Chair, Department of Visual and Environmental Studies
On leave 2017-18
Robb Moss's most recent 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’s television premiere was on PBS’s Independent Lens series in January, 2017. The film showed in more than forty film festivals and one hundred other theatrical and semi-theatrical settings, including in Berlin, Paris, Rio, Lisbon, Budapest, Beirut, Sheffield, Cuernavaca, and Tasmania. Art Galleries in Dublin, Sydney and Antwerp have used the film as the foundation for exhibitions, and the film was re-conceptualized into an installation piece for the Steirischer Herbst art festival in Graz, Austria. 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 Secrecy was screened by the Congressional Record and the ACLU in an effort 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, the Museum of Modern Art in NYC, the Cinema du Reel in Paris and the Independent Film Festival Amsterdam. Moss has been a creative advisor at the Sundance Institute’s Doc Edit Labs since their inception in 2004, worked as a festival juror at Sundance, San Francisco, Denver, Camden, Seattle, Chicago, New England, and Ann Arbor, served eight years as a Board Director for ITVS, and has taught filmmaking at Harvard for the past thirty years where he is currently a Harvard College Professor and Chair of the Department of Visual and Environmental Studies. He is working on the third film of a trilogy about time—started in 1978—that follows a group of friends over forty years.
Images: Containment, 2015. Directed by Robb Moss and Peter Galison. Photo of Moss: Harvard Gazette.