Special Events and Guest Speakers

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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 Fall 2019:

Cornell Cinema Director Mary Fessenden
hosts An Orientation to Cornell Cinema
Mon Aug 26 @ 6:45

Indian filmmaker Swati Dandekar
presents her film True Blue (Neeli Raag), the story of the dye indigo
Mon Sept 9 @ 7:00 (free)

Filmmaker Marc Halberstadt
presents his documentary Cowjews and Indians
Tues Sept 10 @ 7:00 (free)

Filmmaker Thomas Elsaesser
presents his essay film The Sun Island
Wed Sept 18 @ 7:00

Filmmaker & Cornell alum Jill Magid '95
participates in a post-screening Q&A via Skype following a screening of The Proposal
Thur Sept 19 @ 7:00

Cuban filmmaker Miguel Coyula
presents his film Nadie (Nobody)
Thur Oct 3 @ 7:00

Co-director Cynthia Wade
presents Grit
Wed Oct 9 @ 7:00

Filmmaker and Ithaca native (and Ithaca College alum) Zia Anger
presents her multi-media performance My First Film
Thur Oct 10 @ 7:15
Special pricing: $10 general/$8 students ($2 off for All-Access Pass holders)

French filmmaker Mame-Fatou Niang
presents her documentary Mariannes noires, profiling seven French-born women of African descent
Thur Oct 17 @ 7:00 (free)

Experimental Animator Kelly Sears
presents Alternate Histories, a program of her animation shorts
Thur Oct 24 @ 7:00

Indian filmmaker Anand Patwardhan
presents his political documentary Reason
Mon Oct 28 @ 4:45 (free; includes an intermission with complimentary pizza)

Acclaimed silent film organist Dennis James
accompanies Lon Chaney’s 1923 silent The Hunchback of Notre Dame on the Sage Chapel organ
Tues Oct 29 @ 7:30 in Sage Chapel (free)

The Alloy Orchestra
performs their famous live score to a screening of Fritz Lang’s silent sci-fi masterpiece Metropolis (1927), in the definitive restoration
Fri Nov 8 @ 7:00
Special Pricing: $16 general / $14 students ($3 off for All-Access Pass holders)

The Alloy Orchestra
performs their new score for a screening of the French silent Gallery of Monsters (1924)
Fri Nov 8 @ 7:00
Special Pricing: $14 general / $12 students ($3 off for All-Access Pass holders)

Filmmaker & Cornell alum Andrea Berloff ’95
presents her film The Kitchen (starring Melissa McCarthy, Elisabeth Moss & Tiffany Haddish)
Fri Nov 15 @ 7:00

Experimental filmmaker Malena Szlam
presents a program of her work, Malena Szlam: Inexistent Time
Wed Nov 27 @ 7:00