Columbia Day

Park City, Jan. 20. While UCLA and NYU have traditionally been the powerhouse film schools, this seventeen films at Sundance were made by either Columbia University [] Students or Alumni. In The Hollywood Reporter [], programmer Trevor Groth pointed out that the eight Columbia short films make up about 10% of the Shorts program. Ian Olds [], who graduated from the Columbia MFA program, last year, is here with his thesis film BOMB. “It’s strange to see all these people in a new context,” admits Olds. As to why Columbia rules? “Columbia claims that its emphasis is on story telling instead of visual style,” suggests Olds. “But for me it is not so much story telling but how you deal with meaning. And people are also learning to create visual style.”

Peter Bowen

Senior Editor, Filmmaker Magazine