Please join us as we remember and celebrate our beloved colleague David Pendleton who left us, all too soon, on Monday, November 6.
I feel honored and humbled to have worked many years side by side with someone so generous, gentle and wise as David Pendleton. David was passionate and deeply knowledgeable about cinema, but he carried his erudition lightly and was always eager to share his insights about film and film history. During his ten years at the Harvard Film Archive, David refined the art of cinematheque programming, effortlessly inventing scores of popular yet challenging programs and masterfully inspiring dialogue from even the most recalcitrant or reticent filmmakers with an easy rapport and a sharp, but never prodding, line of questions. David’s love for cinema was infectious and true for it was inspired by a real love for bringing people together in intimate community to embark upon the kinds of unique and mind-expanding journeys that cinema alone makes possible. David was also a consummate showman and worked very hard to uphold the HFA’s dedication to screen film as film and give audiences the increasingly rare chance to experience great cinema screened in a theatrical setting and in its original historic formats. While our summer-long complete retrospectives of classical-era cinema were a special passion of David, he was equally dedicated to contemporary and historic world cinema. Indeed, David’s wonderfully eclectic yet carefully discriminating taste exploded the range of cinematic experiences available to the greater Cambridge and Boston area. Through his programming and through his example, David was a trusted friend and an inspiration to so many at Harvard, in Cambridge and around the world.
It is difficult to express the sense of loss that all of us at the HFA feel right now. I can, however, make clear to you our dedication to the memory and important legacy of David who believed, above all, that the show must go on. – Haden Guest
A special tribute to David Pendleton will take place Sunday December 10 at 5pm in the HFA theater and a reception will follow. All are welcome.