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Posted by Hannah Basciano at 1:09AM
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Blog posting by Hannah Basciano, Documentary Studies and Production '17, FLEFF Blogger, Lancaster, PA

Your eyes flicker open at the obnoxious sound of the alarm. Lying in your bed, you remain still for just a moment more, clinging to the last seconds of the weekend. Another Monday morning.

Another Monday morning…followed by another boring Tuesday, and a mundane Wednesday, Thursday, Friday. The typical, ordinary week.

Yet, two weeks from today, the monotony will shatter.

FLEFF begins April 6th, and there are so many events to take advantage of!

From April 6th to April 10th, Ithaca College will be hosting multiple events to kickstart the festival. Here are 5 in particular that you should attend!

  1. Patrick Grossi: Opening Lecture

The first event of FLEFF week features Philadelphia’s preservation activist Patrick Grossi. Grossi is the Project Manager for Funeral for a Home, a participatory initiative to commemorate the demolished buildings of urban meccas.

Exactly as it is named, Funeral for a Home hosts services for the fallen homes, the fallen rich, historical, masterpieces of metropolises. The project places its participants within the context of their postindustrial society by celebrating their architectural history.

Grossi is an Ithaca College alum who will be back on campus to speak on Monday April 6th at 7:00pm in Textor 103. His lecture is titled A Body in Ill Repair: Urban Housing, Public Engagement, and Temple Contemporary’s Funeral for a Home.


            2. Carmen: Multimedia Concert

The timbre of two luxurious grand pianos playing in perfect duet alongside the rhythmic beat of percussion compliments the flourish of operatic soprano and the visual elation of dance. On the Tuesday of FLEFF week, Ithaca College’s acclaimed Hockett Theater will be filled with the classic music of Carmen.

The concert begins at 8:15pm on April 7th, and it features world-renowned Percussionist Conrad Alexander, Dancer Amy O’Brien, Soprano Dawn Pierce, Marimbaist Gordon Stout, Bassist Nicholas Walker, Pianists Jairo Geronymo and Deborah Martin, alongside Set Designer Mary Zebell, Multimedia Designers Ann Michel and Phil Wilde, with Director Norman Johnson.


            3. City of Spies Book Launch with Author Sorayya Khan

Not only will Ithaca College have the honor of hosting author of Noor and Five Queen’s Road, Sorayya Khan, she will be premiering her newest work City of Spies!

Khan is an Ithaca native, though her literature takes readers back to her childhood in Pakistan. She combines nostalgia with action, violence, love, loyalty, revelation, and exploration in her pieces, which will be on sale at the launch!

She will be reading an excerpt from City of Spies on Wednesday, April 8th, at 6:00pm at the Handwerker Gallery. The event will be a once only opportunity to celebrate the premiere of a fantastic, International piece of literature.


            4.  Professors Claudia Pederson and Nicholas Knouf: Art for Spooks

In an engaging collaboration of art and conspiracy, new media artists Claudia Pederson and Nicholas Knouf have found a way to take recent political activist cases and explore them further with an interesting and modern medium: digital art.

The two have created a book, and a corresponding app, that work together to question the government’s role in politics and personal life. Their project, Art for Spooks, is an act of participation as well a piece of artistic expression.

The exhibit of their work will take place in the Clark Lounge of Ithaca College’s Campus Center on Friday, April 10th, at 11:00am.


            5. The 10th Annual FLEFF How to Get Your Break Panel

Last but not least, Ithaca College’s FLEFF events will end with the 10th Annual How to Get Your Break Panel!

This years distinguished panelists will include Director of Inhabit, Costa Bousikaris, Rodrigo Brandao of Kino Lorber Films, Karin Chien of dGenerate Films, Director of The L Word in Mississippi, Lauren Lazin, Director of ’03, Juan Agustin Marquez, and Director of Backyard, Deia Schlossberg.

The panel, moderated by Ithaca College and FLEFF’s Steve Gordon, will discuss their successes in film and offer advise to curious individuals as well as budding filmmakers, distributors, and artists. The opportunity is not to be missed by students and faculty alike. When else can you hear from so many brilliant members of the industry in the same place at the same time?

The panel discussion will begin at 4:00pm on Friday April 10th.


All of FLEFF’s Ithaca College hosted events are free and open to the public. Each one is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that should be taken advantage of. What better way is there to liven up an average mid-Spring week than to join in on an intellectually engaging event with students, faculty, and members of the community?

 You won’t regret going to any of these events, so why not attend all of them?!


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