The brilliant filmmaker and UW Madison alumnus Errol Morris was awarded the Honorary Doctorate by his alma mater at the May 17 commencement. This is the highest honor the University can bestow on one of its alumni. The WCFTR takes pride in having spearheaded Errol Morris’s nomination for that award. WCFTR sponsored the honorary degree nomination, with co-sponsorship support from the Departments of History and Communication Arts.
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On March 15, the newly restored film Portrait of Jason received its U.S. premiere at the UW Cinematheque. The film, originally released by the late Shirley Clarke in 1967, is daring, provocative, ground-breaking and truly gripping and one of the first LBGT films to be taken seriously by the general audiences. It remains one of the most remarkable films of American independent filmmaking.