'House of Cards' Writer, Frank Pugliese, Heads Up TV Writing in the Film Program
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Professor Frank Pugliese, who oversees Television Writing in the Film Program at Columbia University School of the Arts, is currently a writer and supervising producer on the Netflix hit series House of Cards. Now in its third successful season, House of Cards was created by fellow School of the Arts alumnus Beau Willimon ('03), who graduated from the Theatre Program. learn more


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Producer Benjamin Odell '04 to Receive Andrew Sarris Award at CUFF
updated April 2017

The Sarris Award, named for the late School of the Arts Film Program professor and world-renowned critic and theorist Andrew Sarris, was created by film students to honor outstanding service and artistic achievement of distinguished Film Program alumni.

Professor Annette Insdorf Publishes New Book
updated April 2017

Film Faculty Annette Insdorf published Intimations: The Cinema of Wojciech Has through Northwestern University Press this month. The book is being celebrated with related screenings at the Museum of Modern Art.

Professor Rob King Releases New Book
updated April 2017

Hokum! is the first book to take a comprehensive view of short-subject slapstick comedy in the early sound era. Challenging the received wisdom that sound destroyed the slapstick tradition, author Rob King...

School of the Arts Alumni Recieve 2017 Guggenheim Fellowships
updated April 2017

Six School of the Arts alumni have once again received Guggenheim Fellowships this year: Gregory Pardlo ‘16 and Claudia Rankine '93 in Poetry; Brian Seibert '05 in Dance Studies; and Antonio Méndez Esparza '08 in Film/Video.
Film Professor Bette Gordon's Film The Drowning Releases at IFC Cinema
updated April 2017

Film faculty Bette Gordon’s film The Drowning will celebrate its official release on May 10th at IFC Cinema in New York, and will be shown during the 2017 Columbia University Film Festival.
Three School of the Arts Affiliates Win American Academy of Arts and Letters Awards
updated April 2017

Two School of the Arts faculty members, Paul Beatty and Lynn Nottage, and an alumnus, Ayad Akhtar ’02, are among the recipients of the American Academy of Arts and Letters Awards, which were announced Thursday.

Columbia Affiliates Head to Tribeca Film Festival
updated March 2017

Columbia University’s School of the Arts has an extraordinary presence at the Tribeca Film Festival this year with films from current students, alumni, and faculty all represented.

Shrihari Sathe Film Premieres New Film at IFC Center
updated March 2017

A Woman, A Part, co-produced by School of the Arts alumnus Shrihari Sathe ‘09, premiered at the IFC Center last week, on March 22nd. The film, which stars Maggie Siff, Cara Seymour, John Ortiz, and Khandi Alexander, has received much critical praise after premiering at high profile festivals.

"Submarine" by Alumna Mounia Akl Censored in Lebanon
updated March 2017

School of the Artrs Almuna Mounia Akl’s ‘17  short film Submarine has been censored in Lebanon. The film was co-produced by Cyril Aris ‘16 and co-written by Clara Roquet ‘16.
School of the Arts Alumni Respond to Proposed NEA/NEH Cuts
updated March 2017

Back in January, shortly before Donald J. Trump was inaugurated as the 45th president of the United States, multiple outlets including ARTNews and Variety reported that the incoming White House was rumored to be compiling a budget that, in addition to making other cuts, would defund the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).

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