2018 Grand Jury Prize

Disfluency by Laura Holliday



2018 Selected Films

Breaking the Cycle - Vincent Augusto

Martian Chronicle - Silvana Lázaro

Paxton - Adrian Lausell

Turban Fever - Monisha Dey

N O I S E - Tim Bucknam

White Sparrow - Yuqing Wu

Let it Out! - Lyndon Hanrahan

Expectations - TJ Noel-Sullivan

Last Night Carol - Sam Blumenfeld

Climate Heroine - Colton Kugler

The Last Embrace - Saman Hosseinpuor

The Color of the Current - Rodrigo Luque

Kitchen Blues - Sarah Nixon

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2018 Harvard College Film Festival Schedule

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Wednesday, April 4

fREE Advanced screening: Universal's Truth or dare

7:30 PM, AMc Loews Boston Common 19


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Join HCFF for a FREE advanced screening of Truth or Dare 

Student ID required for entry.


Saturday, April 7

screening of selected & winning films

2-4 pm, Menschel hall, harvard art museums

The Harvard Art Museums will screen the winning films in the fifth annual Harvard College Film Festival, which provides undergraduates across the world with an opportunity to create and submit films to be screened, judged, and awarded for creative excellence and powerful perspective.

Support for this program is provided by the Harvard Art Museums and the Richard L. Menschel Endowment Fund.

Screening of Clinica de Migrantes: life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness

6-8 pm, Fong auditorium, Boylston HAll

Join HCFF for a free screening of this esteemed HBO Documentary. Pizza and drinks will be provided.

About Clinica de Migrantes: Clinica de Migrantes is a medical drama about a year in the life of Puentes, one of the only health clinics in the U.S. involved in the politically controversial practice of providing healthcare to undocumented immigrants. By law, illegal immigrants cannot obtain health insurance, and receive no regular medical treatment. At Puentes, a team of volunteers led by Dr. Steve Larson attend to an ever-growing population of housekeepers, prep cooks, and construction workers. Many come to Puentes after being turned away at other hospitals. Full of unforgettable patient-doctor interactions and human portraits, Clinica de Migrantes tells the story of America's true untouchable class and of the heroic few who reach out to help them.

Sunday, April 8

Keynote Address: James foley

1-2:30 pm, Winthrop House Senior Common room

32 Mill Street, Cambridge, MA 


Join HCFF for a Keynote Q&A with writer/director James Foley.


About James Foley: James Foley is an esteemed American screenwriter and director. Born in Brooklyn, New York, Mr. Foley graduated from the State University of New York at Buffalo and earned an MFA in film studies at the University of Southern California. Foley made his directorial debut with his feature film Reckless, and two years later his film At Close Range premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival to critical acclaim. In 1992, Foley’s Glengarry Glen Ross (based on the Tony and Pulitzer-Prize winning play of the same name) earned widespread accolades, including an Academy Award nomination and a place on Empire’s 500 Greatest Movies of All Time list. Foley went on to direct films such as Perfect Stranger, After Dark, My Sweet, and Confidence, among others. Foley has also achieved critical and commercial success in his television direction, working for series such as Twin Peaks, Billions, and House of Cards, in which he has directed 12 episodes. He has most recently directed the Fifty Shades trilogy, which was a box-office smash, collectively grossing $1.25 billion. Mr. Foley currently resides in Los Angeles, California.

2018 Judges

John michalczyk

Professor John J. Michalczyk is a professor of film history and Director of Boston College’s Film Studies Program. Over the past 25 years he and his wife Susan have produced and directed more than 20 documentaries, many of which have been broadcast on national and international television. Three have been Emmy nominated. Prof. Michalczyk completed his graduate studies in French literature and film at Harvard University in 1972 and has taught at Boston College since 1974. Besides focusing on documentary filmmaking, he has also lectured and published widely on WWII, the Holocaust and conflict resolution.

Ruth Lingford

Ruth Lingford is a filmmaker and a professor in the Department of Visual and Environmental Studies at Harvard University. She has been making short animated films since studying fine art and art history at Middlesex (1987–1990) and animation at the MA level at the Royal College of Art (1990–92). Her films have been broadcast by Channel 4 in the UK, and have won many awards all over the world. She taught in the MA animation program at the Royal College of Art and at the National Film and Television School. Her films are made using 2D digital techniques, often combining drawing and treated live footage. She is known for making “feelbad films” which use the seductive medium of animation to draw the audience in and take them to uncomfortable places. Such films include The Old Fools (2002, 6 min.), An Eye for an Eye (2002, 5 min., 30 sec.) and Pleasures of War (1998, 11 min.) , a retelling of the Biblical story of Judith and Holofernes that explores female aggression and the links between war and sexual desire. It was devised in collaboration with the novelist Sara Maitland, and was featured as one of the 150 Best Films Ever Made in Film: The Critic’s Choice, edited by Geoff Andrew. Lingford has also animated sequences for the film Secrecy by Peter Galison and Robb Moss, which premiered at Sundance Film Festival in 2008, and for the award-winning documentary We Still Live Here, directed by Anne Makepeace.  She was the recipient of a 2008–09 Harvard Film Study Center Fellowship for Little Deaths, a short animated film using recorded interviews, which has won awards at three international festivals and been shown in over 40 festivals and theaters around the world. Recently she has worked on documentaries for PBS and NBC.

Michael Burke

Michael Burke is an Associate Arts Professor in the departments of Undergraduate Film and Television and Grad Film and the Associate Dean of the Kanbar Institute of Film & Television. He also served as Chair of the Grad Film program at Tisch Asia (2010 to 2015) and Associate Dean of Tisch Asia from 2013 to 2015. Michael’s feature film, The Mudge Boy (Showtime Independent Films/Strand Releasing) was produced by Stanley Tucci and starred Emile Hirsch and Academy Award nominee Richard Jenkins. The film premiered in the Dramatic Competition at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival, won the Outfest 2003 Grand Jury Award, and was released theatrically to critical acclaim in May 2004. Michael was selected for both the Sundance Institute Writer’s and Filmmaker’s Lab 2000. Awards include the 2001 RICHARD VAGUE PRODUCTION GRANT, the American winner of the 2000 SUNDANCE/NHK INTERNATIONAL FILMMAKERS AWARD, SPECIAL JURY AWARD at the 1999 Sundance Film Festival and the 1999 NYU FIRST PRIZE WASSERMAN AWARD. Michael has developed projects for Pretty Matches Productions (Sarah Jessica Parker) and recently wrote QUAD (2013) starring Aaron Paul, Lena Olin, and Jeff Daniels, for Gilbert Films. He is a member of the Writers Guild of America.

Shaun clarke

Shaun Clarke works primarily as a Director of Photography. His cinematography work ranges from short narrative films, to nationally-broadcast commercial spots, to feature-length narrative and documentary films. Clarke has also directed a number of dance films, exploring how dance can be transformed through the tools of cinema. He has previously taught at Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi, Massachusetts College of Art and Design and Wentworth Institute of Technology. Shaun is currently the Assistant Professor of Film and Digital Production at Emerson College.

Timothy Reckart

Timothy Reckart, an Academy Award-nominated animator and director from Tucson, Arizona is a graduate from Harvard University, where he studied History and Literature, along with some explorations in Animation in the Visual and Environmental Studies department. He continued these studies at the National Film and Television School, where he directed the Academy Award-nominated stop-motion animated short, Head Over Heels (2012).  Since then, Mr. Reckart has worked in Hollywood on films such as Anomalisa (2015) and his directorial feature debut, The Star (2017), for Sony Pictures. 

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