Five Year Diary Reel 26: First Semester Grad School

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Five Year Diary Reel 26: First Semester Grad School

Anne Charlotte Robertson
USA, 1983
27min, OF

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Five Year Diary Reel 26: First Semester Grad School

Anne Charlotte Robertson
USA, 1983
, 27min, OF

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Anne Charlotte Robertson
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Harvard Film Archive
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Anne Charlotte Robertson’s primary body of work is her FIVE YEAR DIARY, an approximately 37-hour film which spans the years from 1981 to 1997. REEL 22 of the DIARY includes the audio from a cassette that would have been played during the screening. Robertson would have narrated the reel from a seat in the audience. THE DIARY was already into its second year when Anne began graduate school at Massachusetts College of Art. The audio is a tape recording of the review board for her film thesis. She discusses her work with Super 8 auteur and professor Saul Levine and a second faculty member. Does a diary ever end on purpose, or does it just tend to fade away? Robertson continued to make films after she completed this untitled final reel of the DIARY and shot material for REEL 84, but never finished it. Her final completed films, funded by a Guggenheim fellowship, are from 2001; she died from cancer in 2012.

Introduction by David Pendleton, Harvard Film Archive.

From the collection ot the Harvard Film Archive

Anne Charlotte Robertson
For Anne Charlotte Robertson (1949–2012) filmmaking was a way of managing what was then called her manic depression (the more common term now is “bipolar disorder”). It was also her way of celebrating the excitements, the frustrations, the beauties, the terrors of being alive. Robertson’s filmmaking was full of passion, and in particular, the passion for making cinema - something nurtured by Saul Levine, Robertson’s teacher at Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Though she made her first films in 1976, Robertson is best known for her film diary, which was begun on November 3, 1981 (Levine’s birthday) and quickly became an on-going epic.