Patricia Zimmermann

Patricia Zimmermann

Professor, Media Arts, Sciences and Studies
Faculty, Culture and Communication
Faculty, Cinema and Photography
Faculty, Documentary Studies and Production

Ithaca College's Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival Will Offer Tips On Breaking Into The Entertainment Industry

ITHACA, NY—A panel of entertainment industry professionals will be on hand at Ithaca College’s 2008 Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival (FLEFF) on Friday, April 4, to give pointers to people interested in breaking into the entertainment business. Free and open to the public, “How to Get Your Break” will begin at 4:30 p.m. in Park Hall Auditorium.

Moderator Steve Gordon, former executive vice president of creative affairs for Viacom Productions, will be joined by filmmaker Lloyd Fales, screenwriter and television producer Craig Volk and others in sharing professional insights and providing tips and lessons learned to people interested in the entertainment industry.
An independent television producer and documentary filmmaker for 16 years, Fales focuses his media work on explorations of science and nature. He has produced, directed and written for National Geographic, PBS, the BBC Natural History Unit and the National Audubon Society. Currently producing episodes for a new 13-part series on evolution for the History Channel, Fales graduated from Ithaca College in 1988.
Volk received his M.F.A. in playwriting/screenwriting from the Yale School of Drama and spent the 1990s in Los Angeles writing episodic TV on six writing staffs, including the Emmy-winning “Northern Exposure.” As a playwright, his work has been produced at the Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, the Actors Theater of Louisville and Yale Rep, and he was selected three times to participate at the Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference.
FLEFF 2008 will run Monday–Sunday, March 31–April 6. A complete list of events, along with a day-by-day calendar, is available at
Launched in 1997 as an outreach project sponsored by Ithaca College, Cornell University’s Center for the Environment and Eunadi Center for International Studies and others, FLEFF has become a major regional event in upstate New York and enjoys an international reputation as a cutting-edge, multi-arts program.
For more information and to schedule interviews, contact Patricia Zimmermann at (607) 274-3431 or, or Tom Shevory at (607) 274-1347 or

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