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

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Posted by Haley Stearns at 10:06PM   |  6 comments
Haley Stearns

Hello everyone!

Let me start off by saying how exciting it is to be a part of the 17th Annual Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival! I am so thrilled to have the opportunity to post about the events of the festival as well as interact with everyone involved.

I am a junior Film, Photography, and Visual Arts major with a minor in Integrated Marketing Communications. My major allows me to pursue my greatest passions in life while broadening my skill set. Having the opportunity to study at Ithaca College has taught me more than I ever could have imagined about my future profession and myself as a person.

On campus, I am involved in a number of activities. I play tennis for our club tennis team, participate in the American Marketing Association, and volunteer on a number of student film crews as frequently as possible.

I’m from Buffalo, New York, a city known mainly for their outstanding chicken wings and not-so-outstanding football team, the Buffalo Bills. Growing up in a very cold and snowy part of New York was perfect for two of my favorite passions in life: skiing and film. There’s nothing more magical to me than the feeling of gliding across a snow covered mountain on a cold winters day, and nothing more relaxing then settling into a warm movie theater to escape the cold.

I was originally drawn to FLEFF as a freshman on campus because of the prospect of participating in my first film festival while having the opportunity to interact with filmmakers from around the world. After speaking with various filmmakers and festival guests, I remember feeling so inspired to be in an environment that promoted such open expression of thoughts and ideas. FLEFF also helped me to realize that film festivals are more than just screenings; they are a place for expression of ideas through various channels such as music, lectures, and, of course, film screenings.

This year, I am especially looking forward to participating more actively during FLEFF.  Being a blogger is an incredible honor and I am so excited to work with the other amazing members of our blogging team! We have so many incredible events, screenings, and experiences ahead of us and I am so thrilled to have the opportunity to experience and write about them!


Haley, I really liked your introduction and I'm looking forward to reading your blog! We are lucky to have you as a member of our blogging-family :-)
After interviewing you in class last time, I feel like I've known you for ages. I'm surprised you didn't mention all these on campus activities you are involved in! (respect!)
With your background knowledge of film I'm sure you are a perfect fit for FLEFF (maybe we'll see one of your films one day!?)
What is it that fascinates you most about film?
I really enjoyed reading about your hometown and you are right, there's nothing better than watching a movie at home when it's cold outside. I'm pretty sure it will still be snowing in March, which makes the festival even more inviting ;-)
See you tonight at the GRASS screening and the Cloud Chamber Orchestra performance! It's going to be great!

Hi Haley!

It's really great to get to know you a little more through this introduction and the blogging course! I have always enjoyed skiing, but have not skied on the East Coast. Are there certain mountains you would recommend in New York?

Can't wait to read more of your insights into the festival!

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