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The Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival from the interns' point of view
Saturday, February 8, 2014
Blog posting written by Kayla Reopelle, Documentary Studies and Production '14, FLEFF Blogger, Roy, WA
Kaley Belval has held almost every position a student could hold with the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival. She spoke with me over the phone about her experience and what she is looking forward to for the 17th Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival.
When did you first hear about FLEFF?
I first heard about FLEFF when I visited Ithaca College when I was in my senior year of high school because I visited when the festival was taking place. The tour guide that I had told me about the festival but unfortunately I couldn’t go to any of the events that year, but I was really interested in the festival and its mission. When I came to Ithaca College, I obviously wanted to intern with the festival and took Film Aesthetics and Analysis with Dr. Zimmermann my first semester and she talked about the internship and I applied and got it, the second semester of my freshman year.
Why did you decide to get involved?
I decided to get involved with FLEFF because I’ve always cared a lot about environmental issues, social justice issues, human rights issues, things like that. I’m a Documentary Studies and Production major so I am very interested in different documentaries coming out as well as new media projects. I thought that FLEFF would be a really cool way to start to see the film festival side of the industry and it’s been a really great experience so far.
What positions have you held in FLEFF?
My freshman year I was an intern and a blogger because at that point, they were separate things. And then my sophomore year I was a team leader and this year I am also going to be a team leader again.
What is one of your favorite memories of working with FLEFF?
Oh boy. Okay. I have to think about this a little bit... My favorite memories with FLEFF probably came from my blogging experience my freshman year because I got to talk to a lot of directors and I actually got to help one of the directors and take pictures when she spoke at a couple different things. That was a really great experience and I got to know her pretty well during festival week. And then, there were two directors that I interviewed and they had foreign exchange students with them from Germany so at the festival I got to talk to them about their experience at film festivals and about being film students in a different country and we talked about feminist film, things like that. And then last year I thought it was really cool that I got to meet more filmmakers and new media designers who I didn’t really know that much about and just got to see projects that I had no idea even existed and things that I wanted to get involved with in the future.
What is one project, be it a film, performance, new media project, lecture, etc.; featured at FLEFF that challenged you intellectually?
Huh, tough questions! Okay, one project that challenged me intellectually was probably last year there was a filmmaker (Elizabeth Miller) who came in who had screened one of her films in one of my classes at Ithaca College before. And I got to meet her which was really cool. But she was working on a project in, I believe it was Nicaragua... but she was working on a project where they use popular television shows to show women resources if they were being assaulted or if there was domestic violence or those types of situations. It was really cool to see how popular media could be used to give people resources in a way that wasn’t too invasive. So that was definitely a project that I was challenged by intellectually because I had never really thought about how to use popular television shows in that way, especially for an issue that is really hard to tell people about, especially if they’re in the middle of a domestic violence situation.
What do you think about FLEFF’s 2014 theme, Dissonance?
I think that dissonance is a really great theme for the festival. I think it’s something really different than the themes that we’ve seen in the past and I think that it’s a very timely theme, especially with all of the surveillance stuff that’s been happening in the United States. I think that it’s going to be a really exciting week for everyone that’s working with the festival as well as everyone that attends.
What are you looking forward to for the 17th FLEFF?
I think I’m most looking forward to seeing all the different projects that are featured this year and seeing how the people that attend are challenged by the projects that they see as well as the different ways that the theme is implemented in each project.
FLEFF has been a really great experience. I’ve met some of my best friends through interning with the festival and it’s given me a new perspective on my major and the industry that I’m going into and it’s been very helpful for that.
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Blog post written by Shawn Steiner, Film, Photography, and Visual Arts '13, FLEFF Intern, Elkridge, MD
Elizabeth Miller has begun her presentation so there is still time to get here if you can! We are in The Park Center for Business room 111.
TRANSMEDIA WORKSHOP: ELIZABETH MILLER
"The beauty of transmedia is that both of us can present at the same workshop and show drastically different things."
"Stories are at the core of understanding people."
SCREENING: Mapping Memories
This is a participatory transmedia project Miller worked on in which youths of Montreal were able to tell their stories on their terms. It is important to understand that transmedia is more than a digital environment.
Miller does a lot of her work in a documentary setting, but that hasn't stopped these projects from evolving into multiple forms across mediums. And, after watching a couple clips from some projects I am getting more excited for On the Waterfront screening at Cinemapolis tomorrow night.
"People protect people from violence."
Transmedia projects and the idea of using media to bring information to the public is necessary to helping society. Educating the public is a way to change the world.
And, as a plus, this movement between and through medias is a "mobility."
Issues of Privacy and Protection
The key is working in a group with people with similar stories. A safe environment is where it starts. But, the purpose of these stories is to create a shift in thought.
Evan: You can't outrun it. Instead of fighting it you have to get right in front of it. Accept you don't have privacy and work in that realm.
Miller: The huge thing in transmedia is public vs. private.
Evan: "Facebook me is better than me." Facebook opens you up to the public sphere in a way in which you cannot recover from.
Elizabeth Miller is a huge supporter of web documentaries. It allows people to access the databases of information available and travel through it in their own way. And while it is still evolving we don't know what will happen next.
"We are still seeing such a large range. It is a question that is up to you to answer."
QUESTION: Where do you see transmedia evolving?
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
The closer we get to FLEFF, the more excited I get! It also helps that more and more events are being announced everyday. It's exciting to guess what new films and guests will be at FLEFF, and what new experiences this year's FLEFF will offer.
I already posted about the Cinemapolis FLEFF films I can't wait to see, but the FLEFF on-campus schedule was released earlier this week and I am totally stoked about the slate of events! They all are going to be amazing, but here are three that I'm incredibly excited to partake in:
1. Lecture: Food Sovereignty and the Global Hunger Games
Okay, so it's not the story with Katniss Everdeen, but this lecture by Dr. Phil McMichael is centered on an interesting topic that everyone can relate to. "Food sovereignty" refers to the right of peoples to create, define, and reform their own food systems, but with our culture's method of food production, it is difficult to share that power with the whole of the populace. Personally, I'm really excited to learn more about this topic - as well as my place within the global system - so I'm definitely not missing this one.
This lecture will be held on Monday, April 1st at 7 PM. Location TBD.
2. Workshop: Transmedia
FLEFF is a front-runner in regards to new media, so what better place to learn about the importance of transmedia and how this affects the future of the industry? This workshop will be facilitated by Ann Michel and Phil Wilde, the principals of the award-winning production firm Insights International, and led by artist Elizabeth Miller and researcher/professor Evan Meany. Based on Miller and Meany's work in the new media field, I'm sure they both will have fantastic insight into this new and rising field.
This workshop will be held on Wednesday, April 3 at 6:50 PM in Room 111 of the Park Business School.
3. Film: The Other Side of the Water
This film follows a group of immigrants as they reinvent traditional Haitian music (known as "rara")for the streets of Brooklyn, their new home. It's a powerful mix of narrative of music that is unique to this documentary - it's definitely a film to see if you're interested in either artform. "The Other Side of the Water" also does a fantastic job portraying the Diaspora community in the New York area, making it both educational and entertaining.
This film will be screened on Tuesday, April 2nd at 1:10 PM in Room 281 of the Park School of Communications.
Be sure to check out the schedule on the homepage of the FLEFF website! What events are you excited for?