Callum Greene, a second-year MFA student in the Film Division of the School of the Arts, has been named the first recipient of the Arthur Krim Memorial Scholarship.
Greene, who is concentrating in film producing, will receive more than $4,000 from the endowment named in honor of the late film producer, Columbia alumnus and trustee chairman.
The fund was created last year by Annette Insdorf, then chairwoman of the Film Division, and Norman Lear, the Los Angeles-based producer. Almost $100,000 has been raised so far, including a $50,000 donation from Lear. The award will be made annually.
Krim, a 1930 graduate of Columbia College and a 1932 graduate of Columbia Law School, was elected a Columbia Trustee in 1967. He became chairman in 1977, serving until 1982. He was president of United Artists from 1951 to 1969 and then chairman until 1978. He was founding chairman of Orion Pictures from 1978 to 1992. In 1975, he received the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Insdorf said: "The Film Division is proud to honor Arthur Krim's memory while assisting Callum, one of our most worthy students in the area of film producing."
Greene was selected by the producing faculty. After receiving his B.A. from Bristol University, he worked for several years as a stage manager and producer in Europe. In New York, he has been an assistant director for music videos and worked for independent film companies, such as The Shooting Gallery and Good Machine.
Interviewed by CBS for "Filmmaking in New York" (which aired last October), he said, "This city has provided an environment within which concentration, dedication, skill and passion will succeed against all. Whatever project, whatever size, whatever budget--with a clear mind and this huge pool of talent at our fingertips, a producer can say 'Yes!'."
Columbia University Record -- April 19, 1996 -- Vol. 21, No. 24