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Posted by Rebecca Cox at 8:13PM

Blog posting written by Rebecca Cox, Cinema and Photography, ’16, FLEFF Intern, Lebanon, Pennsylvania.

As the final countdown to the 19th Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival begins its time for all FLEFF-goers to begin mapping out the busy week.

The on campus events begin Monday, March 28 and conclude Friday, April 1. With over 40 on-campus events, these discussions, films and guests engage festivalgoers in intellectual dialogue.

In order to assist in navigating the upcoming events, the following list highlights five different discussions and workshops:

1. FLEFF Opening Forum: Landscapes

Monday, March 28 at 3 – 6:30 pm in Park Auditorium

Join Ithaca College Faculty as they engage in intellectual discussions surrounding this year’s theme of Landscapes. The moderated dialogue features scholars from each school on campus. Four separate roundtable discussions will take place within the forum.

2. Switching Lenses: Life, Art and Laboratory

Monday, March 28 at 7pm in Clark Lounge

This year, Emerging Media Artist Paul Vanouse will give the opening lecture. Vanouse is the Director of the Coalesce Center for Biological Art at the University of Buffalo. His art, which includes electronic cinema, biological experiments and installations, have exhibited across the world in venues such as the Andy Warhol Museum and The Louvre in Paris.

The opening presentation will address concepts of biological art including land and ecological art. Vanouse will also speak about exciting new developments at the Coalesce Center for Biological Art.

3. Landscapes of Memory: A Reading by Raza Rumi

Wednesday, March 30 at 6pm at the Handwerker Gallery

Ithaca College’s Scholar in Residence, Raza Rumi will be reading an excerpt from his upcoming memoir followed by a Q&A. Rumi wrote the book Delhi by Heart: Impressions of a Pakistani Traveler and penned for Pakistan’s liberal weekly paper, The Friday Times. Rumi is hosted by Ithaca City of Asylum since October 2015 after he experienced an assassination attempt in 2014.

The reading and Q&A will be curated by Associate Professor in the Department of Writing, Barbara Adams.

4. Aboundaddara: The Right to the Image

Thursday, March 31 at 2:35pm in Hill G24

The anonymous group Aboundaddara releases short films to social media each Friday for more than a year. Their goal aims to restore a voice to the Syrian people since the Syrian War began in 2011.

The films observe average day Syrians such as carpenters and even local activists. Aboundaddara hopes for an expansion of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.                                                                                 

5. Media and Arts Landscapes: Industries, Indies, Interfaces, Intonations

Friday, April 1 at 1:30pm in Clark Lounge

One of the greatest aspects of FLEFF is the number of guests it hosts each year. This year there will be over 50 guests in attendance. Some of those guests include Director John Bowermaster, Television Executive Billy Hall and Director John Nealon. All three, including other artists and musicians will host a dialogue focused on the present and future of media and art.

This workshop provides festivalgoers the opportunity to engage in intellectual conversations with professional artists. Where else can you speak with multiple directors and artists in an intimate setting?




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