The Film Program of Columbia University's School of the Arts is proud to announce the establishment of the Andrew Sarris Memorial Award for Film Criticism, an annual cash prize in honor of the celebrated film professor and critic who died in 2012. The recipient is Columbia College senior film major Anneliese Cooper for her essay, "Positively Anti-Realist: Art, Artifice, and the Power of Fiction in the Films of Pedro Almodovar." She will receive $750.more
Anton Chekhov: A Life in Four Acts, by faculty Dr. Carol Rocamora, is a biographical narrative and the first book of its kind to focus solely on Chekhov’s life in the theatre. Rocamara is the author of three books based on Chekhov and his work, all of which have been published by Smith and Kraus.more
The Film Society of Lincoln Center and the Museum of Modern Art have selected Southwest, written and directed by Jordi Wijnalda (3rd year Directing), to screen at the 42nd New Directors/New Films Series. The program celebrates the work of budding filmmakers across the globe.more
Theatre Faculty Kelly Stuart has won the Armenian Dramatic Arts Alliance (ADAA)’s 3rd Biennial William Saroyan Prize for Playwriting for her play, Belonging to the Sky. The $10,000 grand prize was announced and presented at ADAA’s memorable awards event at the Pasadena Playhouse.
Stuart is also a member of New Dramatists.more
House of Cards, a political drama created by Beau Willimon ('03 SOA), premiered this month as the first series made exclusively for Netflix. The show stars Kevin Spacey, Robin Wright and Kate Mara. Cards' entire first season was released on February 1, and a second season is currently in production.
Willimon has previously written films for Warner Bros., Fox 2000 and Summit Entertainment.more
On March 13th, Faculty Richard Ford, author of the Pulitzer winning Independence Day and the new, acclaimed novel Canada will be featured on Selected Shorts at Symphony Space. He has selected one of Program Chair Binnie Kirshenbaum's stories to be read along with his own.more
Writing Program Alum Karen Russell's (SOA '06) second collection of short stories, Vampires in the Lemon Grove, was released by Knopf today.
Russell's debut novel, Swamplandia!, (Knopf 2011) a bildungsroman about family and grief yoked with swamp fable, was a Pulitzer finalist last year and was named one of the ten best books of the year by the New York Times.more
Columbia continues to triumph during this year's film festival circuit. With three films screening at the 2013 Berlin International Film Festival, Columbia's legacy carries on in the artistic achievements of students, alumni and faculty.
South by Southwest has long held the reputation for being the seminal, post-Sundance indie film celebration. Eight Columbia shorts have been selected to screen this year at the festival's 20th film anniversary.