WSM’s Executive Director Receives Award

WSM’s Executive Director and Co-Founder Diana Riesman received an award from The History Center (THC) on March 1, 2018 at its annual Celebrating History Awards Gala. Riesman was recognized for being “a tireless advocate for Ithaca’s silent film era.”

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WSM presents Wharton Studio history at National Arts Club in NYC in March!

Ithaca’s Wharton, Inc. Studio makes its big city debut this coming March when WSM Executive Director Diana Riesman goes to the National Arts Club in NYC to give a presentation about early filmmaking in Upstate New York.  Romance, Exploits & Peril: Inside the Wharton Studio in Ithaca, NY will include Wharton Studio history, as

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WSM and the Cherry Arts Team Up!

January 16, 2018   WSM is thrilled to be partnering with The Cherry Arts to produce a theatre piece in the vein of The Cherry’s Storm Country which premiered in 2016!  Inspired by the Wharton Studio era, the new audio play will be set against the backdrop of Wharton, Inc. and its bustling film production studio in

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WSM receives Legacy Foundation grant for new project with Cherry Arts!

Wharton Studio Museum —  in partnership with the Cherry Arts —  is the thrilled recipient of a grant from Legacy Foundation to develop and produce a new audio walking play set during the heyday of the Wharton, Inc. movie studio and using scenic and historic Stewart Park as its backdrop. The “headphone play” is

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Silent Movie under the stars

Our 7th Annual Silent Movie Under the Stars is coming up in late August! Stay tuned for details! Last year’s screening of Tess of the Storm Country (1922) attracted our biggest audience to date to Taughannock Falls State Park.  We look forward to a wonderful evening of silent film and live

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Then & Now: Silent Film on Location in Ithaca, NY

View the past and the present all at once in this presentation of silent film footage shot in the Ithaca area in the early 1900s. This short video shows clips from silent films made in Ithaca overlaid onto video of those same locations today and includes then and now footage

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Silent Film & Cognitive Science

Wharton Studio history at SCSMI Conference On June 4, 2016, WSM’s Executive Director Diana Riesman was invited by Cornell’s Department of Cognitive Science to present a talk with images and film clips about the Wharton Studio at the closing dinner for the Society for Cognitive Studies of the Moving Image

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#OscarsSoWhite

Read #OscarsSoWhite, an informed commentary on this trending topic written by guest author Barbara Tepa Lupack for WSM’s Cinefiles-Ithaca blog. An author and editor of numerous books on American literature, film and culture, Ms. Lupack is a former Fulbright Professor, dean at SUNY/ESC, and a “New York State Public Scholar”. Wharton

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Wharton Studio Museum - Ithaca NY, Silent Film History

Thank you to WSM 2015 Giving Tuesday Donors!

  Thank you to our December 2015 Giving Tuesday donors! Your generosity and support is greatly appreciated! What? You missed Giving Tuesday? It’s not too late to make a year-end contribution…see how here.

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GivingTuesday

Dec. 1, 2015 is Giving Tuesday! On that day GiveGab is waiving their 5% processing fee. Please consider giving to your favorite nonprofits through this link to

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