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Posted by Hannah Basciano at 5:15PM
Line at Cinemapolis

Blog posting by Hannah Basciano, Documentary Studies and Production '17, FLEFF Blogger, Lancaster, Pennsylvania 


There was a line out the door.

The first night of FLEFF screenings downtown at Cinemapolis, the line stretched around the lobby of the theater, through the double doors, and down the sidewalk.

An older woman studied the list of films screening over the weekend and smiled as an intern offered recommendations. A young couple stood holding hands, waiting with great anticipation to get their tickets. Students were scattered between community members and out-of-towners who traveled unknown lengths just to experience the festival.

The second night of FLEFF screenings at Cinemapolis the line was out the door.

It was the same on the third night.


The 18th Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival brought together members of the permaculture association, Puerto Rican population, LGBTQ, Planned Parent Hood, thespians, environmental activists, feminists, students, professors, sports fans, musicians, neighbors, cinephiles—FLEFF created a community within a community, a line out the door.

I have now been a member of this unique group for two years. Last year, as a first year student at Ithaca College, I joined the festival with great enthusiasm as a Fellow. This year, I became a Blogger with even more excitement after being welcomed once before. My involvement became a priority as soon as I experienced inclusion into the habitat of FLEFF goers. A habitat of thought, discussion, and fun.

One week after the first line collected, I am still considering the things I learned from the films, the filmmakers, and my fellow audience members.

I never knew that the status issue in Puerto Rico creates stagnation in their politics.

I never knew how passionate my fellow Ithacans are about permanent agricultural practices.

I never knew theater could be a part of a film festival.

FLEFF creates a habitat that I am happy to be able to engage with. I have learned so much in a week, about my community and about the world. I can honestly say I’m excited to wait in that line again.


What did you learn at FLEFF?

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