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The Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival from the interns' point of view
Sunday, April 19, 2015
Blog posting by Cindy Yong, Biology; Writing '16, Eagleville, PA, FLEFF Blogger
I’m actually blogging for a film festival.
At the beginning of FLEFF 2015, I felt out of my element. In the cinema world, I’m used to reaping the benefits of filmmaking. But these past few months, I participated in actually helping a film festival run smoothly. I created a public space for discussion about the diverse FLEFF events with these blogs.
If HABITATS wasn’t this year’s FLEFF theme, I might never have joined the blogging team. When I read the word ‘habitats,’ the science side of my brain sparked. When I read about the blogging team, the writing side of my brain flared.
I value the inter-disciplinary connections FLEFF creates and cultivates for any audience.
I attended my first silent film live music event. From Patrick Grossi, I learned about urban housing problems in Philadelphia. I participated in the book launch of City of Spies. I exposed myself to Chinese banned films while learning about film distribution.
With these events and many more, I saw how an environmental term like ‘habitats’ reaches beyond scientific meaning to tie in with sociopolitical, cultural, economic aspects. Beyond my own feelings of a habitat, I learned what habitats meant to other people. Sorayya Khan mentioned how she thought people had their own “story-homes” built from their background, culture, and memories.
FLEFF prepared me for dialogues outside my knowledge. My confidence and interviewing skills increased. I started to crave to find out about what was important to an individual for a meaningful story. I consider myself a good listener, but FLEFF made me utilize those skills to the maximum to further conversations.
At the end of FLEFF, I realized why I was so nervous about participating in the blogging team. I was the sole person placing these inhibitions and doubts, which tampered with my confidence. Just as a film festival has to adapt to changes, I proved I’m willing to handle anything, so long as I remain open-minded.
Not all those who wander are lost. –J.R.R. Tolkien