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Tuesday, 12 February 2008 17:58

ImageThis article excerpt appears courtesy Columbia Spectator's The Eye.

Columbia garnered top prizes in three out of the four categories for feature films—dramatic, documentary, and world documentary. Columbia's success at Sundance 2008 is not an anomaly—previous Columbia-affiliated films include Padre Nuestro, Little Miss Sunshine, and Half Nelson.

Many of the 2008 festival filmmakers joined film division Chair Jamal Joseph and the new Dean of the School of the Arts, Carol Becker, at a Columbia Alumni Association and School of the Arts reception in their honor during the first weekend of Sundance. As the reception commenced at the swank 350 Main Brasserie, Joseph gave a speech that commended Columbia's achievement and the artists in attendance.

Photo by Noelle Thurin
"We are here because we are a Columbia family who nurtures talent, develops talent, then our network moves this talent forth into the industry. That is what we are celebrating, what the Columbia network is doing in this industry, here at Sundance and around the world." An estimated 300 people in attendance—the head of the Sundance Institute, New York State Commissioners, heads of other arts schools, journalists, and alumni from Columbia's various schools—mingled over hors d'oeuvres and an open bar.

Edward McGinty, who graduated from the School of the Arts in 2006, spoke at the reception about Columbia University Entertainment, a network for alumni in the entertainment industry that was started last year. Currently, the Los Angeles-based group has a mailing list of 300 people, but is looking to expand to include alumni from all of Columbia’s schools. “I love seeing all these people from different schools getting involved, when they realize the success graduates are having in the cultural arena. An enormous amount of energy is directed at Columbia this year, and I’m proud of that,” Becker said.

Read the full article here: Sundance Rundown - Columbia's presence in Park City

See Also: Prized Possessions - Columbia’s top entries at Sundance 2008 on The Eye's website

Complete list of Sundance 2008 Award Winners with ties to Columbia:

Grand Jury Prize: Documentary
"Trouble The Water"; Carl Deal (JRN '94) Director

Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic
"Frozen River"; Courtney Hunt (SoA '94) Director

World Cinema Jury Prize: Documentary
"Man on Wire"; Maureen Ryan (SoA '92) Producer

Audience Award: Dramatic
"The Wackness"; Felipe Marino (GS '02) Producer - Famke Janssen (CC) Cast Member

World Cinema Audience Award: Documentary
"Man on Wire"; Maureen Ryan (SoA '92) Producer

Directing Award: Documentary
Nanette Burstein Director (& former SoA Faculty Member) for "American Teen"

Directing Award: Dramatic
Lance Hammer for "Ballast" - Nina Parikh (GSAS '05) Producer

Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award
Alex Rivera and David Riker for "Sleep Dealer"

Alfred P. Sloan Prize
"The Sleep Dealer"; Eric Mendelsohn (SoA Faculty) Story Editor - Jessica Levin (SoA '02) Associate Producer - Anthony Bregman (SoA Faculty) Producer