Student film project to have encore showing Jan. 24

A collection of student films, offering insights into Cornell student life during the pandemic, will be shown again later this month.

First shown Dec. 18-20, “Off-Campus/On Screen” will have an encore presentation Jan. 24, from 2-4 p.m., followed by a live discussion with the filmmakers. Reserve your free ticket at

The nine short films were created by students in collaboration with faculty and staff in the Department of Performing and Media Arts, in the College of Arts and Sciences. The stories came together in the PMA mainstage fall production, exploring Cornell life in the time of COVID-19.

The stories open a window into the lives of Cornell students who are now scattered across the globe – from Ithaca and Iowa City to Beijing, London and Novosibirsk, Russia.

Students proposed ideas for their shorts in the fall and worked with PMA faculty and staff throughout the semester to realize these initial sketches.

“Our theaters have been closed for the last eight months, but we felt a deep need to continue telling dramatic stories,” said Rebekah Maggor, assistant professor of theater in PMA and the project initiator.

Maggor led the project in collaboration with Jeffrey Palmer, assistant professor of film, and Youngsun Palmer, a filmmaker and communications/events coordinator in PMA. They sought to explore the ways the pandemic has affected the Cornell community in unequal ways – whether economically, emotionally, physically or spatially.

– Kathy Hovis

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