Film series: Campus Collaborations

scene from the film program MOVEMENT EXERCISES TRILOGY
MOVEMENT EXERCISES TRILOGY (2017–2022, dir. Sarah Friedland)

Alongside our current series, we are pleased to present a variety of films that resonate with the teaching and research of various Cornell departments. 


Terra Femme
Sunday, February 5, 2023 at 6:30pm        
featuring filmmaker Courtney Stephens in person

Comprised of rare amateur travelogues shot by women between the 1920s-50s, Terra Femme is a live documentary by Courtney Stephens that weaves together questions of female authorship, cinematic excavation, and the Western gaze, complicating the freedoms these women experienced while traveling through foreign landscapes. 

Cosponsored by the Department of Performing and Media Arts.

Movement Exercises Trilogy
Monday, February 6, 2023 at 5:30pm        
featuring filmmaker Sarah Friedland in person; free admission

A feature-length trilogy of films by filmmaker-choreographer Sarah Friedland, Movement Exercises deconstructs and revises the choreographic vocabularies of exercises practiced across home, work, and school spaces. The trilogy consists of three short films: Home Exercises (2017), Drills (2020), and Trust Exercises (2022). 

Sponsored by the College of Art, Architecture, and Planning.

Becoming Frederick Douglass & Harriet Tubman: Visions of Freedom
Wednesday, February 15, 2023 at 5:00pm        Free admission!

Join us for screenings of two recent documentaries exploring the life and work of American abolitionists Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass and a post-screening discussion with Professors Carole Boyce-Davies & Derrick Spires. 

Sponsored by the Africana Studies and Research Center and the Department of Literatures in English.

Bad Axe
Thursday, March 16, 2023 at  7:00pm         
featuring filmmaker David Siev in person

David Siev's directorial debut captures a closely-knit Asian American family living in rural Michigan during the pandemic as they fight to keep their local restaurant and American dream alive. The filmmaker will join in-person for a post-screening discussion with Professor Austin Bunn of the Department of Performing and Media Arts. 

Cosponsored by the Asian American Studies Program and the Milstein Program in Technology and Humanity.

Last of the Right Whales
Monday, March 20, 2023 at 7:00pm        Free admission!

North Atlantic right whales are dying faster than they can reproduce. With less than 400 remaining and only 90 breeding females, they could be extinct in 20 years unless we act now. The screening will be followed by a Zoom Q&A with right whale scientist Stormy Mayo (featured in the film) and former director of the K Lisa Yang Center for Conservation Bioacoustics Chris Clark. 

Sponsored by the College of Human Ecology and the K Lisa Yang Center for Conservation Bioacoustics at Cornell University.

Power of Seeing 보는 이의 권력
March 15–April 19, 2023

This four-part film series focuses on the history and legacy of U.S. Camp Town military prostitution in South Korea.

Sponsored by the East Asia Program at the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies, the departments of History of Art and Visual Culture, Government, History, and Asian Studies at Cornell, the Feminist, Gender & Sexuality Studies program, the Reppy Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies, and the Society for the Humanities.

Fancy Dance
Thursday, March 23 at 6:00pm
Free admission; Filmmaker Erica Tremblay in person!

Join us for a special advance screening and conversation with acclaimed writer-director Erica Tremblay of the Seneca-Cayuga Nation.

Sponsored by the Cornell University American Indian and Indigenous Studies Program and the Department of Performing & Media Arts.

From the Big Red to the Red Carpet: A two-day visit with alumni filmmakers Scott Ferguson ‘83 and Michael Kantor ‘83

March 28–29, 2023

Cornell alums Scott Ferguson and Michael Kantor will reflect on their award-winning careers in film and television production. The pair — Cornell classmates — will discuss their parallel paths in narrative and documentary filmmaking from their student days at Cornell to their current roles as executive producers of HBO’s “Succession” and the PBS series “American Masters,” respectively. Sharing clips and stories from nearly four decades of work, Kantor and Ferguson will offer an inside look at the dynamic role of a producer and offer tips and tricks for making it in the entertainment industry.

This is the next event in the College of Arts & Sciences' Arts Unplugged series, which brings research and creative works into the public sphere for discussion and inspiration.

Moving (Images)
Thursday, April 13 at 7:00pm

Moving (Images) is a night of experimental film and poetry that articulates the knowledges and possibilities that emerge at the confluence of these media. Featuring the visual experiments, creative storytelling, and poetry by current nonbinary and women students at Cornell and a headlining screening of Sonali Fernando's short film, Body Of A Poet: A tribute to Audre Lorde (1995).

Cosponsored by the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies, the Department of Performing & Media Arts, and the Feminist, Gender, & Sexuality Studies Program at Cornell.

Filming Jewish Life: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Jewish Studies at Cornell
April 25–27, 2023

This series celebrates the 50th Anniversary of Jewish Studies at Cornell University as well as the launch of a new undergraduate major starting in Fall 2023. It features three recent films—a historical drama, a dark comedy, and a Hollywood epic—that reflect the plurality and rich diversity of traditional and contemporary Jewish life.

Free admission; Sponsored by the Jewish Studies Program at Cornell.

Related films

Scene from the film Terra Femme

Terra Femme


Scene from the film Movement Exercises Trilogy

Movement Exercises Trilogy


Scene from the film Bad Axe

Bad Axe


Scene from the film Last of the Right Whales

Last of the Right Whales


scene from the film BODY OF A POET

Moving (Images)


A black-and-white photograph of a yougng woman sitting in a wheel barrow being pushed by a young man.
David Chase and Helen Ciesla Covensky in 1945. Courtesy of The Ciesla Foundation.