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

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Posted by Anna Bornstein at 10:13PM
Anna Bornstein

Blog posting by Anna Bornstein, Environmental Studies and Cinema Photography ’20, FLEFF Blogging Intern, Stonington, CT. 


How can a single place foster dialogue and debate between artists, professors, and students alike? In a constantly evolving media industry how do you stay relevant?

Now celebrating its 20th year, the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival curates a different environment, intertwining art and academia in a week long multi-media festival.

My name is Anna Bornstein. I’m a Sophomore at Ithaca College pursuing degrees in Cinema Production and Environmental Studies, with a minor in music. This semester I’ll be serving as a blogging intern for the 20th annual Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival (FLEFF).

In Fall 2016 I left my hometown of Stonington, Connecticut to start school here at Ithaca College. While I grew up an avid movie goer and loved the outdoors, I did not come to College with the intention of studying film or Environmental Studies. With an extra credit left in my schedule I signed up for a mini course taught by Dr. Mara Alper titled “Water in the Media.” The class made it apparent how pressing the issues of environmental politics are, and how film is an effective medium to expose injustice and change the world. I was hooked.

Dr. Patricia Zimmermann introduced me to The Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival while taking her class “Hollywood and American Film.” Dr. Zimmermann reached out after learning of my interests and suggested I consider FLEFF. Upon learning of the festivals interdisciplinary nature, I was immediately interested in getting involved. I see FLEFF as an opportunity to interconnect the mediums of film, environmental activism, and music in a single academic setting to generate discussion and debate.

Here at Ithaca College I can often be found scoring student films on the 5th floor of Whalen or editing projects in Park. I love movies and music but my favorite place to be is out in Natural Lands maintaining trails and tapping maple trees!

I plan to immerse myself in all FLEFF has to offer by attending presentations ranging from musical performances to public health. I hope to engage myself in newly emerging forms of media across the academic disciplines. As a blogger, I hope to provide information and insight on FLEFF’s myriad opportunities to festival goers and students alike.

I am excited to be partaking in this experience and look forward to promoting FLEFF’s many opportunities to festival goers.

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