Columbia Films Nominated for Independent Spirit Awards

December 18, 2015

The 2016 Independent Spirit Award nominations have been announced and the list includes a number of Columbia filmmakers.

Writer/director John Magary ’07 was nominated in the Best First Screenplay category for his film The Mend, which tells the story of two estranged brothers attempting to repair their relationship.

99 Homes, the latest film by faculty member and director Ramin Bahrani, grabbed a nomination in the Best Supporting Actor category for Michael Shannon. Shannon has received much attention, including nominations for a Golden Globe, a SAG Award, and a Gotham Award, for his performance as a ruthless repossession officer.

Director James Ponsoldt’s ’05 film The End of the Tour received a nod in the Best Male Lead category for Jason Segel, who plays writer David Foster Wallace. The film follows Wallace as he is interviewed during a five-day road trip by a Rolling Stone reporter. Donald Margulies’s screenplay for the film was nominated in the Best Screenplay category.

Adjunct faculty member and producer Anne Carey’s film The Diary of a Teenage Girl was nominated in the Best First Feature category and the Best First Screenplay category for first-time writer/director Marielle Heller. The film follows a young girl who begins an affair with her mother’s boyfriend in the beginning of the punk rock era. Bel Powell, who plays the lead role of Minnie in the film, also received a nomination in the Best Female Lead category.

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