkarnain and Enrique Gonzalez-Conty

This after-party was actually a sobremesa.

Sobremesa means “on the table” in Spanish and refers to the time that one spends with friends and family gathered around the table after a meal.

Here, we digested the ideas that had emerged during the actual event, such as the decolonization of video games and the role that non-gamers can play.

We also learned about the Indonesian punk scene from Zulkarnain himself. After closing Zoom, I found myself searching the web for Indonesian punk bands to listen to.

Book launch with Terri Simone Francis: Josephine Baker's Cinematic Prism

We kicked off this after-party with a toast to Terri Francis and her new book.

The idea for Josephine Baker’s Cinematic Prism first came to Francis in 2000 while doing research in Paris, France. Now, in 2021, the “ice cube tray” of Zoom was full of smiles as we celebrated the release of this book that had been in the works for over twenty years.

These after-parties offer a different environment in which to experience FLEFF. In these intimate sessions, you can follow threads and uncover new ideas.

You can also simply share a laugh with festival-goers, guests, and team members. After-parties connect people who are miles apart.

I hope to see you at the next after-party!