Patricia Zimmermann

Patricia Zimmermann

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

Video Screenings At Ithaca College's Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival Will Tell Community Histories

                ITHACA, NY—The power of video documentary as a storytelling medium will be demonstrated at three screenings as part of Ithaca College’s 11th annual Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival (FLEFF). Videographer and 1986 Ithaca College graduate Gretjen Clausing will show and discuss work she produced through the Scribe Video Center’s “Precious Places” Community History Project. Free and open to the public, the program demonstrates how residents of various neighborhoods come together to document the oral histories of their communities.

                Each of the screenings will have its own theme:

Wednesday, April 2, 1-2:40 p.m., Park 281

“Precious Places and Camouflage”


Thursday, April 3, 4-5:15 p.m., Park Hall Auditorium

“Precious Places and Counterpoint”


Friday, April 4, 2 p.m., Park Hall Auditorium

“Precious Places and Gastronomica”


                Clausing has worked for over 18 years in independent media exhibition as a programmer, administrator, activist and publicist. In 2004, she joined the staff of Scribe Video Center ( as program director and producer of the 2005 National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture Conference. Previously, she had served for five years as the program director of Film at the Prince, where she created and ran a repertory film program. She also served as the coordinator of the Philadelphia Independent/Film Video Association (PIFVA) and was a staff member of the Neighborhood Film/Video Project and Philadelphia Festival of World Cinema.

                FLEFF 2008 will run Monday–Sunday, March 31–April 6. A complete list of events, along with a day-to-day calendar of events, 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

Originally published in News Releases: Video Screenings At Ithaca College's Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival Will Tell Community Histories.