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Columbia Film Festival Comes to Los Angeles with Grad Shorts

Thompson on Hollywood By Maggie Lange | Thompson on Hollywood May 30, 2012 at 6:36PM

The Columbia University School of the Arts Film Program is taking its show on the road and bringing its film festival to Los Angeles. The LA version will feature industry networking events, panels, parties, and screenings of the graduate film program’s student work.
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Jennifer Phang's "Advantageous" from Columbia's Graduate Film Program
Jennifer Phang's "Advantageous" from Columbia's Graduate Film Program

The Columbia University School of the Arts Film Program is taking its show on the road and bringing its film festival to Los Angeles. The LA version will feature industry networking events, panels, parties, and screenings of the graduate film program’s student work. We previewed and covered the 25th Columbia University Film Festival (CUFF) in NY, which included a panel of women filmmakers.

The best of this year's graduate film program shorts, the Faculty Selects series, will be screened at an open event on June 12 at 7 PM at the DGA Theater.  Films that have been included in Faculty Selects have gone on to play at major film festivals, garnered awards and proved to be the early works of major directors and producers.  The graduate list of Columbia's film program includes Kathryn Bigelow ("The Hurt Locker"), Ron Nyswaner ("Philadelphia") and Lisa Cholodenko ("The Kids Are All Right"), with faculty that includes Ira Deutchman, Richard Pena, James Schamus, Milos Forman, Martin Scorsese, Annette Insdorf, Emir Kusturica and Paul Schrader.
 

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.