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Posted by Kelsey Greene at 9:24PM   |  6 comments

Blog was written by Kelsey Greene, Documentary Studies and Production, '13, FLEFF intern, Buffalo, New York

Okay, just a quick blog right now!  After Helen DeMichiel's presentation tonight, Arthur C. Smith III, a filmmaker from Alaska is speaking!  He showed a piece of his film What Do Polar Bear's Dream When They're Dying.

Now, we are discussing the issues brought up in the film.  Some of the main topics involved are hazardous chemicals and oil drilling in the Arctic. 

This has been so fast paced!  Now, he is informing us why he went to the Arctic in the first place and his lifestyle up there.  

I don't want to give too much away because he is going to be at Cinemapolis on Sunday at 2:10 p.m.  You should go to his screening and ask questions you want answers to!  

He is very interesting and very passionate about his work.     


I'm sad to have missed this. It sounded like a very interesting and engaging presentation. Having the filmmaker at the screening to discuss the issues of the film is so important; too often do people see a social change documentary and say "that's such a good cause" and then go back to their lives, forgetting about it. Especially with an issue like oil drilling in the Arctic, this is very important.

I too am very sad I had to leave but I will be at Cinemapolis on Sunday! I am so excited for this event! Remember to get there early if you're planning on attending; it's likely to be sold out : )

Karlita, I'm glad you'll be able to make the screening on Sunday! I'm looking forward to it!

Kelsey, thanks for live blogging last night, and thanks to all the students who stayed late after Helen's talk to travel north for a bit.

Nice to know that FLEFF intern Gena Mangiaratti was in the audience, too. Before I left Alaska to make the 4,000-mile migration to Ithaca, Gena interviewed me by email and posed some thoughtful questions for the Q&A she posted on 4/9 (

Looking forward to more discussion at Cinemapolis on Sunday after the screening of ICE BEARS OF THE BEAUFORT (57 mins) and then WHAT DO POLAR BEARS DREAM WHILE THEY'RE DYING? (33 mins).


PS. We have a movie page on facebook,

Thank you so much for the facebook page, I hope lots of people look it up! I was lucky enough to be at the Tuesday morning impromptu screening and discussion of WHAT DO POLAR BEARS DREAM WHILE THEY'RE DYING? I think the footage is absolutely spectacular and the cause and story are very strong. This is an embedded filmmaker working on an issue that many of us are unable to access. This a film that reveals this area and gives it character and being. Thank you so much for coming!

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