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

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Posted by Haley Stearns at 9:43PM   |  1 comment

Blog post written by Haley Stearns, Still Photography ’15, FLEFF Blogger, Buffalo, New York

Looking back at FLEFF and all of the other blog posts I have written, I realize that my greatest appreciation throughout this entire experience has been having the opportunity to participate in this international film festival. Not only did being a blogger give me a voice on the subject matter, but it also pushed me outside of my comfort zone and required me to fully immerse myself within the festival.

That being said, I cannot sufficiently describe how powerful each and every experience I had was. I think back to the first FLEFF event I attended this year, the screening of “Grass: A Nation’s Battle for Life” accompanied with a live score by the Cloud Chamber Orchestra. Sitting in Cornell’s Sage Chapel, when I realized for the first time what an excellent opportunity being a FLEFF blogger was.

People will tell you throughout your entire life that “Opportunities look like hard work.” There’s no doubt about it that my FLEFF blogging opportunity took a lot of time, effort, and an incredible amount of hard work. But there’s also so much to be said for everything I got out of my FLEFF experience.

To future FLEFF interns and bloggers: do not be intimidated by the thought of working hand in hand with an international film festival. Don’t be afraid to put yourselves outside of your comfort zone and immerse yourself in the overwhelming, powerful, stimulating, and genuinely incredible experience that is the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival.

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