| A scene from God is Good, directed by SOA student Caryn Waechter|
Attendees of the sixth annual Newport Beach Film Festival, which runs April 21-30, will have the opportunity to see a special Columbia University showcase, featuring five films from the School of the Arts. The selected Columbia films are Family Portrait, directed by Patricia Riggen, the winner of the 2005 Sundance Jury Prize in Short Filmmaking; God is Good, directed by Caryn Waechter; Extreme Mom, directed by Joyce Draganosky; Loopy, directed by Seth Michael Donsky; and Nostradamus and Me, directed by Eilis Kirwan. All five films also screened at the 2004 Columbia University Film Festival.
The 2005 Newport Beach Film Festival accepted 350 short and feature-length films from around the world. The festival also offers a rare chance to meet the filmmakers during post-screening question and answer sessions. The Columbia films will screen at the Edwards Island Cinema in Newport Beach, California.