Career Achievement Award
Each year, the Denver Silent Film Festival recognizes one person for outstanding contributions to silent film, whether through filmmaking, film preservation, film education or the conservation of film collections. The recipient attends the Denver Silent Film Festival as our guest, and participates in introductions to the films, post-film conversations with the audience and also joins in several meetings with students. This page is dedicated to those whose work has helped to keep alive the beautiful art of silent cinema throughout the world.
2015 Recipient – Richard J. Meyer
Richard J. Meyer was in love with silent films since, while getting his PhD at New York University, he researched and wrote about D.W. Griffith. Before that, he received a BA Degree in History and a Masters Degree in Radio, TV and Film from Stanford University.
He pursued a career in public broadcasting. As Vice President of WNET-TV in New York in the late 1960s he programmed Charlie Chaplin movies on that channel. Subsequently, he was President/General Manager of public television stations in Seattle and Dallas until the mid-90s when he stepped down from management so he could concentrate on silent films, teaching and writing.
In his second career, he was a Distinguished Fulbright Professor at National Chengchi University in Taipei, held the Ed and Virginia Ball Chair of Telecommunications at Ball State University, and taught at universities in Italy, Hong Kong and Arizona. He now teaches film at Seattle University. He has published three books and restored the movies of Chinese silent film stars from the 1930s when Shanghai was called the “Hollywood of Asia.”
He is President Emeritus of the San Francisco Silent Film Festival and currently serves on the board of the Seattle International Film Festival. He and his wife Susan Harmon are Co-Directors of Meyerhar Productions and producers of a new film, Love Among the Ruins – a spoof about the miraculous discovery and restoration of a long lost Italian silent film. He lives with his wife on a houseboat in Seattle.
Past Recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award