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The Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival from the interns' point of view

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Posted by Elizabeth Ring at 6:18PM


    Zach Jabine greeted me wearing a “Johnny Gruesome” t-shirt, a horror film that he interned for. An Australian horror movie, “The Loved Ones” remained paused on the television screen during our interview. And I noticed that Jabine plastered the walls of his Garden apartment with horror movie posters.


    “Well that one’s not really a horror film,” he clarified of his Martha, Marcy, May, Marlene poster. “It’s mostly a thriller, but has some horror elements.”


    His eyes light up when we talk about movies, especially horror films.


However, Jabine didn’t always love the genre.


“When I was a kid, I could not stomach this shit,” he recalled. “Like it was hard for me to read Goosebumps.”


Now, though, he tends to value the social criticisms that well-made horror films center on. Jabine also appreciates the genre’s ability to make our personal problems pale in comparison to those of the characters.


    As a Cinema Production major at Ithaca College, Jabine’s passion for film (as well as photography) shines through. One of his favorite film experiences being last summer when he worked as an AC on a creepy feature film in Maine.


    Jabine’s interest in FLEFF began last year when he attended the festival to see Have a Nice Day and Kill Me Please.


    He recalls the passionate atmosphere of the festival.


    “Just to see some many people that into it is awesome,” Jabine said.

    This year, he is looking forward to seeing Australian Western Sweet Country and joining the enthusiastic team of FLEFF interns.

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