Hartwick’s Pine Lake to Screen Film on Rural Immigrants

November 2, 2009

On Tuesday, November 10, the Hartwick College's Pine Lake Institute for Environmental and Sustainability Studies will host a screening of "Bienvenidos a Fleischmanns - an Immigrant Community in Rural America." The screening, part of the ongoing Conversations at the Lake series, will be held at 7 p.m. in the Strawbale House at Hartwick College's Pine Lake Environmental Campus.

The award-winning documentary film is an intimate portrait of the Hispanic immigrant population, which now numbers more than 30 percent of the full-time residents in the town of Fleischmanns, NY. The film looks at the challenges faced by these families in their work, education and assimilation into rural American culture. The screening will be followed with a question-and-answer session with the filmmaker, Jessica Vecchione.

"Bienvenidos a Fleischmanns" won the Special Jury Award for Documentary at the prestigious Orlando Hispanic Film Festival. The film was an official selection of the Black Earth Film Festival in Galesburg, IL, and will also screen at the Boston International Latino Film Festival in mid-November.

Vecchione is a resident of Hamden, NY who has always been interested in Hispanic culture. She is currently shooting a new documentary about Hispanic migrant farm workers in the Finger Lakes Region.

This event, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Pine Lake Institute for Environmental and Sustainability Studies. Conversations at the Lake, begun in 2006, is a series of informal talks on subjects relating to sustainability and the environment. For more information, contact Pine Lake Institute Program Coordinator Dan Morse at 607-431-4520 or

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