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The Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival from the interns' point of view
Friday, April 20, 2012
Blog posting written by Kaley Belval, Documentary Studies and Production '15, FLEFF Intern, Woodbury, CT.
FLEFF was overall an amazing experience, and I learned a lot.
As my first film festival, it was very special to me. I found that directors were much more approachable than I expected, and gave me amazing advice while being really interested in my passions.
Every film that I saw gave me a new perspective on an issue or lifestyle, and I made connections between multiple films and ideas easily.
The films that I saw-Putin's Kiss, Kissed By Lightning, Cotton Road, Veins in the Gulf, and Nanook of the North- and the Concert For Microtopias inspired me to look at my ideas and work in new ways.
Dying to Live also had a powerful message, but the way in which it was presented was a little too biased for my taste.
FLEFF gave me, and everyone that attended, a different environment. Yes, this is what it advertises, but it gave us an environment to intellectually discuss film, music, and ideas that I have never seen before.
It was an unbelievable experience, and I cannot wait to be a part of the festival again next year.