Columbia Alumni Take Home Grand Jury Prize at Sundance

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Columbia Alumni Take Home Grand Jury Prize at Sundance


Four Columbia University School of the Arts Film alumni were awarded the prestigious Grand Jury Prize for the film, The Miseducation of Cameron Post at Sundance this year. The alumni who worked on The Miseducation of Cameron Post, were Jessica Daniels Schwarz '07SOA, Casting Director, Markus Kirschner '09SOA, Production Designer, Faculty member Andrew Hauser '12SOA, Post Supervisor, and Rob Cristiano '13SOA, Co-producer.

The film stars actress Chloe Grace Moretz and is set in a gay conversion therapy center that aims to turn several young lesbians straight. “We want to dedicate this award to the LGBTQ survivors of sexual conversion therapy,” Moretz said in her acceptance speech during a ceremony hosted by comedian Jason Mantzoukas at The Basin Recreation Fieldhouse in Park City, Utah. “We want this movie to shine a light (on the fact) that it is only illegal in nine states out of the 50 to practice sexual conversion therapy,” according to USA Today.

The Grand Jury Prize is typically a marker of future success; recent winners include films such as WhiplashFruitvale Station and Beasts of the Southern Wild.

Congratulations to the Grand Jury Prize winners and the many alumni and faculty who received honors this year!

Read the full article on the Columbia University School of the Arts website.