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Posted by Kimberly Capehart at 9:47AM
FLEFF's 2015 theme: HABITATS

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

It's been quite a long and busy week here on the Ithaca College campus! 

The 18th annual Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival kicked off on Monday, April 6th with an opening lecture by Ithaca alumnus Patrick Grossi. Titled "A Body in Ill Repair: Urban Housing, Public Engagement, and Temple Contemporary's Funeral For a Home," Grossi discussed his Funeral For a Home project, which "commemorates the slow decline and gradual rebirth of Philadelphia's housing stock and the lives the homes contain." 

Grossi spoke passionately about the commemorative service he organized for a home in Mantua, West Philadelphia before it was torn down. By searching through archives and speaking with neighbors and residents, Grossi and his team were able to piece together the history of a certain 3711 Melon Street. 

At the conclusion of the project, 3711 Melon Street received a proper funeral: attended by neighbors and community figures who lovingly shared their memories and stories of living in Mantua. To check out more of the Funeral For a Home project, you can follow this link.

On Tuesday, April 7th, FLEFF distinguished scholar, Dr. Timothy Murray, a renowned screen studies and new media scholar and director of Cornell University's Society for the Humanities, presented the opening lecture for FLEFF's Center for Faculty Excellence: Distinguished Scholar Initiative. The lecture, entitled "Habitats for the Medial Humanities" discussed a number of theoretical and new media works that deal with questions of habitat(s). 

Importantly, Dr. Murray discussed the familiar and unfamiliar components that comprise a habitat, and stressed the disjunction between the two. Murray has based his research around the interstices of technology and politics: evaluating the many compatible yet froughtfully challenging combinations and manifestations. 

Additionally, FLEFF's annual collaborative multimedia concert, this year titled Carmen's Habitats, was held in the Hockett Recital Hall on Tuesday night. Assistant Provost Dr. Tanya Saunders gave the opening address. 

You can read Kaley's blog and interview with pianist Jairo Geronymo here.

On Wednesday, April 8th, author Sorayya Khan launched her newest novel, Ciy of Spies, with an intimate reading in the Handwerker Gallery. 

New media artists Claudia Pederson and Nick Knouf presented their collaborative transmedia project Art for Spooks on Thursday, April 9th. You can read an overview of their project in Melani's blog here.

And then, on Thursday evening, the festival moved downtown to Ithaca's own, locally-owned and operated independent cinema, where the films, dialogues, and intellectual exchanges have been taking place all weekend. With a stacked lineup of films Thursday and Friday nights as well as all day Saturday and Sunday, the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival still has a lot to show. 

 Keep checking back for blog post, updates, and exclusive interviews with festival guests over the weekend! 

What did you see on campus?

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