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

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Posted by Shawn Steiner at 5:03PM
Taking a Photograph

Blog posting written by Shawn Steiner, Film and Photography ’14, FLEFF Blogger, Elkridge, Maryland

Welcome to the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival! I’m Shawn Steiner and I am among the interns who will be bringing you the scoops, behind-the-scenes, profiles, and Q & A’s throughout the festival. I hope you will be joining us here and at Cinemapolis during these fun times.

Here at Ithaca College I am a first-year student majoring in Film and Photography with a minor in Writing. It’s a pretty far distance from my home in Elkridge, Maryland, but believe it or not I love the weather up north. Also, the school itself is fun! I am fortunate enough to be using 4x5 view cameras, a 16mm Bolex, and spend hours in the darkroom with my film. It’s amazing. Also, I'm able to work on ICTV shows such as Panorama and go out and shoot profiles of interesting events and people.

Things like FLEFF are adding to my love of Ithaca. Through these events I have had the opportunity to see and talk to numerous people I never would have seen otherwise. Just a couple weeks ago I saw Albert Maysles and his documentary Gimme Shelter at a sold out screening at Cinemapolis as the opening event of FLEFF and it was amazing.

As a film and photography major seeing all these films and people has been just a great opportunity to learn. Which I believe ties greatly into the idea of FLEFF.

FLEFF is an environmental film festival, “a different environment” from other types of festivals. It is here to teach as we are here to learn. And there is always something that we can learn from others.

We aim to bring together as many people from as many different backgrounds to do as many different activities as possible. I was surprised to hear that there were so many new media artists, musicians, and others along with the filmmakers coming to the event as well. Even that one of our partners is a venue for music, Delilah's on Cayuga.

This is one huge experience everyone should learn from because the environment isn’t just the trees outside. It includes society, the people, the arts, and all the other happenings of the world. But perhaps most importantly with this festival, we are to have fun.

I’m having a lot of fun so far, so why don’t you come join us? FLEFF isn’t just a week in April, it has already begun.


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