Other Special Guests

Saul Williams & C.A. Carlson (Spring 1999)
Performance poet Saul Williams with Cornell Cinema manager C.A. Carlson. Williams visited in Spring 1999 as part of the series Slams! featuring readings by local poets and films about the popular spoken-word movement, including Slam (1998), starring Willi


  • Tom Lewis, Empire of the Air: The Men Who Made Radio
  • John Loomis, Revolution of Forms, Cuba’s Forgotten Art Schools 
  • Edward McGowan, Peace Warriors: The Story of the Camden 28
  • John Mueller, Astaire Dancing—The Musical Films
  • Walter & Miriam Schneir, Invitation to an Inquest: A New Look at the Rosenberg-Sobell Case
  • Devyani Saltzman, Shooting Water: A Memoir of Second Chances, Family and Filmmaking 

Documentary Subjects

  • James Balog of Chasing Ice & The Human Element
  • Mark Borchardt of American Movie
  • Gentian Grezda of From Refugee to Immigrant: The Story of Three Kosovar Albanian Americans
  • Diane Hazzard of Love and Diane 
  • Ricky Jay of Deceptive Practices: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay
  • Shelby Knox of The Education of Shelby Knox
  • Timothy “Speed” Levitch of The Cruise
  • Carolee Schneemann of Breaking the Frame

Film Distributors & Festival Directors

  • Stefan Altevogt, Goethe Institute, NY
  • Hugues Barbier, Ithaca Fantastic Film Festival
  • Livia Bloom ’01, Icarus Films
  • Peter Chow, Asian CineVision, Peter Chow International
  • John Columbus, Black Maria Film & Video Festival
  • Dennis Doros & Amy Heller, Milestone Film & Video
  • Jon Gartenberg '73, Gartenberg Media Enterprises
  • Murray Glass, EmGee Film Library 
  • Shira Golding '02, Third Annual Media That Matters Festival
  • Larry Jackson ’71, Samuel Goldwyn Co., Orion Pictures and Miramax 
  • Greg Klymkiw, Winnipeg Film Group
  • Wendy Lidell ’78, International Film Circuit, Winstar Cinema & Kino Lorber
  • Seana Strain, 25th Annual Banff Mountain Film Festival
  • Debra Zimmerman, Women Make Movies


  • Nancy Bereano, Firebrand Books founder
  • Bob Brodsky & Toni Treadway, Super 8 advocates & technicians
  • Bill & Mary Buchen – audio artists
  • Murray Burnett ’31 – playwright of Everybody Comes to Rick’s upon which Casablanca was based
  • Catherine Galasso ’06 – choreographer who spoke about the film music of her father, Michael Galasso
  • Jack Goldman – nephew of film director Jules Dassin 
  • Stephen Hendee, sculptor & installation artist 
  • Scott Hitz, puppeteer & designer
  • Rollie Krewson, puppet designer 
  • Professor Natalie Jeremijenko (Yale University) 
  • Gerald Jonas, staff writer for The New York Times Book Review
  • Professor Ali Mazrui (SUNY Binghamton) 
  • Leanne Mella, arts manager
  • Billy Mills – gold medalist at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics; spoke in conjunction with Running Brave
  • Robert Moog, PhD ’65 – synthesizer inventor
  • Bob Proehl, local author and emcee
  • Paul Robeson Jr. ’49 – civil rights activist 
  • Mike Solomon ’00, YouTube architect 
  • The Yes Men, activist filmmakers and performance artists Jacques Servin and Igor Vamos


  • Richard Driscoll, actor
  • Linda Fisher, media artist & Mother Mallard member
  • Mirage Belly Dancers
  • Pat Olesko, multi-media performance artist
  • Howard 'Sandman' Sims, tap dancer (No Maps on My Taps)
  • Michael Smith, Doug Skinner & Alison Mork (Mike’s Kiddie Show)


  • Michelangelo Antonioni, A.D. White Professor-at-Large, 1981-87  
  • John Cleese, A.D. White Professor-at-Large, 1998 to 2006
  • Temple Grandin, Frank H.T. Rhodes Class of '56 Professor, 2005 - 06
  • Toni Morrison, MA ’55, A.D. White Professor-at-Large, 1997 to 2003
  • Richard Schechner ’56, A.D. White Professor-at-Large, 1999 to 2005
  • Haris Silajdzic, A.D. White Professor-at-Large, 1998 - 2004
  • John Pilger, Frank H.T. Rhodes Class of '56 Professor, 2003 - 06
  • Lynn Hershman Leeson, A.D. White Professor-at-Large, 2004 - 10

Spoken Word Artists

  • Gabriel Gooding
  • Lauren Wheeler
  • Crystal Williams
  • Saul Williams