Spring 2013 series

This ongoing series showcases new documentaries that address contemporary issues and ideas, films that will provoke discussion, often times about subjects that are underrepresented in the mass media. First up is Keanu Reeves's exploration of the digital/celluloid divide, Side by Side: The Science, Art and Impact of Digital Cinema, which will be followed by a panel discussion. The Waiting Room offers a timely and insightful glimpse into what takes place in the eponymous room of a safety net hospital's ER. Foreign Parts engages with a marginalized community living in Willets Point, New York, an industrial zone fated for demolition. It will be presented by the filmmaker, and soon-to-be Cornell professor, J.P. Sniadecki. The following night, Ithaca College film professor Cathy Crane will present her poetic biography of Italian filmmaker Pier Paolo Pasolini. Searching for Sugar Man tells the amazing story of Sixto Rodriguez, an American singer/songwriter who became famous in South Africa without his knowledge until he was rediscovered by fans nearly three decades later. How to Survive a Plague, about the early response to the AIDS epidemic, includes footage from Cornell's Human Sexuality Collection. The Waiting Room was shortlisted for Best Documentary Feature Oscar, and How to Survive a Plague and Searching for Sugar Man garnered two of the five coveted slots.