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Ithaca College's Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival (FLEFF) To Offer AWeekend Of Screenings At Cinemapolis And Fall Creek Pictures

ITHACA, NY — As in past years, Ithaca College’s 12th annual Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival will offer a weekend of more than 25 film screenings at Cinemapolis (in Center Ithaca) and Fall Creek Pictures (1201 N. Tioga St., Ithaca). Running from Friday, April 3, to Sunday, April 5, the screenings will feature post-screening speakers and forums.

“Cinemapolis and Fall Creek Pictures are major collaborative partners with the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival,” said Tom Shevory, professor of politics and, with Patricia Zimmermann, co-director of “FLEFF 2009: A Different Environment.” “The downtown screenings offer cutting edge programming, 35mm films, theatrical exhibition, movie business know-how and moxy, and the best concessions in town.”

“Under the able and imaginative management of Lynne Cohen and Rich Szanyi, the downtown theaters are part of the nonprofit 7th Art Corporation,” added Patricia Zimmermann, professor of cinema, photography and media arts. “The downtown screenings are dedicated to bringing quality art cinema and public forums about international cinema to the Ithaca community.


All events on the Ithaca College campus are free and open to the public. For updated information on screening times, visit

Film screenings at Cinemapolis and Fall Creek require admission fees. Festival passes (not single tickets to individual shows) may be purchased at Cinemapolis, Fall Creek, and the Ithaca College Bookstore. Payment for festival passes and for all tickets is by check and cash only.

Festival tickets and passes are NOT sold online. Seating at all screenings is on first come, first served basis.

Individual ticket for one evening screening (Friday, Saturday, Sunday): $8.50.

Individual ticket for one matinee screening (Saturday, Sunday): $7.

Student with Valid ID (Sunday evening only): $7.

Festival Five Pass*: $40.

Student Five Pass with valid I.D.*: $32.50.

*(Several people can share a five pass, or one person can bring several people to one film.

For updates on the downtown screenings, visit

For more information and updates on FLEFF events, visit FLEFF 2009 will run Monday–Sunday, March 30–April 5.



At the Top of My Voice (Larry Kamerman, Sudhir Venkatesh, United States, 2009; 60 min.) Set against the backdrop of the 2007 crackdown on democracy in the Republic of Georgia, this verité documentary follows activists Irakli Kakabadze and Anna Dolidze as they return to their native country to shine a light on the violence and corruption of President Saakashvili's regime and take part in monitoring his controversial reelection. (Screening will feature poetry readings/performance with Irakli Kakabadze and Anna Dolidze.)

The Betrayal (Ellen Kuras, Thavisouk Phrasavath, United States, 2008; 95 min.) By 1973, three million tons of bombs had been dropped on Laos in the fight to overcome the North Vietnamese. With the rise of a Communist government in Laos, killings and arrests became common among those affiliated with the former government and the Americans. The film takes Laotian co-director Thavisouk Phrasavath through his escape from persecution in Laos, his family’s journey as immigrants to America, and the second war they had to fight on the streets of New York City.

The Black Pirate (Albert Parker, United States, 1926; 88 min.) In the first grand-scale epic shot entirely in Technicolor, the sole survivor of a ship pillaged by buccaneers poses as the mysterious Black Pirate and infiltrates the nest of bandits. Michel (Fairbanks) mounts an elaborate ploy to recover the brigands’ treasure, reclaim the ship and rescue the divine Princess (Billie Dove) held captive there. Featuring live music by Fe Nunn and Friends.

Call + Response (Justin Dillon, United States, 2008; 86 min.) This feature documentary goes deep undercover wherever slavery is thriving from the child brothels of Cambodia to the slave brick kilns of rural India. Performances from Moby, Natasha Bedingfield, Cold War Kids, Tom Petty’s Heartbreakers, and others send out a call for action to stop slavery in our time.

Che (Steven Soderberg, United States, 2008; 258 min.) In two Parts: Part 1: The film tracks Che’s rise in the Cuban Revolution, from doctor to commander to revolutionary hero. Part 2: After the Cuban Revolution, Che is at the height of his fame and power. Then he disappears, re-emerging incognito in Bolivia, where he organizes a small group of Cuban comrades and Bolivian recruits to start the great Latin American Revolution. The story of the Bolivian campaign is a tale of tenacity, sacrifice, idealism, and guerrilla warfare that ultimately fails, bringing Che to his death.

A Class Apart (Carlos Sandoval, Peter Miller, United States, 2009; 60 min.) This documentary is about a 1951 murder case in Edna, Texas, that changed history. From this seemingly unremarkable small-town murder emerged a landmark civil rights case that successfully challenged Jim Crow-style discrimination against Mexican Americans and forever changed the lives and legal standing of tens of millions of Americans.

 The Garden (Scott Hamilton Kennedy, United States, 2008; 86 min.) The 14-acre community garden in South Central Los Angeles is the largest of its kind in the United States. Started as a form of healing after the devastating L.A. riots in 1992, the South Central Farmers have since created a self sufficient community from one of the country’s most blighted neighborhoods. But now, bulldozers are poised to level their 14-acre oasis. This film tells the story of how immigrants, many from countries where they feared for their lives if they spoke out, were able to organize and demand answers.

Goodbye Solo (Ramin Bahrani, United States, 2008; 91 min.) In North Carolina, Solo is a Senegalese cab driver working to provide a better life for his young family, and William is a tough Southern good ol’ boy with a lifetime of regrets. But despite their differences, both men soon realize they need each other more than either is willing to admit. Goodbye Solo deftly explores the passing of a generation as well as the rapidly changing face of America.

Ice Bears of the Beaufort (Arthur Smith, United States, 2008; 55 min.) In 2008, the State of Alaska leased Alaska’s Beaufort Sea coast for offshore oil development. At the same time, the federal government had to designate “critical habitat” for polar bears listed as “threatened” under the Endangered Species Act. Five years in the making by a resident of an Inupiat Eskimo village, this documentary is a color-intense, cinematic family portrait of Alaskan polar bears.

In a Dream (Jeremiah Zagar, United States, 2008; 80 min.) Over the past four decades, artist Isaiah Zagar has covered more than 50,000 square feet of Philadelphia with stunning mosaic murals. This documentary feature film chronicles his work and his tumultuous relationship with his wife as their marriage implodes and a harrowing new chapter in their life unfolds.

Nosferatu (Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens) (F.W. Murnau, Germany, 1922; 84 min.) This quintessential silent vampire film was crafted by legendary German director F. W. Murnau. Rather than depicting Dracula as a shape-shifting monster or debonair gentleman, Murnau's Graf Orlok (as portrayed by Max Schreck) is a nightmarish, spidery creature with a bulbous head and taloned claws. The live, original, improvised, experimental music is based on German expressionist musical forms and will be performed by two School of Music faculty members — Rick Faria (clarinet) and Nicholas Walker (double bass), and John Stetch (piano).

Nuestros Desaparecidos (Our Disappeared) (Juan Mandelbaum, Argentina/United States, 2008; 99 min.) Through a casual Google search director Juan Mandelbaum finds out that Patricia, a long lost girlfriend from Argentina, is among the thousands who were kidnapped, tortured and then “disappeared” by the military dictatorship that ruled from 1976-1983. Juan embarks on a journey to find out what happened to her and others he knew who disappeared and re-examines his own choices.

La Onda Chicana (The Chicano Wave) (John Valadez, Mexico/United States, 2008; 52 min.) From the birth of Tejano music through the musical innovations that would top of the charts with Ritchie Valens, Freddy Fender, Los Lobos, Linda Ronstadt and Selena, this documentary explores the evolution of Mexican-American music as Chicano artists struggle against discrimination and move from the fringes of American society to the national stage.

Scroll On! The Title Designs of Dan Perri (80 min., 35mm/digital projection) The credit sequences of Dan Perri are like preludes to an orchestral movement, setting the tone, establishing a mood and giving the audience goose-bumps for what they're about to experience. Perri’s credits include “Star Wars,” “Taxi Driver,” “The Exorcist,” “3 Women,” “Nashville,” “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” “All the President's Men,” “Raging Bull” and “Nightmare on Elm Street.” Perri will appear in person to present a selection of clips and discuss his career in movies.

The Secret of the Grain (Abdel Kechiche, France, 2007; 148 min.) Set in the rustic port of Sete, this film follows Slimane, whose growing dissatisfaction with the shipyard job he’s had for the last 35 years prompts him to try opening his own restaurant. His contagious conviction and persistence work their way into the hearts of his loyal but dispersed family.

Stranded: I’ve Come from a Plane That Crashed on the Mountains (Gonzalo Arijon, France, 2008; 113 min.) In 1972, a plane carrying a team of young rugby players from Montevideo, Uruguay, went down in a snow-covered valley in the Andes. This dramatic tale of the survivors’ struggle to stay alive, already told in a bestselling book and feature film, finds new depth and resonance in this award–winning documentary.

Sunshine Cleaning (Christine Jeffs, United States, 2009; 102 min.) A single mom and her slacker sister find a way to turn their lives around in this offbeat dramatic comedy. Directed by Christine Jeffs, this uplifting film by the producers of Little Miss Sunshine about an average family finds the path to its dreams in an unlikely setting. Screened in competition in the 2008 Sundance film festival, the film’s all-star cast includes Alan Arkin, Emily Blunt, and Academy Award Nominee Amy Adams.

Torturing Democracy (Sherry Jones, United States, 2007; 90 min) This 90-minute documentary examines how coercive interrogation methods were used by the CIA and then transferred to military interrogations at Guantánamo Bay and Iraq. The film features in-depth interviews with senior military and government officials who fought the policy and former Guantánamo detainees who experienced it, and uncovers the origins of the tactics the White House called “enhanced interrogation techniques.”

The Wildcat (Die Bergkatze) (Ernst Lubitsch, Germany, 1921; 82 min.) At a remote fort, the commander awaits the arrival of a new lieutenant, who is captured en route by a band of outlaws that roam the nearby, snow-covered mountains. But the daughter of the bandits’ leader quickly falls for the young officer, thus setting in motion an outrageous farce that is Lubitsch at his most unrestrained. The original experimental soundscape will be performed by Robby Aceto (color guitar), Peter Dodge (percussion and keyboards) and Chris White (cello).

The Division of Interdisciplinary and International Studies is the major presenting sponsor of the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival. The festival has also been made possible in part by a grant from the Park Foundation. Additional support is provided by the Experimental Television Center Technical Assistance Fund, supported by the New York State Council on the Arts, a public agency and by the Strebel Foundation.

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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