Four Columbia Alumni on the 2014 Black List

December 16, 2014

The screenplays of four Columbia Film alumni have been selected for the prestigious 2014 Black List. The Black Listbegan in 2005 as a survey of film executives about their favorite scripts which hadn't been turned into features. Since then, over 225 Black List screenplays have been made into feature films. Those films have earned over $19 billion in worldwide box office, have been nominated for 171 Academy Awards, and have won 35, including Best Pictures Slumdog MillionaireThe King's Speech, and Argo, and seven of the last twelve screenwriting Oscars.

This year Randall Green ('12), Jonathan Stewart('12), Jake Crane ('12) and Gary Graham ('05) were named to the Black List for their screenplays. Amazingly, Green appears twice on this year's list with two different screenplays. His screenplay The Swimsuit Issue was also named to the inaugural Columbia Blue List. Details of their scripts are below.

The Swimsuit Issue
Randall Green ('12)
A nerdy high schooler, who fancies himself an amateur photographer, attempts to create a “Swimsuit Issue” featuring his high school classmates in hopes of raising enough money to go to summer camp.

Cartoon Girl
Randall Green ('12)
When a young boy finds out that the cartoon character he’s in love with is based on a real girl, he drags his single father on a road trip to track her down.

Black Winter
Jonathan Stewart ('12) and Jake Crane ('12)
On the eve of a US-Soviet disarmament treaty, a British scientist and a NATO medical investigator discover a secret Soviet plot to unleash a terrifying biological weapon.

A Garden at the End of the World
Gary Graham ('05)
In a post-apocalyptic world, a recluse, trying to recreate trees to produce new life, takes in a young girl who is on the run from some bad men, including her father.

Columbia alumni have been consistently named to The Black List in previous years, with several screenplays selected in both 2013 and 2012.