Columbia Alumni, Faculty Premiering Work at 2019 Sundance Film Festival

January 04, 2019

This month, we're celebrating the dozens of alumni, faculty, and students who are premiering their innovative work during the Sundance Film Festival, which runs January 24 through February 3. Check out the categories in which these talented Columbians are nominated. 

Heading to Sundance yourself? Catch up with the CAA at an alumni-favorite annual reception in Park City on January 26. Get your ticket!


NEXT: The films in this category, according to the Sundance Institute, are, "distinguished by an innovative, forward-thinking approach to storytelling," and will "shape a 'greater' next wave in American cinema." 

  • Sister Aimee: Samantha Buck '16SOA (Co-Writer and Co-Director); Marie Schlingmann '16SOA (Co-Writer and Co-Director); Hugo Kenzo '14SOA (First Assistant Director)
  • Adam: Ariel Schrag '03CC (Screenwriter); James Schamus, SOA Faculty (Producer); Mark Sean Haynes '15SOA (Post-Production Supervisor)
  • Selah and the Spades: Jessica Daniels Schwartz '07SOA (Casting)


: This category is, "a tribute to the cinema we love from throughout the past year," the Institute says.

  • The Mountain: Mark Sean Haynes '15SOA (Post-Production Supervisor); Alexandra Vivas '14SOA (Unit Production Manager); Gene Park '07GS (Sound Designer)


: This category includes highly anticipated narrative films.


US Dramatic Competition
: This category features, "groundbreaking new voices in American independent film," the Sundance Institute says. 


Documentary Premieres
: Films in this section are about "far-reaching subjects," and represent the Institute's "ongoing commitment" to documentaries.

  • Halston: Frédéric Tcheng '07SOA (Director, Screenwriter, Producer); Amy Entelis '79JRN (Executive Producer); Markus Kirschner '08SOA (Production Designer)
  • Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am: Timothy Greenfield-Sanders '74CC (Director, Producer)


World Cinema Documentary Competition: 
This category includes, "some of the most courageous and extraordinary international filmmakers working today." 


: This category is for the Festival's youngest fans.

  • Abe: Jacob Kader '09SOA (Co-Screenwriter)


US Narrative Short Films: 
Sundance showcases 70-80 shorts during its Festival, "helping to support careers working in the form while also discovering new talent in filmmaking."

  • Green: Suzanne Andrews Correa '17SOA (Director, Co-Screenwriter); Mustafa Kaymak 14, '17SOA (Co-Screenwriter, Producer); Nicholas Becerra '18SOA (First Assistant Director); Fabio Montaria '16SOA (First Assistant Director); Emre Gulcan '17SOA (Digital Imaging Technician)
  • Suicide by Sunlight: Ellie Foumbi '17SOA (Actor)


International Narrative Short Films

  • Fatherland: George Sikharulidze '17SOA (Director and Screenwriter)


New Frontiers Shorts Program


Screenwriters Lab

Photos: The Sundance Institute


Continue the conversation:

  • Interested in more arts-related programming from the Columbia Alumni Association? E-mail for more information.
  • "The arts engage the most serious issues of our time, cutting across disciplines, cultures, and difference," School of the Arts Dean Carol Becker said. Learn how you can make an impact by supporting the arts at Columbia.