Columbia alumni were in collaboration this month when The Invisible Hand opened at New York Theatre Workshop on December 8. The new play by Film alumnus Ayad Akhtar (’02) was directed by Theatre Program graduate and two-time Obie Award winner Ken Rus Schmoll (’02).
In 1981 my grandfather—who might easily have been a wandering hermit in the biblical desert instead of the Irish immigrant and factory retiree he was—offered me a hundred dollars to turn down a trip to Maine with Mark Strand. Living in New York as an MFA student at Columbia, I needed a hundred dollars. I would have taken far less to do almost anything, much less not to.more
Three short films by alumni and current students of the Film program have been selected to screen at the prestigious Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival, at Clermont-Ferrand, France. The second largest film festival in France after Cannes, Clermont-Ferrand is also recognized as one of the world's leading platforms for showcasing short films, and is highly competitive.more
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
Carl Cofield ('14) recently won a NAACP Theatre Award for Local Best Director for his world premiere production of One Night in Miami, written by Kemp Powers and produced by LA-based company Rogue Machine earlier this year.<more
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.