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April 9, 2006

Conservator's Choice: Harvard Student Film Classics

Introduced by Julie Buck
Screening on April 9 (Sunday) 7 pm

The first student film made on an American campus was in 1949. The fact that the American campus was Harvard is no accident. The university espoused the values of film as an art form as early as the 1920s. Since the mid-1960's, Harvard has offered a vibrant production program, originally in Visual Studies, the precurser to Visual and Environmental Studies (VES). The HFA houses nearly 600 examples of films made by student filmmakers over the last half-century. Many of these students have gone on to have illustrous film careers in both animation and live action, including Darren Aronofsky and Mira Nair. This program highlights films produced by Harvard graduates who continue to work in the film industry today. Films to be screened include:

Nixon

Directed by Kevin Rafferty
US 1969, b/w, 9 min.

Sand, of Peter and the Wolf

Directed by Caroline Leaf
US 1969, b/w, 10 min.


Jama Masjid Street Journal

Directed by Mira Nair
US 1979, b/w, 18 min.


Supermarket Sweep

Directed by Darren Aronofsky
US 1991, color, 17 min.


Roswell

Directed by Bill Brown
US 1994, color, 19 min.

Harvard Film Archive • Carpenter Center • 24 Quincy Street • Cambridge MA 02138 • 617-495-4700