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

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Posted by Meagan McGinnes at 5:11PM
FLEFF- mess

The best things in life are messy. Sloppy Joes. Finger Paint. Food Fights. Muddy Rain Puddles. Tye-dye.

Their greatness comes from the fact you have to work for the end result. You have to get down and dirty, completely exposing yourself and being vulnerable to something that may not be routine in your daily life.

The same goes for “messy” ideas. The best thoughts are those that are out-of-the-norm. The best conversations are those with debate, connections, brainstorming and enlightenments. They aren’t clean and nicely packaged, ready-to-go nuggets of information for willing people to digest without question. To digest this you have to put in a little elbow grease—or brainpower if you will.

Microtopias. MESSY. Everyone has a different definition, especially for how it applies to one on an individual level. But lets talk community. In this setting, I view a microtopia to be a complex, efficient working system.

By stating FLEFF itself is a microtopia, I have two options. I could just think of this on a neat and superficial level, accepting that FLEFF sparks communication about environmental ideals. Done.

Or we can dig deeper. We can evaluate the system in all of its little parts (the movies, music, parties, interns, networking, conversation, education) and realize how they relate to each other. It is the big snapshot picture of all of these parts working together that builds community.

And to join the community you have to not be afraid to jump outside your comfort zone. Because nature, the environment and it’s systems are never simple. Everything is interconnected and messy. And creating this utopia within FLEFF is about embracing that naturalness and goodness of messiness.

So ground your feet in mother earth. Let her mud seep between your toes and revel in the mess that is innately beautiful in its systematic complexity.

What is the best mess you have ever taken part in? Why was it fun? 

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