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

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Posted by Sophia Feuer at 1:58PM
Mid film shoot

Blog Posting by Sophia Feuer, Cinema and Photography, ’18, FLEFF Intern, Westchester, New York. 


FLEFF-goers and film lovers alike,

My name is Sophia Feuer and I am a sophomore at Ithaca college. I am currently majoring in Cinema and Photography with a concentration in Cinema Production and a minor in Art.

 I came to school, leaving behind my hometown of Briarcliff Manor, New York, to pursue my degree in film at Ithaca’s communication department. It was through the Park School that I was introduced to the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival by enrollment in the FLEFF Festivals mini course with Professor Wessels. I instantly fell in love with FLEFF. 

When I am not immersing myself in film studies or working on my art projects, I spend my time practicing as a competitive member of the Ithaca Women’s Track and Field team. On top of running, I am also a member of Ithaca’s Ballroom Dance team.

My dedication to the concept of community, leadership and service is what prompted me to use my medium of film to give back to my community. It was at Ithaca that I took a course in Cultural Anthropology. In this course I became inspired by the vast diversity that makes humans unique, yet also by the global similarities that transcend boundaries and connect people through this idea of humanity. My films aim to give a voice to those who have none and kindle a sense of strong community. I also take weekly shifts downtown at the Loaves and Fishes soup kitchen in the St. John’s Episcopal Church.

I became a blogger for FLEFF primarily to become more involved in the global film culture that is embraced by the wonderful festival itself. After being a Junior Fellow for FLEFF in 2015 I knew I wanted to shift my role from being an observer to becoming an active participant in the following year. The exhibition and access to assorted films and people from around the world is a priceless experience that expands the scope of fundamental and creative worldview.

FLEFF is no doubt an exciting hub for the exchange of ideas, art, and opinions. It is this sharing and learning that excites me the most for this year’s festival. FLEFF’s theme for 2016 will be Landscapes (taking place March 28th-April 3rd.)

What does the theme Landscapes mean to you? What implications does it bear and how can it be used as a defining device?

The possibilities seem boundless. The entire week of FLEFF will be an exploration of this theme and I am looking forward as to how the films and filmmakers will creatively demonstrate their unique understandings and personal connections to landscapes.   


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