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Posted by Rachael Lewis-Krisky at 11:13AM   |  2 comments

FLEFF theme of the year is DISSONANCE – a concept that begs resonates with the theorist but rings deeply with the personal. It is about many things: Clashing. Tension. Disharmony. Contradiction. Imbalance. All these buzzwords are encapsulated in the feeling of being an outsider on the inside.

Truly though, that is what’s so incredible about this year’s FLEFF theme. So many of us know that feeling of not belonging. But with that feeling we push forward, ignited by the freedom of being different. As the FLEFF definition puts it so well “dissonance pairs together the incompatible with results that surprise, offend, invite, disturb and excite, spurring action and creativity.”

FLEFF’s very own Ithaca College graduate student, Tiffani-Amber Muller, sees the festival’s theme as an opportunity to push her experience with dissonance. “On a personal level with dissonance, I am actually a walking example of dissonance! Lesbian cheerleader. It's basically unheard of in the world, but we do exist!”

She continues to say, “This is going to enhance my experience with FLEFF because I'm going into these topics knowing to expect some topics that are a little different and ‘not normal.’ They're going to push me out of my comfort zone, but I will learn from that and understand why I am pushed out of my comfort zone. That's really what dissonance is about!”

In my personal experience, dissonance truly resonates with my life. From being bullied about being Pansexual and quirky, to going places without a support system independently and alone, I also see this year’s festival as a chance to push my understandings of what is actually achievable and possible as an outsider on the inside.

What are your personal experiences with dissonance? What will the festival do for your self-reflection? 


I loved your phrase "the freedom of being different". I think that is a feeling our generation so desperately craves, and even does crazy things to put up a facade that we have found it, when sometimes it is harder to attain than we care to admit.

Rachael, I appreciate you sharing your view of this year's FLEFF theme with us. I enjoyed reading about Tiffani's thoughts on dissonance as well, especially in terms of pushing outside her comfort zone-- I really believe that's what life is all about.

Blaize, you make an interesting point in your comment, one that resonated with me. I agree with your opinion about how many people in our generation try hard to be different. It's like we are all gripped by this fear of being the same as everyone around us. It reminded me of this quote from Sam Mendes' American Beauty: "I don't think that there's anything worse than being ordinary." I have often found myself agreeing with Angela Hayes' character and wondering whether it's a gift or an affliction.

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