Every year, Ithaca College’s Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival (FLEFF) showcases global media projects focusing on issues of sustainability, with events both on campus and at local independent theater Cinemapolis. This year’s effort was initially canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, but has since moved completely online, replete with virtual screenings.
This year’s festival has three different initiatives, composed of more than 50 films and new media projects, and includes two exhibitions, “Radical Infiltrations” and “Infiltrations: A Different Media Environment.”
An online exhibition of new media art, “Radical Infiltrations,” showcases art generated by code, algorithm and interfaces that explore the power of questioning and even challenging infiltrations, such as the manipulations of profit-driven algorithms and the relentless rhetoric of political polarization.
“Infiltrations: A Different Media Environment” features eight different independent media groups from Australia, Canada, China, Indonesia, and the United States, featuring short, community-produced, and modestly resourced videos that confront urgent unresolved environmental, health, and political issues, including coronavirus. The exhibition is a partnership between FLEFF and the Park Center for Independent Media.