Cornell Cinema names new director

A new director, Molly Ryan, will take the helm of Cornell Cinema this fall, succeeding Mary Fessenden, who has led the organization for 35 years, eight years as manager and 27 as director.

Ryan is finishing up a master’s degree in film studies from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland and has experience with museums and festivals.

“I’m excited to find new ways to embed the art of film into the Cornell curriculum, the Cornell student experience and the social life of the Ithaca community,” Ryan said. “I see so many opportunities for partnership and hope to transform Cornell Cinema into a hub for critical inquiry and interdisciplinary exchange.”