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

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Posted by Kimberly Capehart at 12:32AM
The 2015 FLEFF Blogging team with Festival Co-Director, Patricia Zimmermann, and assistants to the Co-Director, Chenruo Zhang and Beini Chen

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

As the 18th annual Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival came and went last week, I celebrated my third festival and, most importantly, my third year as a blogger for the festival. 

My experience with FLEFF started in January 2013. As a second semester freshman, I was excited, overjoyed, and very, very nervous to be blogging for my first time. Moreover, as the youngest member of the blogging team, my first experience with the festival was definitely intimidating. But my participation in the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival has been such a crucial component in, not only, my experience at Ithaca College, but to the very formation of my undergraduate academic and intellectual identity. 

From the first time I experienced the festival as an eager 18-year-old, first-year student to this day, FLEFF has offered and will continue to offer me the opportunity to engage wholeheartedly in intellectual communities. I have had the privilege of exploring unforgivingly the limits of an idea: Mobilities, Dissonance, Habitats. 

I have submerged myself in countless dialogues; letting the various ideas wash over me, pulling me under and begging me to think my way out for myself. Mobilities as networks of ideas. Dissonance as a clash of elements. Habitats as always-changing landscapes of discourse. 

Participating in the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival has encouraged me to engage boldly and passionately with ideas, films, projects, texts, dialogues, and discourses. It has provided a space of praxis for working with material outside of the classroom. Most importantly, the festival has served as a critical site in which I have developed my intellectual identity and interests. 

My experience with FLEFF over the past three years has challenged me in ways that I never could have imagined, but that have been so important in teaching me how to think differently. 

In a sense, I, myself, am a habitat: a nodal point in a global network, shaped by interior and exterior forces, and always growing, changing, and evolving.

Thank you, FLEFF, for the opportunity to be a part of something so much bigger than myself, and for letting me make it my own, cherished experience.

How has FLEFF changed the ways you think?

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