UC Santa Cruz professor honored by San Francisco Film Society

B. Ruby Rich
UC Santa Cruz arts professor B. Ruby Rich was honored Sunday at the San Francisco Film Society’s fifth annual Essential SF, an event celebrating the Bay Area film community's most vital figures and institutions.

Essential SF spotlights the region's “legendary, idiosyncratic and multifaceted contributions to the film world, celebrating the local filmmakers, film lovers and organizations that make San Francisco a wonderful place for cinephiles.”

Rich was feted this year along with acclaimed actress and filmmaker Joan Chen, arts journalist Cheryl Eddy, the Exploratorium's Director of Cinema Arts Liz Keim; sound designer Kent Sparling; and film production company ro*co films.

A professor in the Film and Digital Media Department and Social Documentation Program at UC Santa Cruz, Rich also serves as the editor of Film Quarterly, published by UC Press.  

She is the author of several books on film, including New Queer Cinema: The Director's Cut, and Chick Flicks: Theories and Memories of the Feminist Film Movement.

Rich has also been a film commentator for the Canadian Broadcasting Company’s The Arts Today, for Public Radio International, and on NPR’s All Things Considered.

She additionally won an Emmy Award for her work as a correspondent on KQED’s Independent View, and has collaborated on shows for the IFC and Sundance cable channels, including Fabulous! The Story of Queer Cinema.