Q & A with Festival Goer

By Brittney Cooper, April 5, 2021
Brittney Cooper (They/She), Cinema and Photography B.S. '23

Blog posting written by Brittney Cooper (They/She), Cinema and Photography with Minors in Gender Studies and Honors Interdisciplinary Studies, '23, FLEFF Intern, Tunkhannock, Pennsylvania

Miriam Brown is a Culture and Communications major ‘23 at Ithaca College. As a FLEFF 2021 festival goer, she had the opportunity to attend panels and see a featured film. 

I was given the chance to interview Miriam about her second week at FLEFF.

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Brittney Cooper: Is this your first experience at a film festival? How have you been enjoying it so far?

Miriam Brown: Yeah, that is my first film festival experience ever. I didn't really know what to expect but its been very enjoyable so far. I really enjoyed the NASA panel I went to and it was really enjoyable.

BC: What panels or films have you attended or seen?

MB: I went to the Nasa event. I don't remember what it was called. I believe it was NASA and disabilities. And I saw the documentary Conviction.

BC: Can you elaborate on Conviction and the NASA panel? What were they about? 

MB: Yeah, so Conviction was about the rising women population in Canada’s prison system. NASA was a bit all over the place, but they talked about what it was like with people and disabilities getting jobs at NASA. And it was NASA employees talking about their experiences getting jobs with NASA. There was a woman who talked about the anxiety with applying for jobs when you have disabilities and how NASA helps with that.

BC: What is it like with FLEFF being completely virtual this year? What were your expectations when you heard that and has FLEFF met those expectations?

MB: Well, since this was my first film festival I didn't know what to expect or how festivals are suppose to be, but the virtual part was great. I enjoyed it not being a webinar because with webinars it makes it hard to interact and know who you are speaking with. So, to me, that was a great success.

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