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Codirectors of Ithaca College's Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival Curated Films for International Festival in India

ITHACA, NY — For the fourth consecutive year, Ithaca College faculty members Patricia Zimmermann and Tom Shevory, codirectors of the college’s Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival (FLEFF), have curated a selection of 11 films that will be included in “Voices from the Waters 2010.” A four-day international film festival and conference to be held August 27 to 30 in Bangalore, India, “Voices from the Waters” will spotlight the diminishing accessibility of freshwater for human use due to river pollution, climate change, deforestation and other global issues concerning water.

A collaborative partner with “Voices from the Waters,” FLEFF has joined with two organizations — Indonesia’s Engage Media and the Mexico/U.S. binational Chiapas Media Project — in sending the films to Bangalore.

“ ‘Voices from the Waters’ is the largest international film festival devoted to water, with more than 300 handpicked films that deal with the many artistic, political and environmental dimensions of the worldwide water crisis,” Zimmermann said. “The festival offers a chance for a broad-based assessment of consumption patterns, dam placements, droughts, floods and other issues affecting our future.”

“The tragic events currently unfolding in Pakistan are a terrible indication of how we need to be good stewards of our planet’s water resources,” Shevory added.

A listing of the works curated by Zimmermann and Shevory, along with summaries, is attached.

Launched in 1997, the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival was an outreach project from the Center for the Environment at Cornell University. In 2005, the festival moved permanently to Ithaca College where it is housed in the Division of Interdisciplinary and International Studies as a program to link intellectual inquiry and debate to larger global issues.

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Curated titles for the 2010 “Voices from the Waters” Film Festival
Bangalore, India, Aug. 27 to 30

“Wake Up Freak Out”
This short animated film by Leo Murray concludes that we are now dangerously close to the tipping point in the world's climate system and catastrophic changes are inevitable.

“Green Gone Wrong”
In this day and age, people in Indonesia, particularly Jakarta, are jumping on the "green" trends bandwagon in a quest to save the Earth from the effects of global warming. Unfortunately, though meaning well, many people misunderstand the essentials of going green.

“Dark Sun”
This short 3D animation film by David Nerlich follows a dreaming monologue, with transient voices and imagery floating and exchanging meaning, to examine how the degradation of the earth’s environment has affected the iconic way people have viewed the sun.

“Kereta Angin Sahabat Bumi” (Bicycle Is the Friend of the Earth)
In an effort to stop pollution, the Bike-to-Work community is trying to bring back biking as a method of transport for city workers. The challenge, though, is trying to fight the traffic and keep motor vehicles from pushing them aside.

“The Unreliable World”
People from Sungai Utik, an Indonesian village in Kalimantan, discuss how recent changes in rainfall and weather patterns are impacting their ability to farm, hunt and participate in traditional rainforest life.

“Small Islands, Big Impact”
Mohamed Nasheed, president of the Maldives, sees climate change as both a human rights issue and a security threat. On the eve of the Copenhagen Climate Summit, he makes an earnest appeal for the world to defend frontline states such as his.

“Tofiga O Pili Aau”
Documenting the impacts of climate change on the coastal communities in Samoa, “Tofiga O Pili Aau” was created by representatives from eight villages on Savai-i and Upolu islands.

“When It Flood It Was Never Like This Before”
In 2006, after the Philippine government reactivated the Mining Act to revive the mining industry, landslides, flash floods and other calamities occurred, killing thousands of people and devastating commercial life. No one was held accountable, even after a typhoon struck Metro Manila and flooded the metropolis for the first time.

“Dirty Old Coal”
This short film emphasizes how the coal industry is fed to consumers like brands of breakfast cereal. Unfortunately, when only coal is on the shelf and renewable energy sources aren’t, consumers have no choice in how to heat their homes.

“Climate Change Options”
Now that the general public accepts climate change and wants to help, more information is needed for people to know the difference between effective solutions to our environmental problems and so-called “greenwashing” and wishful thinking.

Zimmermann and Shevory will also curate the following film from the Chiapas Media Project:

“Pueblos Unidos: Swine Flu Ground Zero in Mexico”
In 1994, with the consent of the then governor of the Mexican state of Veracruz, the U.S. transnational industrial pig farming company, Carroll Farms, started operating in the valleys of Cofre de Perote in Veracruz. The farmers of the region thought the company would bring them benefits by creating jobs, but they soon realized industrial pig farms contaminate the air, land and water. In 2009, an epidemic of swine flu began in La Gloria and has now spread and threatened the entire world.

Originally published in IC News: Codirectors of Ithaca College's Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival Curated Films for International Festival in India.