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Posted by Sam Stahnke at 6:10AM

Blog posting written by Sam Stahnke Cinema Production, '17, FLEFF Intern, Brooksville, Maine


5.) In Montana a couple find they lack mineral rights to their land.  Such rights refer to the ability to access an area’s mineral resources. 

In Parachute Colorado a former oil and gas worker investigates toxic spills at a well site.

Natural gas companies accept increasingly difficult methods to obtain fuel from the ground.

Deia Schlosberg’s new documentary Backyard twines the stories of four states, each experiencing a different stage of hydro-fracking development.  Schlosberg herself runs “Pale Blue Dot Media,” a production company centered on media that intersects human rights and environmental issues.

Schlosberg discusses Backyard in a talk moderated by Tom Shevory at the FLEFF Lab on April 10th.

4.) The City of Philadelphia demolishes around 600 homes on an annual basis.

The organization Funeral for a Home charts a home’s history for a year.  Then a celebration with music, food and discussion is held over the dying home.

Patrick Grossi, an Ithaca College alumnus, acts as Funeral for a Home’s project manager.  As a historian Grossi searches for nontraditional means to engage history particularly that of Philadelphia. 

Grossi gives FLEFF’s opening lecture on April 6th.

3.) Karin Chien maintains that distributing Chinese films in America is noticeably harder than doing the same in other places like Europe.  Nevertheless Chien pushed to bring Chinese films to U.S. markets since dGenerate Films established itself in 2008.

Karin Chien will speak on the Annual FLEFF How to Get your Break Panel at Friday’s FLEFF Lab on April 10th.

2.) Art for Spooks drills into the everyday lives of NSA agents, right down to a Dear Abby-type column the agents wrote to with their concerns. 

Nicholas Knouf and Claudia Pederson formulated the project as an “augmented book that takes a poetic angle to electronic surveillance.”

With images derived from the 2013 NSA leak the book interfaces with the Art for Spooks app.  The app then alters and uploads the images.

Knouf and Pederson discuss Art for Spooks on April 10th at the FLEFF lab.

1.) Sorayya Khan authored the novel Noor in 2003 and Five Queen’s Road in 2009.  Her latest novel titled City of Spies sets itself in 1970s Pakistan after coup d’etat headed by General Zia.

Kahn has described her style as political and historical fiction, because it collages fictional characters against documented events.  In City of Spies eleven-year-old Aliya Shah observes the political upheaval as she attends the American School in Islamabad.

Sorayya Khan reads from her book on April 8th at the Handwerker Gallery.

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