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Two Columbia Film alumni have been selected to participate in the 51st iteration of the New Directors/New Films (ND/NF) festival from Film at Lincoln Center and The Museum of Modern Art. They are: Ricky D’Ambrose ’12 and Jasmin Freitas Tenucci ’20.

 

Professor Susanna Coffey’s work is featured in the group show What is Left Unspoken, Love at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta Georgia. This show will remain on view until August 14, 2022. 

Associate Professor Shelley Silver is screening her film, Girls / Museum, this Friday, April 8 at the Goethe-Institut in New York. After the film, Silver will be in conversation with Brooklyn Museum curator Lisa Small. 

A Poet’s Life is a series where we talk with Columbia poets about everything from living as a poet to making a living as a poet.

Here, we talk with alumnus Baba Badji '15 about poetic resistance, recovering the archive, and how privacy holds a poem together.

Acting alumnus Marcel Spears '15 will star in an upcoming co-production of Fat Ham by James Ijames, produced by The Public Theater and National Black Theatre and directed by Saheem Ali '07. Starring alongside Spears in the production is Nikki Crawford as Tedra, Chris Herbie Holland as Tio, Billy Eugene Jones as Rev/Papp, Adrianna Mitchell as Opal, Calvin Leon Smith as Larry, and Benja Kay Thomas as Rabby. Marcel Spears will be playing the character of Juicy. 

Several Columbia University alumni have teamed up to create a new original series of digital shorts, entitled Marta Nesspek Presents. They are: Logan Reed ’21 (director), Kate Pressman ’20 (writer, illustrator, and hands performer), Elizagrace Madrone ’20 (producer and dramaturg), and Josh Brown ’20 (soundtrack composer). 

Writing Research Arts Student Laura Green recently placed first in the Story Foundation Prize for her short story, "Stuck."

Sound Art alumnus Nolan Lem ‘15 is featured in a solo show, Surface Song, at Eks-Rummet Gallery in Copenhagen, Denmark.The show runs April 1 to April 10, 2022.

 

Professor and School of Journalism alumna Margo Jefferson '71 was recently awarded a 2022 Donald Windham-Sandy M. Campbell Literature Prize (Windham-Campbell Prize), one of the literature field's most esteemed awards.

Acting student Anita Abdinezhad ’22 will make her Broadway debut this spring in Selina Fillinger’s new play, POTUS: Or, Behind Every Great Dumbass are Seven Women Trying to Keep Him Alive.

Adjunct Associate Professor Deborah Brevoort’s new opera Quamino’s Map had its world premiere at the Chicago Opera Theater on April 24, 2022.

Our beloved colleague—poet, translator, essayist and critic Richard Howard, who taught at Columbia (which he also attended as an undergraduate) for nearly 30 years, died on Thursday at the age of 92. The range of his work was prodigious and it garnered many awards—the Pulitzer prize (1970) for his collection, Untitled Subjects, the PEN Translation Prize (1976) for his translation of E.M. Cioran’s A Short History of Decay, and the National Book Award (1984) for his translation of Baudelaire’s Les Fleurs du Mal.

The 94th annual Academy Awards ceremony is scheduled to take place on Sunday, March 27, 2022. Seven films from Columbia filmmakers have received nominations. They are: The Lost Daughter, written and directed by alumna Maggie Gyllenhaal '99 (CC)Encanto, executive produced by alumna Jennifer Lee ’05Raya and the Last Dragon, also executive produced by Lee, West Side Story, executive produced and written by Tony Kushner '78 (CC)House of Gucci, co-written by alumnus Roberto Bentivegna ’10King Richard, which features acting alumnus Robert Walker Jeffery '18, and Ascension, directed and produced by Jessica Kingdon ’09 (CC).

Associate Professor Racquel Gates is the guest curator of Icons: Framing Images of Black Women on Movie Posters, a current ongoing exhibition at the Museum of the Moving Image.

Alumnus and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Undergraduate Creative Writing Joseph Fasano '08 recently embarked on a creative project through Twitter titled "Poem for My Son."