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Posted by Kristen Reid at 4:36PM
Jade Hazzard, FLEFF blogger

Blog posting written by Kristen Reid, Cinema and Photography '21, FLEFF Intern


Emigrating to the United States at a very young age, Jade Hazzard’s life has always featured disruptions. Leaving her family home in Edinburgh, Jade relocated to Camden, Maine where she stayed throughout high school, before leaving for Ithaca College. She’s now in her second year at IC, studying Television and Radio at the Roy H. Park School of Communications.

In Camden, Hazzard says she noticed an emphasis on the importance of protecting our environment growing up, but it was often a local focus, such as “the air we breathe and the trash we produce.” These small scale conversations are important but Hazzard says she’s looking forward to investigating environmental disruptions on a global level. In working with FLEFF, she looks forward to exploring a variety of environmental influences, including the political factors that affect regions differently around the world.

It was in her hometown that Jade experienced her first film festival, where she volunteered at the Camden International Film Festival. Held in September, she hasn’t been able to return since her arrival to IC but she did get another chance to experience the world of film festivals when she visited her familial roots in Edinburgh for the Edinburgh International Film Festival. Coming into her role as a FLEFF blogger, Hazzard explains that while these festivals are extremely different from FLEFF, these opportunities allowed her a firsthand look at the “sense of teamwork that’s needed in film festivals”. One of FLEFF’s main missions is to facilitate collaboration and Hazzard’s previous experience reinforces that idea for her.

Motivating Jade Hazzard as a blogger is a drive to “seek [information] out and use critical thinking, to not just rely on the first piece of media [she] comes across” and a responsibility she feels she has to learn about the struggles and experiences of others across the globe. In the day and age of the Internet and 24-hour news cycles, we are bombarded with a constant stream of information. Hazzard hopes that FLEFF will not only help her understanding of the environment in global terms but also strengthen her critical thinking skills to help parse through the infinite information we have access to.

"A lot of people choose to only interact with people that share the same opinion as them and that can become a really dangerous place," Jade reflects. "For me, FLEFF pushes the boundaries on that and doesn't allow you to be comfortable."

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