Silent Movie Under the Stars


 every August since 2011


2020 marked the 10th Anniversary of Silent Movie Under the Stars — an outdoor screening of a silent film with live music at Taughannock Falls State Park. Produced in collaboration with NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, this cinematic event under the night sky has become a popular summer tradition!

Silent Movie Month


every October since 2012


In 2012, City of Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick proclaimed October in Ithaca as Silent Movie Month, a month-long celebration of silent film and Ithaca’s role in early movie making history produced by Wharton Studio Museum in collaboration with many local organizations. Join WSM each October for screenings, exhibits, and events at Cornell Cinema, Cinemapolis, and many other local venues.

1st Prize Winners


every Spring   since 2017


The film festival showcases short, black & white, silent films by Southern Tier middle and high school students. Southern Tier Student Film Festival, co-founded in 2016 by then Ithaca High School senior Fiona Okumu, provides a forum for young filmmakers, and those who have never before thought about making a film, to explore the world of visual storytelling. Ms. Okumu brought her idea for a student film fest to WSM and the collaboration led to the first Screening & Awards Ceremony in 2017 at Cinemapolis in downtown Ithaca. The Roy H. Park School of Communications at Ithaca College has been Presenting Sponsor for the festival in 2019 and 2020 (the fest was virtual due to the pandemic) and WSM is grateful for its support. While the student festival took off 2021, it is returning in full force in 2022 as Quiet on the Set. Congratulations to Ms. Okumu who graduated from the Park School in 2021!

Party for the Park


every September since 2015


WSM’s joint fundraiser with Friends of Stewart Park takes place each fall in the restored Picnic Pavilion (built in 1896) by the shores of Cayuga Lake in Stewart Park. It’s a wonderful night celebrating the people who love and support the park, and coming together for good food, signature cocktails and live music — not to mention carousel rides! All proceeds benefit Wharton Studio Museum and Friends of Stewart Park revitalization projects in Stewart Park.