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The Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival from the interns' point of view

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Posted by Liuqing Yang at 6:49PM

Blog post written by Lucy Yang, Journalism and Politics ’14, FLEFF Blogger, Puyang, Henan, China

It was just at the beginning of this school year that I started to go to Cinemapolis in downtown Ithaca regularly, simply because I get a great deal ­– $5 for one film anytime Monday through Thursday –  with my Ithaca College senior card. If you are also a senior, you should definitely enjoy this privilege (FYI, there's only 60 days left until the commencement!). Before I was able to make use of this fantastic discount, the only times that I would go there was during the week of FLEFF.

I was first introduced to FLEFF two years ago, when I saw several FLEFF films screened in the classrooms of two courses I was taking – Dr. Todd Schack’s Journalism History and Dr. Kelly Dietz’s Militarization of Everyday Life – during regular class time. The films screened were all related to the subject of the specific courses; for example, I remember seeing a documentary on the landmines left behind and other environmental and human rights issues occurred post the Vietnam War in Dr. Dietz’s class.

These documentaries shown on campus have certainly sparked my interest of FLEFF. I bought a pass (only $20 for five films at Cinemapolis for Ithaca College students) and went to Cinemapolis for the first time. I invited some of my friends to go with me and saw two independent films from China that year: documentary Beijing Besieged by Waste by journalist and photographer Wang Jiuliang and feature Winter Vacation by director and screenwriter Li Hongqi.

I was more engaged with FLEFF last spring, when I took the 1-credit FLEFF course with Dr. Claudia Pederson. As a junior fellow, I went to the a-whole-day-long workshop with filmmakers and distributors, saw more films on campus and at Cinemapolis, and attended concerts and after parties. Those parties were fun and Dr. Thomas Shevory can vouch me on that. It was a great festival experience soaking in insightful talks and the exchanges of thoughts.

This year, as a blogger for FLEFF, I am learning more thoroughly about FLEFF and film festivals in general. I am sure I will have the fullest experience this year out of all the previous ones. I can't wait for it to start!  

FLEFF passes for Ithaca College students ($20 for five films at Cinemapolis downtown) should be on sale at campus bookstore soon. You can also share one with your friends! 


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