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Archive Fever! 5.0

Three Temple University Student Academy-Award Winners for Documentary Film

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The long-standing success of Temple University’s film program began with its inception in the late 1960’s. In the fertile 1970’s, two short documentary films helped establish Temple’s reputation among the top ten in the USA. In 1973—the first year of the Student Academy Awards—Ben Levin won the Achievement Award for Best Documentary. Then in 1978, Bob Saget, who later achieved fame and success as a comedian and actor, also received a Student Academy Award for Best Documentary. Again in 1992, film grad student Wendy Weinberg—now Associate Professor of Film and video at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia—won for her 30-minute documentary While Temple’s film program has since expanded to include all film genres as well as the newest digital acquisition technologies, its reputation and tradition continues today as one of the few film schools still committed to using the medium of film as the foundation for making movies.

Program curated by Leonard Guercio

Leonard Guercio is a Program & Project Specialist at Temple University’s Center for the Arts. He manages the Film Lab in Annenberg Hall where, among other responsibilities, he supervises and maintains an extensive 16mm motion picture film archive. Dating from the founding of Temple’s film program, this collection is comprised primarily of undergrad and graduate student works. In this Archive Fever installment, Guercio will present three alumni documentary films that won Student Academy Awards.

dir. Ben Levin, USA, 1973, 16mm, 30 min. 
Ben Levin sensitively chronicles the life of 14-year-old Paul, diagnosed with leukemia, as he contemplates and confronts the disease and its fatal outcome.

dir. Bob Saget, USA, 1978, 16mm, 12 min.
Bob Saget documented his young nephew Adam, born with a genetic facial disfigurement, as he courageously undergoes facial reconstructive surgery.

dir. Wendy Weinberg USA, 1992, 16mm, 30min. 
In 1914, Margaret Anderson founded the Little Review and, fighting against the pressures of censorship and limited funds, introduced readers to the literary works of Ezra Pound, Gertrude Stein and James Joyce, among other notables.