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.
Patrick Winters, assistant professor in the Department of Media Arts, Sciences, and Studies, was recently interviewed by Tish Pearlman for the local radio show "Out of Bounds." The show features 30-minute interviews with "people living, working, and thinking outside the mainstream."
Winters, who has worked in the film business for more than 30 years, describes his most memorable experience -- working on sound design for the shower scene in the remake of Psycho (1998). He has worked on numerous other films including Finding Forrester, My Own Private Idaho, and Good Will Hunting.
To listen to the interview, click here. Air date: Jan. 10, 2013.
Filmmakers Paul Mariano and Kurt Norton will screen their film, These Amazing Shadows, at Ithaca College on March 5 at 6 p.m. in the Park Auditorium. Following the film will be a question and answer session with the filmmakers.
These Amazing Shadows is an 88-minute documentary that tells the history and importance of the Registry, a roll call of American cinema treasures that reflects the diversity of film, and the American experience itself.
LOS ANGELES—Ithaca College alumni are participating in the Academy Awards from all angles this year with a nominee, contest winner, intern and performer all slated to take part.
One woman paying extra close attention to the Documentary Short category will be Susannah Ludwig, a 1993 graduate of Ithaca College’s Roy H. Park School of Communication, and a producer of the...
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.