2014 Special Awards


Best Film Series

“The Complete Fritz Lang” at Harvard Film Archive

“The Tales and Tragedies of Kenji Mizoguchi” at Harvard Film Archive

“Fortunes of the Western” at Harvard Film Archive

“Also Like Life: The Films of Hou Hsiao-hsien” at Harvard Film Archive

“Once Upon a Song … Jacques Demy” at Harvard Film Archive


Best Rediscoveries

He Who Gets Slapped with musical accompaniment by The Alloy Orchestra, presented by CrashArts at the Somerville Theatre

The Devils at The Coolidge Corner Theatre

Je t’aime je t’aime at Harvard Film Archive

You and Me at Harvard Film Archive

The Violent Men at Harvard Film Archive

The Story of the Last Chrysanthemums at Harvard Film Archive



To the Somerville Theatre, which in celebration of its 100th anniversary offered a rich line-up of films and live entertainment. Attendees of its hundred-day Centennial Programming series were treated to high quality 35mm prints of classic works spanning the history of cinema, shown in a traditional theater setting. With new releases, a stellar repertory component that included silent movies with musical accompaniment, and offbeat fare down in the basement video room, this year more than ever the Davis Square institution had something for everyone.

To the Boston LGBT Film Festival, which for 30 years has brought an international slate of contemporary LGBT-themed fiction features, documentaries and shorts to Boston. As one of the oldest LGBT film festivals in the country and one of the longest-running niche film festivals in the region, the Boston LGBT festival has continuously provided rich and diverse programming, a forum for emerging filmmakers, outreach and education by local organizations, and a community event for LGBT audiences.

To Channel Zero, the long-running video series that has found a home at the Somerville Theatre. Entering its 20th year, Channel Zero champions the obscure, overlooked and quirky, offering rarely screened TV programs and movies. This year’s screenings included “This is Al Capp” (1970) and “The Mysterious Island” (1929).