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From economics to an Emmy: Skaneateles woman is making films that matter

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"I hope this film opens up a window for people to see what these chimpanzees have been through," CiCi said. "Is this worth it?"

Clark's path: from here to there

Skaneateles' CiCi Clark, Colgate class of 1992, was in a completely different field having majored in economics. She pursued a successful career in banking and finance, but ultimately found her work lacking.

From here she transferred these skills to a non-profit that she believed in, but still was looking for work she could be more passionate about. When brainstorming with friends regarding her interests in photography and travel, it was suggested she look into filmmaking, possibly in location management.

She worked first as a production assistant on a couple of commercials and then was involved in a short film on Cape Cod. It was there that she heard about Argo, whose work and topics really interested CiCi. She made contact and kept in touch until the chimpanzee project came about. Their working relationship was solid and garnered them an Emmy. CiCi said they are already on another nature film about horseshoe crabs and a bird called the Red Knot that relies on these crabs to fuel migration.

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