Special Guests Fall 2021

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Visiting Artists and Guest Speakers

Twenty to thirty guest filmmakers and other speakers attend Cornell Cinema screenings each year to introduce, discuss or perform with work. Some filmmakers also visit film production or other classes while on campus. Over its 50 year history, hundreds of filmmakers and other artists have been hosted by Cornell Cinema.

Special Guests Fall 2021

Cornell Cinema Director Mary Fessenden & Manager Doug McLaren
present An Orientation to Cornell Cinema
Tues Aug 24 @ 7:15 • FREE (open to CU students only)

Cornell faculty Sabine Haenni (Performing & Media Arts)
introduces Limbo
Fri Sept 3 @ 7:00

Cornell faculty Kevin Ernste (Director of the Cornell Electroacoustic Music Center); Judith Peraino (Music) and Trevor Pinch (Science & Technology Studies)
participate in a post-screening panel discussion of Sisters with Transistors
Wed Sept 8 @ 7:15

Cornell faculty Steve Pond (Music)
introduces Summer of Soul (...Or, When the Revolution Could Not be Televised)
Thur Sept 9 @ 9:15

Executive producer Michael Bederman, production designer Beth Mickle & actress Avery Bederman (not all confirmed)
present a virtual introduction to a Special Advance Screening of Dear Evan Hansen
Tues Sept 21 @ 7:00 • FREE (tickets must reserved in advance)

Min Xiao-Fen (pipa) and Rez Abbasi (guitar)
provide live musical accompaniment to the 1934 Chinese silent The Goddess
Thur Sept 23 @ 7:00
Special pricing: $12 general/$10 students ($2 off for All-Access Pass holders)

Cornell faculty Cecelia Lawless (Romance Studies)
introduces The Silence of Others (Spain, 2019)
Tues Sept 28 @ 7:00 • FREE

Cornell faculty Sabine Haenni (Performing & Media Arts)
introduces Joseph von Sternberg's Blonde Venus (1932) starring Marlene Dietrich
Wed Sept 29 @ 7:15

Filmmaker Arie Esiri
participates in a post-screening panel discussion following Eyimofe (This is My Desire) (Nigeria, 2020)
Fri Oct 1 @ 6:45

Former Cornell Cinema Director William Gilcher
participates in a post-screening discussion (via Zoom) of Georges Rouquier’s Farrebique, or the Four Seasons (France, 1946)
Mon Oct 4 @ 7:00

Filmmaker Alexis Gambis (founder of the Imagine Science Film Festival)
presents his film Son of Monarchs (Mexico/USA, 2021) in person
Tues Oct 5 @ 7:00
Gambis is joined on a panel also featuring Cornell faculty Robert Reed (Ecology & Evolutionary Biology), Natasha Raheja (Anthropology) and Ithaca College professor Camilo Malagon (Latin American Cinema). The panel will be moderated by Cornell professor Shannon Gleeson (ILR Labor History).

Producer (and former Cornell Cinema director) William Gilcher
provides a virtual introduction to Georges Rouquier’s Biquefarre (France, 1983)
Thur Oct 7 @ 7:00

Filmmaker Ephraim Asili
presents his film The Inheritance
Thur Oct 14 @ 7:00
Post-screening discussion moderated by Cornell faculty Samantha Sheppard (Performing & Media Arts)

Cornell faculty Judith Peraino (Music) and Sylvia Reed (Lou Reed's second wife)
discuss the Todd Haynes doc The Velvet Underground (USA, 2021)
Fri Oct 15 @ 6:45

Cornell faculty Judith Peraino (Music)
introduces the Todd Haynes doc The Velvet Underground (USA, 2021) and discusses the Cornell University archives
Tues Oct 19 @ 7:00

Visiting scholar Elissa Sampson (Jewish Studies)
introduces Joan Micklin Silver’s Hester Street (USA, 1974)
Thur Oct 21 @ 7:00

Filmmaker Victor Moreno
presents a virtual introduction to The Hidden City
Tues Oct 26 @ 7:00 • FREE
The intro will be hosted in-person by Cornell faculty Cecelia Lawless (Romance Studies).

Filmmaker Angelo Madsen Minax
participates in a virtual Q&A following his film North by Current (USA, 2021)
Thur Nov 4 @ 7:00
Filmmaker and Ithaca College film professor Mitch McCabe will moderate the post-screening Zoom discussion.

Filmmaker Daïchi Saïto
presents earthearthearth & more, a selection of his short films, in person
Fri Nov 5 @ 7:00

Cornell faculty Samantha Sheppard (Performing & Media Arts)
introduces Julie Dash's Daughters of the Dust (USA, 1990)
Wed Nov 10 @ 7:00

A chamber ensemble led by Dr. Philip Carli
provide live accompaniment to the 1915 silent A Fool There Was (starring Theda Bara)
featuring a score by Dr. Philip C. Carli
Sat Nov 13 @ 7:15
Special pricing: $12 general/$10 students ($2 off for All-Access Pass holders)

Cornell faculty Cecelia Lawless (Romance Studies)
introduces Fire Will Come (Spain/France/Luxembourg, 2019)
Tues Nov 16 @ 7:00 • FREE

Filmmaker Mitch McCabe
presents their short film Civil War Surveillance Poems, Pt 1 in person
(a short screening in advance of The American Sector)
Thur Nov 18 @ 7:00