Three Columbia University School of the Arts Film Program alumni were chosen as IndieWIRE's Ten Exciting New Voices in Black Cinema in an article in late March:
Randall Dottin's (MFA, Film '03) thesis film, "A-Alike," won the Directors Guild of America Award for Best African-American Student Filmmaker, a National Board of Review for Motion Pictures Award for achievement in filmmaking, and the gold medal in the narrative category at the Student Academy Awards.
Interview with Dottin in Columbia News
Khary Jones' (GSAS '00; MFA Candidate, Film '09) School of the Arts thesis film, "Hug," screened at Sundance this past January, and was selected as one of ten films at the festival to be made available for free download on iTunes. It also screened at the 2009 South by Southwest in March, AFI Dallas Film Festival and the Palm Springs International ShortFest.
Khary Jones website
Moon Molson's (MFA, Film '06) thesis film, "Pop Foul," won the 2007 REEL Shorts Jury Prize at South by Southwest, the HBO Short Film Award at the 2006 American Black Film Festival, and third place at the 2006 Student Academy Awards. He was named one of Filmmaker magazines's 25 New Faces of Independent Film in 2007.
Interview with Molson in Cinema Without Borders