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

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Posted by Sean Themea at 11:49PM
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Blog Posting by Sean Themea, Communication Studies, ‘16, FLEFF Intern, Chester, New Hampshire

Ithacans, FLEFF Patrons, fellow bloggers, et. al,

My name is Sean Themea, and I write to you as a student completing his final semester at Ithaca College. On May 22, I will graduate and receive a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies, with a focus in Legal Studies and a minor in the Ithaca College Honors Program.

I spent my childhood in rural New Hampshire. Looking back, performance and my parents were my greatest influences. I seized any possible opportunity to take the stage, whether my role was the comic relief in a Shakespearean tragedy or the frontman of a classic rock cover band. Off-stage, I watched my parents engage in local politics, standing up and speaking out to create inclusivity within our school district.

Through music and theater, I gained confidence. From my parents, the capacity for conviction.

With this in mind, I settled on my collegiate course of study after taking Professor Michael Whelan’s Courtrooms and Communication and Oral Advocacy courses. I believe a career in trial law will blend performance with the pursuit of justice. I currently serve as a Litigation Intern for Lama Law Firm in Ithaca, NY to gain further exposure to legal advocacy.

I was fortunate to develop a global perspective as an Ithaca College student. As a Sophomore, IC’s Debate Team sent me to Tallin, Estonia as the tournament’s lone American representative. As a Martin Luther King Scholar, I have traveled to Accra, Ghana and London, England to conduct research on educational equity.

Currently, in my spare time, I stay politically active. As a NY State Chair at Young Americans for Liberty, I engage with fellow college students on how we can create a just society without compromising civil or economic liberties.

These experiences have shaped my interest in and pursuit of the FLEFF Blogging Internship. I predict my engagement in the 19th Annual Finger Lakes Environmental Festival will serve as the quintessential capstone of my Ithaca College experience. I look forward to learning from scholars and artists as they tackle the social issues of today, to my first foray into cinematic analysis, and to actively engaging in the Finger Lakes Community.

I am curious: How do you think the LANDSCAPES theme might manifest in films, plays, & concerts? Is there a particular social justice issue you would want to explore through FLEFF?

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