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Posted by Kimberly Capehart at 8:05AM
Sam Stahnke, FLEFF Blogger

Blog posting by Kimberly Capehart, Documentary Studies and Production '16, FLEFF Blogger, Cherry Hill, New Jersey

Sam Stahnke had an intimidating first FLEFF experience.

Stahnke, a sophomore Cinema and Photography student in the Roy H. Park School of Communications, served as a Junior Fellow for the 17th Annual Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival last year. Though Sam speaks enthusiastically about his first encounter with the festival, he said he also encountered many collisions in the festival programming: he was constantly torn between films and events that occupied the same timeslot. Ultimately, he reflects, he did not see as much as he would have liked to. 

But this year, Sam is contributing to the festival as a blogger. Though he says he is "not used to journalistic work," Sam is excited to expand upon his experience from last year by engaging more critically and intellectually in his blog posts. 

Additionally, as a critical and remarkably self-aware Cinema and Photography student, Sam notes that there are "so many opportunities" in which to engage with "things other than movies." 

"Some of the discussions at FLEFF aren't what I would usually engage with," he admits, "but talking about these films, and talking about new media, and getting to hear people speak" really build on Stahnke's own conception of filmmaking. 

As far as scheduling is concerned for this year's festival, Sam is still rightfully concerned. 

"The FLEFF schedule is an impossible puzzle," he says. Events are overlapped and staggered in such a way that would give even the most seasoned festival-goer anxiety; should one see this film or that film? 

Though running into conflicts is inevitable, considering the cultivated lineup, Sam advises festival-goers to plan on "clearing the week" in order to make as much time available as possible to engage with the festival. "Some of these films, performances, and guests are being premiered for the first time...it's the spectacle and the reactions that make those experiences memorable." 

You can read Sam's blog posts here, and you can start navigating this year's film lineup here.

How has FLEFF changed you?



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