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Posted by Julianne Grillo at 5:14PM
Julianne Grillo

Blog posting written by Julianne Grillo, Writing for Film, TV and Emerging Media ’20, Honors, FLEFF Blogging Intern, Clinton, NJ

FLEFF 2018’s programming schedule is officially live. These weeks preceding FLEFF Week are the perfect opportunity to get ahead on planning which events and screenings you are attending. Here is a list of a few off-campus events worth your consideration:


  1. The Women’s Wisdom Project (dir. Sue Perlgut) — Wednesday, April 11 at 7:00pm

This is not your average FLEFF event. This staged reading/screening is a special multimedia presentation of interviews and insights from women. From online surveys to video interviews to live readings, this event will feature the voices of women associated with Tompkins County in some capacity. Each one with a story to tell. In just forty minutes, this event offers advice and wisdom from over 70 diverse women.


  1. Chesire, Ohio (dir. Morgenstern) — Saturday, April 14 at 2:45pm

A fierce 83-year old woman with a gun. An Ohio River community overrun by a coal power plant’s construction. This documentary chronicles the conflict that ensues when big business interferes with a small, but passionate, town. With Chesire, Ohio as its backdrop, this film explores the consequences of multimillion dollar business decisions. It visually represents the imposition of business and society; it evaluates when dollar signs overshadow the plight of the average citizen.


  1. Growing Up Coy (dir. Johola) — Saturday, April 14 at 1:40pm

This film confronts the environments created for transgender youth in America. When she’s no longer allowed to use the restroom that corresponds to the gender she identifies with, 6-year old Coy and her family embark on a civil rights case against her school. A small Colorado family is forced into the public eye for defending their trans daughter’s rights. The film follows the family through the moral, media-oriented and legal struggles they encounter along the way.


  1. Bird of Prey (dir. Liner) — Sunday, April 15 at 4:00pm

The world’s largest eagle and a symbol of national recognition, the Philippine Eagle, is nearing extinction. This film documents how a small group, inspired by this rare raptor, will stop at nothing to protect it. Whether you are passionate about birds or not, this documentary offers a timely, visually interesting perspective on human impact in the 21st century.  


  1. Zim High (dir. Mbudzi) — Sunday, April 15 at 7:00pm

Those interested in seeing a narrative film will not be disappointed with Zim High, a coming-of-age teen comedy. The story follows a young boy subject to relentless bullying in his high school in Zimbabwe. A social outcast, this character endeavors to receive a scholarship to study anime in Japan and escape his hostile environment. Marketed as “the first African teen movie ever,” Zim High provides comic relief while representing issues faced by the often underrepresented nation of Zimbabwe.

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