By Rachael Geary, March 30, 2021
FLEFF is a participatory event

A flock of grey text bubbles pop onto the Zoom chat. Carla Golden had just finished interviewing Nicole Horsley, and participants had plenty of questions to ask.

Much like that Tuesday night feminist to feminist conversation, FLEFF discussions and talkbacks have been filled with grey text bubbles from curious participants. These questions are typically asked during the Q&A portion of the event.

Participants can ask questions by raising their digital hand, too.

Before the first week of FLEFF, I knew that as a team member, I would have responsibilities to help backend the Q&A. I had no idea what to expect, however.

Would participants ask questions? Would there be enough questions to fill through the time? What questions would be asked?

I knew as a FLEFF blogger I would need to have questions prepared just in case the Q&A was slow.

However, that was hardly the case.

Participants in every event I’ve been too have flocked the chat and raised their digital hands, hungry to know more. As a blogger, preparing questions for those presenting have been so easy to do.

From Terri Francis talking about her newly released book, Josephine Baker’s Cinematic Prisms, to Wenhua Shi talking about his artistic process from his Radical Shorts screening, each event has provided a wide range of scholarly and artistic interests. By the number of questions being asked, these events have clearly captivated their audiences.  

Conversation and discussion happen through Zoom. Participants are able to get involved with the talkbacks and panelists by utilizing the Zoom chat.

After the first week of FLEFF ends and the second week begins, I have confidence that the conversations that were previously discussed in-person can be transferred to the screen.