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The Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival from the interns' point of view
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Blog post written by Kristen Tomkowid, Journalism '15, Poughkeepsie, NY
With an 18-credit course load this semester, it was a nice break having the FLEFF class once a week as it was more focused on hands-on learning and doing rather than lectures and homework.
Through the class, I learned a lot about the festival circuit and history of film festivals. It was a very enlightening class, but I mostly enjoyed when we actually blogged. Interviewing people involved with FLEFF and writing about the upcoming films and speakers was what I gained the most out of. I was actually surprised we didn't do more of it, but I guess we did have to learn at some point.
I was also surprised by the variety of films at the festival. I didn't go to any of them last year so I also really didn't know what to expect. They really did embody "A Different Environment" as they were from all over the world, from Indonesia to Africa to America, and they encompassed many topics from fracking to the music industry to silent movies from the 1920's. There was quite a range for the movies, so there was something for everyone.
I am happy I was a part of FLEFF. It was great experience with blogging and working with a film festival and I also learned a few things through the months. Overall, it was a good time.