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

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Posted by Thomas Gonzalez at 11:22PM

“I’ve never been interview before, I think” she says as we begin.

 

While born in New York City, Emma was raised in the “picturesque” town of New Milford Connecticut. She is a Junior Cinema and Photography major at Ithaca College. “I love film, I love storytelling, I don’t want a 9 to 5 office job” she tells me, “I feel like media is such an important way to create change” She intends to be a writer and director in the film industry after college.

 

While abroad she visited the Berlin film festival, and since then has gained a greater interest in getting involved with festivals. Having heard about FLEFF through the various advertisements at Cinemapolis, this will be Emma’s first time attending. Her interest in film is what has brought her to the FLEFF blogging team.

 

As FLEFF approaches, Emma tells me, “I love the energy that comes from something you’ve prepared for for a long time”. While the festival is months away, the excitement from Emma, like many of the FLEFF bloggers is ramping up.

 

While the environment of meeting a wide variety of FLEFF guests and seeing many of the films in the 2019 program, Kelly Gallagher, a Syracuse based filmmaker, is someone whose work Emma is most excited for.

 

One of Gallagher’s works, “Coup” was shown in our class. The animation contain a handmade aesthetic and political messaging behind it.

 

Like many FLEFF bloggers, this short period has already changed some of Emma’s perspectives, “I thought environment had just physical landscapes, but it makes it much more interesting and exciting to say no, it also includes race issues, gender issues and political climates”.

 

As a filmmaker, Emma acknowledges that inspiration for an idea can come anywhere, but at FLEFF, she anticipates that in the frenzy of the festival scene there will be an abundance of new ideas and conversations that will spur her future work.

 



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