With still a few days remaining before the end of this year’s Sundance program, the creative efforts of Columbia alumni have garnered recognition in a series of business deals that will help see these films make it to the big screen.
Columbia Film alumni are well-represented in the 2013 Academy Award nominations. Steven Spielberg's Lincoln tops the list with 12 nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay. Antonia Grilikhes-Lasky ('11 SOA) received a credit as writing assistant to screenwriter Tony Kushner ('78 CC) on the film.
The screenplays of four Columbia Film alumni or students have been selected for the 2012 Black List. The Black List began in 2005 as a survey of film executives about their favorite scripts which hadn't been turned into features. Since then, over 200 Black List screenplays have been made as feature films.
Nominations are out for the 70th annual Golden Globe Awards, and the line-up is teeming with Columbia Film alumni being celebrated for their work in film and television. Kathryn Bigelow's ('81 SOA) Zero Dark Thirty received four nominations—Best Picture, Drama, Best Director (Kathryn Bigelow), Best Screenplay (Mark Boal) and Best Actress, Drama (Jessica Chastain).
Each year, Slamdance Film Festival celebrates the progress and efforts of independent filmmaking. This year, the festival will include numerous cinematic successes of Columbia filmmakers on its roster.
Once again, Columbia filmmakers dominate the Sundance lineup. This year's festival, which will take place January 17 - 27, 2013 in Park City, Utah, features work by an astounding number of School of the Arts students, alumni and faculty.
Jennifer Lee ('05 SOA), co-writer of box-office smash hit Wreck-It Ralph, has been tapped to co-direct Disney's next animated flick, Frozen, with Chris Buck.
Frozen will follow the journey of Anna (Kristen Bell) who must trek through an ice-ridden landscape with the help of mountain man Kristoff when she is cursed by her evil sister, Snow Queen Elsa (Idina Menzel).