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

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Posted by Noah Dunne at 5:04PM

By Noah Dunne, Exploratory student with a minor in Honors, '23, FLEFF blogging intern, Beverly, Massachusetts.

My name is Noah, I am a freshman exploratory major looking into biology at Ithaca college. To begin, I am super excited to be a part of the FLEFF festival blog team. I decided on joining the team because I have some interest in filmmaking. While it is not my primary focus at Ithaca College, I was hoping I could learn some more about how the industry functions. I am a hard-working person, who puts my academics before anything else and I am glad to devote my efforts to this new area. I am looking forward to applying myself and having a fun semester with new surprising experiences concerning this festival.

The first aspect of FLEFF that attracts me was what I have heard about the festival by those who have been to it. It is described as a politically charged meld of cultures and arts and has some shocking descriptions. I want to see how raw and truthful these claims are, so I am excited to begin writing and watch more of the films that will be displayed at the festival.

To delve more into the political point, from what I have heard the program is incredibly powerful when it comes to political messages. Because it is a mix of artists from different cultures across the world, it introduces viewpoints and cases of political turmoil from all walks of life. This means I will learn the most brutal and true nature of what is occurring in other countries through art. FLEFF is described as edgy and pioneered for adults, so I am curious to see what events occur at the festival.

Another part of FLEFF that intrigues me is the ability to meet people from completely different cultures, or those who are on the run or banned from their home country. I am excited to hear and interpret their stories as well as learn more about their unique backgrounds. The event seems to represent an open canvas for screenwriters, filmmakers and artists to show their more risky and cultural films which may not be acceptable elsewhere.

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