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.


every Spring   since 2017


A film festival celebrating short, black & white, silent films created by Southern Tier middle and high school students, Silents Roar! provides a forum for young filmmakers and those who have never before thought about making a film, to explore the world of visual storytelling. A panel of jurors comprised of college film profs and other folks in the arts select prize winners in several categories. The fest was virtual in 2020 due to the pandemic and featured an Audience Choice Award. The Roy H. Park School of Communications at Ithaca College has been the festival's Presenting Sponsor since 2019 and WSM is grateful for its support.


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.

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