2019 Kit Noir Film Festival
WEDNESDAY–SUNDAY, MARCH 27–31, 2019
The Second Annual Dr. Saul and Dorothy Kit Film Noir Festival
Into the Night: Cornell Woolrich and Film Noir
Programmed by Rob King, Film and Media Studies
Managed by Soheil Rezayazdi, Columbia University
“As a master of dread, he has conceivably no pulp equal.” – Jonathan Rosenbaum
Short story maestro, former Columbia student, muse of suspense filmmakers: Cornell Woolrich (1903–1968) lived all of these lives. A prolific man of letters, Woolrich has had his novels and stories adapted into nearly 40 films and dozens of episodes of radio and television. Yet despite his strong influence on the postwar crime film, Woolrich has remained overshadowed by his hard-boiled contemporaries: Chandler, Hammett, and Cain.
The Second Annual Dr. Saul and Dorothy Kit Film Noir Festival seeks to correct this oversight. The festival will present 12 adaptations of Woolrich’s fiction: from the canonized masterworks of Alfred Hitchcock and François Truffaut to lesser known “B” films and Monogram potboilers. Many films will be screened in 35mm.
Screenings will be accompanied by discussions featuring film scholars Ann Douglas, Frank Krutnik, James Naremore, Francis M. Nevins, and Pamela Wojcik. All talks will be livestreamed for those who cannot attend in person. Columbia’s Rare Book & Manuscript Library will also host an accompanying exhibit of items from the Cornell Woolrich Papers, which reside at Columbia University.
Tickets: $12 General Admission / $10 Seniors (65 and older) / $8 Student*
Packages: $40 for four films / $75 for all films
Advance ticket sales available online only
Day-of screening ticket sales available on-site, pending availability
*Students will have access to free rush tickets 30 minutes prior to each screening, pending availability and with a valid CUID.
Complete Festival Schedule
The Boy, the Bachelor and the Bride: Adaptation as Variation in 'The Window,' 'Rear Window,' and 'The Bride Wore Black'
This festival is funded by a generous gift from alumnus Gordon Kit (Columbia College ’76), in honor of his parents.
Trailer by Columbia College student Sam Fentress CC '19 and Columbia College alumnus Matthew Rivera CC '18.
For more information, contact [email protected]
Gordon Kit’s lifelong passion for film noir, nurtured by his family since he was a child, has found an outlet—and a home—at Columbia.