Telluride Film Festival Screens Four Columbia Films

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Four short films by current Columbia Film Program students and alumni screened at the prestigious Telluride Film Festival this year.

Asunder, written and directed by current student Nathalie Álvarez Mesén, screened in the festival’s Calling Cards program, which highlighted “[e]xceptional new works from promising filmmakers” curated by celebrated filmmaker Barry Jenkins (Medicine for Melancholy, Moonlight). And the Whole Sky Fit in the Dead Cow’s Eye, written and directed by Francisca Alegría Zenteno ’16, Nocturne in Black, written and directed by Jimmy Keyrouz ’15, and Tear of the Peony, written and directed by current student Yuxi Li, all screened in the Student Prints program, curated by Academy Award–nominated writer-director Gregory Nava (El Norte, Selena) to celebrate “the best in student-produced work from around the world.”

These filmmakers have had tremendous success with these and other films of theirs this year. Nocturne in Black, which was produced by Felecia Hunter ’16, recently won a Student Academy Award in the Narrative category, making the short eligible for the Academy Award for Best Short Film. Telluride marks a second major festival event this year for Mesén, whose short Filip received the award for Best Live Action Short 15 Minutes and Under at Palm Springs International ShortFest in June, and And the Whole Sky Fit in the Dead Cow’s Eye, produced by current student Birgit Gernböck, will screen this month at the Toronto International Film Festival.

The 43rd annual Telluride Film Festival opened September 2 and ran through September 5.

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