What an honor! The Library of Congress has selected BOULEVARD NIGHTS as one of 25 films to be entered into the distinguished National Film Registry. Singled out for their cultural, historic and/or aesthetic importance to American cinema, other seminal films chosen for 2017 include: SPARTACUS, THELONIUS MONK: STRAIGHT NO CHASER and GUESS WHO’S COMING TO DINNER. Produced by our own Bill Benenson in 1979, BOULEVARD NIGHTS adopts a street-level strategy using mostly non-professional actors to create a cinema verite depiction of the tough choices faced by Chicano youth as they come of age and try to escape or navigate gang life.
The annual registry selections are chosen by the distinguished members of the National Film Preservation Board (NFPB) and a cadre of Library specialists. BOULEVARD NIGHTS was picked out of a total of 5,200 other titles nominated by the public. Nominations for next year will be accepted through the fall through this link.