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17th Annual Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival (FLEFF) Launches March 31 at Ithaca College

ITHACA, NY — Running from Monday, March 31, through Sunday, April 6, Ithaca College will launch the 17th annual Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival (FLEFF), offering forums, music, art, films and multimedia events focused on this year’s theme, “Dissonance.” Sponsored by the Office of the Provost, FLEFF 2014 will take place on the Ithaca College campus and downtown at Cinemapolis, with after party celebrations to be held at Argos Inn, at 408 East State Street, Ithaca, NY.

More information on the theme ‘Dissonance’—described by FLEFF coordinators as “Neither noise nor cacophony, pair[ing] together the incompatible with results that surprise, offend, invite, disturb and excite, spurring action and creativity,” can be found at

FLEFF’s campus events are free and open to the public. The film screenings at downtown at Cinemapolis, 120 E. Green Street, will require admission fees. Adult festival passes are $40, student passes are $20. Individual screening tickets are $9.50 for adults, and $8 for students and seniors. Event coordinators encourage interested attendees to be on the lookout for FLEFF Dissonance bookmarks and postcards, which serve as two-for-one passes to film screenings.

Special guests for this year’s events include Ithaca College Alums Rodrigo Brandão '01, currently the director of publicity at Kino Lorber (a distributor of international art films) and Laura Kissel '91, who is the director of Film and Media Studies at the University of South Carolina and producer of the "Cotton Road" project. Other FLEFF special guests include a variety of notables spanning the arts, film, music, new media and writing sectors. A complete showing of this year’s special guests is available at


  • The “American Dissonances” Concert on Tuesday, April 1, at 8:15 p.m. in Hockett Recital Hall, will feature a variety of guest performers and School of Music faculty in a collaborative concert.
  • 2014 Festival Fellows Program: Running April 3 – 6, this program offers an opportunity to bring outstanding graduate students of Ph.D. programs to immerse themselves in screenings, lectures, workshops, master classes, concerts and events within the environment of FLEFF. For more information on how to become a 2014 Festival Fellow, visit
  • Viral Dissonance, on display at FLEFF and curated by Dale Hudson, will feature new media art, tactical media, radical cartography, computer games and locative media in an online exhibition.

A detailed schedule of events is available at

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; or Tom Shevory at (607) 274-1347 or