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

Posted by Tianhong Yang at 4:41PM   |  5 comments

Blog posting written by Tianhong Yang, Environmental Sciences, ’18, FLEFF Blogger, Hangzhou, China

Participating in FLEFF can be hugely rewarding.

Throughout the week of FLEFF, I fully dived into the unknown and embraced complex ideas. I became part of the intellectual and artistic...

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Posted by Tianhong Yang at 4:04PM   |  3 comments

Blog posting written by Tianhong Yang, Environmental Sciences, ’18, FLEFF Blogger, Hangzhou, China

Seith Soulstein, Workshop on the Harry Potter Alliance

Although I’ve learned lot about the HPA, I was glad to meet Seith Soulstein for the second time. The HPA believes in...

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Posted by Sean Themea at 11:57PM   |  5 comments

FRACKING EMBARRASSING

Blog Posting by Sean Themea, Communication Studies, ‘16, FLEFF Intern, Chester, New Hampshire

 

Have you ever been laughed at by a movie theater full of environmentalists?

I have. But it was worth it.

My first film on the Saturday of FLEFF weekend was Jon Bowermaster’s Dear...

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Posted by Cassandra Moore at 11:57PM   |  6 comments

The theme of Jon Bowermaster’s film Dear President Obama documented the narratives and scenes of “fracking” industry within states across the United States. Bowermaster directed and wrote the script with actor Mark Ruffalo narrating. Before the film screening my own ideas and opinions on the highly...

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Posted by Thomas Ball at 11:53PM   |  6 comments

Posted by Thomas Ball at 11:46PM   |  4 comments

The most important experience during FLEFF for me came during the film screenings on Saturday and Sunday. When I bought my tickets for the weekend events,...

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Posted by Ian Masotti at 11:40PM   |  5 comments

Dear Future FLEFF Participant,

So, you have the festival in a couple of weeks and you haven’t picked out what you’re going to do yet.  Fact is, you may not even know what there is to do yet.  Well, from my own experience not only being at the festival but working for as part of a team for FLEFF, there are some ways to navigate the festival, and take in...

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Posted by Sean Themea at 11:26PM   |  4 comments

“Hi, Sean! Good to see you again.”

I walked into Park 140 to see the man I met the night before.

The man who recognized me from the Phi Kappa Phi poster in Campus Center, who congratulated and thanked me for my contributions to the school. The man whose name I did not catch.

That man was Billy Hall.

 

Since earning his...

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Posted by Ian Masotti at 11:19PM   |  3 comments

The first time I met for my Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival internship, I didn’t know what to expect.  After having read the description for the class, I was looking forward to an exciting semester watching and reviewing independent films shown at a local festival in Ithaca.  What I wasn’t prepared for was a six-week crash course in the vast history of film...

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Posted by Sean Themea at 11:11PM   |  3 comments

Dear Graduating Senior,

Congratulations! As a new academic chapter in your life closes, another begins.

Ithaca College will present many opportunities during your time here. One you must be sure to seize is engaging in The Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival (FLEFF).

What separates FLEFF from the rest of the collegiate academic experience? The festival...

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Posted by Kristina DiNardi at 11:08PM   |  7 comments

Blog posting written by Kris DiNardi, Writing for Film, Television and Emerging Media, '18, FLEFF Intern, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

If you want to become a FLEFF blogger for next year’s festival, you’ve come to the right place. Here are the most common questions that I was asked about being a blogger for FLEFF.

What does a blogger do for...

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Posted by Kristina DiNardi at 10:52PM   |  7 comments

Blog posting written by Kris DiNardi, Writing for Film, Television and Emerging Media, '18, FLEFF Intern, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Another FLEFF has come and gone. It seems like it was only a few days ago that I was attending FLEFF events. Even though the festival is over, I truly had a great time.

Here are my five takeaways from this year’s...

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Posted by Emily Varga at 9:49PM   |  5 comments

In Western culture, the word “sacred” has significantly decreased in value.  Merriam-Webster defines it as “highly valued and important: deserving great respect” yet now-a-days one can hear someone call their iPhone or their computer “sacred”.  Professor Mara Alper decided she felt it...

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Posted by Emily Varga at 9:44PM   |  4 comments

Jon Bowermaster visited Ithaca during FLEFF week to premiere his film Dear President Obama at Cinemapolis and I must say President Obama and everyone else should pay attention to this film.

Bowermaster created a film that functions as an advocacy platform to explore the negative effects of fracking and what we need to do as a...

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Posted by Carly Cote at 9:28PM   |  4 comments

     Are you left brained or right brained? Are you a writer or a mathematician? Are you creative or logical? Do you enjoy the quantifiable or qualitative? These are all questions that divide students, professionals, and intellectuals.

     I am an HSHP student. I initially felt out of place being a blogger for a film festival. I thought the role...

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Posted by Carly Cote at 8:38PM   |  4 comments

Dear Future Ithaca College Student,

     If you are anything like me, you probably do not know what FLEFF is or what you are getting yourself into. It is okay to be intimidated.

     I am a Public and Community Health major. My advisor mentioned the opportunity to blog for FLEFF and I figured it would be a way to get involved in Ithaca’s...

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Posted by Carly Cote at 7:43PM   |  2 comments

      Trapped follows the stories of women’s health clinics in Texas, Alabama and Mississippi. All three states are known for their firm pro-life stance. This stance has fueled the creation of hundreds of laws with the sole goal to make providing and obtaining abortion as difficult as possible.

     Currently, Texas’ HB2 are...

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Posted by Sophia Feuer at 7:32PM   |  6 comments

Blog posting written by Sophia Feuer, Cinema and Photography, '18, FLEFF Intern, Briarcliff Manor, NY. 

Quoting Marianna Torgovnick, Bill Nichols wrote, “to respect other ways that art can be created, circulated, displayed, and received…Western art historians need not supply any ‘voice.’” He mentions that these voices “can be heard if...

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Posted by Hanxiao Wang at 6:41PM   |  4 comments

Blog posting written by Hanxiao Wang, Integrated Marketing Communications Studies, ’19, FLEFF Intern, Sichuan, China.

If a concert can provide people listening pleasure, then the FLEFF concert brought me a giant feast of five senses.

This year the FLEFF concert theme was landscapes, both celestial and...

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Posted by Hanxiao Wang at 6:24PM   |  3 comments

Blog posting written by Hanxiao Wang, Integrated Marketing Communications Studies, ’19, FLEFF Intern, Sichuan, China.

“Intellectual,” “interdisciplinary,” “global” are terms that express my impressions about FLEFF. For the whole week, my mind just cannot stop to think about various questions and...

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Posted by Sophia Feuer at 8:57PM   |  4 comments

Blog posting written by Sophia Feuer, Cinema and Photography, '18, FLEFF Intern, Briarcliff Manor, NY. 

FLEFF has come to a close and its time to start looking forward to what is to come in next year’s festival. However, it is also time to take a look back at all the amazing things that occurred within only a week’s time...

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Posted by Gabriella LoBue at 10:52AM   |  3 comments

Blog posting written by Gabriella LoBue, Cinema and Photography, ’18, FLEFF Intern, Hackettstown, New Jersey.

I’ll be the first to admit that I am not the biggest fan of experimental film. That’s not to say I hate it, but typically I would opt to see a more mainstream film over an avant-garde picture if given the choice. However, in the weeks leading up to FLEFF, I...

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Posted by Tianhong Yang at 1:27AM   |  2 comments

Blog posting written by Tianhong Yang, Environmental Sciences, ’18, FLEFF Blogger, Hangzhou, China

I wonder what would happen if all the artists, the scientists, and the most creative people in the world came together to imagine future landscapes. In fact, I think FLEFF has become such intellectual environment...

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Posted by Gabriella LoBue at 12:39PM   |  2 comments

Blog posting written by Gabriella LoBue, Cinema and Photography, ’18, FLEFF Intern, Hackettstown, New Jersey.

FLEFF was packed with events, speakers, and films that informed, inspired, and intrigued. It was easy to get lost in the mix of intellectual and engaging conversations that took place. One discussion that particularly stood out to me was the kick off event of the entire...

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Posted by Cassandra Moore at 12:51AM   |  2 comments

Sitting down to watch Shoulder the Lion reaffirmed the statement that certain films need to be witnessed on the “big screen” in a cinema space to create a full experience. The stories that established the core of the documentary follows three artists whose artistic lives navigate their physical...

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Posted by Cassandra Moore at 12:41AM   |  6 comments

The list of experiences and lessons learned from being involved with FLEFF during its 19th year go way beyond merely three key lasting impressions.

Firstly, the community that FLEFF creates in and of itself truly is a beautiful thing. I felt like I was part of a functioning ecosystem of perfectly curated experiences and discussions. Repeatedly seeing the same faces in...

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Posted by Sophia Feuer at 4:37PM   |  4 comments

Blog posting written by Sophia Feuer, Cinema and Photography, '18, FLEFF Intern, Briarcliff Manor, NY. 

On the final days of FLEFF, film-goers gathered to watch the screening of Panomundo Part 1: The Evolution of the Steelpan. Needless to say, it was more than just a screening.

The feature-length documentary...

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Posted by Rebecca Cox at 11:09PM   |  3 comments

Blog posting written by Rebecca Cox, Cinema and Photography, ’16, FLEFF Intern, Lebanon, Pennsylvania.

As I’ve had a fraction less than a week to let FLEFF fully saturate my mind, I find that my head is still swirling with all of these new intellectual ideas. The films, speakers and workshops all engaged in a deeper level of thinking.

I came out of the festival...

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Posted by Gabriella LoBue at 11:51PM   |  2 comments

Blog posting written by Gabriella LoBue, Cinema and Photography, ’18, FLEFF Intern, Hackettstown, New Jersey.

It’s hard to believe that after months of intense preparation and anticipation, FLEFF has come and gone in a mere seven days. In a jam-packed schedule of events, speakers, and films, this festival was unlike anything I’ve ever had the pleasure of...

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Posted by Emily Varga at 10:05PM   |  5 comments

It’s April 2016, November is quickly approaching with one of the most controversial elections in history on the forefront.  Abortion is one of the most talked about subjects between candidates and is a deciding factor for many voters. 

Trapped” is a film by Dawn Porter, which explores the hardships those on...

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Posted by Rebecca Cox at 9:29PM   |  2 comments

Blog posting written by Rebecca Cox, Cinema and Photography, ’16, FLEFF Intern, Lebanon, Pennsylvania.

Film festivals are often considered a suspension of real life. Attendees embrace the week of intellectual dialogue and rare film screenings. Last week, I fully immersed myself in my first film festival experience at the 19th Finger Lakes Environmental Film...

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Posted by Thomas Ball at 4:04AM   |  3 comments

At the FLEFF Lab, Media and Arts Landscapes, film producer and dGenerate Films founder

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Posted by Hanxiao Wang at 6:05PM   |  3 comments

Blog posting written by Hanxiao Wang, Integrated Marketing Communications Studies, ’19, FLEFF Intern, Sichuan, China.

Circumstance is a story about two Iranian young girls who dream of different lives. Atafeh is a brave girl, who desires fame and adventure, whereas her best friend Shireen is...

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Posted by Tianhong Yang at 12:34PM   |  2 comments

Blog posting written by Tianhong Yang, Environmental Sciences, ’18, FLEFF Blogger, Hangzhou, China

In Mongolia, around half of the population remain nomadic. For centuries, Mongolian herders have roamed the endless grasslands followed by numerous horses, cattle, and sheep. They live in a lifestyle derived from indigenous and cultural...

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Posted by Gabriella LoBue at 10:21AM   |  4 comments

Blog posting written by Gabriella LoBue, Cinema and Photography, ’18, FLEFF Intern, Hackettstown, New Jersey.

“Ithaca, New York, ten square miles surrounded by reality.” Some locals agree with, and many bumper stickers read this quote regarding the city of upstate New York. Although it may vary depending on whom you ask, many agree that this proverb suggests that...

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Posted by Sean Themea at 8:19AM   |  1 comment

For Jon Bowermaster, environmental justice is worth economic sacrifice. Even if it means paying eight dollars per gallon at the gas pump.

 

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Posted by Hanxiao Wang at 12:23AM   |  2 comments

Blog posting written by Hanxiao Wang, Integrated Marketing Communications Studies, ’19, FLEFF Intern, Sichuan, China.

Mountains May Depart tells a story through three different time periods.

The first period is takes place in China in 1999, an age lacking material prosperity, but people were living...

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Posted by Kristina DiNardi at 10:57PM   |  2 comments

Blog posting written by Kris DiNardi, Writing for Film, Television and Emerging Media, '18, FLEFF Intern, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

At this year’s forum, there were 30 professors present to discuss various conversations about landscapes. Here is just a taste some of the professors’ research in relation to landscapes:

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Posted by Rebecca Cox at 10:36PM   |  3 comments

Blog posting written by Rebecca Cox, Cinema and Photography, ’16, FLEFF Intern, Lebanon, Pennsylvania.

Of the multiple times I have visited Ithaca College’s intimate Handwerker Gallery, its capacity has never felt so full as it did Thursday, March 30 at 6 p.m.

There were a few dozen black chairs angled around a podium illuminated by a lone spotlight. Scholar in...

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Posted by Kristina DiNardi at 10:30PM   |  2 comments

Blog posting written by Kris DiNardi, Writing for Film, Television and Emerging Media, '18, FLEFF Intern, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Filmmaker J.P. Sniadecki’s The Iron Ministry records his numerous journeys on China’s massive railway systems....

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Posted by Kristina DiNardi at 10:09PM   |  1 comment

Blog posting written by Kris DiNardi, Writing for Film, Television and Emerging Media, '18, FLEFF Intern, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Shoulder the Lion isn’t just your run of the mill film about disabilities.

Many films about disabilities show their characters heroically overcoming their disabilities,...

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Posted by Rebecca Cox at 7:55PM   |  2 comments

Blog posting written by Rebecca Cox, Cinema and Photography, ’16, FLEFF Intern, Lebanon, Pennsylvania.

The Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival is best known for its phenomenal films and guests. What many people don’t know is the platform FLEFF provides for new media artists.

Professor of New Media at Wichita State University and New Media Artist herself,...

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Posted by Tianhong Yang at 7:17PM   |  4 comments

Blog posting written by Tianhong Yang, Environmental Sciences, ’18, FLEFF Blogger, Hangzhou, China

Don’t Move Firewood, for trees are being destroyed through the transportation of invasive species. Native to Asia, the infamous emerald ash borer has killed millions of ash trees in North America since 2002, causing enormous financial loss.  

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Posted by Emily Varga at 4:54PM   |  Add a comment

FLEFF Weekend at Cinemapolis is here and it’s time to take a look at 5 of the must-see films that will be downtown…

 

A Thin Wall

A Thin Wall explores the Indian partition in 1947 told by survivors and members of families who were uprooted on either side of the...

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Posted by Sophia Feuer at 1:41PM   |  3 comments

Blog posting written by Sophia Feuer, Cinema and Photography, '18, FLEFF Intern, Briarcliff Manor, NY. 

On Monday, the Ithaca College campus was transformed. The 19th annual Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival took off with an energy and excitement that has only accumulated throughout this week.

I attended...

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