BSFC 2022 Awards for Repertory Cinema and Commendations

Best Film Series

“Early Kiarostami” at The Harvard Film Archive

“Travolta/Cage Face/Off” at The Somerville Theatre

“The Roots of Mulholland Drive” at The Brattle Theatre

“Judy Garland Centennial” at The Brattle Theatre

“Pop-Art Cinema of the Wachowski Sisters” at The Brattle Theatre

Best Rediscoveries (awarded this year in memory of Jon Haber of the Channel Zero film series)

Love & Basketball [2000, Gina Prince-Bythewood] (in “Big Screen Classics”) at The Coolidge Corner Theatre

Night Has a Thousand Eyes [1948, John Farrow] (in “Noir City Boston”) at The Brattle Theatre

Uptight [1968, Jules Dassin] (in “Ruby Dee Centennial”) at The Brattle Theatre

Diary for My Children [1984, Márta Mészáros] (in “The Films of Márta Mészáros”) at The Brattle Theatre

Desert Fury [1947, Lewis Allen] (in “Noirvember”) at The Brattle Theatre

Retrospectives of the Year (awarded in memory of David Pendleton)

(tie) “Michael Roemer and the Rite of Rediscovery” at The Harvard Film Archive and “Ruby Dee Centennial” at The Brattle Theatre


To Emerson College’s Bright Lights Cinema Series, under the direction of Anna Feder, which for ten years has been holding free, open-to-the-public screenings of challenging independent films accompanied by penetrating discussions, often with the filmmaker in attendance.

To Belmont World Film for their 20 years of programming foreign-language films in coordination with local and international organizations to heighten awareness on a wide range of global issues.

To the free Screens for Teens series, presented by Harvard Art Museums and Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School, which uses the medium of film to discuss such pertinent social issues as teen pregnancy, cross-cultural relations and the Indigenous experience. 

To John Quackenbush for his more than 12 years of world-class work as the Lead Projectionist at the Harvard Film Archive’s cinémathèque, upon his move to a new job and title as part of Harvard’s Art, Film, & Visual Studies department.

To Justin Freed, for his seminal contribution to Boston art film as a legendary programmer and exhibitor, and for his forthright, courageous mixed media autobiographical film, Jazz Saved My Life, as part of the exhilarating An Evening of Jazz & Healing at the Coolidge Corner Theatre.  

To Brittany Gravely of the Harvard Film Archive for curating Learning to Be Human: The Open-Ended Educational Film, a revelatory program of rare 16mm educational films from the 1960s and 1970s, which included work by directors Barbara Loden and Joan Micklin Silver.