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Andrew Silver '64, SM '67

Fostering creativity on film.
December 18, 2007

A longtime filmmaker, Andrew Silver plumbs ideas as diverse as locally grown food, architectural restoration, and love. He seeks to inspire others through such works as his 2004 film on women athletes, Profiles in Aspiration, and his coauthored Harvard Business Review article, “A Film Director’s Approach to Managing Creativity,” which was reprinted in the book Harvard Business Review on Breakthrough Thinking in 1999.

Silver, who taught theater arts and film analysis at Brandeis University from 1968 to 1973 and earned a doctorate in business administration from Harvard Business School in 1975, also makes dramatic movies. His 1986 thriller, Return, won four awards, including Best Film, at the International Film Festival of Philadelphia.

His latest movie, Radio Cape Cod(www.radiocapecod.com), tells a quartet of love stories while celebrating marine biology and music. The film was set to open in West Palm Beach, FL, in January. The Coolidge Corner Theater in Brookline, MA, is slated to screen the New England premiere on March 7. “I’m very happy with Radio Cape Cod,” Silver says. “The spirit we felt on the set really comes through in the finished production.”

While an MIT student, Silver says, he “developed the skills of observation and participation.” He remains connected to the Institute by serving on the MIT Museum’s advisory board and through his membership in the Council for the Arts at MIT. And four MIT students and alumni worked on Radio Cape Cod. Helen McCreery ‘06, SM ‘07, plays a role in the movie; Dan Chonde ‘07, Adam Love ‘07, and Susan Wilson ‘08 performed and worked on production.

Silver enjoys swimming at the MIT pool, listening to jazz, and spending time with his family. He and his wife, Yong Hee Silver, live in Cambridge with their two sons, 17-year-old Julian and 14-year-old Adrian. Yong Hee works in development at the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Julian, an aspiring actor, played a role in Radio Cape Cod. The two boys attend the Roxbury Latin School in Boston, where Silver recently completed a film about teaching that includes educators from around the world.

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