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The Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival from the interns' point of view
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Blog posting by Kimberly Capehart, Documentary Studies and Production '16, FLEFF Blogger, Cherry Hill, NJ
With a mere week and a half left until the 18th annual Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival kicks off on Monday, April 6th, 2015, it is time to start navigating the impossible puzzle of the FLEFF on-campus lineup!
As many staff, faculty and students at Ithaca College know, FLEFF shows films, hosts lectures, discussions, and meet ups, and creates intellectual dialogues across campus from 8:00 in the morning to 9:00 at night. The on-campus events provide an environment of intellectual engagement and intimacy that encourage participation from all festival attendees.
To help navigate the massive lineup, which takes place over 5 days and consists of over 75 events, screenings, and art exhibitions, 50 independent films from around the world, 50 special guests and speakers, 25 master classes, panels, and readings, and 1 collaborative concert, consider some of the following events:
#1: HABITATS: Vincent Grenier retrospective film showcase and workshop
Vincent Grenier is a well-known experimental French-Canadian filmmaker who is currently living, working, and teaching in Upstate New York. His films Watercolor (Fall Creek), Armoire (In 4 Parts), and several others have screened at past FLEFF events. A highly regarded and internationally recognized filmmaker whose film has screened in numerous festivals, archives, and museums, this intimate session will be a reflection and participatory workshop on his career and body of work.
Monday, April 6th, 2015 from 3:00-5:00 pm in the Park Auditorium.
#2: Urban Habitats and Funerals for Homes workshop
The FLEFF opening lecture on Monday, April 6th is will be given by Ithaca College alumnus, Patrick Grossi: a new media artist whose work interrogates questions of urbanization and gentrification in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His lecture, titled A Body in Ill Repair: Urban Housing, Public Engagement, and Temple Contemporary's Funeral for a Home, will kick off at 7:00 pm, but Mr. Grossi will be hosting an intimate workshop right before the opening lecture. This will be an exclusive opportunity to meet and discuss the Funeral For a Home project with the public historian and advocate, himself.
Part of the FLEFF puzzle is planning! Unfortunately, this event conflicts with the last, but both will offer a unique participatory environment. Monday, April 6th, 2015, 4:00-5:15 pm in Friends 205.
#3: Carmen's Habitats: Concert with multimedia
One of the most unique aspects of the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival, is the annual collaborative multimedia concert that the festival hosts through the Ithaca College School of Music, which is widely recognized as one of the most prestigious music schools in the country. This year, the concert will combine the passionate, Spanish music of Georges Bizet's opera, Carmen with the innovation and artistry of a number of talented collaborators: from musicians to designers and beyond. Come early as this concert will surely reach capacity quickly.
Tuesday, April 7th, 2015 at 8:15 pm, Hockett Recital Hall, Whalen School of Music.
#4: City of Spies exclusive reading by author and novelist, Sorayya Khan
Another special aspect of on-campus programming at FLEFF is the fact that there are many small and informative classes, workshops, and readings. Ithaca local Sorayya Khan, a widely published author, will be releasing and reading from her new book, City of Spies. This event will be held in the Handwerker Gallery, an interactive and modern art space which will provide a beautiful and sleek setting for this exclusive reading.
Wednesday, April 8th at 6:00 pm, Handwerker Gallery.
#5: Art For Spooks new media workshop with Claudia Pederson and Nick Knouf
Art For Spooks is new media project that interrogates questions of surveillance, governmental activity, securitization, data mining and collection by combining a number of different media and a huge body of research. The two designers, Claudia Pederson and Nick Knouf, will be hosting a workshop to discuss and demonstrate the project. This is a great opportunity to engage in discussions of theory, design, and politics in a classroom setting.
Thursday, April 9th from 2:35-3:50 pm, Park 281.
Remember, there is an abundance of other screenings, discussions, and events happening on campus! Take the time to carefully plan your schedule so that you can experience many different parts of the festival.
If you are still having trouble deciding, go with something you're not initially very interested in. See how something can change or challenge your preconceptions!
Which event are you most excited to see on campus?