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As Earth Day approaches, GFI intern Isabella Lyle-Durham shares her thoughts on the global environmental landscape in both the Global Lens 2013 film SHYAMAL UNCLE TURNS OFF THE LIGHTS and reality…

On April 22nd, Earth Day, we dedicate 24 hours, as a global society, to thinking about our physical future. And sometimes that “thinking” means we step away from the rhetoric, and into films like SHYAMAL UNCLE TURNS OFF THE LIGHTS—shining a light not just on what we can do to preserve the earth, but also on how what we’re currently doing may not be working and may actually contradict the idea of ‘conservation.’

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OPEN MIC: Film School, What Is It Good For?

Film student and GFI intern Erin Migdol brings the quarter-life crisis back into perspective

With university costs skyrocketing, jobs dwindling and Flip cams turning average videographers into YouTube sensations, film school may be becoming as outdated as the VCR.

That’s the idea a recent New York Times article explored in an effort to explain the changing job outlook for film school graduates. Apparently, as profits from home entertainment have decreased in recent years and a record number of students have entered film and media programs, low-level jobs for new graduates have become scarce—meaning an education in film no longer guarantees entry into the industry like it did before.

As a film studies major at UC Davis about a year away from facing this bleak outlook myself, of course the story got me a little worried.

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GFI’s Summer Squad

Today is Intern Appreciation Day at GFI! Well really, every day is Intern Appreciation Day at GFI, but today comes with pizza and Kettle Chips to show for it!

This summer has graced us with some amazingly talented folks. From helping us watch hundreds of screeners to compiling publicity packets for each DVD release, they put the “initiative” in Global Film Initiative and help us do what we do. In fact, we couldn’t do it without them.

They’re all pretty interesting people to boot, so without further ado, let’s meet the crew!

Sarah Barness Graduated from: UC Berkeley Major: Rhetoric and Media Studies Favorite Film: Paper Moon While interning at GFI I’ve learned that…an honest review is most valuable. When I’m not interning at GFI, you can find me…playing my banjo. Someday I want to…be an art historian who does costume and set design for period piece films.


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We’ve Got Mail!

From simple packages tied with twine to florescent envelopes covered in flashy characters and graphics, the daily mail call is always full of surprises.

During each GFI granting cycle, our mailbox receives every form of postage and packaging imaginable, and each day, we send materials to venues, schools and journalists across the country. Luckily, GFI intern Angelica Dongallo makes sure everything comes in and goes out smoothly. Here, she highlights a few misadventures while shipping and handling at GFI and pays tribute to the timeless appeal of snail mail.

When I first started my internship at GFI, I had no idea what the difference was between first class and media mail. Or how you have to go to the post office to send a package if it weighs more than 13 ounces. Or how to calculate how much postage goes on different-sized packages.

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