Cornell alums are out there working in every conceivable area of feature film production—as directors, producers, editors, screenwriters and special effects coordinators—as well as independently as animators, experimental makers, documentarians and more. Cornell Cinema regularly showcases their work, often times bringing the alum back to campus for in-person presentations. Recent guests have included Oscar-winning screenwriter David Seidler ’59 (The King’s Speech); producer Scott Ferguson ’82 (Temple Grandin); writer/director Will Gluck ’93 (Easy A) and Oscar-nominated documentarian Danfung Dennis ’05 (Hell and Back Again).
This fall we will host Mike Solomon ’00, not a filmmaker, but a software engineer who was one of the original creators of YouTube, which launched an experimental project in 2010 that resulted in the film, Life in a Day. Prior to showing that film, Mike will talk about his career (which also includes building the financial system for PayPal and helping to start Yelp) and how YouTube has evolved since its inception. We’ll also host Bryan Wizemann ’95 with a sneak preview of his feature-length film Think of Me, starring Lauren Ambrose (Six Feet Under), which was an Official Selection of the 2011 Toronto Film Festival. Bryan studied philosophy at Cornell and took film classes with recently retired film instructor Marilyn Rivchin. Filmmaker Prashant Bhargava ’94 will be present on November 8 for a screening of his feature film debut Patang (Kite), set around the time of the annual kite festival in Ahmedabad, India. Also showing is Beasts of the Southern Wild, whose assistant editor Kathryn J. Schubert ’05 studied philosophy at Cornell.