Columbia Filmmakers Head to Sundance and Slamdance 2017

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Columbia University continues to have strong representation at prestigious film festivals this year. Twenty-five Columbia alumni, including writers, directors, producers, cinematographers, and post-supervisors, will showcase at the Slamdance and Sundance Film Festivals. Slamdance Film Festival runs January 20-26th. Sundance Film Festival runs January 19-29th.

Notably, School of the Arts Alumna Francisca Alegria ’16 has been accepted to the Sundance Screenwriters Lab, a five-day workshop at the Sundance Resort that runs during the festival. Her script, The Cow that Sang a Song About the Future, tells a story in rural Chile, where strange things begin to happen. A herd of cattle suddenly and mysteriously falls dead, a deceased woman inexplicably returns home, and an estranged family reunites with its aging patriarch to face up to their complicated history. Algeria is the writer and director.

The complete list of accepted filmmakers is:


Whose Streets?   

Sabaah Folayan CC '13, Director

Andrew Hauser SOA '12, Post-production supervisor

Larissa Rhodes SOA '14, Producer

Shrihari Sathe SOA '09, Co-producer
Eliza Hittman, SOA Adjunct, Writer/Director
Joe Murphy SOA '08, Co-editor

Hillary Jordan SOA '04, Writer (novel)
Mako Kamitsuna GS '92, Editor

Francisca Alegria SOA '16, Director and Writer
Birgit Gernboeck SOA '16, Producer

Shakti Bhagchandani SOA '18, Writer/Director
Emre Gulcan SOA '18, Writer
Phumzile Sitole SOA '16, Supporting Actor
Aaron Morton SOA '16, Supporting Actor

James Schamus, SOA Faculty, Producer

Caton Clark SOA '05, Editor

Elisa Lleras SOA '11, Executive Producer

Kimberley Peirce SOA '96, Co-director

Jim Strouse, SOA Writing

Rosemarie Troche, SOA Adjunct, Lead Artist
Sophie Finkelstein SOA '18, Producer

Mary Jane Skalski, SOA Faculty, producer

Rob Richert SOA '13, Co-producer

Maiken Baird CC '89, Executive Producer

Maiken Baird CC '89, Executive Producer

Chris Teague SOA '06, Director of Photography

Marshall Lewy SOA '06, Executive Producer

I'm In Here
Julie O'Leary SOA '16, Producer
Willie Berliner SOA '17, Director/Screenwriter
Chandra C. Silver SOA '15, Co-Producer
Angelos Rompolis SOA '15, Director of Photography
Tim O'Connor SOA '17, Assistant Director
Andrew K. Li SOA '16, Co-producer
Eric Schuman SOA '17, Additional Photography

Automatic At Sea>

David Henry Gerson CC '08, Producer, Lead actor
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