Cornell Cinema regularly hosts in-person visits by filmmakers who typically introduce their work and then take questions from the audience following the screening. This fall features an eclectic mix of artists and films. Filmmaker Penny Lane (Our Nixon) will be present her latest film, NUTS!, an animated documentary about Dr. John Romulus Brinkley, a quack doctor who built an empire in Depression-era America with a goat-testicle impotence cure and a million-watt radio station. Cornell alum and director/producer Tia Lessin ’86 (Trouble the Water, nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature) will present two political documentaries: Citizen Koch & Where to the Invade Next, the latter directed by Michael Moore. Experimental media artist Jesse McLean will present a program of five of her short pieces that explore both the power and the failure of the mediated experience to bring people together. Austrian filmmaker Gustav Deutsch & art director Hanna Schimek will be on hand to present their fascinating film Shirley: Visions of Reality in which they bring thirteen of Edward Hopper’s paintings to vivid life, while a woman’s inner monologues offer insight on US history from the beginning of the 1930s through to the mid-1960s. Tia Lessin’s visit is made possible in part with public funds from NYSCA's Electronic Media & Film Presentation Funds grant program, administered by the ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes. Lessin’s visit is additionally cosponsored with the Dept of Government, the Peace Studies Program and the CU Democrats. Gustav Deutsch & Hanna Schimek’s visit is cosponsored with the CCA, the Departments of Art & History of Art, and the Johnson Art Museum.
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