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Ithaca College's Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival Will Kick Off Its 12th Year

ITHACA, NY — Beginning on Monday, March 30, and running through Sunday, April 5, the 12th annual Ithaca College’s Finger Lakes Environment Film Festival (FLEFF) will offer a smorgasbord of forums, music, films and multimedia events aimed at rethinking and recreating our roles in our communities and our world. Sponsored by the Division of Interdisciplinary and International Studies and the Park Foundation, FLEFF engages the Ithaca community with performances, lectures and film screenings at Ithaca College and local independent theaters Cinemapolis and Fall Creek Pictures.

“The college’s Division of Interdisciplinary and International Studies is proud to serve as the major sponsor and intellectual home of the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival because the festival allows us to move across disciplines, schools and communities, and to engage with each other on the pressing issues of our times,” said Tanya Sanders, dean of the division. “We invite everyone from the college and surrounding community to engage in intellectual growth and constructive action.”

This year’s festival — FLEFF 2009, A DIFFERENT ENVIRONMENT — will offer four new programming streams: Syncopation, Spice, Toxins and Trade. Focused under those categories will be the work of dozens of filmmakers, artists, scholars and musicians that put environmentalism and sustainability into larger global contexts relating to labor, war, health, music, technology, economics, literature and human rights.

Most of the events will take place on campus and are free and open to the public. In addition, there will be 25 feature-length film screenings at Cinemapolis and Fall Creek cinemas in downtown Ithaca that will require admission fees. Many of the downtown screenings will feature visiting filmmakers and guests. These events are offered as part of FLEFF’s partnership with the nonprofit 7th Art Corporation.

A complete list of topics, featured guests and events is available at

For more information and to schedule interviews, contact faculty co-directors Patricia Zimmermann at (607) 274-3431 or, or Tom Shevory at (607) 274-1347 or

The Division of Interdisciplinary and International Studies is the major presenting sponsor of the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival. The festival has also been made possible in part by a grant from the Park Foundation.  Additional support is provided by the Experimental Television Center Technical Assistance Fund, supported by the New York State Council on the Arts, a public agency and by the Strebel Foundation.



Below is a list of some of the festival highlights. Except for the downtown screenings, all events are free and open to the public.

“Opening Concert”
Monday, March 30
, 8 p.m., Ford Hall, James J. Whalen Center for Music

Under the programming stream of Syncopation, School of Music faculty percussionist Gordon Stout and visiting percussionist Dane Richeson, with violinist Susan Waterbury, will premiere Stout’s new work for marimba, percussion and violin. The performance will feature projections of ambient media curated and DJ’ed by media producers Ann Michel and Phil Wilde.

Screening of the Chiapas Media Project by Alexandra Halkin
Tuesday, March 31, 3–5:30 p.m., Park Hall Auditorium

A documentary video producer, Halkins is the founding director of the Chiapas Media Project/ Promedios de Comunicación Comunitaria, a bi-national partnership that provides video, computer equipment and training to indigenous communities in southern Mexico. Since 1998, the CMP/Promedios has trained over 200 indigenous men and women in video production in Chiapas and Guerrero, Mexico. Halkin’s most recent production, “Paying the Price: Migrant Workers in the Toxic Fields of Sinaloa,” is part of a bi-national advocacy campaign to raise awareness about human rights violations committed against Mexican migrant workers in agribusiness camps in northern Mexico.

Artist talks with new media artists Jolene Rickard and Pamela Mei Leng See
Tuesday, March 31, Park Hall 279

Currently an associate professor in the departments of art and art history at Cornell University, Jolene Rickard is also an artist, curator and historian concentrating on the aesthetic practice of First Nations and Indigenous peoples within a global context. Her photographic installations have been exhibited at numerous venues, including the Canadian Museum of Civilization in Quebec, London’s Barbican Art Center and the Ansel Adams Center for Photography in San Francisco.

Pamela See is among Australia’s foremost emergent talents in the visual arts. An Australian born from Chinese descent, See uses the traditional folk art of paper cutting to narrate the migrant experience. In the spirit of the ready-made, her application of paper cutting technique to found objects breaks with art and also crafts conventions. Her works have been exhibited at 24hr Art in Darwin, Hawkesbury Regional Gallery, and Two Lines Gallery in Beijing.

Demonstration of “Sticky Content,” an online exhibition of new media art and digital video
Thursday, April 2, Park Hall Auditorium

Dale Hudson, film, video, and new media theorist, is the curator of  FLEFF’s “Sticky Content,” which takes its title from a popular Internet term for content that gets users to return to websites or networks, spend time there — and perhaps leave something behind. Hudson will walk interested people through the various web sites that compose “Sticky Content,” inviting comment and questions. For more information on “Sticky Content,” visit

“Performance by the Sheherazade Trio”
Thursday, April 2, 8 p.m., Unitarian Church (downtown Ithaca, on the corners of Buffalo and Aurora Streets)

School of Music faculty members Jennifer Hayghe (piano), Elizabeth Simkin (cello) and Susan Waterbury (violin) will perform music by Ravel and others to probe how to think about spice musically. Projections of silent early cinema works from Georges Melies, designed and mounted by Tom Nicholson, will also be featured.

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