2012 Special Awards


Film Series

“Gotta Dance: A Survey of the American Film Musical” at ArtsEmerson/Paramount Theater

“Cruel and Unusual: The Exquisite Remains of Erich Von Stroheim” at Harvard Film Archive

“Nicolas Cage: Greatest American Actor” at the Brattle Theatre

“UCLA Festival of Preservation” at the Museum of Fine Arts

“Jafar Panahi: This is Not a Retrospective” at Harvard Film Archive


Best Rediscoveries

Wake in Fright at the Brattle Theatre

Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean at the Museum of Fine Arts

Only Yesterday (Studio Ghibli) at the Museum of Fine Arts

Citizens Band at Harvard Film Archive

Zabriskie Point at Harvard Film Archive



Independent Film Festival Boston for providing our city with a world class film festival experience for ten years running, creating community and showcasing a diverse lineup of independent film that includes rich programming in documentary and shorts. IFFBoston has become the marquee film event in New England, made all the more impressive by the fact it is run by an entirely volunteer staff.

Sharon Rivo and Lisa Rivo of the National Center for Jewish Film, based at Brandeis University, for their annual restoration of historically significant Yiddish and Jewish films, which are then shown the Boston area and around the world.

The Berklee Silent Film Orchestra, in which students from Berklee College of Music, under the direction of Sheldon Mirowitz, compose and perform original scores for silent movies. The group participates in The Sounds of Silents series at the Coolidge Corner Theater.

Arthur Singer and Ron Goodman, authors of the book Boston’s Downtown Movie Palaces.

Generoso Fierro for mounting “The Complete Works Series at MIT” where each year he showcases the films of an underexposed international filmmaker. Those featured have included Jacques Audiard, Nobuhiro Yamashita, Jia Zhangke, Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Pen Ek Rangtangurang and Chan-wook Park.