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FLEFF is one of the worlds longest-running environmental film festivals having gone on for more than 15 years.

The 27th annual FLEFF reflects on turbulence and change in our communities and the world

By Makai Yllanes, Assistant Video Editor April 12, 2024
The 27th annual Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival (FLEFF) runs from April 1 through April 14. This year's special theme is “Turbulence” with events and screenings happening on Ithaca College's campus and downtown at Cinemapolis.
Cinemapolis has five screens, whereas other independent movie theaters often have one or two screens, making it possible for them to host a great array of screenings.

Cinemapolis: Films educate community

By Mariana Contreras, Assistant Life and Culture Editor April 3, 2024
Beyond just films, Cinemapolis is a theater that uses art as a medium to enrich Ithaca residents' lives. Through the theater’s screenings, it exposes the community to independent and international films that might otherwise not reach such an extensive audience. 
A group of people gather to listen to a roundtable discussion for the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival. The discussion is part of several pre-festival events.

IC talks all things film with pre-FLEFF events

By Evan Miller, Staff Writer February 15, 2023
FLEFF officially finds its new home at the college’s Roy H. Park School of Communications. To celebrate this development, the Park School announced it will be hosting five pre-festival events.
Professor Andrew Utterson will join fources with FLEFF and Cinemapolis to teach a brand new course in Spring 2023 on the history of film festivals. The course aims to include students of all majors.

New course aims to educate on film festival history

By Jess Williams, Staff Writer November 16, 2022
A new course being offered to Ithaca College students in Spring 2023 dives into the history of film festivals and the operations of the local Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival (FLEFF).
The round table was moderated by (left) Raza Rumi, director of the PCIM. The guest speakers from left were Masha Shpolberg, assistant professor of Film and Electronic Arts at Bard College; and Natalie Gryvnyak, a journalist and founder of the information and production agency, In-features; and Zenon Wasyliw, professor at the Department of History at Ithaca College.

Experts discuss media coverage of the Russia-Ukraine war

By Prakriti Panwar, Contributing Writer September 12, 2022
Experts discussed the challenges of covering the Russia-Ukraine war in independent and mainstream media in a round table discussion held Sept. 7.
Editor Devan Rosen, professor in the Department of Media Arts, Sciences and Studies, spoke about his book with two of the contributing authors at noon March 23 via Zoom.

IC hosts book launch discussing the impact of social media

By Olivia Stanzl, Assistant News Editor March 23, 2022
FLEFF hosted a launch for “The Social Media Debate" a book that aims to show the debates surrounding the impacts of social media on society. 
The Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival primarily sponsored by Ithaca College will return for its 25th year in March.

Environmental film festival celebrates 25th year

By Clare Shanahan, Staff Writer March 3, 2022
The Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival, primarily sponsored by Ithaca College, will return for its 25th year in March.
Members of the Ithaca College community attend the opening keynote event for the 2019 Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival April 1. The event featured a presentation from Palika Makam, U.S. program coordinator for WITNESS, and Diana Rosa, operations associate for WITNESS, on how to record crimes against humanity

FLEFF kicks off with event on immigration

By Krissy Waite, Assistant News Editor April 3, 2019
Ithaca College hosted the opening keynote event April 1 for the 2019 FLEFF on how to use technology to document abuses against immigrant communities.
Sheila Vakharia, assistant professor from Long Island University Brooklyn, discussed drug addiction and societal responses to the issue on April 9.

Professor discusses complexities of drug addiction

By Hannah Fitzpatrick, Staff Writer April 10, 2018

Sheila Vakharia, assistant professor from Long Island University Brooklyn, discussed the complexities of the opioid crisis April 9 as part of the opening ceremonies for the Finger Lakes Environmental Film...

Jeremy Levine ’06 and Landon Van Soest ’04 produced a documentary “For Ahkeem,” which is featured in the 20th Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival. Film screenings are held on campus and at Cinemapolis.

Film festival focuses on geography for its 20th anniversary

By Danielle Schear, Contributing Writer April 10, 2018
FLEFF will commence with a lecture by Sheila Vakharia, assistant professor in the Department of Social Work at Long Island University–Brooklyn.
Patricia Zimmermann, professor in the Department of Media Arts, Sciences and Studies, spent her summer working on two separate media projects.

Q&A: Professor works to advance independent media

By Meaghan McElroy, Opinion Editor September 13, 2017
Opinion Editor Meaghan McElroy spoke with Zimmermann to discuss her work in Buenos Aires, her book on the Flaherty seminars and her views on independent media as a whole.
Patricia Zimmermann is a professor of Screen Studies in the Park School and is the author of several books including Reel Families: A Social History of Amateur Film and Thinking Through Digital Media: Transnational Environments and Locative Places.

Q&A: Patricia Zimmermann discusses her global contributions

By Matt Ristaino, Staff Writer May 1, 2017
"What matters is having clarity that democratic communication can be made no matter what technology you have," Zimmermann said.
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