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

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Posted by Jade Hazzard at 9:02PM

Written by: Jade Hazzard, TV and Radio 2021, Blogging Intern, Camden Maine.

Interdisciplinary learning is the convergence of passion and skill. To experience various aspects of education, like writing, history, and media, are building blocks at Ithaca College. It is also what drew Jackie to FLEFF, “FLEFF is an extension of me getting an interdisciplinary education”.

Jackie Marusiak is a Documentary Studies and Production student at Ithaca College with a double minor in History and Honors Interdisciplinary Studies. She is also one of this year's Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival Interns.  Being a blogging intern encompasses much more than simply writing blogs on the film festival. It allows for the mind to stretch and creates a ‘real world’ experience of interviewing, writing in new mediums and learning about the industry. 

Creating documentaries is a platform in which Jackie uses to expand her knowledge.  Most of the documentaries she has made have been biopics, which focus on the story of one person. The premise of these films is to get “to know one person and letting them tell their story, and then connecting it to other things”.  Another aspect of Jackie’s filmmaking is her ability to incorporate animation, graphics, and different archival films into her projects. 

FLEFF is curated without people submitting their films. This makes it especially unique. One artist that was asked to come this year is Kelly Gallagher of Purple Riot Studios. For Jackie, seeing Gallaghers work was exciting, “I have a different aesthetic approach which is kind of similar to Kelly Gallagher, which is why I'm really excited for her [to come] and I kind of identify with her”.  

Interdisciplinary learning refers to using more than one area of knowledge.  Jackie finds a way to incorporate interdisciplinary learning in multiple areas of her life. Through documentary, writing, history, and media she utilizes all aspects of her life to create meaningful art.  

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