Kit Film Noir Festival

Still from Double Indemnity featured at The Inaugural Dr. Saul and Dorothy Kit Film Noir Festival
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WEDNESDAY–SUNDAY, MARCH 27–31, 2019

 

The Second Annual Dr. Saul and Dorothy Kit Film Noir Festival

 

Programmed by Rob King, Film and Media Studies

 

Thank you to everyone who attended the inaugural festival!

 

Check back soon or subscribe to our email list for updates on the 2019 festival. The second annual festival will run March 27-31, 2019 and showcase the film adaptations of crime writer Cornell Woolrich.

This festival is funded by a generous gift from alumnus Gordon Kit (Columbia College ’76), in honor of his parents.

 

For more information, contact filmnoir@columbia.edu

 

About Dr. Saul and Dorothy Kit

 

Born and raised in the early 1920's in the New York Metropolitan area, Dr. Saul Kit (Passaic, NJ) and Dorothy Anken Kit (Jackson Heights, Queens) were lovers of literature, theater and film. Dorothy, an interior decorator, wrote poetry and plays in her leisure time, and had a strong artistic bent, which included creating needlepoint designs based on famous works of art, as well as based on her own original designs, many of which were commissioned by her friends. A GI bill undergraduate at the University of California, Berkeley, Saul went on to receive his PhD in Biochemistry from Berkeley, the location of the birth of their oldest child Sally (Syracuse, Class of 1971). Saul carried out his post-doctoral studies at the University of Chicago, where his first son, Malon (Columbia School of Engineering, Class of 1973), was born. Suffering from the bitter cold winters of Chicago, Saul subsequently moved the family to the warmest place he could find a job, Houston, Texas, where his second son, Gordon (Columbia College, Class of 1976) was born. Saul’s extraordinary 35-year scientific career included important discoveries in cancer, virology, and vaccine research. He was Chief of the section of Nucleoprotein Metabolism in the Department of Biochemistry at M.D. Anderson Hospital, and later Professor and Head of the Division of Biochemical Virology at Baylor College of Medicine, both in Houston. Saul was a recipient of numerous research grants from various government and private organizations, including the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation and The American Cancer Society. For over 25 years he received a Research Career Award from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. In 1987, Saul, along with his son Malon, were honored with the Distinguished Inventor of the Year Award for developing the world's first genetically engineered vaccine to be licensed by the US government. Saul and Malon were granted numerous United States and International patents for their pioneering vaccine inventions, aided by their patent attorney son/brother, Gordon. Gordon’s generous gift to Columbia funds the film noir festival in honor of his parents.

Impact Stories

Film Noir Festival to Premiere at Columbia Following $500,000 Donation

Film Noir Festival to Premiere at Columbia Following $500,000 Donation

January 16, 2018

The inaugural Dr. Saul and Dorothy Kit Film Noir Festival, named after Kit’s parents (pictured below), has been established thanks to a $500,000 donation to the School of the Arts’ Film program.

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