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In a ceremony at the 10th annual Traverse City Film Festival on August 3, Ira Deutchman, Chair of the Film Program at Columbia University School of the Arts, received the Visionary Award, a Founders Prize given each year to an individual who has made a significant contribution to the advancement of cinema. more
 
Associate film Professor and alumna Maureen Ryan ('92) recently returned from teaching for two weeks at the Les Ateliers Action de Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo.  As a Fulbright Specialist, Ryan received a grant from the Fulbright Global Program to teach at the six-year old film school in July 2014. Ryan taught "Introduction to Screenwriting and Film Producing," focusing on the short film format. more
 
Film Program professor and director of film studies, Annette Insdorf, was interviewed as part of a piece on the 75th Anniversary of The Wizard of Oz airing on "CBS This Morning" on Tuesday, August 12. more
 
Yvette Siegert ('07) was awarded a 2015 National Endowment of the Arts Literature Translation Fellowship. She received $12,500 to support the translation from the Spanish of the collected poetry of Argentine poet Alejandra Pizarnik. Born to Russian‐Jewish immigrants in Argentina, Pizarnik (1936‐72) was one of the leading avant‐garde writers of 20th‐century Latin American literature. more
 
Chair of the Film Program, Ira Deutchman, recently participated in a roundtable discussion with Reinventors entitled "Festivals, Schools & Non-Profits," which examined the film industry's support structures, and the ways they can best promote both sustainability and diversity for today's film artists. more
 
Frozen’s co-writer and director Jennifer Lee ('05) has signed on to adapt the children’s book classic A Wrinkle in Time to film for Disney. The 1962 Madeline L’Engle fantasy book follows two siblings and a friend traveling throughout time and space to find their missing astrophysicist father. more
 
Excerpted from Flash Art, written by Carol Becker, Dean of Faculty at Columbia University School of the Arts more
 
James Gunn ('95) co-wrote and directed the summer blockbuster Guardians of the Galaxy, an adaptation of the Marvel comic of same name. The film features an ensemble cast including Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, and Bradley Cooper. more
 
The Pulitzer Prize-winning play Disgraced, written by Film Program alumnus Ayad Akhtar ('02), will return to New York this fall in a Broadway production. The show, directed by Kimberly Senior, will be presented at the Lincoln Center Theatre. Tickets are available online and by phone starting September 6. more
 
Film Program alumna Alexandra (Alex) Sichel ('95) died peacefully at home on June 23rd after three years of living with breast cancer. Born July 31st, 1963, Alex was raised in Manhattan and Watermill, NY. more
 
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