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The Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival from the interns' point of view
Monday, February 11, 2019
Written by Lea Troutman, Film, Photography, & Visual Arts, '21, FLEFF Intern, Baltimore, MD
With a nine-hour time difference and 6,851 miles between us, I communicated with Dr. Dale Hudson, who is currently a professor at NYU Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates.
As a digital curator for FLEFF, Dr. Hudson works closely with different makers and encourages them to submit projects to open calls and to spread FLEFF by word of mouth. Dr. Hudson participates in extremely active work for FLEFF despite being so far away.
He also works with curators and co-directors of FLEFF on exhibitions to find potential FLEFF guests. The purpose of the exhibitions are to propose new ideas, encourage complex debate and build community.
“We look for projects that unsettle our thinking” he said. FLEFF isn’t focused on making business deals like commercial festivals, but ones that do not “reflect our view of the world back to us.”
It is amazing that FLEFF can reach students and interest them in Abu Dhabi through Dr. Hudson. Abu Dhabi and Ithaca might seem unconnected, but they are through Dr. Hudson’s work.
He uses FLEFF as an example of connections for students, Dr. Hudson emphasizes connections between places that seem unconnected. His work across the world has put into perspective the implications of decisions of different locations.
An example of a project he gave is The Shore Line, which is a project that displays the works of individuals and organizations across nine countries “who are confronting coastal challenges with persistence and imagination.” Their goal is to inspire change, similarly to what FLEFF does.
Dr. Hudson discussed how FLEFF “is deeply rooted in Ithaca, yet it is simultaneously present elsewhere.” The questions arisen in FLEFF are questions that we need to collectively ask across the world and he contributes to this by connecting FLEFF to the other side of the world.