Looking at a list of 18 events to attend over the next 3 weeks can be overwhelming.
FLEFF has just begun and there’s already so much to do. If you’re not sure where to start, here is a list of 5 weekday events I recommend for your journey through this year’s festival.
1. An Exiled Nicaraguan Political Cartoonist: Friday, March 26 at 12 pm
Award-winning cartoonist, Pedro Molina, left his home country of Nicaragua in December of 2018 due to a crackdown on journalism. Now, as a visiting International Scholar at Ithaca College (IC), Molina continues to publish his work in both Nicaraguan and International news outlets. Barbara Adams, associate professor of writing at IC, will be facilitating the conversation.
2. Conversations with Ithaca Opera: Tuesday, March 30 at 7 pm
Live theater and performances have disappeared in the face of COVID. Artistic director, Ben Robinson, of Opera Ithaca will be joined by Sopranos and Baritones alike to discuss their newest performance of Gianni Schicchi - over Zoom. The group will discuss creativity when it comes to Live Opera during a pandemic.
3. A Roundtable on Disability, Outer Space, and Artificial Intelligence: Friday, April 2 at 5 pm
NASA is at the forefront of new thinking and giving space to those with disabilities in the workforce. FLEFF’s very own Producer’s Ann Michel and Phil Wilde of Insights International Inc. will discuss their recent work with NASA. They will be joined by Tracy Minish, who’s worked for NASA for over 35 years and is the No Boundaries Chair, a resource group for those with disabilities. The roundtable also includes Jon Robinson, CEO of Our Ability.
4. An Exploration of New Media Art: Tuesday, April 6 at 7 pm
After looking through FLEFF’s International New Media exhibit over the next couple of weeks, end your journey by discussing what you’ve seen. Claudia Costa Pederson and Stephanie Rothenberg, both scholars of New Media and digital culture.
Claudia Costa Pederson joins us once more to discuss her new book Gaming Utopia: Ludic Worlds in Art, Design, and Media. Her book details ways gaming can become a form of social change, especially with female, queer, and transnational creators. She will be joined by Judith Aston, the co-founder of i-Docs, an interactive documentary platform.
Remember, this is just the beginning of the festival. No matter what you attend, you’re bound to learn something new and hear wonderful discussions!