Cinema’s ‘Virtual Fall’ Kicks Off Sept 1

By: Cornell Cinema, 
Wed, 08/26/2020

This Fall Cornell Cinema marks the start of its 50th anniversary as one of the longest-running campus film exhibition programs in the country. To meet the challenges of the current pandemic, we introduce a virtual cinema program that will give patrons free access to a variety of screenings!

From Sept 1–10 we invite you to view the Sundance Film Festival Short Film Tour 2020, We Are Little Zombies, and The Hottest August. As a bonus, on Wed Sept 9 at 7:30, Brett Story (pictured), the filmmaker of The Hottest August, joins us for a Q&A via Zoom Webinar.

There are a limited number of free views available for most titles, so reservations will be required, which can be made starting one week in advance of a title's first playdate.

To make a reservation for any of our first week of films, RSVP here
Screening links to view the film will be sent in a return email.

Filmed over one month in New York City and its outer boroughs in 2017, The Hottest August, hailed as one of the best documentaries of 2019, offers a mirror onto a society on the verge of catastrophe, registering the anxieties, distractions, and survival strategies that preoccupy ordinary lives. Brett Story is a non-fiction filmmaker and geographer based out of Toronto and New York whose work explores landscapes of power and capitalist crises. Her films have screened at True/False, Oberhausen, Hot Docs, the Viennale, and Dok Leipzig, among other international festivals.

This virtual edition of the Sundance Film Festival Short Film Tour is comprised of six short films selected from this year's Sundance Film Festival and includes fiction, documentary and animation from around the world; “a fascinating mix of drama, comedy, animation and documentary, telling stories of Christian prophesy, menopause, grief, hunger and goats—lots of goats.” ( Please note: there is some mature content, animated nudity, and a strobe effect in one film.

When four young, newly-minted orphans first meet, the bodies of their parents are being cremated at a funeral home, and yet none of them can shed a tear. With no family, no future, no dreams, and no way to move forward, the young teens decide that the first level of this new existence involves salvaging a gaming console, an old electric bass, and a charred wok from their former homes—just enough to start a band...and then conquer the world. We Are Little Zombies is “A rainbow-colored scream into the Abyss.” (Vulture)

As usual, this semester our films fall into several thematic series, including Black Lives on Screen; our annual collaboration with Cine Con Cultura; and Pioneers of Queer Cinema. Check out all nine film series here.

Most films will be available for about a week, or until the maximum number of views have been reached, whichever comes first. If a film “sells out,” that will be noted on our website, on the title’s individual page. A few films will have an unlimited number of views and won’t require a reservation; one requires a pay-per-view. This information will be posted on the title’s individual page on Cornell Cinema’s website. Several films will feature faculty introductions & some feature Q&As with filmmakers via Zoom Webinars.

Welcome back, and please stay safe!

filmmaker Brett Story