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Posted by Kylee Roberts at 11:52AM

Blog posting written by Kylee C. Roberts, Communications Management and Design, ’19, FLEFF Intern, New York, New York.

I walked to into Cinemapolis with my punch card in hand, schedule out and a smile on my face.

“Today’s the first day you’re selling FLEFF tickets right?”

Choosing the screenings for my FLEFF experience was quick but definitely not easy. Based on the staffers, contributors and artists I interviewed I had an idea of who I wanted to talk to further and see in action. On the other hand, I also have to make sure I see screenings that go me excited after seeing trailers in class and learning about the director origins.

On top of this all, I am still a student, so classes are still to be attended.

The schedule for on and off campus events is a bit daunting. With over 120 events and my standards in place, I found myself scanning the sheet multiple times to make sure I didn’t miss anything.  

In his book, Film Programming: Curating for Cinemas, Festivals, Archives, film-programmer and lecturer Peter Bosma says, “The biggest challenge for the festival curator is to succeed in presenting an attractive programme which is outstanding on the global film festival circuit" (p. 69, 2015). So although I’ve never completely immersed myself in a film festival, I can confidently say this schedule demonstrates a diverse range of voices and important topics.   

Without further ado, here is my plan for FLEFF 2019:

Monday, April 1

           3:00pm | Faculty Research Forum: Dislocations Panel (Ithaca College)

           7:15pm | Eyes on ICE: WITNESS Documenting Abuses at the Border (Ithaca College)

Tuesday, April 2

            9:25am | Can Alzheimer’s be Cured? (Ithaca College)

            8:15pm | DISRUPTIONS Concert with Multimedia (Ithaca College)

Wednesday, April 3

            6:50pm | The Gun Shop (Cinemapolis)

Thursday, April 4

            9:25am | Phillip Mallory Jones, Bronzeville: The Black Metropolis (Ithaca College)

            9:15pm | Swing Kids (Cinemapolis)

Friday, April 5 (FLEFF Lab Friday)

            11:10am | Lab 2, Disruptive Borders: Local and Global Disruptions (Ithaca College)

            1:30pm | Lab 3, Disruptive Environments: Political and Other Ecologies (Ithaca College)

            2:30pm | Lab 4, Disruptions Roundtable (Ithaca College)

            6:45pm| Our New President (Cinemapolis)

            9:15pm| Staring at the Sun (Cinemapolis)

Saturday, April 6

            11am |Disrupting Everything panel (Cinemapolis)

            2pm | Kelly Gallagher's Feminist Animations (Cinemapolis)

            7:30pm | El Ultimo Málon (Cinemapolis)

Sunday, April 7

            5:50pm| Mr. Soul (Cinemapolis)

Am I overwhelmed? Yes and no. I am over the moon to dive in to this festival and all the events/screenings I’ve chosen are of high interest to me. However, I’m making sure I’m equipped with coffee for the journey.  

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