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FLEFF Intern Voices

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

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Posted by Rachael Lewis-Krisky at 3:53PM   |  6 comments
Rachael Lewis-Krisky, FLEFF Blogger '14

I’m a senior Documentary Studies and Production major at Ithaca College with minors in African Diaspora Studies and Honors. My schooling has provided me with every outlet to explore the worlds I care most about. I have traveled to England to experience the literary works of Pygmalion and My Fair Lady; completed independent research in South Africa about the strength of single motherhood for Xhosa women in the historically oppressed township of Langa; interned and produced for the WNYC arts and culture radio program Studio 360 hosted by Kurt Andersen; and consistently volunteered with the food donation program SWIFT. As I approach graduation, I thankful that Ithaca has given me everything I wanted and more.

In short, I am a passionate student journalist with an ear for stories, an eye for the small but beautiful aspects of life, a taste for an adventure, and a heart that always welcomes a genuine laugh. Anyone know a good joke?

Croton-on-Hudson, NY, my hometown, is a small village just north of NYC. It is known for the annual Clearwater Festival, a folk music and green initiative festival started by Pete Seeger nearly 45 years ago. Ever been? As it is a little hippie and post-communist town, I grew up to believe that you must be the change you wish to see in the world. I continue to strive for that every day.

FLEFF has been a key part of my experience at Ithaca College. From incredibly engaging international films to thought-provoking contests, from knowledgeable speakers to exciting performances, I have enjoyed every moment of FLEFF that I have ever experienced. In a previous year at the festival, I had the opportunity to meet director Tina Mabry of Mississippi Damned, a film that is still one of my favorites to this day. She helped me believe that a film could be made to truly challenge its viewers to think differently about race inequality.

This year, I am so thrilled to be a FLEFF blogger and truly honored to be part of the grand team. This year’s theme of DISSONANCE is surely going to create extraordinary events. Our writing contest for high school students reflects the festival’s ability to bring people from around the world together in an intellectually challenging way. I can’t wait to see what the students submit. FLEFF 2014, here we come!


I can't wait to see the documentaries you create down the road.

Rachael, I am very impressed by your experiences in South Africa! Did you make a documentary out of it?

I have yet to watch "Mississippi Damned" but I'll definitely borrow the DVD from the library and watch it soon :)

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