Conservator's Choice: Harvard Student Film Classics

Introduction by Julie Buck
Screening on Film

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, 16mm, color, 9 min.
    Print source: HFA
  • Sand, or Peter and the Wolf

    Directed by Caroline Leaf.
    US, 1969, 16mm, black & white, 10 min.
    Print source: HFA
  • Jama Masjid Street Journal

    Directed by Mira Nair.
    US, 1979, 16mm, black & white, 18 min.
    Print source: HFA
  • Supermarket Sweep

    Directed by Darren Aronofsky.
    US, 1991, 16mm, color, 17 min.
    Print source: HFA
  • Roswell

    Directed by Bill Brown.
    US, 1994, 16mm, color, 19 min.
    Print source: HFA

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