FLEFF Begins April 1

Running from Monday to Sunday, April 1 – 7, Ithaca College’s Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival 2013 (FLEFF) will offer forums, music, art, films and multimedia events focused on the theme of “Mobilities.” Sponsored by the Office of the Provost, FLEFF 2013 will take place on the Ithaca College campus and Cinemapolis downtown.

“FLEFF 2013 promises to be powerful display of international cinema, new media, music and writing,” said Patricia R. Zimmermann, professor of screen studies at Ithaca College and, with professor of politics Tom Shevory, FLEFF co-director. “This year, FLEFF’s downtown screenings will offer more films from more countries with more directors and more distributors than we’ve done in previous years. We can also promise more post-screening conversations of significance, a FLEFF trademark.”

“In addition to films from Palestine, France, Korea, China, Indonesia, Zimbabwe, Russia and Tibet, we’ve booked a staggering array of film forms and styles ranging from art films and commercial narratives to documentaries, shorts and experimental works,” Shevory added. “That kind of heterogeneous program strategy is a FLEFF signature.”

Most of the screenings will take place at Cinemapolis in downtown Ithaca. On campus, the events will include forums, lectures, labs, discussions and special programs with new media artists, scholars and activists.

Campus events are free and open to the public. The film screenings at Cinemapolis, 120 E. Green Street, will require admission fees. Festival five passes are $40, student passes are $30. Ithaca College students may purchase festival passes at the Ithaca College bookstore for $20. Individual tickets are $9.50. Offered as part of FLEFF’s partnership with the nonprofit 7th Art Corporation, the downtown screening will take place from April 4 to 7.

A detailed schedule of events is available at www.ithaca.edu/fleff.

A one-page list of highlights is included below.

For more information, contact FLEFF co-directors Patricia Zimmermann at (607) 274-3431 or patty@ithaca.edu; or Tom Shevory at (607) 274-1347 or shevory@ithaca.edu.


Monday, April 1
• 11 a.m., Friends Hall 203—La Poderosa Media Project, with Jorge Garcia Nunez, moderated by Jonathan Ablard, History
• 3-4:30 p.m., Park Hall Auditorium—“Off the Network: Disrupting the Digital,” a presentation and workshop by Ulises Mejia, new media scholar, SUNY-Oswego, moderated by Patricia Zimmermann
• 7 p.m., Textor 102—“Food Sovereignty and the Global Hunger Games,” a lecture by Phil McMichael, sponsored by the Department of Health Promotion and Physical Education

Tuesday, April 2
• 4-5:15 p.m., Williams 202—Workshop on the Amazon and its environmental issues with Sarah DuPont, producer of Amazon Gold
• 8:15 p.m., Hockett Family Recital Hall, Whalen Center—Carmina Burana multimedia musical performance, with Deb Martin, Jairo Geronymo, Allison Adams, Brad Hougham, Wendy Mehne, Nicholas DiEugenio, Trombone Troupe, Percussion Ensemble, New Media Goliards and projections by Ann Michel and Phil Wilde

Wednesday, April 3
• 3 p.m., Friends Hall 209—Screening of Crafting the Bamasaba: Beyond the Physical Cut, with filmmaker and film scholar Dominica Dipio, moderated by Stewart Auyash

Thursday, April 4
• 9:25 a.m., Friends Hall 201—Screening of Cup of Coffee with Kafka, with filmmaker Mansoor Benham
• 1:10 p.m., Job Hall 161—“Workshop: TRUST Campaign to Fight Climate Change,” with Kelly Matheson
• 7 p.m., Cinemapolis—Screenings of three films: Amazon Gold, with producer Sarah DuPont; The Water Front, with filmmaker Elizabeth Miller; and Black Maria Film and Video Festival, with festival director John Columbus

Friday, April 5
• 7 p.m., Cinemapolis—Screenings of three films: AKA Doc Pomus, with filmmaker Peter Miller; Silenced Voices, with exiled Sri Lankan journalist Sonali Samarasinghe; and Couples, with filmmaker Yong Ki Jeong
• 9 p.m., Cinemapolis—Screenings of two films: Wild Style, with filmmaker Charles Ahearn; and Children of Srikandi, with distributor Vanessa Domico and film producer Laura Coppens

Saturday, April 6
• 2:20 p.m., Cinemapolis—Screening of Old Dog with Kevin Lee, dGenerate Films
• 4 p.m., Cinemapolis—Screenings of two films: Neighboring Sounds, with Carlos Gutierrez, Cinema Tropical; and China Concerto, with filmmaker Bo Wang
• 7 p.m., Cinemapolis—Screening of Sherlock Jr, a silent film with live jazz music by Fe Nunn and Friends, and a performance by Cynthia Henderson
• 9:20, p.m., Cinemapolis—Screening of Couples, with filmmaker Yong Ki Jeong

Sunday April 7
• 1:45 p.m., Cinemapolis—Screening of Dear Governor Cuomo, with filmmaker John Bowermaster
• 4 p.m., Cinemapolis—Upstate Filmmakers Showcase, with Jason Bernagozzi, Vincent Grenier, Jason Harrington, John Scott, Tomonari Nishikanwa, Montieth McCollum
• 7 p.m., Cinemapolis—Screening of October, a silent film with live music by the Cloud Chamber Orchestra

Launched in 1997 as an outreach project from Cornell University’s Center for the Environment, the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival was moved permanently to Ithaca College in 2005. It is housed in the Office of the Provost as a program to link intellectual inquiry and debate to larger global issues.