Columbia Filmmakers Head to Sundance and Slamdance 2019

December 17, 2018

Thirty-seven School of the Arts filmmakers, including writers, directors, producers, cinematographers, and post-supervisors, will showcase at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, which runs January 24 to February 3.

In addition to the films showing this year, five filmmakers, including Barbara Cigarroa '18Chantel Clark '18Mounia Akl '17Clara Roquet '16 and current student Nehir Tuna have been selected for the extremely competitive Screenwriters Lab at the Sundance Institute. Notably. Read more here.

The complete list of accepted filmmakers is below.

Sundance Film Festival

Festival Segment: Next

Sister Aimee

Marie Schlingmann '16, Co-Writer and Co-Director
Samantha Buck '16, Co-Writer and Co-Director
Hugo Kenzo '14, First Assistant Director


Ariel Schrag CC ’03, Author of title book, Screenwriter
James Schamus, Faculty member, Producer
Mark Sean Hayes ’15, Post-Production Supervisor

Selah and the Spades

Jessica Daniels Schwartz ’07, Casting
Jon Branden '17, Post Supervisor

Festival Segment: Spotlight

The Mountain

Mark Sean Hayes ’15, Post-Production Supervisor
Alexandra Vivas ’14, Unit Production Manager

Festival Segment: Premiers

The Tomorrow Man

James Schamus, Faculty member, Producer

Festival Segment: US Dramatic Competition

The Last Black Man in San Francisco

Rob Richert ’13, Co-Writer, Co-Producer
Dede Gardner CC ’06, Producer

The Sound of Silence

Kristie Lutz Line ’10, Co-Producer

The Farewell

Joshua Cohen '15, Co-producer
Rob Cristiano '13, NY Unit- Production Supervisor

Before you Know It

Kristie Lutz Line ’10, Post-Production Supervisor

Brittany Runs a Marathon

Andrew Hauser '12, Faculty member, Post-Production Supervisor

Festival Segment: World Cinema Documentary

Edge of Democracy

Moara Rossetto Passoni '21, Co-writer

Festival Segment: Documentary


Frédéric Tcheng ’07, Producer, Screenwriter and Director
Markus Kirschner ’08, Production Designer

The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley - Associate Producer

Ophelia  Harutyunyan ’15, Associate Producer

Festival Segment: Kids


Jacob Kader '09, Co-Writer

Festival Segment: US Narrative Short


Suzanne Andrews Correa '17, Director, Co-Writer
Mustafa Kaymak ’17, Producer and Co-Writer
Nicholas Becerra ’18, First Assistant Director
Fabio Montanari ’16, First Assistant Director
Emre Gulcan ’17, Digital Imaging Technician
Pinar Yorgancioglu '16, Editor

Suicide by Sunlight

Ellie Foumbi ’17, Actor

Festival Segment: International Narrative Shorts


George Sikharulidize ’17, Director & Screenwriter

Screenwriters Lab

Costa Brava

Mounia Akl ’17, Co-Writer. & Director
Clara Roquet '16, Co-Writer

Wit Gesigte (Pale Faces)

Chantel Clark ’18, Writer & Director

El Otro Lado (The Other Side)

Barbara Cigarroa ’18, Writer & Director

Yurt (Dormitory)

Nehir Tuna, Current Student, Writer & Director

Additionally, current student Claire Brooks '20 (Creative Producing) will attend the festival 2019 as a BET Blackhouse Fellow. 10 filmmakers of color from top MFA programs were chosen to attend this networking based program sponsored by BET, OWN, CAA, HBO, amongst others. 

Slamdance Film Festival

Crystal Swan

Darya Zhuk '15, Director, Narrative Competition
Birgit Gernböck '17, Producer, Narrative Competition

Dollhouse: The Eradication of Female Subjectivity from American Popular Culture

Nicole Brending '11, Writer, Director, Editor, Cinematographer, Star, Feature Narrative


Kevin Contento '18, Writer, Director, Producer, Narrative Short
Danny Pfeffer '18, Assistant Director, Narrative Short