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Posted by Kayla Reopelle at 11:01PM   |  4 comments
Kayla Reopelle

Blog posting written by Kayla Reopelle, Documentary Studies and Production, ’14, FLEFF Blogger, Roy, WA


Hello Everyone!


My name is Kayla Reopelle and I’m one of the new bloggers for the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival! I am a senior Documentary Studies and Production major with minors in Honors and Politics, Model UN delegate, and co-editor for Buzzsaw Magazine’s multimedia section, Seesaw. 


Before I came to Ithaca College, I didn’t have a passport. 


I’m from a small town in the South Puget Sound region of Washington State called Roy. Known for the bi-annual Roy Rodeo, my hometown is something a little different. I’m drawn back to its breathtaking views of Mt. Rainier and churches converted into gun shops.


I was eager to get out and explore the world, try new things, and my studies allowed me to do just that. I’ve traveled to three continents, worked with a radio show that features Incarcerated Voices, and found inspiration in new media theories that push me to tell stories in interactive ways.


FLEFF is one of the highlights of my spring semester. 


The Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival gives me and other Ithaca College students a chance to meet filmmakers, artists, musicians and scholars, to see banned films, and push ourselves to think about the festival’s theme beyond conventional limits. When I heard this year’s theme was dissonance, I knew I wanted to be a blogger. More on that next week!


I’m very excited for FLEFF’s screening of Grass: A Nation’s Battle for Life (1925) this Tuesday, January 28 at 7:30pm in the Sage Chapel at Cornell University. The Cloud Chamber Orchestra will be performing a live score to the silent documentary. 


I’ve seen the Cloud Chamber Orchestra at previous FLEFF’s and every performances brought a fresh reading to the film being screened. I hope to see you there! 


What keeps you coming back to FLEFF every year?


Kayla, first of all: Congratulations on your Introduction! I really enjoyed reading it. The way you are describing your hometown makes me want to go there! It seems to be a vibrant place! (I've always wanted to see a rodeo show!) They turn churches into gun shops?! Are you allowed to own guns where you are from? (since I'm from Austria I'm not really familiar with the laws)
I'm also very excited for the GRASS screening tonight! Cloud Chamber Orchestra is a fantastic group and definitely inspiring for a musician like me. :-)
There are many reasons why I keep attending FLEFF! One is the huge variety of featured cultural events such as screenings, concerts, silent films etc.
I'm also a fan of this year's festival theme DISSONANCE. In my world (the world of music) DISSONANCES are important to give a piece more depth and make it sound more interesting. Why do you think it's important to talk about dissonances?

Your introduction is inspiring, Kayla! Especially to hear that before college you didn't have a passport. What are the three continents you've traveled to so far?

Your description of your hometown made me ache for the Pacific Northwest. Hearing someone else describe the Puget Sound and Mt. Rainier is so comforting to me. I have only been there once but I know I will be back; Washington is part of my being now. Thank you!

Hi Alexis! Thank you for your kind words! The three continents I have traveled to so far are Europe, Africa and Asia. Through Ithaca College programs I have been able to study for a week in London, a summer in South Korea, and for a semester split between the Netherlands and Morocco.

If you would ever like to talk more about the Pacific Northwest, or revel in the Seahawks' first Superbowl victory, let me know! I love to talk about home and I would enjoy getting to learn more about your adventures in Washington as well!

Hi Timna! I'm so glad you liked my introduction! Thank you! Vibrant is one way to describe it! Small, but unique! Rodeos are pretty exciting, if you have the opportunity to go to one I highly suggest it! Haha yes, the church had closed and the empty space was turned into a gun shop! You are indeed allowed to own guns, and many of my neighbors own more than one. Hunting is big hobby in my area.

I love the role dissonance plays in music, but my draw to the theme is based in its psychological roots. Cognitive dissonance was my first introduction to the term. Feeling torn between ideas, people, situations and the process of rationalizing these feelings has always fascinated me. Understanding why we feel this way and how we rationalize these things is important to comprehend to understand our humanity in greater depths.

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