The Columbia University Film Festival’s eleventh annual Andrew Sarris Award will be presented to Greg Mottola (’91SOA), an alumnus of Columbia University School of the Arts Film Program. The Sarris Award, named for School of the Arts Film Program professor and world-renowned critic and theorist Andrew Sarris, honors outstanding service and artistic achievement of distinguished Film Program alumni.
Mottola most recently directed the comedy Paul (2011) for Universal/Working Title, his follow-up to hit Adventureland (2009), which he wrote and directed. He also directed the hugely successful Superbad (2007), and wrote and directed The Daytrippers (1997). The Daytrippers was selected for Cannes, and was awarded the audience and jury prizes at the Deauville American Films Festival. He directed several episodes of the Judd Apatow television series Undeclared and episodes of Arrested Development and HBO’s The Comeback. He also acted in Woody Allen films Celebrity and Hollywood Ending.
The annual Andrew Sarris Award winner is selected by current School of the Arts Film Program students. Past recipients include Albert Berger (’83SOA, Little Miss Sunshine), Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini (’95SOA and ’94SOA, The Extra Man), Kathryn Bigelow (’81SOA, The Hurt Locker), Lisa Cholodenko (’97SOA, The Kids Are All Right), Sabrina Dhawan (’02SOA, Monsoon Wedding), Simon Kinberg (’03SOA, Sherlock Holmes), Kimberly Peirce (’96SOA, Boys Don’t Cry), James Mangold (’99SOA, Knight and Day), and Nicole Holofcener (’88SOA, Please Give).
The award will be presented to Mottola on Monday, May 2 at the festival’s Screenwriting Night at McGraw-Hill Theater in New York.
The 24th Annual Columbia University Film Festival opens in New York April 25, and runs through May 12. It runs in Los Angeles June 7-10.
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