Film series: Visiting Filmmakers

Student working on film projector

image from Robert Bahar’s The Silence of Others

Cornell Cinema regularly hosts visiting filmmakers whose presence illuminates their work and offers audience members the opportunity to engage directly with them, and this Spring’s slate of visitors is particularly dynamic and diverse.

Director Rafael Balalu presents his documentary, Levantine, about the Levantine thinker and author Jacqueline Kahanoff on February 18 in a free screening, sponsored by Jewish Studies. He will be joined by professor Deborah Starr (NES), who has written about Kahanoff and appears in the film. Actress and screenwriter Guinevere Turner (Go Fish, The Notorious Bettie Page) comes to Cornell Cinema to speak in conjunction with two films she wrote, both directed by Mary Harron:  Charlie Says (2019), an exploration of the women who were part of the Manson cult will be shown on March 9, and American Psycho, on March 10. Guinevere will do Q & As following both films. Her visit is cosponsored by the Dept of History, FGSS and LGBT Studies.

On March 16, The Latin American Studies Program sponsors a free screening of The Guardian of Memory, a new documentary about the Juarez Valley, one of the most violent areas in Mexico, and the lawyer who seeks to help the people fleeing from it (update: filmmaker Marcela Arteaga's visit has been cancelled due to Cornell's current coronavirus policy).  The following night features The Silence of Others, which portrays the victims of Spain’s 40-year dictatorship under General Franco (update: filmmaker Robert Bahar's visit has been cancelled due to Cornell's current coronavirus policy.)

The following events have been cancelled as of March 10:
Spanish filmmaker Luis Macias will work with 16mm film projectors and 35mm slide projectors to create a live projector performance titled Your Eyes are Spectral Machines. Local filmmakers Deborah Hoard and Robert Lieberman will present their latest documentary, Echoes of the Empire: Beyond Genghis Khan, on Saturday, April 11. (Please note: All-Access Passes will not be accepted for this show.) And finally, Brett Story brings her excellent new documentary about contemporary anxieties about the future, The Hottest August, to Cornell Cinema on April 22, Earth Day, a visit that’s cosponsored, along with Luis Macias’s, with the Cornell Council for the Arts.

Related films

image from the film Levantine



image from the film CANCELLED - The Hottest August

CANCELLED - The Hottest August


image from the film American Psycho

American Psycho


image from the film CANCELLED:  The Guardian of Memory

CANCELLED: The Guardian of Memory


image from the film CANCELLED:  The Silence of Others

CANCELLED: The Silence of Others