Monday, March 19, 2007

FLEFF returns to IC...don't miss it!

2007 FLEFF at a Glance

FLEFF is a one week multimedia interarts extravaganza that reboots the environment and sustainability into a larger global conversation, embracing issues ranging from labor, war, health, disease, music, intellectual property, fine art, software, remix culture, economics, archives, AIDS, women’s rights and human rights.

The 2007 FLEFF programming streams are Maps and Memes, Metropoli, Panic Attacks, and Soundscaping.

o 10th year, 2nd year housed entirely at Ithaca College “Showcases Ithaca College as regional and national center for thinking differently--in new ways, interfaces and forms--about the environment and sustainability."

o Major collaboration between Ithaca College 7th Art Corporation, home of Fall Creek and Cinemapolis Theatres in downtown Ithaca

o Interrogating, destabilizing, expanding and reimaginging the definition of the environment beyond the expected, the assumed, the predictable.

o Conceptualizing environments, rather than the environment.

o 150 total events

o NEW! 4 World Premieres: Memescaping, Panic Hits Home, Man with a Movie Camera, His People

o 37 Featured Guests, including filmmakers, artists, musicians, writers, scholars, dancer, industry insiders, screenwriters, composers, journalists, radio producer

o NEW! 5 screenwriters and industry professionals, including Steve Gordon, Steve Ginsberg, Craig Volk, Jay Craven and Giovanna Pollarolo

o Guests represent Venezuela, Peru, Singapore, Canada, India, Bangladesh, Swaziland, Poland, Argentine, Mexico and the US

o NEW! 11 Festival Fellows, graduate students from universities across the United States

o NEW! Panic Hits Home, a 26th Anniversary Women Direct special commission by Renate Ferro, digital media installation on the Cold War and the War on Terror

o NEW! Twilight Poetry readings, 6 poets in theaters reading before the films

o 7 festival mini courses, across all six schools and divisions

o 97 films and videos

o Films and videos from 41 different countries, including, Algeria, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bangladesh, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, China, Ecuador, England, France, French Polynesia, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Iran, Iraq, India, Japan, Lebanon, Mexico,Morocco,Netherlands, New Zealand, Niger, Palestine,Peru, Poland, Romania, Singapore, South Africa, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey,Uganda, United States, USSR/Russia, Venezuela

o Film and Videos on topics ranging from: race, animation, political intrigue, electronic art, infant mortality, coffee, nuclear testing, intellectual property rights, fair trade, ecotourism, recycling, HIV/AIDS, beauty shops, Turkish music, the Algerian conflict, hyperdebt, Darfur, immigration, climate change, remix, industrial decay, classical music, ADHD, holocausts, mercenary training, Venezuelan political economy, radical environmentalism, genetic engineering, gender and science, genocide, Jewish immigration, Iraq, transgendered identities, the Middle East, Jonestown, riots, Chiapas, indigeneous people, winemaking, Brazilian political economy, Lula da Silva, Hugo Chavez, subaltern activists, socialist utopias, globalization, diaspora, war on terror, war in Iraq, Middle Eastern avant garde, meth, Katrina, war, sex, alternate energy, sexualities, missionaries, orchestras, sounds, Nelson Mandela, Uzbekistan, diaspora, love, romance, Cuba, trauma, rivers, panic

o 18 feature length international narrative and documentary films, downtown at Cinemapolis and Fall Creek, for a total of 26 festival screenings

o 145 total pieces of media, including radio, film and video, installations, digital art, games, ambient media and remix

o 26 faculty from all over the IC campus opening their classrooms to festival films and leading discussion, and opening these sessions to the public

o NEW! 3 Silent Films with live music, all world premieres of new original scores, one with world premiere of image remix and sound (Memescapes)

o 8 Galas, Gatherings and Concerts. NEW: All parties with Live Music from central New York musicians and bands

o 2 radio specials with Jonathan Miller, radio producer, and Gene Endres

o NEWS! 5 special FLEFF Forums on hot button topics ranging from Soundscaping and collaboration, Crystal Meth in the Gay Community, Radical Gaming, Fair trade coffee in Africa, and How to get your Break in the Big (and Little) Metropolis

o NEW! Over 50 speakers (moderators, speakers, filmmakers, panelists) leading post-screening discussions downtown, including faculty from Ithaca College, Cornell, Hobart and William Smith, Syracuse University, Amherst College, and Middlesex University, London

o 3 radio events, two radio specials plus, NEW for this year, a radio Listening Room exhibition with Jonathan Miller, radio producer, featuring the programs of Homelands Productions

o Undisclosed Recipients, international digital art exhibition curated by Dale Hudson and Sharon Lin Tay, with 19 pieces from across the world, interrogating and exploring the 2007 festival programming streams

o NEW! The Gaming Meme, a curated show of 10 radical games that rewire gaming, with special presentations and forums to help you get over the hump if you are not a gamer!

o NEW! Ambient media on plasma across campus, downtown and at the Beatles Tribute, with four plasma installations on campus and 15 different ambient media pieces, in partnership with Microcinema International

o NEW! 1 World Premiere of new collage piece with live music, MEMESCAPES, on all of the festival streams, in collaboration with the Human Studies Film Archives of the Smithsonian Institution, with Phil Wilde and Ann Michel, producers, and a new original score by Judy Hyman, Jeff Claus, Jay Olsa, Rick Hansen and Robbie Aceto

o NEW! 75 interns

o 5 archival collaborative partners: Human Studies Film Archives of the Smithsonian Institution, National Center for Jewish Film, Northeast Historic Film, UCLA Film and Television Archives, National Film Preservation Foundation

o NEW! 3 collaborating universities, Middlesex University, London; Abafemi Awolowi University, Nigeria; and a university in India (tba)

o NEW! 8 collaborative partnerships with national/international film distributors, including Bullfrog Films, Documentary Educational Resources, Witness, Outcast Films, Deep Dish TV, Chiapas Media Project, Joe Public Films

o 14 Ithaca College faculty on the FLEFF Steering Committee, including faculty from all over campus, from the following departments: Health Promotion and Physical Education; Cinema, Photography and Media Arts, Speech Communication; Journalism; Strategic Communication; Performance Studies; Biology; Art History; Music; Television/Radio; Music Theory; Business; Accounting; Politics; History

o 16 International Advisory Board members

o NEW! 12 Bands/musical groups, playing live, with music ranging across genres and forms: jazz, alt rock, pop, French musette, gypsy swing, avant garde classical, country, Americana, postminimalism, improvisation, turntablism, singer/songwriter, hip hop, klezmer, folk, electronica, laptop orchestra

o NEW! Bands include Boy with a Fish with Robbie Aceto, Common Railers, Joe Crookston, Fe Nunn and Friends, Five 2, Hubcap, Judy Hyman, Maplewood Jazz Team, Mary Lorson and St. Low, Jamie Notarthomas, Plastic Nebraska, Swing Gypsys, Chris White and Peter Dodge


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