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Anne Charlotte Robertson’s ‘Diary’ on display

The Harvard Film Archive will honor the late Anne Charlotte Robertson, a Boston filmmaker who chronicled her life and work, particularly her battles with mental illness, on Super 8 film. Robertson, who died at 63 of cancer on Sept. 15, 2012, earned a graduate degree from Massachusetts College of Art in the 1980s and was mentored by professor and filmmaker Saul Levine. Her intensely personal films include “Five Year Diary,” a project spanning nearly two decades that documented her mental breakdowns and hospitalizations. The HFA, which is home to the Anne Charlotte Robertson Collection, will screen a fraction of its holdings, including parts of “Five Year Diary,” over two nights, Sept. 15-16. The event, titled “I Wanted to See How I Lived, I Wanted to Love Myself and My Past: A Tribute to Anne Charlotte Robertson,” is presented in video format and offers different 80-minute programs each night, starting at 7.

The HFA highlights the work of another prolific, experimental filmmaker on Sept. 23 at 7 p.m. “One Night, Standish Lawder” will bring in the filmmaker, photographer, inventor, educator, and film historian for a focused retrospective and discussion about his work. Lawder, 77, spent a year as the Henry R. Luce Visiting Professor of Film at Harvard — the university’s first faculty position in cinema studies.

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