Columbia Filmmakers Spotlighted at the 24th Woodstock Film Festival

Carlos Barragán
September 26, 2023

Several Columbia alumni and students will showcase their work at the upcoming 24th Woodstock Film Festival, scheduled from September 27 to October 1, 2023. In this edition, the festival lineup will include about 135 films, including features, shorts, and music videos.

Film alumnus Kevin Haefelin ’22 will introduce audiences to The Fuse, a short film where a struggling senior garbage man decides to hang-up on life after having been discarded from his job and embarks on a journey to find a fuse.

Still from 'Rips' written & directed by Major Dorfman ’23 and produced by Justin Gonçalves '22

RIPS, written and directed by Film alumnus Major Dorfman ’23 and produced by Film alumnus Justin Gonçalves ’22, tells the story of a 9-year-old girl who discovers that her favorite sweatshirt is a hand-me-down.

Still from 'If Dreams Were Lightning' Written and directed by Associate Professor Ramin Bahrani '96

If Dreams Were Lightning, a new short documentary by Associate Professor Ramin Bahrani ’96, focuses on America's rural health crisis in Appalachia and the tenacious health providers—predominantly women—who care for patients living in a vast medical desert.

All three of these films will screen in the Shorts category in several physical venues across the Hudson Valley, and both The Fuse and RIPS will be available to stream as part of Woodstock's virtual festival.

Founded in 2000 in the famed artists' colony of Woodstock, NY, the Woodstock Film Festival presents high-quality films, panels, concerts and special events. The Woodstock Film Festival is an Oscar®-qualifying event for the categories of Live Action Short Film, Animated Short Film, and Documentary Short Film.

See the full lineup here.