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Visiting Artists and Guest Speakers

Twenty to thirty guest filmmakers and other speakers attend Cornell Cinema screenings each year to introduce and discuss their work. Some also visit film production or other classes while on campus. Over its near-50 year history, hundreds of filmmakers and other artists have been hosted by Cornell Cinema. Coming soon: a partial listing of visiting filmmakers, musicians & other guests hosted by Cornell Cinema over the past few decades.

Special Guests Spring 2020

Andrew Campana (Asian Studies)
introduces Hiyao Miyazaki’s Castle in the Sky
Thur Jan 30 @ 8:30

Laurent Dubreuil (Director of French Studies)
leads a discussion following the screening of Synonyms
Wed Feb 5 @ 6:45

Jumay Chu (PMA)
introduces If the Dancer Dances
a backstage chronicle of choreographer Stephen Petronio's effort to revive Cunningham's 'RainForest'
Fri Feb 7 @ 6:45

Gospel ensemble Baraka Kwa Wimbo
performs prior to a screening of a 25th anniversary restoration of legendary gospel music doc Say Amen, Somebody
Wed Feb 12 @ 6:45

Dr. Philip Carli
provides live piano accompaniment to Steamboat Bill, Jr. starring Buster Keaton
Sat Feb 15 @ 2:00 (Special pricing: $7 for adults, $5 for kids age 12 & under (no All-Access Passes accepted))

Philip Carli (piano), Tammy Keller (cello) & M. David Shemancik (clarinet)
perform Carli’s original score to the 1922 UK silent comedy The Wheels of Chance
Sat Feb 15 @ 4:30 (Special pricing: $7 general/$5 students (no All-Access Passes accepted))

Deborah Starr (NES) & Israeli filmmaker Rafael Balalu
Present Levantine
Director Balulu traces the footsteps of the Levantine thinker and author, Jacqueline
Tues Feb 18 @ 7:00 (FREE)

Andrew Campana (Asian Studies)
introduces Mamoru Oshii’s anime Ghost in the Shell (1996)
Thur Feb 20 @ 8:45

Mistress of Purremonies Leah Shafer ’94/’99/’08
Hosts Cat Video Fest 2020
Sat Feb 22 @ 2:00 (Special pricing: $5 adults/ $4 kids age 12 & under (no All-Access Passes accepted))
Sun Feb 23 @ 4:30 (Special pricing: $7 general/$5.50 students (no All-Access Passes accepted))

Legendary guitarist Gary Lucas
performs his score to Paul Wegener’s classic 1920 German silent The Golem
Wed Mar 4 @ 7:15 (Special Pricing: $14 general/$11 students ($3 off for All-Access Pass holders))

Screenwriter Guinevere Turner
participates in two Q&As of films she wrote
Charlie Says, about the women who were members of the Manson cult
Mon Mar 9 @ 6:45
and American Psycho, adapted from the Bret Easton Ellis novel about a yuppie serial killer in 80's New York; Q&A facilitated by film professor Jeff Palmer (PMA)
Tues Mar 10 @ 6:45

Patricia Keller (Romance Studies/Comp Lit)
introduces All Night Long (La noche que no acaba) a doc about actress Ava Gardner's love affair with the country of Spain
Wed Mar 11 @ 6:45

Filmmaker Marcela Arteaga
Presents the doc The Guardian of Memory, profiling asylum seekers from Mexico
Mon Mar 16 @ 6:45 (FREE)

Co-director Robert Bahar
presents The Silence of Others
Filmed over six years, the film reveals the epic struggle of victims of Spain's 40-year dictatorship under General Franco as they organize a groundbreaking international lawsuit and fight a "pact of forgetting" around the crimes they suffered
Tues Mar 17 @ 6:45

Artist & filmmaker Luis Macias
performs Your Eyes are Spectral Machines: Live Projector Performance
Three projection performances—involving 16mm, 35mm and slide projectors—by artist Luis Macias, co-founder of Crater Lab
Fri Mar 20 @ 7:00

Patricia Keller (Romance Studies/Comp Lit)
introduces Costa da Morte, a visually striking doc about this region in Galicia, Spain
Tues Mar 24 @ 6:45

Patricia Keller (Romance Studies/Comp Lit)
introduces Emotional Cartographies: The Films of Laida Lertxundi
Laida Lertxundi was born in Bilbao, Spain, and makes 16mm films primarily in and around Los Angeles
Wed Apr 8 @ 7:00

Andrew Campana (Asian Studies)
introduces Makoto Shinkai’s 2016 anime Your Name
Thur Apr 9 @ 9:00

Filmmakers Deborah Hoard & Robert Lieberman
Echoes of the Empire: Beyond Genghis Khan, a stunning cinematic view of Mongolia's past and present
Sat Apr 11 @ 7:00 (Please note: All-Access Passes not accepted)

Filmmaker Brett Story
presents her doc The Hottest August, filmed over one month in New York City and its outer boroughs in 2017
Wed Apr 22 @ 7:00