Photo courtesy of Asher Kelly-Nacht

Current Student in Short Film at the Amon Carter Museum of Art

October 23, 2017

Hugh Hayden ‘18, who is a second-year student in Columbia’s Visual Arts Program, stars in a short film titled, Hugh the Hunter, directed by the Oscar-nominated director, Zachary Heinzerling. The film was first shown in The Sundance Film Festival in 2015, and is now playing at the Amon Carter Museum of Art in Fort Worth, Texas.


In Hugh the Hunter, Hayden, who is from Dallas, TX, is dressed up as a Scottish lord. Hayden “uses both literal and metaphorical camouflage in the process of seeking his prey and hiding from predators, [thus] mirroring the disguises we all adopt to assimilate into dominant cultures,” according to the museum’s website.


Hayden's concentration at Columbia is sculpture. He has held past residencies at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and the Abrons Art Center, and his work has been featured in Socrates Sculpture Park, MoMA P.S. 1, and the Whitney Museum among other places. Heinzerling created the film while Hayden was an artist-in-residence in Scotland.