Columbia University School of the Arts Writing Program alumnus Dinaw Mengestu's ('05SOA) second novel, "How to Read the Air," will be available October 14 from Riverhead Books. Mengestu will have a reading, Q and A, and book signing at Barnes & Nobles Tribeca (97 Warren Street at Greenwich) in New York on the 14th at 7 p.m. more
"Of course it’s a contrivance to go back to any beginning and talk about what you thought then, how you felt, why you did as you did. Even what you did. Memory’s distorting jack-hammer makes remembrance, if not a false claim, at least somewhat a pretense. What can I say that’s undeniably true about that two-year period when I went to Columbia for my MFA in creative writing? more
"When I was in my mid-twenties, I suffered the delusion that I might be able to do nothing more with my life than write books, and the School of the Arts Writing Program was a willing enabler in perpetuating this delusion. I have to say that I am very grateful."
Columbia University School of the Arts Film Program alumna Lauren Wolkstein's thesis film, "Cigarette Candy," won the Short Film Jury Award for Best Narrative Short at the 2010 SWSX Film Festival; Best Student Short Film at the 2010 Cleveland International Film Festival; and Best Live Action Student Short Under 15 Minutes at the 2009 Palm Springs International ShortFest, among several additional honors.
Columbia University School of the Arts Film Program alumnus Florin Serban ('08SOA) won the Silver Bear: Jury Grand Prize at the 60th Berlin International Film Festival--the runner-up to best picture at the festival--for his film "Eu cand vreau sa fluier, fluier" ("If I Want to Whistle, I Whistle") in February 2010.
Screenwriter and Film Program alumnus Simon Kinberg ('01SOA) accepted the Columbia University Film Festival's 2010 Andrew Sarris Award at Screenwriting Night at McGraw-Hill Theater May 4. Kinberg's writing credits include Mr. and Mrs. Smith (2005), which began as his thesis at the School of the Arts; X-Men: The Last Stand (2006); and Sherlock Holmes (2009). more
Columbia University School of the Arts Film Program alumna Kathryn Bigelow ('81SOA) won Oscars for Best Picture and Best Director at the 82nd annual Academy Awards on March 7 for her film "The Hurt Locker." She is the first woman in Oscar history to win Best Director, an honor she has already claimed twice this season, winning Best Director at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Awards and the Directors Guild of America's (DGA) top prize, for "Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film." The Oscar wins -- six in total -- cap an ext more
Columbia University School of the Arts Visual Arts Program, in association with the Fisher Landau Center for Art, presented the 2010 MFA Thesis Exhibition, encompassing work by the 25 artists who graduated from the program this past May.
The show was curated by Anthony Huberman.