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Posted by Sophia Feuer at 3:27PM

Blog posting written by Sophia Feuer, Cinema and Photography, '18, FLEFF Blogger, Westchester, NY

This year’s highly anticipated lineup for FLEFF (Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival) 2016 has much to offer. A variety of unique and captivating works will travel and bring together a multitude of diverse perspectives, voices, opinions, and concepts, finally amassing at the festival (March 23rd-27th).

The array of works share a common denominator, being this year’s theme LANDSCAPES. Each piece will uniquely explore the theme; the literal or conceptualized meaning of the word landscapes, which can be defied in a number of ways as discussed on the FLEFF website.

The artists and filmmakers themselves may have preconceived notions of how they object to explore and make sense of this theme in their works. However, the variety in how the theme can be defined and interpreted gives the audience a sense of autonomy in developing opinions about the works that may diverge or expand upon pre-existing concepts and questions. 

This is why the discussion that follows the exhibitions and viewings serve as a unique experience. FLEFF provides a place for this conversation and shared experience to happen among strangers and acquaintances alike. 

In this regard, every artist, every work, and every member that attends FLEFF will play a role in shaping the conversation that will ensue and continue to develop beyond the dates that the festival itself takes place.

I choose to further explore this through the definition of landscapes in the study of landscape ecology. Landscape ecology deals with “the biophysical and societal causes and consequences of landscape heterogeneity” (International Association for Landscape Ecology) From this scientific perspective, the word landscape can be defined as an area of land composed of a collection of interacting ecosystems.

If we take this definition and apply it to our various landscape interpretations, whether they be physical or conceptual landscapes, we can start to see that a landscape is a concept that does not live in isolation. It interacts with other landscapes, with real people and fictional characters, and with every article that contributes to the make-up of a “landscape”. Everything it intricately interconnected must be observed with a wide perspective if we are to truly analyze it.

How will we all contribute to our own and each other’s understandings of landscapes at this years festival? Can we consider the festival itself to be landscape? If so, how will our interpretations of “landscapes” shape our FLEFF-going experience in this regard?

We will have to wait until this March to see. Until then! 

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