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Posted by LeeAnna Campbell at 10:31AM

Blog posting written by LeeAnna Campbell, Writing for Film, Television, and Emerging Media ‘19, FLEFF Intern, Trenton, New Jersey

Freshman year is an impressionable time in a student’s life. Being inundated by new ideas and new people while being in a new environment is a laborious task for anyone to take on, especially a fresh faced eighteen year-old. As luck would have it, freshman year also introduced me to a wonderful event that I had never heard about before: FLEFF.


That year, I decided to take the FLEFF Festivals course offered to students at Ithaca College, mostly on a whim. Taking that course is possibly one of the best decisions that I have made in my college career so far. Being in the FLEFF Festivals course opened my eyes up to the fact that a film festival can include more than just film.


From a multimedia concert that included dance, song, and different landscapes being projected onto a screen to Q and A sessions with professors from Ithaca College and other surrounding colleges, I realized that a film festival can be more than just watching a variety of movies in a cinema. It can also be a conversation.


As a current junior in the Writing for Film, Television, and Emerging Media B.F.A. program with a minor in Art History, I decided that I wanted to immerse myself in the FLEFF experience and add myself to the conversation. The opportunity to have a deeper dive into the world of FLEFF is one that I just could not, in good consciousness, pass up, so this year I decided to be a blogging intern so I could learn more about FLEFF and the world of  film festivals.


This year’s theme, GEOGRAPHIES, is a theme that personally interests me since it relates to a bevy of societal topics. As my minor would suggest, I have an avid interest in history and one cannot separate history from geography or vice versa. History has shaped geography, geography has shaped history, and both history and geography shapes our society.


Through FLEFF, I will be able to have conversations about how geography, as a concept, has molded not just American society, but also international societies, watch films that discuss and explore this topic, and I will also get to experience different types of media, in particular new media, that I otherwise would not be able to see.


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