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The Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival from the interns' point of view
Friday, April 15, 2016
Blog posting written by Gabriella LoBue, Cinema and Photography, ’18, FLEFF Intern, Hackettstown, New Jersey.
I’ll be the first to admit that I am not the biggest fan of experimental film. That’s not to say I hate it, but typically I would opt to see a more mainstream film over an avant-garde picture if given the choice. However, in the weeks leading up to FLEFF, I was constantly reminded to take advantage of every opportunity that was presented. Having experienced the festival first hand, I can now see why this was emphasized so often.
While I was mapping out my FLEFF film to-do list, I saw a series of experimental short films listed in the program. Despite my initial reaction to see another movie, I remembered what people told me earlier. Ultimately, I bought a ticket for the screening.
I found the Wenhua Shi shorts to be a very provocative series of films. Each short elicited different emotions from me, and they challenged me to consider how they might have been constructed. For example, one of the shorts featured a very unsettling soundscape. As the visceral production played, I wondered what elements were used to create both the aural and visual landscape.
Another short film featured ten different scenes of everyday life in China. I felt like I was peering into ten different little time capsules that captured the life and action of a single space. I found myself imagining what happened before and after the camera rolled. As I watched, it was also intriguing to think about how these different scenes did or did not relate to one another.
Watching Wenhua’s short films changed my perspective of and gave me a new appreciation for experimental films. I came to understand that not everything requires an explicit meaning. Watching these films allowed my mind to wander with the image it was been presented, and to think deeply about what I was seeing.
Now, I can proudly join those who encourage others to take advantage of all that FLEFF offeres. Being open and willing is such an important part of the festival. I learned that shying away from films or events that may be out of your comfort zone is, in fact, a disservice to yourself. Don’t make that mistake. Instead, walk in and be open to having those experiences.