International experimental work, independent documentary, and new platforms hold the potential to stop the spread of panic.
The Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival (FLEFF) maxim “A Different Environment” has accrued new significance and gravity, as has our 2020 festival theme, INFILTRATIONS.
Overnight, COVID-19 has thrown the world into a different environment.
We live in a different environment of hand washing, remote meetings, online instruction, self-quarantine, social distancing, and telecommuting as we cocoon at home or venture out in protective gear to do our part to fight the coronavirus. This different environment requires more than self-care; it demands community care.
This newly-launched, rapid-response exhibition Infiltrations: A Different Media Environment, stands as our contribution to the extended FLEFF community.
This exhibition underscores the galvanizing power of international independent media during this unprecedented global health emergency. It is a co-production between FLEFF and the Park Center for Independent Media.
The exhibition features eight different independent media groups from Australia, Canada, China, Indonesia, and the US with predominantly short analog community-produced, micro-local, modestly resourced, participatory videos.
These works confront urgent environmental, health, and political issues. These on-the-ground reports from the frontlines bypass mainstream media narratives by insisting that people, places, and new ways of seeing and infiltrating the world matter.
Exhibition featured groups and projects include:
1Point3Acres.com (US/China/UK) with their Coronavirus Dashboard
Cinema Politica’s (Montreal) “Indigenous Led Blockades in Canada Video Playlist”
dGenerate Films (US/China) offering free one-month access to over 70 Chinese independent films
EngageMedia (Indonesia/Australia) with works on migrants, the pandemic, and Papua, New Guinea
Insights International with “Infiltrating Work,” videos on people with disabilities in the workplace
Labor Beat (Chicago) chronicling workers’ struggles
Scribe Video Center (Philadelphia) with neighborhood-centered participatory community media
Wenhua Shi (US/China) presenting experimental media exploring the interstices between East/West art practices
The current global pandemic has canceled the embodied version of the 23rd Annual Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival, but it did not cancel our belief that global independent media can fortify all of us for whatever struggles lie ahead.
We present this exhibition for all those needing respite from mainstream news, social media feeds, or commercial streaming binge-watching.
We offer Infiltrations: A Different Media Environment to all those professors now catapulted into the different environment of remote instruction who might be scavenging for short, accessible works for their classes.
We showcase these videos remind our students that it is now their mission to create a different global environment.
FLEFF: A DIFFERENT ENVIRONMENT
This exhibition of media projects is generously supported by the Park Foundation and is a partnership with the Park Center for Independent Media at Ithaca College.