Columbia University School of the Arts Film Program adjunct faculty member Geoffrey Fletcher won the Oscar for Writing (Adapted Screenplay) in 2010 for "Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire," becoming the first African American to win an Academy Award for writing in Oscar history. The award capped a robust awards season for Fletcher, who also won an Independent Spirit Award for the film. "Precious" won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival, and top honors at the 2009 Toronto Film Festival as well.
Columbia University School of the Arts Film Program alumna Lisa Cholodenko's ('97SOA) "The Kids Are All Right" opened to universal acclaim in July 2010, after premiering at Sundance in January and becoming a breakout hit. Starring Annette Bening, Julianne Moore and Mark Ruffalo, and written by Cholodenko and Stuart Blumberg, the film follows a lesbian couple who each gave birth to a child from an anonymous sperm donor -- and what unspools when those children seek out their biological father. A. O. more
Columbia University School of the Arts Film Program Assistant Professor and Director of Production Maureen Ryan -- who co-produced the Oscar-winning documentary Man on Wire -- co-produced Project Nim, one of the 12 films selected for World Cinema Documentary Competition at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, which runs January 20-30 in Park City, Utah. The film, selected from 796 international documentary submissions, will be one of the opening night premieres. more
Columbia University School of the Arts Film Program alumni captured several nominations for the 2011 Spirit Awards, with five nominations for Lisa Cholodenko's ('97SOA) The Kids Are All Right, including Best Feature and Best Director.
Columbia University School of the Arts Film Program alumna Lisa Cholodenko's ('97SOA) The Kids Are All Right has been nominated for four Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay, which Cholodenko co-wrote with Stuart Blumberg. The film was also nominated for Best Actress in a Leading Role (Annette Bening) and Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Mark Ruffalo). Nominations were announced this morning, and the Academy Awards ceremony will be February 27. more
Columbia University School of the Arts Film Program Associate Professor Eric Mendelsohn's award-winning film 3 Backyards will open at the IFC Center in New York on March 11. More than 25 of Mendelsohn's students, past and present, were members of his crew for the film, for which Mendelsohn won more
Columbia University School of the Arts Film Program alumni won impressive Independent Spirit Awards at the ceremony February 26, with Lisa Cholodenko ('97SOA) winning Best Screenplay for The Kids Are All Right, which she cowrote with Stuart Blumberg.
Columbia University School of the Arts Film Program alumni films have been selected to screen at the New Directors/New Films festival presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center and the Museum of Modern Art, which runs March 23-April 3: Bogdan George Apetri's ('06SOA) Outbound and Sameh Zoabi's ('05SOA) Man Without a Cell Phone.