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The Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival from the interns' point of view
Thursday, April 18, 2019
FLEFF was two weeks ago and I still cannot wrap my head around it.
Without the festival I lack consistent intellectual conversations with published artists and intriguing scholars. In a positive light, FLEFF gifted me with insight into the world of borderless curiosity and now I know what I want my post-graduate life to be consumed with.
My biggest exciting find about this event is that yes, the rumors are true: FLEFF is interdisciplinary and it wouldn’t be the unique festival that it is without these aspects. Film screenings, panels, luncheons where I could ask presenters the question I thought was embarrassing, quietly in the corner constantly kept me at the edge of my seat.
I had two moments like this: The first was with Kelly Gallagher (an all-star favorite from the FLEFF bloggers perspective). Sitting amongst guests at the Friday Labs lunch, I spotted her, jumped from my seat and introduced myself. After reviewing her work in class I was able to disclose how excited I was to see her new work and how women, like her, in the industry are what give me hope to continuing a path in multimedia content creation.
Another instance was in speaking to FLEFF Fellow, Brittany Frederick. During our impromptu interview I was fascinated by how many commons interests we struck in the context of FLEFF. In reality, we could have been talking about black women in higher education for hours if it weren’t for the day’s events.
Our interaction made me wish I had more opportunities to speak to Fellows about their works, experiences at FLEFF and overall advice they could give me as a person of color graduating from a predominantly white institution.
Lastly, I was finally able to connect with the FLEFF team in a way we could not before. Up to 4 hours a week together since January, and until the last after party at Red’s, I honestly didn’t know most of their names. We laughed, whispered and confided each other about the week’s experiences.
I'm sad to not be officially a part of the festival experience any longer, but hope to return in the future to continue conversations that never end.