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Associate Professor Cathy Lee Crane will screen her latest film, “Pasolini’s Last Words,” at Cornell Cinema on March 27 at 7:15 p.m. A discussion will follow. Admission fee applies.

The film was shot on location in Rome and Bologna, Italy and in New York with actors Bochay Drum, Amanda Setton (IC Alum), and Lee DeLong. Beth Custer (My Grandmother) composed the film’s original score.

The film enjoyed its International Film Festival premiere in October at Le Festival du Nouveau Cinema in Montreal, Quebec in the Panorama International section as one of thirty “gems of world cinema”. It then screened at MIX/NYC the New York Queer Experimental Film Festival and in London at the Lesbian and Gay Film Festival at the British Film Institute.

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Andrew Utterson, assistant professor in the Department of Media Arts, Sciences, and Studies, has been appointed Regional Visiting Fellow at the Cornell Institute for European Studies (CIES), part of Cornell College's Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies.

The appointment aims to foster collegiality in the region in support of the development of scholarly work with a European focus.

Utterson is originally from the UK, and taught there prior to coming to Ithaca College. During that time, he was funded by the EU's Erasmus initiative to spend time teaching in Prague and Helsinki, and to establish links with universities throughout Europe.
 

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Patricia Zimmermann, professor of screen studies and codirector of the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival, was invited to write the catalog essay for the 32nd Annual Black Maria Film and Video Festival.

Her essay, "Moana: Robert Flaherty, Frances Flaherty, and Documentary Fantasies," analyzes the history of Flaherty's 1926 film Moana, shot in Samoa. The docudrama prompted British producer and critic John Grierson to coin the term "documentary." This rarely seen film raises significant issues about fantasies of uncontaminated paradises and the ethics of documentary representation. Later, in the 1970s, Flaherty's daughter Monica and direct cinema legend Richard Leacock added new sound to the film, further complicating its history.

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Assistant professors Patrick Winters and Andrew Utterson were invited panelists at a recent Cornell Cinema special event. The two discussed the impact of science and technology on how movies are produced and consumed, following a screening of a new feature-length documentary on the subject, Side by Side.

Utterson teaches screen studies in the Department of Media Arts, Sciences, and Studies. He recently co-curated a 2012 Blu-ray/DVD release of the 1928 silent film The Passion of Joan of Arc directed by Carl Theodor Dreyer.

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National Geographic photographer Lynn Johnson will give a public lecture on Thursday, February 21 at 7:30 p.m. in the Park Auditorium.

In addition to assignments for National Geographic, Johnson has also work for LIFE, Sports Illustrated and various foundations. She has traveled all over the world and even photographed notables such Tiger Woods and the entire Supreme Court. However, according to her biography, her favorite assignments “are emotionally demanding stories about ordinary people.”

Her visit campus is part of a unique community partnership that includes pairing student photographers with local organizations. The Park Award for Photo Activism Project is in its first year. Participating students are enrolled in a documentary photography class taught by Professor Janice Levy. As their class assignment, students will provide in-depth visual explorations of the contributions these organizations make to their constituencies and our community. While Johnson is in Ithaca, she will visit the class and offer feedback on student’s work.

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