The Columbia University Film Festival reconnects graduate film students through new virtual festival after a year of inactivity
The hustle and bustle of a film set has a palpable energy and atmosphere that often goes unnoticed by film fanatics. The chaotic yet meticulous nature found on film sets blends all of these elements of lighting, cameras, makeup, and sound to create a unique visual story. Some of the people who are extremely familiar with this energy are the Master’s of Fine Arts film program students and alumni from the School of the Arts. As the noise died down over the past year as a result of the pandemic, the Columbia University Film Festival was canceled, a festival that annually showcased all of these students’ thesis work. Now, CUFF is back in full swing, ready to put the “action” in “lights, camera, action”....
University Life Events Council’s CU Film Showcase brings students together virtually through the power of student-made films
A young man and a young woman continue to miss each other at a museum. A ballet dancer twirls to the swells of the San Francisco Orchestra. A man listens carefully to the sounds around him while his family waits for him to hear them. Each of these stories range across different genres, ideas, and topics, almost seeming to hold little in common. Yet in reality, these stories were just a few of the films that were featured at this year’s CU Film Showcase hosted by the University Life Events Council....
A group of college-aged women dressed in togas roll hoops to a finish line and jump over hurdles in the 1920s. Another group of women listens diligently to recordings of consonants and vowels for an English speech course in the 1940s. Others are dressed in their best winter clothes with suitcases in hand about to embark on a journey to the Westchester hills. What do all these women have in common? They are all part of Barnard’s unique history....
The Dr. Saul and Dorothy Kit Film Noir Festival explores U.S.-Mexico border crisis in first all-virtual festival
For many years, the sultry and mysterious presence of Hollywood film noir has remained a genre of intrigue in the world of cinema. Films like “Sunset Boulevard,” “The Big Heat,” and “In a Lonely Place” are still popular today, with recognizable stars like Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall emerging and film movements like French New Wave drawing inspiration from the genre....
CW: This article mentions sexual abuse, harassment, and discrimination.
Throughout the last year, the film industry has suffered the ongoing consequences of COVID-19 shutdowns. How do filmmakers continue to share stories in a socially distanced world? The Athena Film Festival had to tackle this question when planning its 11th annual festival. Now, for the first time, the Athena Film Festival has made an adjustment that many around the world have had to make—hosting a completely virtual event....