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 VOL. 23, NO. 20APRIL 10, 1998 


Festival Will Feature the Work of Columbia Filmmakers

A scene from the film “Number One” by graduate film student Caroline Kava.


 BY KIM BROCKWAY

Columbia’s Graduate Film Division—the nation’s emerging academic center for independent filmmaking—will present a week-long festival of screenings and screenplay readings of student work, sponsored by Polo Ralph Lauren.

  The Polo Ralph Lauren New Works Festival of Columbia University Filmmakers will feature more than 40 films and videos and five screenplays from Apr. 13 to Apr. 18.

  The festival is becoming one of the most widely-anticipated and attended film school festivals in the nation. Films by previous festival participants have gone on to compete and win prizes in such prestigious festivals as Sundance, Venice, Berlin, Cannes, the New York Film Festival, the Academy Awards and the Student Academy Awards.

  Each year, a number of well-known actors, writers, directors and producers—many of whom are alumni of the Film Division—serve as guest hosts for the nightly events.

  The film festival will be held Mon., Apr. 13–Sat., Apr. 18 at the DGA Theatre, 110 W. 57 St. in New York City; Screenwriters Night, Apr. 14, will be held at the Lighthouse, 111 E. 59 St., and screenings of videos will be held on Apr. 16 and 18 at Dodge Hall.

  The festival culminates in the awarding of more than $75,000 in prizes, including three major awards from both Polo Ralph Lauren and New Line Cinema. Among these awards are two grants which provide funding for two “Collaborative Projects,” teaming a writer, director and producer; the films made from these grants are presented at the following year’s festival. In addition, audiences will be invited to vote for the Filmmaker Audience Choice award, sponsored by Filmmaker Magazine.

  In early May, this year’s award-winning films will be screened before an audience of film industry executives in Los Angeles, in an event hosted by Fox 2000.

  “With a world-class faculty, exceptionally talented students, and active and successful alumni, Columbia’s Film Division continues to make its mark in the independent film community,” said Robert Fitzpatrick, dean of the School of the Arts, where the Film Division is located. “An additional measure of our success is the ongoing and generous support of Polo Ralph Lauren. We are pleased to join with them in presenting another group of outstanding students and their engaging work.”

  Lewis Cole, chairman of the Film Division, added, “The films and screenplays in this year’s festival represent the wide range of styles and interests of our student filmmakers, who come from all over the world. The Division has continued to expand its faculty and strengthen its program, and improvements are reflected in this year’s films—by far the strongest showing of our students.”

  Tickets for all DGA events are $12 general admission/$8 students; Screenwriters Night, $8 general admission, and are available in advance by calling the Miller Theatre Box Office 854-7799, or by visiting the Box Office, Broadway at 116th Street, between Noon and 6:00 P.M.

  Tickets will also be available at the door after 5:00 P.M. on the day of the event. Admission to Dodge Hall events is free.

  For more information, the public may call 854-1547, or visit the Film Division web site: www.columbia.edu/cu/arts/film/f_index.html.






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