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

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Posted by Gillian Smith at 1:31PM   |  1 comment

Blog post written by Gillian Smith '12, FLEFF intern, Journalism, Harwich, Massachusetts


The FLEFF intern program is a diverse collection of students from all years and majors, with all sorts of different interests and talents. One of these very talented interns is Michelle Montgomery, senior Cinema and Photography major with a concentration in still photography.

Montgomery says she chose Ithaca because she wasn't entirely sure what she wanted to major in, but she knew that she wanted to do something with communications. 

"The exploratory program allowed me to take classes within different majors, and Park is filled with so many great opportunities and experiences," she said. "I also really liked the environment. I thought the town was interesting and I liked how there are so many natural areas nearby."

Montgomery finally chose photography because she is a visual thinker and was interested in learning about the technical and aesthetics of photography as a way to improve her visual communication. At Ithaca, Montgomery said she has had a great experience. She is currently the photo editor for Fuse magazine, a publication by students for high school sophomores and juniors.  

"I have been able to take interesting classes, learn new skills, meet great people, have good jobs on campus and study abroad," she said. "Since freshman year, I was gaining hands-on experience in classes and in student media."

She said she was inspired to become a FLEFF intern to gain hands-on festival experience and to expand her knowledge of how film festivals are planned and how they operate. 

"I am highly interested in environmental issues and sustainable solutions, and I saw FLEFF as a way to make a difference and communicate the importance of sustainability."

Look for Michelle at the FLEFF events- she'll most likely have a camera in hand! 


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Great profile of Michelle! I think it's great that she started out exploratory and it allowed her to finally settle into the major she loves.

And I loved this - reminded me of why I wanted to be a FLEFF intern too:

"... to gain hands-on festival experience and to expand her knowledge of how film festivals are planned and how they operate. "

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