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Posted by Haley Stearns at 7:14PM
Rachel Weinberg, Team Leader

Blog post written by Haley Stearns, Film, Photography, and Visual Arts '15, FLEFF Blogger, Buffalo, New York

This week I had the opportunity to interview one of our FLEFF Team Leaders, Rachel Weinberg. Rachel, a sophomore Documentary Studies and Production major, shared some of her passions, thoughts, and opinions about this years Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival.

Q: What are some of your passions and hobbies?

A:  I have a passion for film. I love watching all kinds of film no matter the genre or year. My hobby is crew. I am a second year varsity coxswain.

Q: What originally inspired you to get involved with FLEFF?

A: What originally inspired me to get involved with FLEFF was the fact that I could easily immerse myself in various types of film from countries all over the world. Also, it gives students the opportunity to talk to professional filmmakers and get an inside look at their stories and how they created their films.

Q: Can you elaborate on your role as a Team Leader?

A: As a team leader I was giving a group of four interns, three of whom are freshman, which is really exciting to see. I guide them through the FLEFF process based on my prior knowledge as an intern. That knowledge includes: proper film/festival etiquette, the jobs and responsibilities they will have during FLEFF week, and how to research films and guests that will be showing and speaking at the festival.

Q: How do you think FLEFF has helped to develop your professional and leadership skills?

A: FLEFF has helped to develop my professional career in many ways. It has taught me how to converse with professionals in the industry and how to present myself in a professional way. It has helped me develop leadership skills by teaching me how to organize and run a large group. As a team leader, I realized everyone is different and it is important to uses everyone's strengths to create a unified and holistic work environment.    

Q: How has it been working with fellow students and interns?

A: It's always a blast working with fellow students and interns. Everyone is so talent and those talents really come through during the FLEFF experience.

Q: Would you recommend being a team leader to aspiring FLEFF students?

A: I would definitely recommend becoming a team leader. It's a good way to meet people with similar interests and passions as you. Also, the rest of the FLEFF staff is awesome. Tiffani and Dr. Zimmermann are really creative, smart, and easy to work with.   

Q: Why would you recommend other students/people to attend FLEFF?

A:  I would recommend students and people to attend FLEFF because its a global perspective in our backyard. FLEFF brings international and award winning films from all over the world to the small town of Ithaca. FLEFF gives everyone the chance to step out of our own culture and into another.  

Q: What are you most looking forward to during FLEFF week?

A: I am looking forward to all the films this year. There is an excellent line up so far and more films are being added constantly. It's so exciting to see international film, and be able to get an inside look from the director who is sitting right right in front of you.

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