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

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Posted by Sean Murphy at 1:54AM
Sean Murphy

The Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival thrives on pushing you out of your comfort zone. In an industry where media has grown beyond what’s shown on screen, FLEFF’s responsibility to showcase these changes not only to attendees, but to the global community, is of the utmost importance.


My name is Sean Murphy and I’m a sophomore Writing for Film, Television & Emerging Media major with a minor in English at Ithaca College. I’m from Hazlet, New Jersey where I’ve fostered a love for music, culture, and, above all, story. I belong to a number of student media organizations on campus, including serving as the digital content manager for the New York Film & Television Student Alliance and as an associate producer for Ithaca College Television. Both of these organizations allow me a great deal of creative freedom, but I felt it was due time to strengthen my nonfiction writing and reporting muscles that are essential to working in media.


The ambition I have to become a better writer is fueled by a lifelong infatuation with storytelling across all mediums: movies, literature, transmedia, and more. The platforms in which we tell stories are continuing to grow and evolve and reach corners of the world that are too often reduced to footnotes, and FLEFF highlights these cultures with consideration and the attention they deserve.


As a creative planning to one day work in development, whether that be for full length features or episodic television, I believe it is essential to diversify my media consumption with the countless opportunities coming to the Finger Lakes area this year. Not only that, but understanding how our population impacts the environment and world around us is crucial in shifting the conversation in how entertainment is used as a lens to observe our culture.


In becoming a blogger for FLEFF, I’m seeking to become more involved in the global film culture that is fully embraced by the wonderful festival and learning the inner mechanisms of what it takes to bring people from all walks of life together through these upcoming months.  Through this position as a member of our blogging team, I’ve become determined to elevate my writing abilities and discover how non-fiction writing and reporting informs fiction, and vice-versa.


FLEFF, embracing sustainability across all of its forms, is an entirely unique experience for myself, personally. This will be my first professional festival and I could not be more excited. The exhibition and access to assorted films, projects and people from around the world is an invaluable experience which I’m privileged to have access to within my own backyard. I’m looking forward to engaging in thoughtful dialogue with both creators and community members throughout the course of this internship as well as broadening my knowledge of media in all its forms. I’m absolutely thrilled to be diving head first into the 20th annual Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival!


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