Adjunct Professor Guy Gallo, who traught Screenwriting in the Film Program since 1987, died at the age of 59 on January 13. Gallo, who was born and raised in New Orleans, received an AB magna cum laude from Harvard College in History and Literature, and an MFA from The Yale School of Drama in Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism.
Columbia University's School of the Arts Film Program Chair and Professor Ira Deutchman enjoyed connecting with Turkey’s up-and-coming film scene when he visited Istanbul March 19-22, 2014. The program was designed collaboratively by Columbia Global Centers | Turkey (Istanbul), Koç University in Istanbul, and School of the Arts film graduates.more
In June 2014, the Center for Palestine Studies (CPS) at Columbia University, the Columbia Global Centers | Latin America (Santiago), the Center for Arab Studies at the University of Chile, and the Columbia University School of the Arts Film Program collaborated to present the first annual Palestinian Film Festival in Santiago, Chile, at the Cineteca Nacional (Centro Cultural La Moneda).
In August 2014, Columbia University School of the Arts Professor of Film Studies Richard Peña visited the Columbia Global Centers | Africa (Nairobi) to present an introductory course in Cinema Studies to local film students.
Once again this year, Columbia filmmakers will take their work to Park City, Utah for the Sundance and Slamdance film festivals. An incredible 43 Columbia filmmakers will have their work showcased at the January 2015 festivals.more
The screenplays of four Columbia Film alumni have been selected for the prestigious 2014 Black List. The Black List began in 2005 as a survey of film executives about their favorite scripts which hadn't been turned into features. Since then, over 225 Black List screenplays have been made into feature films.more
Disney XD's Wander Over Yonder, for which Amy Higgins ('06) and Frank Angones ('05) are Lead Story Editors and Writers, was nominated for six Annie Awards—the most of any animated television program—including Best Animated Television Production for Children'smore
Murder of a Cat, written by alumni Robert Snow ('10) and Christian Magalhaes ('10), and produced by filmmaker Sam Raimi (Spiderman trilogy, 30 Days of Night, The Grudge, Xena: Warrior Princess) will release in theaters on December 5, 2014.
Love Hunter, written and directed by brothers and Film alumni Nemanja Bala (‘06) and Branislav Bala (‘01), had a limited week-long theatrical release on November 14 at the Quad Cinema, New York, after completing a successful festival run.