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

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Posted by Cassandra Moore at 12:56AM
Impounding pit for fracking fluids

The Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival 19th year will engage with ideas and constructions relating to Landscapes through various films, new media projects, guest commentaries, and audience based dialogues.

What do you think of when you hear the word “landscape”? Is there a particular view or bit of scenery that comes to mind?

When I am asked to reflect on the idea of landscapes, and what they mean to me, the scenes of rolling, forested mountains that fill Central Pennsylvania’s scenery come to mind first and foremost. This is mainly due to the fact that it has been the landscape that I have engaged with most by physically existing on it, using its resources to survive and grow.

Recently, this landscape has experienced dramatic alterations as industry reaches below the surface and into waterways, through the ongoing production of natural gas as a potential fuel source. This particular landscape will soon be altered in permanent ways through the construction of pipelines to transport natural gas that was fracked from the Marcellus Shale plane.

As I watch the transformation of a landscape that I am intimately related to, the challenges of beginning dialogues around ideas of sustainability that question these practices, as well as other extraction methods, erupts internally.

FLEFF’s goals of creating a festival space that focuses on sustainability in film, society, politics, and conversation, excites me as a blogger. Within the many layers of FLEFF that will be a part of the this years experience, the opportunity to be involved in discussions about landscapes, as they have been, are now, and will be, is truly alluring. 

Within this unique way of experiencing FLEFF, the ability to witness and document the variety of perspectives and commentaries that will be showcased during this year’s events, is going to be a favorable challenge as a blogger.

What new lenses will I view landscapes through after the festival is over? What constructions will I become aware of? What new ideas will I begin applying to landscapes I already assume to know so well? As the countdown to FLEFF moves forward, these questions are fueling my excitement for my FLEFF experience! 

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