Vol. 1, No. 6 - February 2008

Sundance Rundown: Columbia's presence in Park City

By Sarah McNeill
(this article excerpt appears courtesy Columbia Spectator's The Eye)

Columbia garnered top prizes in three out of the four categories for feature films—dramatic, documentary, and world documentary. Columbia's success at Sundance 2008 is not an anomaly—previous Columbia-affiliated films include Padre Nuestro, Little Miss Sunshine, and Half Nelson.

Many of the 2008 festival filmmakers joined film division Chair Jamal Joseph and the new Dean of the School of the Arts, Carol Becker, at a Columbia Alumni Association and School of the Arts reception in their honor during the first weekend of Sundance. As the reception commenced at the swank 350 Main Brasserie, Joseph gave a speech that commended Columbia's achievement and the artists in attendance.

"We are here because we are a Columbia family who nurtures talent, develops talent, then our network moves this talent forth into the industry. That is what we are celebrating, what the Columbia network is doing in this industry, here at Sundance and around the world." An estimated 300 people in attendance—the head of the Sundance Institute, New York State Commissioners, heads of other arts schools, journalists, and alumni from Columbia's various schools—mingled over hors d'oeuvres and an open bar.

Edward McGinty, who graduated from the School of the Arts in 2006, spoke at the reception about Columbia University Entertainment, a network for alumni in the entertainment industry that was started last year. Currently, the Los Angeles-based group has a mailing list of 300 people, but is looking to expand to include alumni from all of Columbia's schools. "I love seeing all these people from different schools getting involved, when they realize the success graduates are having in the cultural arena. An enormous amount of energy is directed at Columbia this year, and I'm proud of that," Becker said.

Read Full Article... (at The Eye's website)

The work of 44 students, alumni, and faculty of Columbia was represented at the 2008 Sundance Festival

Photo by Noelle Thurin

Photo by Noelle Thurin

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John Akin (SOA Film '99)'s short film Not Far Enough From The Tree is featured this week on HDFest.com. View it online here...

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