The Venice Film Festival turns 70 this year. It is one of the oldest and most respected international film festivals in the world. The work of three Columbia filmmakers has been selected for this year's festival.
The Toronto International Film Festival, which has become a major launching pad for the best of international, Hollywood and Canadian cinema, will feature four films produced and developed by Columbia University School of the Arts affiliates this year.Nicole Holofcener ('88), Jacob Jaffke ('10), Johnny Ma (4th year) and faculty member Dan Kleinman are among the list of artists named in the announcment of works in the festival.
Writer-director James Mangold ('99), known for highly successful box-office hits like Walk the Line (with Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon) and Knight and Day (with Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz), released The Wolverine, starring Hugh Jackman, on July 26th.
School of the Arts alumna Patricia Riggen ('03) will direct a new film entitled The 33, based on the true story of the Chilean miners who were rescued after being trapped half a mile beneath the earth's surface for 69 days in 2010. Jennifer Lopez has just signed on to join Antonio Banderas in the drama, her first big-screen role since the action thriller Parker earlier this year.
Hannah Weyer, adjunct Film faculty at Columbia University School of the Arts, will release her debut novel, On the Come Up this July from publishers Doubleday/Nan A. Talese. The book, which is based on a true story, is wrtten in an intimate urban vernacular and introduces readers to a young heroine imagining a world for herself beyond Far Rockaway.