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David Schwartz ’86 Steps Down After 33 Years

He was chief curator at the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens.

What began as an internship in 1985 while he was a student at Purchase, turned into a 33-year career for David Schwartz ’86 (film). He stepped down as chief curator of the Museum of the Moving Image on November 30, 2018.

In that time, he supervised more than 10,000 film screenings and played a key role in numerous exhibitions and online projects. In 2006, he won a Film Heritage Award from the National Society of Film Critics for organizing the first complete Jacques Rivette retrospective in the United States. The New York Film Critics Circle honored him with a special award for career achievement in 2018.

Schwartz hosts the Westchester Cinema Club, the Cinema Arts Centre Preview Club, and the Emelin Theater Film Club. He continues to moderate panels and discussions with filmmakers around New York City. He taught as an adjunct here at Purchase for many years.

Read more about Schwartz’s career in Indiewire.