Katharina Otto-Bernstein, an award-winning filmmaker (Absolute Wilson) and an alumna of Columbia University School of the Arts (1992) and Columbia College (1986), has made a commitment of $5 million to create a state-of-the-art film screening room in the Lenfest Center for the Arts, a multi-arts facility now under construction on the University’s Manhattanville campus.
Jennifer Lee ('05 SOA) and Phil Johnston ('04 SOA) have authored the script for Disney's newest animated film, Wreck-It Ralph, released this November and directed by Richard Moore (The Simpsons, Futurama). The movie follows Ralph, an arcade-game villain, as he attempts to make the transition from villain to hero.
Film Adjunct, Christina Lazaridi, has co-written the upcoming feature, Coming Up Roses, starring Bernadette Peters. The film, directed and co-written by Lisa Albright, takes a look at the familial dynamics between a single mother (Peters), her young daughter, and her distanced older daughter.
With CUE members making their mark on a broader spectrum of the entertainment industry than ever, more and more are finding success and inspiration in scripted television. We sat down with a few recent alums who are in the early stages of exciting television careers to talk about how they chose television and how they went about breaking in.Featuring Scott Burkhardt (‘08), Grace Edwards (‘10), Jon Haller (‘09), Berkley Johnson (‘05) and Edward McGinty (‘06).
The Austin Film Festival launches this year featuring the accomplishments of Columbia students and alumni.
This year’s festival will take place October 18-25. Known for supporting the process and product of the screenwriter, the Austin Film Festival has celebrated the art of filmmaking for nineteen years with past participants such as Oliver Stone, Sydney Pollack, Wes Anderson, and Ron Howard.
Set to feature six Columbia films, the 13th Annual Woodstock Film Festival will take place this year October 10-14.
California Solo, written and directed by Marshall Lewy (’06 SOA), will screen for two nights of the five-day event. The film stars Robert Carlyle (Trainspotting, 28 Weeks Later) and was a 2012 Sundance select.
Film Faculty Richard Peña will be honored at the 50th annual New York Film Festival as he retires as the Film Society’s Program Director and Selection Committee Chair of the New York Film Festival where he has served for the past 25 years.
The Hispanic Scholarship Fund/McNamara Family Creative Arts Project has awarded 5th year directing student Wendy James with a grant for her thesis film, Savage, produced by Laurie Thomas (SOA '12) and 3rd year producer, Alexandra Vivas.