This is the fourth annual Harvard College Film Festival run entirely by students of Harvard College.

hcff provides Student filmmakers across the WOrld with the opportunity to have their films:

  • screened in the Harvard Art Museums

  • judged by a panel of acclaimed artists and scholars

  • awarded for creative excellence and powerful perspective

The festival will feature:

  • multi-day screenings

  • panels with industry professionals

  • discussions with artists and filmmakers

  • events focusing on the changing landscape of film

  • an awards ceremony

 

Beyond the goal of sharing students' works, The Harvard College Film Festival seeks to strengthen the student film community and to provide a dialogue amongst a network of creative and innovative artists through emphasizing the importance and power of storytelling.


2016 Schedule

 

WED/MARCH 30

SCREENING OF THE HUNTING GROUND

FEATURING A CONVERSATION WITH SURVIVOR AND ACTIVIST HANNAH SCHILLER
AND PRESIDENT OF THE HARVARD/ASSAULT LEGAL TEAM JENAE MOXIE

FONG AUDITORIUM

BOYLSTON HALL

8-11PM 

The statistics are staggering. One in five women in college are sexually assaulted, yet only a fraction of these crimes are reported, and even fewer result in punishment for the perpetrators. From the intrepid team behind THE INVISIBLE WAR  comes THE HUNTING GROUND, a piercing, monumental exposé of rape culture on campuses, poised to light a fire under a national debate. Scrutinizing the gamut of elite Ivies, state universities, and small colleges, filmmakers Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering reveal an endemic system of institutional cover-ups, rationalizations, victim-blaming, and denial that creates perfect storm conditions for predators to prey with impunity.

Since the film’s premiere at Sundance, it had been screened at the White House and hundreds of college campuses across the country. The documentary has inspired new laws in New York and California and changes in campus policies.

 

THURS/MARCH 31 

SCREENING OF THE DARK HORSE
FEATURING A SKYPE CONVERSATION WITH DIRECTOR JAMES NAPIERROBERTSON

FONG AUDITORIUM

BOYLSTON HALL

7-10PM

Based upon a powerful true story, THE DARK HORSE is the uplifting portrait of a man searching for the courage to lead, despite his struggles with mental illness. The film features a stunning, award-winning performance by Cliff Curtis (WHALE RIDER, BLOW, “FEAR THE WALKING DEAD”) as Genisis “Gen” Potini, a brilliant but troubled New Zealand chsess champion who finds purpose by teaching underprivileged children about the rules of chess and life.

Opening the 2014 New Zealand International Film Festival before premiering at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival, THE DARK HORSE was a commercial and critical hit receiving 5 star reviews from all major critics and grossing over $2 million at the New Zealand Box Office. The Australian called it “outstanding…a work of the highest artistic excellence,” while Variety stated it “exceptional…the most deserving cinematic exprt to emerge from New Zealand in years,” and the National Radio Review declared it “one of the greatest New Zealand films ever made.”

James Napier Robertson, born in Wellington, New Zealand, began as an actor in theater and television before writing and directing a number of short films in his early twenties, leading to his debut feature film, 2009’s I’M NOT HARRY JENSON. Garnering critical respect for his discerning direction of performance, mood and dialogue, I’m Not Harry Jenson premiered at the 2009 New Zealand International Film Festival with The Dominion Post calling it “The First New Zealand International Film Festival, with The Dominion Post calling it “The first New Zealand-made thriller in years that’s actually worthy of the name.” Napier Robertson won New Filmmaker of the Year at the 2014 Spada Awards, and THE DARK HORSE went on to win Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor and Best Score at the 2014 New Zealand Film Awards. In 2015, The Dark Horsecontinued to garner awards internationally, including accolades at Rotterdam, Seattle, San Francisco, Washington DC, Dublin, Asia Pacific, Art Film and Palm Springs International Film Festivals.

 

FRI/APRIL 1

SCREENING OF ACCEPTED STUDENT FILMS

FONG AUDITORIUM

BOYLSTON HALL

1-4PM

HCFF is pleased to present the accepted student films for the third annual Harvard College Film Festival. The winning films will be screened at 12PM, Saturday April 2 at Menschel Hall in the Harvard Art Museums.

 

SCREENING OF THE ADDERALL DIARIES

FONG AUDITORIUM

BOYLSTON HALL

6-7:30PM

 Based on the bestselling memoir by Stephen Elliott, The Adderall Diaries is the gripping and complex story of how an author’s fascination with a high-profile murder case leads him to come to terms with his troubled past while embarking on a potentially life-changing romance in the present.

 

SCREENING OF KRISHA

FEATURING A SKYPE CONVERSATION WITH ACTRESS KRISHA FAIRCHILD

7:30-10PM

Winner of both the Grand Jury and Audience Awards at the 2015 South-by-Southwest Film Festival, and official selection of Critics’ Week at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, Krisha is the story of a woman’s return to the family she abandoned years before, set entirely over the course of one turbulent Thanksgiving.
 

Additionally, with a cast of largely nonprofessionals, many of whom were friends and family (his aunt Krisha plays the lead, and has received universal accolades for her performance) a 9-day shoot in his parents home, and a budget less than a studio film’s catering bill, Shults is a shining example of how personal, homegrown filmmaking can lead to an accomplished breakout feature.

 

SAT/APRIL 1

SCREENING OF AWARD-WINNING STUDENT FILMS

MENSCHEL HALL

HARVARD ART MUSEUMS

32 QUINCY STREET, CAMBRIDGE, MA

12-2:45PM

HCFF is pleased to present the award-winning student films for the third 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.

 

INDUSTRY PANEL: NEW MEDIA

MENSCHEL HALL

HARVARD ART MUSEUMS

32 QUINCY STREET, CAMBRIDGE, MA

3-4PM

 

PANELISTS

DAVID KARLAK

 David Karlak is a filmmaker based in Los Angeles, CA. In 2001, Karlak directed the short film, THE CANDIDATE that went on to created a huge buzz in Hollywood after the short made the prestigious Viewfinder List in 2011 and played at film festivals around the world. Following the success of THE CANDIDATE, Karlak sold an original sci-fi pitch to Warner Brothers titled RISE with Roy Lee producing, and then a second original sci-fi pitch to Warner Brothers titled OUTLIERS to 20th Century Fox with Peter Chernin producing. Karlak is attached to direct both films. In recent years, Karlak has also been exploring the use of virtual reality to tell story, having directed a virtual reality experience set in the world of RISE which premiered at the Storyscapes series at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2014.

SEV OHANIAN

Sev graduated from USC Film School 4 years ago, and has been a producer on 10 feature films since, 3 of which have been Sundance Film Festival Official Selections in the U.S. Dramatic Competition. His first film, FRUITVALE STATION, won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance 2013. Last year’s RESULTS premiered at Sundance and was acquired by Magnolia Pictures. And his most recent film, THE INTERVENTION, premiered at Sundance this year and was acquired by Paramount. He's also has produced films for Fox Digital Studios, James Franco's Rabbit Bandini Productions, and even an international co-production with China Film Group. He's been named one of 11 Innovators Changing Hollywood by The Wrap, alongside Angelina Jolie, Jimmy Fallon, and other industry names. He also serves as an adjunct professor at USC.

PARVEZ SHARMA

Parvez Sharma is an award-winning filmmaker and writer. He directed and produced the multiple award-winning A JIHAD FOR LOVE, which premiered at the 2007 Toronto Film Festival and opened the prestigious Panorama Dokumente section of the 2008 Berlin International Film Festival. The film went on to screen for over eight million people in 51 nations and was theatrically distributed in the US and Canada. He was named one of “50 Visionaries who are Changing your World,” in a list headed by the Dalai Lama. His writings on Islamic, racial and political issues have frequently appeared on The Huffington Post, The Daily Beast and The Guardian, to name a few. He has become a prominent speaker on Muslim issues speaking at hundreds of live events around the world and conducting workshops with the US State Department and Department of Homeland Security.

 

 

SCREENING OF RISE

FEATURING AN OCULUS VIRTUAL REALITY EXPERIENCE

FONG AUDITORIUM

BOYLSTON HALL

7-8PM

RISE is a film about a robot insurrection in the future.

In the near future, sentient robots are targeted for elimination after they develop emotional symmetry to humans and a revolutionary war for their survival begins. The project is currently in development with Warner Brothers.

 

SUN/APRIL 3 

A CONVERSATION WITH TELEVISION EXECUTIVE PRODUCER, DAVID SIMON

moderated by Professor Elizabeth Hinton

MENSCHEL HALL

HARVARD ART MUSEUMS

3:45-5:00PM  

David Simon is a Baltimore-based journalist, author and television producer.  A former crime reporter for the Baltimore Sun, he is the creator of the celebrated HBO series THE WIRE, which depicts the political and socioeconomic fissures in an American city. His other television credits include the NBC drama Homicide and HBO’s THE CORNER, GENERATION KILL and TREME. His most recent project, SHOW ME A HERO, an HBO miniseries depicting the 1987-93 housing desegregation battle that divided Yonkers, New York.  The author of two books of narrative non-fiction, "Homicide" and "The Corner," Simon is a 2010 MacArthur Fellow.

Elizabeth Hinton is Assistant Professor in the Department History and the Department of African and African American Studies at Harvard University. Hinton’s research focuses on the persistence of poverty and racial inequality in the 20th century United States. Her current scholarship considers the transformation of domestic social programs in the 20th century United States. Her current scholarship considers the transformation of domestic social programs and urban policing after the Civil Rights Movement. Hinton’s articles and op-eds can be found in the pages of the Journal of American History, the Journal of Urban History, and Time. She also co-editedThe New Black History: Revisiting the Second Reconstruction (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011) with the late historian Manning Marable.