Ithaca College Quarterly 2005/1
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Interdisciplinary and International Studies
IC Takes Over Environmental Film Festival

Cabin Fever by media artist Laura Kissel '91 will be a featured work

The Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival, in its ninth year, has taken on an expanded mission and a new home. The festival had been housed since its 1997 inception at Cornell University, but last year Ithaca College became its major sponsor and host. This year FLEFF moved permanently to IC. Its mission is to "link intellectual inquiry and debate to larger global issues."

In its expanded form the festival will include music, art, and multimedia works as well as films. Politics professor Thomas Shevory and cinema and photography professor Patricia R. Zimmermann share directing duties. Says Zimmermann, "The festival showcases Ithaca College as a regional and national center for thinking in new ways about the environment and sustainability."

This spring's event will feature visiting writers, artists, and scholars including alumni Shannon Kelley '86, associate director of the documentary film program of the Sundance Institute; Laura Kissel '91, associate professor of media arts and cofounder of the Orphan Film Symposium at the University of South Carolina; and John Dicker '95, author of The United States of Wal-Mart (see "Turn & Spin"), who will write the catalog. The festival will be held from March 30 to April 6, 2006.

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