Columbia University School of the Arts Film Program alumnus Ian Olds (Film '06) has been named one of Filmmaker magazine's "25 New Faces of Independent Film," featured in the Summer 2009 issue.
Olds received recognition on the strength of his second documentary The Fixer: The Taking of Ajmal Naqshbandi, which showed at the International Film Festival Rotterdam 2009 and screened at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival, where Olds won the award for Best New Documentary Filmmaker.
He won the Truer Than Fiction Award at the 2006 Independent Spirit Awards and was shortlisted for an Academy Award for his first documentary, Occupation: Dreamland. He also won a Jury Prize for Best Student Short for Two Men at the 2005 Woodstock Film Festival.
Olds joins the three School of the Arts Film Program alumni who were on the 2008 "25 New Faces of Independent Film"–Myna Joseph (Film '07), John Magary (Film '07) and Bent-Jorgen Perlmutt (Film '07)–and the five Columbia film alumni who made the 2007 list: Fellipe Barbosa (Film '06), Hope Dickson Leach (Film '05), Moon Molson (Film '08), Tze Chun (CC '02, Film Studies major), and Sophie Barthes (SIPA '03), among dozens of other Columbia alumni over the past years.