Chair, Department of Visual and Environmental Studies
Five years in the making, Robb Moss's current project, Containment, is about the disposition of nuclear waste for now and for the next 10,000 years. Co-directed with Peter Galison, the film is supported by the Sundance Documentary Fund, The LEF Foundation, the National Science Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Previous films, Secrecy (2008-directed with Galison) and The Same River Twice (2003), premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and, together, showed in more than fifty film festivals and in over one hundred theatres. The Same River Twice was nominated for a 2004 Independent Spirit Award and won awards in Nashville, Chicago, New England, and Alabama; the Chicago Reader selected it as Best Documentary (and Cinematography) of 2003. Secrecy, a film supported by MacArthur, Ford, The Sundance Documentary Fund and Impact Partners, was screened by both the Congressional Record and the ACLU in their efforts to help think through government secrecy’s relationship to national security and democracy. Earlier autobiographical and essay films, including The Tourist (1991) and Riverdogs (1981) showed at such venues as Lincoln Center, MoMA, Cinema du Reel and IDFA. He has served as a festival juror at Sundance, San Francisco, Denver, Camden, Seattle, Chicago, New England, and Ann Arbor, is on the Board of Directors for ITVS, is a creative advisor at the Sundance Documentary labs, and has taught filmmaking at Harvard for the past 25 years where he is a Harvard College Professor and chair of the Department of Visual and Environmental Studies.
Image: Containment, 2015. Directed by Robb Moss and Peter Galison.