Actors from "Ghosts" walk around the schoolhouse during filming in Oklahoma.

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Faculty members' film focuses on boarding school escape

The story of three Kiowa children who escaped a government boarding school in the winter of 1891 and died from the cold is one that faculty member Jeff Palmer heard many times growing up.

“This is a story that’s been told from generation to  generation, but every family has their embellishments,” said Palmer, associate professor of performing and media arts in the College of Arts & Sciences and a Kiowa filmmaker and media artist. “This is the way my father and grandfather told this story to me, but when I thought about it, I wanted to tell the story from the three boys’ point of view, to give them some voice in this.”

“Ghosts,” a short film that Palmer created along with PMA colleague Austin Bunn, associate professor and the director of the Milstein Program in Technology and Humanity, will premiere Nov. 17 at 5 p.m. in the Film Forum at the Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts. The screening, which is free and open to the public, is part of the 2022 Cornell Biennial and will include a Q&A with Palmer afterward.

Read the full story on the College of Arts & Sciences website.

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