Introduction: Erin Pedersen

By Erin Pedersen, February 2, 2021
Stuck Abroad During a Pandemic

Hello! My name is Erin Pedersen.

I am a junior Film, Photography, and Visual Arts major with a minor in Live Event Management and Design at Ithaca College. I grew up in Westchester, NY which is where my love for film and events originated.

 Most of my memories growing up include moments of watching films that transform me into the characters I’m watching. Characters that then inspire me to take risks and live in the moment. However, living in the moment during a global pandemic is almost impossible.

 When COVID-19 began I was in London and eventually got stuck trying to get back to the United States. During this time of fear and unknown, I relied on journaling and photography to document my unique situation. I grew a love for writing and found comfort in films that helped me escape from the predicament I was in.

 After finding my way back home I discovered new qualities about myself that I wanted to explore. I needed a way to grow and live my passion virtually so that I could benefit from my surplus of time indoors. I decided to pursue the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival (FLEFF) which is how I became a FLEFF blogger, to live in the moment virtually and document an all virtual film festival.

 Intellectually speaking, FLEFF excites me with the ability to gain new/different perspectives, fresh ideas/techniques within the film industry, and exploring new media. This year FLEFF is all virtual which is a benefit because we get to reach more people around the world who will be able to attend and who can present!

 The world is longing for events and taking advantage of a virtual era gives FLEFF immense opportunities to expand.