Columbians in Film at Tribeca Film Festival

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Columbians in Film at Tribeca Film Festival


CAA Arts Access would like to congratulate all the Columbia students, alumni, and faculty past and present, participating in this year’s Tribeca Film Festival. A record number of alumni from Columbia College, School of the Arts, Graduate School of Arts and Science, and School of General Studies are involved in this year’s line up in a variety of roles.

One of this year’s most anticipated films, Aardvark, stars Zachary Quinto and Jon Hamm alongside Columbia College’s very own Jenny Slate ‘04CC. Also filling a spot in the competitive U.S. Narrative section, is Love After Love, a drama produced by a powerhouse of Columbia alumni and faculty; Russell Harbaugh '11SOA, Eric Mendelsohn (SOA Faculty), and Gareth Williams (GSAS Faculty). A Suitable Girl produced and directed by the dynamic duo Sarita Khurana '11SOA and Smriti Mundhra '09SOA is another highly anticipated title. Khurana and Mundhra have achieved what many documentarians can only attempt, taking a topic that many outsiders misunderstand and laying it beautifully bare.

Birthday Suit, a screenplay written by Amelia Scott '02CC will be participating in the Tribeca Film Week’s Tribeca All Access market as one of only one of five scripts selected! The story follows a middle aged woman, who, on her 55th birthday, divides her family and her community when she begins walking around completely naked, in a strange and uncompromising effort to be seen.

CAA will also be hosting private Columbia screening of Keep the Change in which Maureen Ryan '92SOA, Chair of the Film Program at Columbia University School of the Arts will moderate a talkback with filmmakers Rachel Israel '13SOA and Kurt Enger '07SOA. Keep the Change is a gripping romantic drama about a man who tries to hide his high-functioning autism, but is nonetheless forced to attend a support group for people with disabilities. There, he meets a shy woman with autism and their friendship soon turns romantic.

Read more about the film in the article featured on The Low Down here. Get your tickets here to join in the festivities!

Here is the full list of Columbia affiliates participating in this year’s festival.


Jenny Slate '04CC

Keep the Change

Rachel Israel '13SOA

Kurt Enger '07SOA

Roberto Cristiano ‘13SOA

Min Ding ‘13SOA

Jonah Bleicher ‘13SOA

Brendon Bouzard ‘15SOA

Chloe Lenihan ‘16SOA

Andy Fortenbacher ‘15SOA

Giovanni Ferrari ‘15SOA

Scott Riehs ‘15SOA


Love After Love

Russell Harbaugh '11SOA

Eric Mendelsohn SOA Faculty

Gareth Williams GSAS Faculty

Andrew Hauser ‘12SOA

Chris Teague ‘06SOA

John Magary ‘07SOA

Graham Mason ‘11SOA


Nobody's Watching (Nadie Nos Mira)

Julia Solomonoff '00SOA

Christina Lazaridi '98SOA, SOA Faculty

Elisa Lleras ‘11SOA

Bogdan Aperti ‘06SOA, SOA Faculty


A Suitable Girl

Sarita Khurana '11SOA

Smriti Mundhra '09SOA

Andre de Alencar Lyon ‘11SOA

Shrihari Sathe ‘09SOA, SOA Faculty


The Boy Downstairs

Sarah Ramos '15GS



Jerry Stahl '76CC


My Friend Dahmer

Alex Wolff '20SOA


Dumb: The Story of Big Brother Magazine

Steve Rocco '01SIPA



Sam Zimmerman '95CC



Joseph Cross '10CC, '15SOA


Approaching a Breakthrough

Noah Pritzker ‘09CC, SOA


Iron Hangs

Wen Shipei ’19SOA

Zhuo Tianqi ‘19SOA

Wang Xixi ‘20SOA

Johnson Cheng ‘20SOA



Andrew Hauser ‘12SOA

Skull and Bone

Victoria Riviera ‘21SOA


The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson

L.A. Teodosio ‘15SOA

Birthday Suit (Screenplay)

Aemilia Scott