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The Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival from the interns' point of view

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Posted by Alexandra Coburn at 8:56PM
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Alex Coburn is a second-year FLEFF Blogging Intern majoring in Cinema and Photography with minors in English and Honors from Louisville, Kentucky.


1) Kill Me Please (dir. Anita Rocha de Silveira)

I may have a soft-spot for female-driven horror films, but Kill Me Please represents a new dive into genre films for FLEFF. While FLEFF tends to avoid genre films, Kill Me Please offers a feminist twist on horror that appeals to a younger audience. Grab your popcorn and prepare to be scared for this teen-flick, feminist horror hybrid.


2) Rodents of Unusual Size (dir. Quinn Costello and Chris Metzler)

This documentary follows possibly the most niche subject I’ve ever encountered: the battle between residents of  coastal Louisiana and giant, invasive rodents. This documentary’s premise sounds like the plot of a 1960s B-movie science fiction flick, but the horror of these rodents is almost too real. Whether you’re a documentary addict or have a morbid curiosity, this quirky documentary ropes in lovers of fiction and non-fiction with its unique subject matter.


3) Tehran Taboo (dir. Ali Soozandeh)

With the student protests in Iran, this feature debuts at FLEFF at just the right time. Using animation, this film chronicles four young people as they confront the taboos of strict Islamic society. The director’s choice of rotoscope animation allows for radical situations to be presented without censorship. This film will definitely draw college students away from their dorms and into the theater to experience, just for a brief moment, the lives of young people from across the world.


4) Zama (dir. Lucrecia Martel)

I admit I couldn’t write this list without including at least two feminist films. Directed by one of the most exciting feminist filmmakers in the world, Zama documents the life of corregidor Zama and other inhabitants of a small, 18th century South American colony. With its intricate set and costume design, college students might overlook Zama because it’s a period piece. However, I suggest giving it a chance. Martel has solidified her place as one of the most famous women filmmakers of the time. No one should pass up the opportunity to see one of her films in theaters.


5) The Challenge (dir. Yuri Ancarani)

Told through the eyes of an outsider, The Challenge chronicles the long history of rich sheikhs who spend their free time as amateur falconers. Its lush, surrealist aesthetic will draw you in, but it's the subjects that will really keep your interest. Like Rodents of Unusual Size, The Challenge follows an odd premise, but that doesn’t diminish its impact. At its core, The Challenge heralds the risk. It champions doing something just for the adrenaline and joy. It begs the question: what would you do if you had the money to do absolutely anything?


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