Blog Posting by Lou Baron, Culture and Communication ‘23, minors in Spanish and Honors Interdisciplinary Studies.
Tuesday, March 30th
“Honestly, it sounds pretty good, there are a couple places you could improve the wording and specify more but that’s about it”
- A text from me to fellow FLEFF blogger Queline.
She and I have fallen into a routine: Write our blogs, share them with each other, exchange notes, and post. I always shoot her my suggestions during my early morning radio shift.
Wiping the sleep out of my eyes, I remember this Tuesday is extra special. These blogs aren't just speculative.
They’re about our first FLEFF experiences.
I get my notes from Queline and begin to edit.
One trip to Syracuse and COVID vaccine later, I post my blog.
I hop on Zoom to get ready for the FLEFF roundtable “Why Opera, Why Now?”
Fifteen minutes before the event begins, I prepare my laptop screen: Half Zoom, half Google. I need to have links lined up for the chat!
It’s lovely to hear the panelists laugh and joke before the event begins.
I click out of Zoom. What an event!
My takeaway? I want Elena Galvan to sing me to sleep every night
Wednesday, March 31st
It’s a day chock full of classes and meetings, one of which prevented me from attending today’s panel.
It’s the only day this week I have nothing to do with FLEFF.
Thursday, April 1st
I log onto the Zoom for a conversation about Environmental Art Infiltrations.
This time, I am a participant, allowing the insightful words of Paloma Barhaugh-Bordas and Ash Arder wash over me and open my mind. One specific quote stands out:
“There is nothing more political than landscape.”
I know I’ll keep coming back to that idea throughout the rest of the week.
Friday, April 2nd
Ding! It’s an email notification from Dr. Zimmerman with the full bios of the panelists on deck for today’s event. Queline and I have been promoted to Associate Producers for the day!
We send each other 100 texts throughout the event to make sure we don’t miss a beat.
Even with this added responsibility, I manage to listen and learn quite a bit about NASA and advocating for accessibility in the workplace.
I brew a cup of chamomile tea and watch Dying for Gold.
I smile, remembering I never could have cozied up in my bed at another film festival.
Saturday, April 3rd
I brew another hot drink, coffee this time, and watch La Idea de Un Lago.
I log onto the talkback for Dying for Gold.
I’m eager to hear from Catherine Meyburgh again after our interview, and she did not disappoint. I’m fascinated by her take on the ethics of documentary filmmaking.
I click out of the Zoom and rush over to Chipotle for a late lunch between talkbacks.
I make it back in time to eat my burrito bowl before the La Idea de Un Lago talkback.
I try to pluck up the courage to ask a question in Spanish, but I allow other participants to ask their questions first.
I missed my chance. Maybe next time.
Sunday, April 4th
I sit down at my desk with a bagel and a coffee to watch We Tell: Environments of Race and Place.
I can’t wait until it’s...
...time for the talkback!
I come away from the talkback invigorated, head spinning with new ideas about the power of participatory community media. I could write a whole other blog about it, but I already have!
Monday, April 5th
I’ve been looking forward to tonight’s event for all of FLEFF. It’s a roundtable on theatrical innovations during COVID!
I wave goodbye to the producers and participants of the event, hoping this won't be the last time we meet.
I get ready for bed, excited to do it all over again for one more week.