By Patricia Zimmermann, October 30, 2021

A Conversation with IC Alum Brett Bossard on Independent Art Cinema Exhibition during COVID

Behind the Screens: Conversations Unpacking Cinema continues on Tuesday November 9 at 7 p.m. on Zoom with Brett Bossard, Executive Director of Cinemapolis. Dr. Rachel Schaff, Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow in Screen Studies, will conduct the interview.

Register in advance for this meeting: (Links to an external site.)

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.


Brett Bossard is the Executive Director of 7th Art and Cinemapolis, the only art house cinema within a 100-mile radius in Upstate New York.

Formerly the executive director of the Community Arts Partnership of Tompkins County, Bossard has more than a decade of non-profit arts management as well as degrees in screenwriting and popular culture studies.


He has been highly involved in the Chamber of Commerce, the Rotary Club and many other community business and arts organizations in the upstate New York Region.  He is also part of the Sundance Art House Convergence. 

He is an alum of the Roy H. Park School of Communications at Ithaca College.


Behind the Screens is designed as conversations with major figures in international screen cultures to probe the systems, structures, economics, politics, operations, infrastructures, and practices undergirding cinema across myriad forms such as major Class A international festivals, international art cinemas, documentary, virtual cinema, local art cinema exhibition, experimental animation, and streaming.

Discussion opens up thinking about cinema across many forms and modes, unraveling the complex nexus of production, distribution, and exhibition.

Behind the Screens is a collaboration between the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival, the new BA in Screen Cultures, and the Department of World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at Ithaca College. 

Dr. Patricia Zimmermann, Charles A. Dana Professor of Screen Studies, and Dr. Rachel Schaff, Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow in Screen Studies in the Roy H. Park School of Communications are co-programmers of the series.