On Friday, May 4, CAAL members and their guests were invited to mingle with regarded filmmakers on opening night at the 25th Columbia University Film Festival. Introduced by esteemed graduates of the Film Program, opening night featured several shorts shown in their entirety including works by 2011 Andrew Sarris Award winner Greg Mottola '91SOA, and Academy Award winner Adam Davidson '91SOA. CAAL members and their guests received a gift bag with a film DVD and a complimentary cocktail.
Columbia University School of the Arts Film Program and Film Society of Lincoln Center co-present the 25th Anniversary of the Columbia University Film Festival (CUFF), a week-long program of screenings, dramatic readings and special events. Annually, the Festival showcases premieres of thesis short films, feature screenplays and teleplays created by graduate MFA students from the School of the Arts Film Program.
Films shown in their entirety on opening night were as follows:
Swingin' in the Painter's Room (1989), directed by Greg Mottola '91SOA
The Lunch Date (1989), written and directed by Academy Award Winner Adam Davidson '91SOA
One Day Crossing (2000), screenplay by Christina Lazaridi '98SOA, directed by Academy Award Winner, Joan Stein '99SOA, produced by Karen Severns '99SOA
Chicken Heads (2009), written and directed by Bassam Jarbawi '10SOA, produced by Ed Blythe '10SOA
Off Season (2010), written and directed by Jonathan van Tulleken '10SOA, and produced by Jacob Jaffke '10SOA, a film that was nominated for a BAFTA Award
In addition, excerpts from early works of Lisa Cholodenko '97SOA, James Mangold '99SOA, Kimberly Peirce '96SOA, Tanya Wexler '95SOA, and many others, were included.