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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 10:00PM
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This blog posting was written by Alex Coburn, FLEFF blogging intern majoring in Cinema and Photography with minors in English and Honors from Louisville, Kentucky.


1) Opening Research Forum (Monday, 3:00-6:30 in Klingenstein Lounge)

Featuring nearly 30 professors from all across Ithaca College, this forum offers a great opportunity to shop for classes. Watching professors argue with each other about their research might not be everyone’s idea of a fun time. But in the wake of class registration, it allows students to see who they might want to take classes with. Plus, if you’re considering grad school, this forum will give you a sneak peak of how scholars talk when they’re not teaching intro courses.


2) black enuf (dir. Carrie Hawks, Wednesday, 9:00-9:50 in Jill G10)

I don’t think I’ve encountered an animated documentary before, so you will definitely see me at the black enuf screening on Wednesday. This documentary explores the

director’s personal reckoning with her racial identity. It intersperses stories from her friends and family with hand-drawn anecdotes, featuring several illustrative styles. Aligning well with the work of our featured artist Reece Auguiste, black enuf presents issues of racial identity in a new and dynamic way.



3) The Shore Line (Wednesday, 1:00-1:50 in Friends 207 and 4:00-5:15 in Friends 302)

This new media project put together by Liz Miller tells the story of the people living in areas lost to the rising sea. The gorgeous, storybook-style narrative breaks it down easily for both experts and newcomers to environmental issues.


4) Roundtable: Cinemas on the Periphery (Friday, 3:00-6:30 in Gannett 316)

This discussion merges scholars, filmmakers, exhibitors, and more to explore media artists operating outside the confines of mainstream cinema. Rather than define these peripheral cinemas by what they aren’t, this talk aims to discover the possibilities that can emerge from these artists on the fringes.


5) Geographies: Opening Concert (Monday, 8:15-9:30 in Hockett Hall)

Thanks to the help of professional opera singers Elena Galván and Daniel Bates’ visit to our FLEFF blogging seminar, I’ve been converted into a newbie opera lover. So of course this list wouldn’t be complete without the inclusion of the FLEFF opening concert, which intertwines opera with new media images. Whether you’re an opera fanatic or opera beginner, this concert expands the bounds of what music and new media can be. Pro tip: listen to the music beforehand to get a feel for what’s going to be performed.


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