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Posted by Brian McCormick at 4:04PM   |  8 comments
A photo of me from last summer.

Blog posting written by Brian McCormick, Film and Photography, '12, FLEFF Intern, Wilbraham, Massachussetts

Hello, all! My name is Brian McCormick and welcome to my FLEFF Blog! I’m a junior at Ithaca College, and I’m majoring in Film & Photography. I’m originally from Wilbraham, Massachusetts (the home of Friendly’s Ice Cream). Aside from my interest in filmmaking, I’m also a member of the college’s cross country and track teams.

This is my first year with FLEFF and I’m very excited for what’s going to be an incredible film festival. As a film major, I was immediately drawn to FLEFF, which is a very high-profile event that I knew I’d be able to draw wonderful, worthwhile experiences from.

Right off the bat, FLEFF has proven to be an energetic and valuable internship. Our kick-off event (a screening of Albert Maysles’ legendary documentary film Gimme Shelter) sold out at Cinemapolis. I think this is a sure sign of what’s to come this April!

I remember before I came to FLEFF I was asking myself: “So, what does an ‘environmental’ film festival show? Am I going to be interested in any of the films? I’m not really all about ‘being green.’”

What I’ve learned is that the word “environment” in FLEFF goes beyond all things green: It’s about all of the different environments around us: economic, cultural, and social environments. With the wide range of guests coming to the festival, there will in turn be a wide range of ideas about these environments that I’m sure we’ve never thought about before.

That is what I think makes FLEFF such an important festival: variety ­– the different names and people involved with this festival. I am not familiar with the people, but what is thrilling is that they are coming from all over the world.

I think participating in an event like FLEFF requires you to open up your mind more than you’re used to, and that’s what attracts me to it. It’s important to escape the bubble we grew up in and learn about environmental issues from a global standpoint. What’s affecting us in our own surroundings is also affecting people in nations on the other side of the world ­– issues of culture, economy, and society.

The world is getting smaller in the sense that we now have all this shared technology, shared media, shared education, and even a shared aesthetic of how to live. I think it’s wonderful how FLEFF gives the opportunity to simply communicate on a person-to-person level with people we may never have been able to speak to before.

I hope you're all thinking about FLEFF and getting excited! In the meantime, tell me: What do you hope to see at the festival?



Thanks for a great posting that truly gives a sense of how you are "thinking" about FLEFF and the environment in a different way.

Which guests or events are you particularly excited about interacting with?



I was overwhelmed seeing the guest list! It was like when I was a kid ... opening my halloween candy bag and seeing all my favorite candies! The wealth of artists coming to FLEFF is phenomenal.

I'll be interviewing one of the film's directors in my next blog posting. I for one am very stoked to watch all the different films and to talk to their makers about the process of making their films. That's the great thing about a festival, you get to see the artists behind the work.
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