Eric Mendelsohn

Eric Mendelsohn
Professor of
Professional Practice
513 Dodge Hall
Eric Mendelsohn's feature film debut, Judy Berlin, starring The Sopranos' Edie Falco, as well as Madeline Kahn, Barbara Barrie and Julie Kavner, was an Official Selection of the Cannes Film Festival (Un Certain Regard), won Best Director at Sundance, Best Independent Film at the Hamptons Film Festival and was nominated for three Independent Spirit Awards. His short film, Through An Open Window, starring Anne Meara and Cynthia Nixon, premiered at The Sundance Film Festival, enjoyed festival screenings internationally, was an Official Selection of The Cannes Film Festival (Un Certain Regard) and garnered him a guest spot on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. His feature film, 3 Backyards premiered in competition at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival where it garnered the Best Director award making Eric the only person in the festival's
history to have received the award twice.
He is currently executive producer and co-writer of the film, Love After Love, to star Andie MacDowell and Chris O'Dowd, and written with Columbia Film graduate, Russ Harbaugh. His screenplays have been developed at the Sundance Institute's labs and he is a producer on the documentary films of Rebecca Dreyfus, and Juan Carlos Vallejo. In the field of film design, Eric worked for writer/director Woody Allen for over 8 years on such films as Crimes and MisdemeanorsHusbands and WivesBullets Over BroadwayAlice and Everyone Says I Love You. Mendelsohn is a mentor for the Sundance Institute's writer's lab and served on Alex Rivera’s Sleep Dealer and Jennifer Phang’s Advantageous. He is a three-time finalist and the 2012 recipient of Columbia University's Presidential Award for Outstanding Teaching.
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Columbia University School of the Arts offers MFA degrees in Film, Theatre, Visual Arts, and Writing, an MA degree in Film Studies, a joint JD/MFA degree in Theatre Management & Producing, a PhD degree in Theatre History, Literature, and Theory, and an interdisciplinary program in Sound Arts.