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

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Posted by Gabriella LoBue at 6:03PM
Gabriella LoBue

Blog posting written by Gabriella LoBue, Cinema and Photography, ’18, FLEFF Intern, Hackettstown, New Jersey.

Hello to all of my fellow FLEFF fanatics!

My name is Gabriella LoBue and I am a sophomore at Ithaca College. I am pursuing a B.S. in Cinema and Photography with a concentration in Cinema Production, and a minor in Business Administration.

I was born in China and resided in an orphanage for the first year of my life, until I was adopted by my mother and brought to the United States. Technically I live in the town of Independence, but since the population is relatively small, we use Hackettstown’s mailing address. Regardless, I consider New Jersey to be my roots, surrounded by beautiful mountains and beaches, while also being just a hop, skip, and a jump away from New York City.

In addition to my academic pursuits, I am a Martin Luther King Scholar. As a scholar, I strive to combine my aptitude for video production with my passion for social justice and equality. I hope that with my work I can express and communicate the voices of others, as well as my own, in a creative way that will inspire and inform.

Serving the global community is just one feature of being a scholar, and I do my part by volunteering at Belle Sherman Elementary’s after school program, called SIFE (Students With Interrupted Formal Education). The children come from Burmese refugee families, and the volunteers support different areas of extracurricular interests. I am currently facilitating a short film production with the students to expose them to the art and practice of filmmaking.

I am a FLEFF blogger because I see it as the best way to gain a complete and immersive experience by learning about and interacting with various film festival elements. I want to take advantage of the opportunity to participate in and embrace all that FLEFF has to offer. I am also thrilled to be working with a team of like-minded bloggers who are equally as enthusiastic to engage in the events.

Over the past two semesters I took two courses that changed the way I perceive the world and also prepared me for FLEFF: Activists and Environmental Media, taught by Brad Rappa, and The Environmental Crisis: Causes and Solutions, taught by John Hopple. These classes, combined with a desire to contribute my writing skills, commitment, and enthusiasm, drive my interest towards the complexities and nuances of this environmental film festival and its subject matter.

I am excited for the upcoming 19th annual FLEFF, as it will no doubt include plenty of programs, guests, and discourses that will quench the intellectual and artistic thirst that we, the bloggers, participants, and audience members share. Since this will be my first hands-on experience with a film festival of any kind, I am particularly interested to see how this year’s theme of LANDSCAPES will be incorporated.

With that, I am interested to know: From past experiences, what is your favorite memory of FLEFF? Or, if this is your first year, what expectations do you have for the festival?

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