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The Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival from the interns' point of view
Friday, May 1, 2015
Blog posting by Hannah Basciano, Documentary Studies and Production '17, FLEFF Blogger, Lancaster, Pennsylvania
A student, impassioned after watching multiple Southern women struggling to survive in their overwhelmingly Christian society, gets cut-off mid-sentence by a noise that fills the theater.
—RING RING RING—
Lauren Lazin, filmmaker of The L Word in Mississippi, apologizes and quickly answers her phone. The theater goes silent apart from the voice on the other end of the call which is boisterous enough for the whole audience to hear.
“How’d the screening go? Did they like it?!”
Lazin laughs at the caller’s enthusiasm. She lowers the phone from her ear and tells the audience—still in shock—that it is one of the women from the film asking if they had enjoyed it.
The audience erupted with appreciation. Lazin held the phone out for them to talk directly to the women who shared her hardship as a lesbian in the deep south of Mississippi through the documentary.
The theater filled with praise, emotion, and utter disbelief as every member of the audience voiced their opinions of the film directly to one of its subjects.
Moments like that of the post-screening discussion for the L Word in Mississippi are prevalent and unique with FLEFF.
FLEFF creates environments of shared experiences that prompt reflection and communication. After the screenings, audience members have the opportunity to share what they noticed and learned with the very people who watched the film with them, as well as the film’s makers, distributors, experts on the subjects, etc.
A conversation is created within a group that would not have otherwise collected; a group of students, professors, cinephiles, community members, artists, activists, and the overall curious.
FLEFF creates dialogue, and the stage of a heterogenous community for the discussion to play out.
The discussions contribute greatly to the festival’s unique atmosphere. No where else will Lazin have a conversation with her subject while a theater full of the very people who were just struck by her story share gratitude for her bravery and overwhelming support. It was a once-in-a-lifetime conversation.
What conversations were you involved with at FLEFF? Did you share any of you opinions?