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Alumni Spotlight: Amy Talkington (FILM ‘99) PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 10 March 2014 00:22

ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT - Amy Talkington (FILM ‘99)

Amy’s first book LIV, FOREVER will be published by Soho Teen in March, 2014. It has been chosen as a Junior Library Guild Selection and an Amazon YA Book of the Month. Amy is currently adapting it for film with Offspring Entertainment attached to produce. You can see the trailer Amy directed for the book here.

Amy also has numerous film projects in active development including the “VALLEY GIRL” remake at MGM, “KICKED, BITTEN AND SCRATCHED” at Lionsgate, the “PRIVATE BENJAMIN” remake at New Line (with Anna Faris set to star) and “HOT FUSS,” based on a pitch she sold to Disney. Amy wrote and directed “THE NIGHT OF THE WHITE PANTS” which stars Oscar-nominee Tom Wilkinson, Nick Stahl and Selma Blair and was released in 2008. Amy wrote and directed six short films which were selected for numerous festivals (including Sundance and SXSW) and received many accolades. In the television arena, Amy wrote ABC Family’s “BRAVE NEW GIRL” and co-wrote “AVALON HIGH,” a children’s movie for which she won a 2011 WGA Award.

She is participating in a free event Thursday, March 13th at the Barnes and Noble in the Grove with Mickey Rapkin (Pitch Perfect) and Shauna Cross (Whip It) moderated by Beth Schacter, discussing screenwriting and young adult novels. For more information: http://store-locator.barnesandnoble.com/event/4680550

Below she tells us about her career so far and how she came to write her first novel.

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Fellowship Survey 2014 PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 10 March 2014 00:15

Throughout the year there are various fellowships and labs available to filmmakers and television writers -- including the Sundance lab and ABC/Disney Writing Fellowship but also ones that are not as well known, such as the CAAM Fellowship or the Toronto Film Festival Lab. Each newsletter, CUE will include short interviews with past Columbia participants of fellowships with approaching deadlines. They will tell you what exactly you do in each of the programs and any application tips they picked up in their time.

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Beau Willimon on the Ides of March PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 10 March 2014 00:11

Beau Willimon (CC’ 99, SOA ‘03) wrote the Academy Award nominated screenplay for The Ides of March based on his play Farragut North before executive producing Netflix’s first original series House of Cards. Beau graciously agreed to talk to CUE about the steps of his career and the process of writing House of Cards.

1. What was your path from college to where you are now?

Well, it was a very rocky, curvy path. I went to Columbia College and majored in Visual Arts, specifically as a painter. I didn’t take any writing classes as an undergrad.

When I graduated, I worked for the Estonian Government for a little while. I lived on Lower Eastside and worked odd jobs. I spent four months in Vietnam researching a screenplay – my first screenplay – based on the life of Tomas Vu, a Visual Arts professor at Columbia who grew up in Vietnam during the war.

And then I bullied Eduardo Machado, who was then the head of the playwriting program at Columbia, into letting me audit a playwriting class he was teaching. And we met during office hours and he told me to write and play and apply to the program, and if it was good enough, he’d accept me.

So I wrote a play and he accepted me and I did my 3 years there. When I graduated I had no plan. I worked a hodge podge of jobs. I was a barista. I taught SAT prep classes. I did internships. It was very hand-to-mouth. The whole time, I kept writing plays, but no one wanted to do them.

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2013 in Review PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 07 January 2014 00:00
On behalf of the board of your CUE (Columbia University in Entertainment) network, HAPPY NEW YEAR!

We have lots of great things in store for 2014.

But first, THANK YOU for helping CUE deliver on its most ambitiously programmed year ever!

We are humbled by your enthusiasm and grateful for your continued support. Here are some highlights of the events CUE proudly hosted in 2013:

 

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Alumni Spotlight: Ken Kristensen (Film '08) PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 07 February 2013 09:36

On January 16th, Image Comics (The Walking Dead) published Ken Kristensen's comic book Todd the Ugliest Kid on Earth. A darkly funny story about a little boy navigating a grotesque world. The first issue sold out in 24 hours, and is now selling for ten times its cover price on eBay, and has gotten amazing reviews. The publisher is going back to press for a second printing of issue #1. Issue #2 hits stores February 13. Below Ken tells us how he teamed up with his storyboard artist from his Columbia short films, got inspired by Todd Solondz, and found his publisher at San Diego Comic Con.

It all started by finding My co-creator and artist on the series, M.K. Perker. He was and is a frequent illustrator for the New York Times Book Review and Op-Ed page, and at the same time he was partnering up with me as the storyboard artist and production designer on my Columbia short films. Our artistic collaboration on every project was so strong we decided to form a permanent creative partnership. We'd meet every week at MK's Harlem apartment to brainstorm new projects.

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