About the Film Study Center

The Film Study Center is Harvard’s one center devoted to supporting artistic practice and creative work in film, video, and sound. It was founded in 1957 for the purpose of supporting non-fiction work that records and interprets the world through images and sounds.

We support practices, from the ethnographic to the experimental, that explore and expand the expressive potential of audiovisual media, especially through nonfiction. We grant annual fellowships to graduate students, faculty, and staff drawn from departments across the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, and the University as a whole. We also collaborate with the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study to provide fellowships in film, sound, and moving image installation for makers from around the world and with the LEF Foundation to award an annual fellowship to a Boston-area filmmaker. The FSC also regularly invites outstanding visiting filmmakers to Harvard to share their work with the University community.

Works that have been produced over the years with the Film Study Center’s assistance include John Marshall’s The Hunters (1957), Robert Gardner’s Dead Birds (1963) and Forest of Bliss (1985), Jan Lenica’s Landscape (1974), Robb Moss’ The Same River Twice (2003), Ross McElwee’s Six O’Clock News (1997) and Bright Leaves (2003), Richard P Rogers’ DoHistory.org (2000), Peter Galison and Robb Moss’ Secrecy (2008), Gina Kim’s Never Forever (2007), Sharon Lockhart’s Lunch Break (2008) and Exit (2008), Amie Siegel’s DDR/DDR (2008), Ilisa Barbash and Lucien Castaing-Taylor’s Sweetgrass (2009), Verena Paravel and Lucien Casting-Taylor’s Leviathan (2012), Libbie Dina Cohn and John Paul Sniadecki’s People’s Park (2012), Stephanie Spray and Pacho Velez’s Manakamana (2013), Valerie Massadian’s Milla (2017), Eloy Enciso’s Endless Night (2019), Ben Rivers and Anocha Suwichakornpong’s Krabi, 2562 (2019), Mati Diop’s Atlantics (2019), and Ernst Karel and Veronika Kusumaryati’s Expedition Content (2020).

Established initially as a visual arm of Harvard’s Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, in 1964 the Film Study Center relocated to the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts. In 1995, it moved to Sever Hall in Harvard Yard, where it remains an independent center serving students and faculty across FAS. The Film Study Center is also the administrative home for the Critical Media Practice (CMP) secondary field for PhD students at Harvard who wish to integrate media creation into their academic work. 

Work at the Film Study Center has been made possible by its own endowment, the generosity of its benefactors, and grants that have been obtained for its projects from the National Science Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Endowment for the Arts, the MacArthur Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Fidelity Charitable Foundation, the McMillan-Stewart Foundation, the Norman Foundation, and the Billy Rose Foundation, among others.

Robert Gardner was Founding Director of the Film Study Center and served as its Director from 1957 to 1997. Richard P. Rogers served as Director from 1998 to 2001. Lucien Castaing-Taylor served as Associate Director from 2002 to 2008, and as Director from 2008 to 2020. Ross McElwee served as Interim Director in 2009-10. Peter Galison served as Co-Director with Lucien Casting-Taylor from 2010 to 2019. Currently, Joana Pimenta is Interim Director and Julie Mallozzi is Administrative Director.

The FSC logo was designed circa 1957 by Hungarian-born artist, designer, educator, and art theorist György Kepes. Courtesy of the Kepes estate.

General Inquiries

fsc@fas.harvard.edu

Staff

Interim Director 
Joana Pimenta
pimenta@fas.harvard.edu

Administrative Director
Julie Mallozzi
juliemallozzi@fas.harvard.edu
617 496 2714

Program Coordinator
Cozette Russell
cerussell@fas.harvard.edu
617 495 9704

Film and Video Technician
Stefan Grabowski
sgrabowski@fas.harvard.edu
617 495 0488

Advisory Committee


Rebecca Baron

Fimmaker; Director, Program in Film and Video, CalArts and Program in Film and Video Faculty

Cecilia Barrionuevo
Artistic Director, Mar del Plata Film Festival

Lucien Castaing-Taylor
Fimmaker; Professor of Visual Arts and Anthropology;
Director, Sensory Ethnography Lab

Haden Guest
Director, Harvard Film Archive

Robin Kelsey
Dean of Arts and Humanities, Faculty of Arts and Sciences; Shirley Carter Burden Professor of Photography History of Photography and American Art

Dennis Lim
Director of Programming, Film Society of Lincoln Center; Visiting Lecturer in Art, Film, and Visual Studies

Robb Moss
Fimmaker; Harvard College Professor; Chair, Art, Film, and Visual Studies

The Film Study Center
Harvard University
24 Quincy St.
Cambridge MA 02138

Alain Gomis HFA McMillian Screening 07

The FSC hosts regular visiting filmmakers and artists. McMillan-Stewart Fellow Alain Gomis discusses his films at the Harvard Film Archive.  Photo: Michael Hutcherson

SC fellow Zach Jama discussing his film“Xasuuqii means Massacre.”

Our monthly work-in-progress critiques are a chance for fellows to get constructive feedback on their films. FSC fellow Zach Jama discussing his film“Xasuuqii means Massacre.”

Salmaan Mirza filming his FSC project “Mahkeme.”

FSC fellows and CMP students have access to a range of film and video equipment including cameras, microphones, and film and video editing systems. Salmaan Mirza filming his FSC project “Mahkeme.”

General Inquiries
fsc@fas.harvard.edu


Staff

Interim Director 
Joana Pimenta
pimenta@fas.harvard.edu

Administrative Director
Julie Mallozzi
juliemallozzi@fas.harvard.edu
617 496 2714

Program Coordinator
Cozette Russell
cerussell@fas.harvard.edu
617 495 9704

Film and Video Technician
Stefan Grabowski
sgrabowski@fas.harvard.edu
617 495 0488


Advisory Committee

Rebecca Baron
Fimmaker; Director, Program in Film and Video, CalArts and Program in Film and Video Faculty

Cecilia Barrionuevo
Artistic Director, Mar del Plata Film Festival

Lucien Castaing-Taylor
Fimmaker; Professor of Visual Arts and Anthropology; Director, Sensory Ethnography Lab

Haden Guest
Director, Harvard Film Archive

Robin Kelsey
Dean of Arts and Humanities, Faculty of Arts and Sciences; Shirley Carter Burden Professor of Photography History of Photography and American Art

Dennis Lim
Director of Programming, Film Society of Lincoln Center; Visiting Lecturer in Art, Film, and Visual Studies

Robb Moss
Fimmaker; Harvard College Professor; Chair, Art, Film, and Visual Studies


The Film Study Center
Harvard University
24 Quincy St.
Cambridge MA 02138