2019 Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival Confronts ‘Disruptions’

By Dan Verderosa, March 29, 2019
Annual festival brings film screenings, speakers and concerts to IC and local community.

The 21st annual Fingers Lakes Environmental Film Festival (FLEFF) features a weeklong series of film screenings, concerts, lectures, exhibitions, masterclasses and workshops focused on the theme of “Disruptions.” The festival runs April 1-7, with events on the Ithaca College campus and downtown at Cinemapolis, 120 E. Green St. 

The Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival at Ithaca College embraces and interrogates sustainability across all its forms: economic, social, ecological, political, cultural, technological and aesthetic. This year’s festival explores how disruptions can stop the flow of events, ideas, processes and structures, upsetting norms and creating new ways to think and do. 

FLEFF special guests will include a variety of notable individuals spanning the arts, film, music, new media, scholarly and writing sectors. More than 60 events are scheduled on the Ithaca College campus, in addition to 42 screenings of international cinema and new media at Cinemapolis. 

The opening night event is “Eyes on ICE: Documenting Abuses Against Immigrant Communities,” a presentation on the work of the human rights group, WITNESS. The presentation will be held on Monday, April 1, at 7:15 p.m. in Textor Hall, room 101. 

A detailed schedule and description of events and participants is available on the FLEFF website. All events are open to the public, with free events taking place on the Ithaca College campus, while those at Cinemapolis require tickets. Adult festival passes are $40 and student passes are $20. Individual screening tickets are $9.50 for adults and $8 for students and seniors. 

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.

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