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Posted by Alexis Lanza at 9:21PM
Karissa Breuer

Blog Post by Alexis Lanza, Film, Photography, and Visual Arts '15, FLEFF Blogger, Enfield, CT

Karissa Breuer, Film, Photography, and Visual Arts '14, has two years of FLEFF under her belt. She shared her personal FLEFF experience, growth, and knowledge over e-mail. 

When did you first join FLEFF?

I first joined FLEFF in 2012 when the theme was Microtopias, and was also an intern for last year's festival.

What made you decide to apply as a FLEFF intern?

I transferred to Ithaca College my sophomore year and had heard about FLEFF before coming here. I have always wanted to go to a film festival, so the opportunity to be involved with one was something I couldn't pass up.

What were you expecting and were those expectations met? Was there anything that you weren't expecting from working for FLEFF?

I tried to go in with an open mind and let the experience speak for itself, so to say. If I had any expectations, though, they were met and exceeded. I got the chance to watch films that I wouldn't have otherwise, as well as prepare for the screenings, help advertise the festival, attend Q & A sessions with the filmmakers, talk to them personally at after parties, and so much more. In a lot of ways, the things I didn't expect ended up being the most rewarding. That's what is exciting about a film festival like FLEFF, you never know who you are going to meet or how a film is going to affect and inspire you.

Describe how FLEFF was a growing experience for you.

Going into FLEFF, I didn't have much of an idea what to expect, but I had a feeling it was something special that I should be a part of. Everyone I met through FLEFF shared the same motivation and compassion for creating something much larger than ourselves to reach others, so that was a very inspiring and creative environment to work in. It also allowed me to push myself outside of my comfort zones in a lot of ways, because you have to be ready to help with anything; you need to be proactive. This isn't your typical experience in a classroom— you get hands on and engaged— which is what I truly loved about it. FLEFF was a special opportunity that I am thankful to have been a part of and would recommend to anyone interested in a unique learning experience.

How do you feel about this year's theme: Dissonance?

This year's theme is very open— dissonance more or less means some sort of disagreement. I think that a theme with this much accessibility and room for interpretation will result in a diverse program of films and events for FLEFF this year. I am very intrigued to see what FLEFF has in store!


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