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Posted by Kimberly Capehart at 12:35AM
FLEFF mini-courses provide students with unique opportunities to intimately engage with challenging themes and ideas.

Blog posting by Kimberly Capehart, Documentary Studies and Production '16, FLEFF Blogger, Cherry Hill, New Jersey 

Though this is my third year as a FLEFF Blogger, I must admit that I have never taken a FLEFF mini-course.

Astonishing, I know. I have served as a Junior Fellow and now thrice as a Blogger, but I have not yet underwent the "intellectual discovery" that my fellow blogger, Kaley Belval, blogged about earlier in the week. However, as this is my last year to attend FLEFF as an undergraduate, I seized my final opportunity to enroll in a mini-course.

This semester I am enrolled in FLEFF: Political Habitats: Narrative Film as Activism with Dr. Matthew Holtmeier. As a Documentary Studies and Production major and a Politics minor, the politics of documentary as well as the political habitats of documentary are becoming more and more familiar to me. Unfortunately, though, I have not yet interrogated the ways in which fiction film is also political and the ways in which fiction film establishes its own political habitats 

My fellow blogger, Hannah Basciano recently interviewed Dr. Holtmeier in a post titled, "Professor Matthew Holtmeier: From Student to Cinephile." Though you can read the lengthy interview to understand Dr. Holtmeier's hopes for the class, I was looking to share my own. 

The description of the class reads as the following:

"Narrative films are often political, but how does a fictional film depict protest and serve as a form of active social engagement? This seminar focuses on the ways that films model activism and protest through immersing spectators in a political habitat that prompts the production of political subjects. Students will explore how a film’s aesthetics and depiction of political transformation model a political habitat and how films affect spectators and promote political action"

By taking this FLEFF mini-course I hope to question my own political engagement with both narrative fiction film and documentary film. I hope to challenge my own tastes and preferences by analyzing fiction film through a political lens. And most importantly, I hope to engage more deeply and intellectually with the theme of HABITATS. 

As the mini-course progresses, I may share some of my insights into the theme or the festival, so keep your eyes peeled for future blog posts.

Lastly, to all Ithaca College students who are looking for a challenging and stimulating classroom environment, consider signing up for one of the FLEFF mini-courses and investigating your passions in new ways. 

Which FLEFF mini-course are you most interested in? 

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