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Ithaca College's Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival And Cinemapolis Bring Compelling Film Of Hope To Ithaca

ITHACA, NY — Ithaca College’s Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival (FLEFF) will join Cinemapolis in presenting a limited engagement of “Precious,” the film adaptation of singer and poet Sapphire’s novel “Push.” The first showing of the story of an illiterate teenager’s journey of self-discovery will take place at 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 18, at Cinemapolis (120 E. Green St.). General admission is $9; tickets for seniors (64 and older) and children (12 and under) are $7.50. The screening will be followed by an audience discussion led by Cynthia Henderson, associate professor of theater arts and an equity actor.

When the film opens, Claireece “Precious” Jones is 16, illiterate, pregnant for the second time by her father and the victim of physical and emotional abuse by her mother.

“Sometimes I wish I was not alive,” Precious says. “But I don't know how to die. Ain’ no plug to pull out. ’N no matter how bad I feel, my heart don’t stop beating and my eyes open in the morning.”

Despite this overwhelming burden of misery, Precious, played by newcomer Gabourey Sidibe, senses that life might offer her other possibilities. Threatened with expulsion, she accepts an offer to transfer to an alternative school. In the literacy workshop taught by patient but firm Ms. Rain (Paula Patton), Precious begins a journey that will lead her from darkness, pain and powerlessness to light, love and self-determination.

Featuring Mariah Carey, Mo’Nique and Lenny Kravitz, “Precious” has garnered numerous awards, including the Grand Jury Prize, the Audience Award and a Special Jury Prize at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival.

More information on the film is available at

Launched in 1997, FLEFF is currently housed in the college’s Division of Interdisciplinary and International Studies. Unlike previous years, FLEFF 2009–2010 is not a series of discrete events taking place in March but a succession of online, user-generated events under one program stream, “Open Spaces.” Last September, FLEFF 2009–2010 began a nine–month offering of 13 intellectually stimulated blogs, ongoing screenings and discussions, and the Open Space Project, which features four online, juried competitions. To participate, visit

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