Wednesday, February 25, 2009

CPMA professor Cathy Crane's film premieres TONIGHT

Cornell Cinema will premiere a new film by Cinema Professor Cathy Crane at 7 p.m. tonight in the Willard Straight Theatre.

The details:

Adrift (2009, 12 mins, 16mm)
directed by Cathy Crane
Ithaca College professor Cathy Lee Crane's Adrift is a poetic adaptation of the fountain of youth fable, following a woman who has come to Rome to die. On her journey through the city's fountains, she encounters a young girl who taunts her with visions of lost innocence. This film was staged on locations from the Roman films of Pier Paolo Pasolini, includes an original score by composer Ben Kamen, and a cameo from Cornell alum, dancer Michael Somersel.

Cathy will be on hand to talk about her work following the screening.

Adrift will be shown with

Touched by Water (2006, 46 mins, Canada)
directed by Tamas Wormer
Touched by Water is a documentary that dives into the lush world of bathing. From the holiest rituals to fashionable leisure, from ancient Roman baths and elite European spas, via Turkish hammams and ritual dips in the Ganges, to high-tech, modern swimming pools, the film looks at bathing cultures around the world and explores our essential bond with water, the sensual pleasure we derive from it as well as the spiritual renewal. "Shot in 13 countries over the course of 10 years, the exquisite Touched by Water is both an ode to the social ritual of public bathing and a thought-provoking look at water's spiritual significance. From Christian baptism to Muslim prayer ablutions, most key ceremonial rites of passage involve water." (Patricia Bailey, more at


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