DGA Honors Three Columbia Filmmakers

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The Directors Guild of America has selected three MFA films at the 2012 DGA Student Film Awards for African American, Asian American, Latino, and women directors.

Talibah Newman (4th year Directing) won Best African American Filmmaker (East Region) for her work on Busted on Brigham Lane. The short was shot as Newman's Directing IV final project. T
he story follows a young woman as she attempts to reconcile her relationship with her estranged father. Busted on Brigham Lane was also selected as a finalist in the 2012 HBO American Black Film Festival and screened with Rooftop Films in summer 2012. Demond Robertson (3rd year Producing) worked as producer and Saro Varjabedian (5th year Directing) served as cinematographer. Newman's short will also screen at the 2012 Bahamas Film Festival.

Winning the Jury Award for Best Asian American Student Filmmaker (East Region), Gerry Kim ('12 SOA) took home the title for his film, Living the Dream. The film features the aspirations of a young gangster in Jersey.

David Figueroa Garcia (5th year Directing) won the Jury Award for Best Latino Student Filmmaker (East Region) for Ratitas. Mauricio Leiva (5th year Screenwriting) co-wrote the short's script. Crew included producer Gerry Kim ('12 SOA) and editor David Gutnik ('12 SOA).

Each year, the DGA recognizes student filmmakers in the hope of spotlighting and encouraging the outstanding work of minorities and women in film. This year, DGA President Taylor Hackford announced, "We congratulate the outstanding recipients of the this year's DGA Student Film Awards. The Guild recognizes and honors these young men and women directors who have shown exceptional talent and promise, and we hope that the attention brought by the DGA Student Film Awards will serve to both highlight their work and provide inspiration for the next generation of diverse talent in the entertainment industry." This year marks the 18th annual DGA Student Film Awards.

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