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What do James Cameron, George Lucas, Robert Rodriguez, Walter Murch, Martin Scorsese, Vilmos Zsigmond and Barry Levinson have to say about the digital future of cinema?

Side by Side, a documentary about the transition from celluloid filmmaking to digital filmmaking, will screen Friday, March 29 at 4:00 p.m. in the Park Auditorium. Following the screening will be a panel discussion with Professors Changhee Chun, Elisabeth Nonas, Brad Rappa, and Patrick Winters.

In the film, Keanu Reeves interviews dozens of filmmakers and artists about their opinions on the decline of celluloid and the rise of digital cinema. 

Tommy Strauss ’09 is the Production Coordinator on the documentary.

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Josh Feldman ’04, vice president for the new Xbox Entertainment Studios in LA, will be on campus this week visiting classes and giving a public presentation on Friday, March 22 from 4-5:30 in Park Auditorium.

One great alum, two great topics:
How to Get from Here to There
and
Stories of Storytelling and Technology Going Terribly Right

Throughout his career, Feldman has been working at the intersection of story and technology. Prior to Xbox Entertainment Studies, he served as the executive producer of Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn, a multi-part live-action digital series for Microsoft. He was also a co-writer and producer on Tom Hanks' Electric City, a 20-episode animated series for Playtone and Reliance Entertainment.

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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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