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Written by Meredith Farley

Finger Lake Environmental Film Festival (FLEFF)

It's the annual Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival (FLEFF), and it's going on now!

A curated, international, multimedia festival, FLEFF probes issues from digital culture to disease through a dizzying array of lectures, discussions, and screenings on campus and off.

Watch clips from The Last Conquistador, one of the films opening the festival.

New to the festival this year are interactive FLEFF labs described as an “un-conference model of incessant interaction and user-centric idea generation to see what happens when festival filmmakers, musicians, writers, intellectuals, visiting fellows, digital artists and thinkers mix it up with festivalgoers and students to dig deep into our festival programming streams.”

All of FLEFF is open to the public, and festivalgoers can pick and choose which events to attend; they can drop by a lecture for a few minutes or immerse themselves in the festival’s offerings all week. Events take place all over town at all hours of the day.

“It’s edgy, smart, and intellectual,” says Patty Zimmerman, codirector of the festival. “It also gives us a chance to highlight some of our outstanding IC faculty members who are making provocative contributions on an international playing field.”

FLEFF was launched in 1997 as an outreach project from the Center for the Environment at Cornell University. Over the years it expanded into a major event for the City of Ithaca.

In 2005, Ithaca College became the major sponsor and permanent host of the international event. The Division of Interdisciplinary and International Studies is the main sponsor of the festival. Professor of politics Thomas Shevory codirects the festival with Zimmerman.



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