Kathryn Bigelow '81 on the set of The Hurt Locker

Film Alumni

Film 2009

J.J. Adler is a New York based director and writer currently on the roster of the award winning bi-coastal production company Tool of North America, Steam Films in Canada, and Mustard London in the UK. full profile 

Film 2006

A former lawyer in Romania, Bogdan George Apetri moved to New York where he graduated from Columbia University's Film Program with a MFA degree in Film Directing. full profile 

Film 1981

Alice Arlen made her screenwriting debut with the 1983 film Silkwood, which she cowrote with Nora Ephron. full profile 

Film 1983

Albert Berger formed Bona Fide Productions with Ron Yerxa in 1993. full profile 

Film 1996

Andy Bienen received a BA from New York University, an MA from the University of Virginia, and an MFA in Film from Columbia University School of the Arts. He cowrote Boys Don't Cry with Kimberly Peirce '96, director of the film. full profile 

Film 1981

Kathryn Bigelow is the first woman to win the Academy Award for Best Director, the Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing, the BAFTA Award for Best Direction, and the Critics' Choice Award for Best Director, for her film The Hurt Locker, which also won the Oscar for Best Picture. full profile 

Film 2012

A graduate of Columbia University’s MFA Film program, Jessica Caldwell produced Electrick Children which premiered at Berlin and SXSW 2012 and was distributed in 2013. Her short film work has premiered at Sundance, Telluride and Tribeca. full profile 

Film 2002

Efterpi Charalambidis received her Master of Fine Arts in Film from Columbia University (New York) in 2002. Her first short, "Niko´s Restaurant," won awards for Best Actor and Best Editing at the Columbia University Film Festival in 2001. full profile 

Film 1997

Lisa Cholodenko’s most recent feature film, The Kids Are All Right, garnered rave reviews, as well two Golden Globes and four Academy Award nominations. The film, which Cholodenko directed and co-wrote with Stuart Blumberg, stars Julianne Moore and Annette Bening.   full profile 

Film 2003

Deborah Chow is a Canadian director and screenwriter. Her short film, Daypass, won the Best Actor Award at the Milano Film Festival and the Best Short at the Turin Film Festival. The feature-length screenplay version of the film won the Comedy Central Award for Best Comedy Screenplay. full profile 

Film 1991

Kahane Cooperman was the co-executive producer of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart since its inception in 1996 to 2015. She served as the show's field producer, senior producer and supervising producer before becoming the co-executive producer in 2005. full profile 

Film 2013

Rob Cristiano is a Brooklyn-born independent filmmaker. full profile 

Film 1981

Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, cinematographer Richard  Crudo, ASC's lengthy resume includes such notable feature credits as American Buffalo, Outside Providence, American Pie, Down To Earth, Out Cold and Brooklyn Rules. full profile 

Film 2004

Cherien Dabis is an award winning film and television writer, director, producer and actor who received her M.F.A in Film from Columbia University. She began her career in television when she joined the writing staff of Showtime’s groundbreaking, original hit series THE L WORD in its third season. full profile 

Film 1991

Adam Davidson is an actor, director, producer and writer who has worked in television and films of all genres, equally adept at comedy and drama. His short film, The Lunch Date, won the Academy Award for Best Live Action Short and the Palme d'Or for Best Short Film at Cannes. full profile 

Film 1998

Alfredo de Villa is an award-winning writer-director who lives in Los Angeles but makes many of his films in New York. He grew up in Puebla, Mexico. full profile 

Film 2002

Sabrina Dhawan was born in England, raised in Delhi and lives in New York. She graduated from Columbia University’s Film program in 2001 with a Masters of Fine Arts in Film. full profile 

Film 2000

Sian Edwards has produced a wide range of topical, factual, entertainment and investigative programming. For Food Network, Sian executive produced Everyday Italian with Giada De Laurentiis and Good Deal with Dave Lieberman. full profile 

Film 2007

Alumni Spotlight Interview   Was there a specific faculty member or peer who especially inspired you while at the School of the Arts? If so, who and how? full profile 

Film 1985

After years of working as a Creative Executive for companies such as Disney, Hanna-Barbera, Turner Pictures and America Online, Joy went back to her first loves of painting and photography. full profile 

Film 2004

Paul Felten received his B.A. from The Evergreen State College and his M.F.A. from Columbia University's Film Division. His writing has appeared in The Brooklyn Rail and in the anthology Lost and Found: Stories From New York (ed. Thomas Beller). full profile 

Film 2001

Meredith Garlick has produced the feature-length films The Secret of Moonacre, a children’s fantasy-adventure starring Dakota Blue Richards and Tim Curry, and The Underdog’s Tale, an Australian romantic-comedy. full profile 

Film 1982

Jinko Gotoh is a producer and consultant for the animation industry. She has 25+ years experience spanning a wide range of media, with particular emphasis on the evolution of animation and CGI. She is currently producing The LEGO Movie Sequel for Warner Animation Group. full profile 

Film 1973

Anne Goursaud is an accomplished film director and editor. It was Francis Ford Coppola who first spotted Anne's talent, giving her the chance to edit One from the Heart. full profile 

Film 1991

Tala Hadid was born in 1974 in London to a Moroccan mother and an Iraqi father. She coproduced and directed her first full-length film while studying as an undergraduate at Brown University. full profile 

Film 2009

Jon Haller is a writer and director from Carbondale, Ill. He earned his MFA in Screenwriting from Columbia University School of the Arts, where he received the inaugural Lewis Cole Memorial Screenwriting Award. As a playwright, he has received three fellowships from the John F. full profile 

Film 2000

Tanya Hamilton is a Jamaica-born filmmaker who made her feature film debut with the award-winning Night Catches Us. The film won five Black Reel Awards, including Best Film and Best Screenplay. full profile 

Film 2012

A freelance post supervisor in New York, Andrew Hauser has overseen numerous independent films in the past four years, including most recently Mike Birbiglia’s Don’t Think Twice, Joshua Marston’s Complete Unknown and Rob Burnett’s The Fundamentals of Caring. full profile 

Film 1988

Nicole Holofcener is an American film and television director and screenwriter. She has directed five feature films as well as directing for various television series including Sex and the City, Leap of Faith and Gilmore Girls. full profile 

Film 1994

Courtney Hunt’s latest feature, The Whole Truth, a courtroom thriller starring Keanu Reeves and Renee Zellweger was released in 2016. Her first feature film, Frozen River, won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival and was released by Sony Pictures Classics in August of 2008. full profile 

Film 2014

Tiana currently serves as Director of Marketing at Uncharted Play, where she manages the company's branded content, marketing campaigns, retail partnerships, press, and social media. In addition to her work with Uncharted Play, Tiana also works as an independent film producer. full profile 

Film 2013

Writer / Director Rachel Israel is a NYC based filmmaker and an adjunct professor of film at Rhode Island School of Design. She received her BFA with Honors from RISD and her MFA in Film with Honors from Columbia University.  full profile 

Film 2002

Annemarie Jacir has been working in independent cinema since 1998 and has written, directed and produced a number of award-winning films including The Satellite Shooters (2001), Until When, A Few Crumbs for the Birds, and A Post Oslo History. full profile 

Film 2004

After graduating Columbia College ('63CC, English literature), Alan Jacobs was a film student at the School of the Arts in the mid '60s but left early to take work as a documentary director, editor, and producer. He eventually received the MFA in 2004 in order to teach film at the university level. full profile 

Film 2009

Khary Jones is a director whose work includes Three and a Half Thoughts (2006) and Hug (2009). Hug was an Official Selection of the 2009 Sundance Film Festival and won the Grand Jury Prize (Student Film) at the 2009 AFI-Dallas Film Festival. full profile 

Film 2012

Bobby Kashif Cox was an artist, poet, writer, music producer, and filmmaker who graduated from Columbia's MFA program in 2012. Upon graduation he devoted his working life to teaching young minds at both the Maysles Institute and Dance Theater Etcetera in Red Hook. full profile 

Film 2016

Jimmy Keyrouz is a director/writer who recently graduated from Columbia University School of the Arts where his thesis film passed with honors. His latest film Nocturne In Black won the Gold Medal in the 43rd Student Academy Awards® and was part of Student Prints in the Telluride Film Festival. full profile 

Film 2011

Alumni Spotlight Interview   Was there a specific faculty member or peer who especially inspired you while at the School of the Arts? If so, who and how? Professors Eric Mendelsohn and Tom Kalin, were both significant influences during my tenure at Columbia.   full profile 

Film 2003

Simon Kinberg received his BA from Brown University, graduating Phi Beta Kappa, Magna Cum Laude. He received an MFA from Columbia University School of the Arts Film Program, where he was the recipient of the Zaki Gordon Fellowship for Screenwriting.   full profile 

Film 2004

Eilis Kirwan is a film director and screenwriter from Dublin, Ireland, where she began her career writing and producing plays at University College Dublin, and later with Doubletake Theatre Company, which she co-founded. full profile 

Film 2005

Jennifer Lee grew up in the Seventies and Eighties in Rhode Island, surrounded by hairspray, Irocs, and heavy metal. Her love of storytelling and literature lead her to the University of New Hampshire, where she earned a BA in English in 1992. full profile 

Film 2016

Alumni Spotlight Interview   Was there a specific faculty member or peer who especially inspired you while at the School of the Arts? If so, who and how? full profile 

Film 2008

Lawrence Michael Levine wrote, produced and stars in Always Shine (Tribeca '16). Lawrence's past films as a writer, director, and actor include Wild Canaries (SXSW '14) distributed by IFC Films, Gabi and the Roof in July. full profile 

Film 1999

Writer-director James Mangold is known for a string of box-office hits. He got his start in film as an undergrad at CalArts, where he studied film and acting. After graduating, he worked for Disney as a screenwriter, earning writing credits on Oliver and Company. full profile 

Film 1986

Grew up in north New Jersey; moved to New York in 1977 and started making experimental films at the Collective for Living Cinema. Started film school at NYU and finished at Columbia. full profile 

Film 1991

Screenwriter and director Greg Mottola is best known for hit coming-of-age comedies Adventureland and Superbad. He directed Clear History for HBO in 2013 and the feature film Keeping Up with the Joneses, starring Zach Galifianakis, Jon Hamm, Isla Fisher and Gal Gadot, in 2016. full profile 

Film 2009

Alumni Spotlight Interview   Was there a specific faculty member or peer who especially inspired you while at the School of the Arts? If so, who and how? full profile 

Film 2006

Computer-scientist-turned-filmmaker, Afia, loves pushing the boundaries of narrative film. full profile 

Film 2012

Alumni Spotlight Interview   Was there a specific faculty member or peer that especially inspired you while at the School of the Arts? If so, who and how?   full profile 

Film 1981

Ron Nyswaner is a screenwriter, playwright, activist, and author. He wrote the screenplay for The Painted Veil, an adaptation of W. Somerset Maugham’s novel, for which he received an Independent Spirit Award nomination and the National Board of Review’s Best Adapted Screenplay Award. full profile 

Film 2004

Odell is currently partner of 3Pas Studios with Mexican comedian and director Eugenio Derbez. full profile 

Film 2006

Ian Olds was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for his work as a director of both documentary and narrative films. full profile 

Film 1992

Katharina Otto-Bernstein is the writer and director of the award-winning documentaries Absolute Wilson and Beautopia; and the author of Absolute Wilson: The Biography. Her distinguished career credits include Coming Home (1992), The Second Greatest S full profile 

Film 2004

David Pastor is a writer and director. He made his feature debut with Carriers, which he co-wrote and co-directed with his brother Àlex Pastor. full profile 

Film 1996

In her unflinching debut feature film, the acclaimed Boys Don’t Cry, Kimberly Peirce staked her place as a director of singular vision and craft, while shining a light on the shifting landscape of gender, identity and assimilation. full profile 

Film 2005

James Ponsoldt is a filmmaker originally from Athens, Georgia. He received his BA from Yale and his MFA from the Film Program at Columbia University School of the Arts. full profile 

Film 2008

Dmitry Povolotsky is a writer, director, and choreographer living in Brooklyn. At the age of 10, he was selected to attend the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow to study classical ballet. full profile 

Film 1994

Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini are an award-winning documentarian and feature-filmmaking team. Their award-winning debut, Off the Menu: The Last Days of Chasen’s, depicted the closing of a Los Angeles restaurant and celebrity hang-out from the point of view of its staff. full profile 

Film 1980

I went on to become a professor of information science and did not have a career in the arts. full profile 

Film 2003

Patricia Riggen is one of the few Latin-American female directors working in Hollywood. Originally from Mexico, she started her career as a screenwriter and producer. She earned an MFA in directing and screenwriting at Columbia University. full profile 

Film 1992

Maureen A. Ryan is a producer based in New York concentrating on narrative and documentary feature films. She is co-producer of James Marsh’s Man on Wire, a documentary about Philippe Petit, the wirewalker who stunned the world when he walked between the World Trade Center towers in 1974. full profile 

Film 2009

Shrihari Sathe is an independent producer and director. full profile 

Film 2004

Beth Schacter wrote and directed Normal Adolescent Behavior for New Line Cinemas. Starring Amber Tamblyn, the film premiered at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival. Schacter worked on the script at the 2004 IFP/LA screenwriters’ lab. She also cowrote Forget Me Nots for Emerging Pictures. full profile 

Film 2005

David Schwab, a screenwriter based in New York City, received an MFA in Film from Columbia University School of the Arts. His thesis script, Mr. Verner’s Pygmy, was purchased by Scott Rudin. Since then Mr. full profile 

Film 1988

Malia Scotch Marmo is a screenwriter who has written a number of hit films, including Stephen Spielberg’s Hook, on which she shares writing credits with James V. Hart. full profile 

Film 2008

Florin Serban is a Romanian director whose first feature film, If I Want to Whistle I Whistle, won the Jury Grand Prix and the Alfred Bauer Prize for Innovation in Cinema at the Berlin Film Festival. full profile 

Film 2001

Jeffrey Sharp is president and co-founder of Open Road Integrated Media, a New York-based digital content company that publishes and markets e-books. full profile 

Film 2013

Deb Shoval (MFA Film, Columbia University) was raised by her Israeli father and American mother in a Pennsylvania coal town, where she now runs an organic vegetable farm.  Themes that interest her remain constant as she develops a “house” of film, as Fassbinder called it: land and the landless; full profile 

Film 1995

Shari Springer Berman is an Oscar and Emmy-nominated director and writer. full profile 

Film 1999

While at Columbia, Joan Stein won the Student Academy Award for Best Narrative Film and the Directors Guild of America’s Student Film Award for her thesis film, “One Day Crossing.” The short film, about a Hungarian Jewish woman who poses as a Christian to save her family during the Holocaust, was al full profile 

Film 1995

Award-winning director Patrick Stettner established himself with the independent drama The Business of Strangers, about two businesswomen who wreak revenge on a corporate headhunter assumed to have committed rape. full profile 

Film 2006

Chris is a cinematographer based in New York who has had six feature films premiere at Sundance. Those titles include Obvious Child, People Places Things, Appropriate Behavior, and Bob and The Trees, which also won the Haskell Wexler Award for Best Cinematography. full profile 

Film 2012

ayda Denise Thompson produced two Sundance shorts and was the first in the history of the SOA film program to have her thesis film Advantageous completely financed by ITVS future states series season 3. full profile 

Film 2013

Mayuran Tiruchelvam is a producer and screenwriter of narrative and documentary stories for film and television. He is a Sundance Institute Producing Fellow, Tribeca Film Institute Fellow, and Film Independent Fellow.   full profile 

Film 2004

Sergio Umansky is a writer-director from Mexico City. full profile 

Film 2008

Kaer Vanice is a producer whose latest film, David Garrett’s Ten Stories Tall, stars Ally Sheedy, Josh Hamilton, and Jim Gaffigan and won Best Screenplay at the Rhode Island International Film Festival. full profile 

Film 2010

Jamund Washington is a New York City-based Independent film producer with work on both narrative and documentary stories. He produced Adam Leon's Gimme The Loot, the story of two determined Bronx teens who need $500 to pull off their latest and greatest graffiti scheme. full profile 

Film 2009

Lauren Wolkstein was born and raised in Baltimore, Md., by her mother, a schoolteacher, and her father, a colonel in the Air Force who served in several wars, including the Gulf War and the current Iraq War. full profile 

Film 2016

Alumni Spotlight Interview   Was there a specific faculty member or peer who especially inspired you while at the School of the Arts? If so, who and how? full profile 

Film 1989

Alex Zamm has directed a number of films, including the Disney original features Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2, My Date with the President’s Daughter, Inspector Gadget 2, The Pooch and the Pauper; the family comedy Dr. full profile 

Film 2005

Sameh Zoabi was born and raised in Iksal, a Palestinian village near the city of Nazareth. He graduated from Tel Aviv University with a dual degree in Film Studies and English Literature. Zoabi then received a Fulbright Fellowship to study Filmmaking at Columbia University, earning an M.F.A. full profile 

Film Studies Major 2001

Larysa Kondracki directed and cowrote the film The Whistleblower. The film, adapted from the exposé written by Kathryn Bolkovac with Cari Lynn, tells the true story of the UN sex trafficking scandal Bolkovac uncovered while working at a peacekeeping mission in Bosnia. full profile