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The Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival from the interns' point of view
Sunday, February 24, 2019
Written by Mira Moreau, Cinema & Photography '21, Wayne, Maine
“It’s about two teenage girls who accidentally kill Bob Saget.”
As long as Lizzy Ring can remember, she’s invented stories. From morphing into silly characters with her roommate to plotting the demise of the America's Funniest Home Videos host, Lizzy tells stories about all kinds of people.
Maybe that contributes to her passion for writing absurdist comedy. “It can be a reflection of our own world,” she says of the genre.
This perspective on her future career seeps into all her responses. “Hollywood tends to tell the same stories about the same people, written by the same people, produced by the same people...you know the people,” she says. Lizzy wants to “disrupt the system from the inside out” by bringing more female and diverse voices into writers’ rooms.
Lizzy's excitement about FLEFF is ignited by the many guests that have visited our class, like Robby Aceto of the Cloud Chamber Orchestra and Dr. Barbara Adams of Ithaca City of Asylum. She smiles wide as she tells me she had to google what a “rhetorician” was before her interview with Dr. Christopher House. “Learning about different types of people from different fields, you get a broader knowledge of the world.”
Lizzy seeks experiences that introduce her to people that will inspire her work. She spent three months backpacking the Four Corners region of Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, and Utah. In response the outdoorsy people she met, she remembers thinking, “you’re just a person that exists and that’s so cool!”
When FLEFF week rolls around, Lizzy will be found talking to every guest, learning all the perspectives a person can have on the world, and reflecting on the theme of DISRUPTIONS to prepare her to disrupt the one-sided storytelling in popular media today.