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2014 Written Image Screenwriting Prize
The Written Image Screenwriting Prize is designed to foster the development and recognition of "new screenwriters", specifically current students and ALUMNI of Columbia College Chicago who majored in Cinema Art + Science (formally Film & Video). 

2014 Golden Reel Awards Nominees and Winners
Five Columbia College Chicago Alumni were nominated for Golden Reel Awards. The winners, including two of our alums, were announced on Sunday, February 16th in Los Angeles.

Senior Vice President Warren Chapman overseeing Institutional Advancement
Senior Vice President Warren Chapman overseeing Institutional Advancement.

Alumni Film Winner's Feature to be Distributed Feb 1
The Trouble with the Truth, winner of the 2013 Alumni Film Contest
 will be distributed, starting February 1. Learn more...

Alumni on the Set of "The Mentalist"
Four Alumni find themselves working together on the set of The Mentalist

Alumni Film Winner to Show at Sundance
The Trouble with the Truth - Writer/Director: Jim Hemphill (BA '93)

Check out the interview with fellow alum, Horatio Sanz
Jimmy Carrane interviews Horatio Sanz at the Conversation in the Arts.

Once again Columbia College Chicago alumni will be making an impact on the Sundance Film Festival in January. Here is a list of 2014 Sundance Film Festival films that were made by our fellow alums.

Columbia Alumni are GOLDEN and we have SPIRIT!
Congratulations to our fellow alumni whose films are nominated for Golden Globes and Independent Spirit Awards.

Key Art Awards
Marketing movies is an integral part of a film's success. Here are six alumni who are making a living and winning awards for their work in this field. 

New President and CEO Announced: Dr. Kwang-Wu Kim
The Board of Trustees approved Dr. Kwang-Wu Kim as president-elect of Columbia College Chicago.

Alumni Awards
Congratulations to our alumni award winners!

Audio Arts + Acoustics Live Sound Alumni Receive National Recognition
AA+A Live Sound Alumni receive National recognition for their Live & Installed Sound skills at the 12th Annual Parnelli Awards gala held Oct. 20, 2012 at the Mirage Las Vegas. The award recognizes pioneering, influential professionals and their contributions, honoring both individuals and companies, and is considered the "Oscar®" of the Live Event Industry.

McNair Wins CWA Book of Year Award
The Fiction Writing Department of Columbia College Chicago is delighted to announce that Associate Professor Patricia Ann McNair’s short story collection, The Temple of Air, has won another prestigious award. The Chicago Writers Association has honored it with the Second Annual Book of the Year Award for traditionally published fiction, where it was one of three finalists.

The Teaching Artist Development (TAD) Studio
Announcing a continued opportunity for teaching artists in Chicago:
The Teaching Artist Development (TAD) Studio

Professor Emeritus Bernard M. Wideroe Passes Away
Professor Emeritus Bernard M. "Bernie" Wideroe passed away Wednesday, October 24, after suffering a heart attack. Funeral arrangements will be announced at a later date.

Join the Columbia Community Chorus!
The Sherwood Community Music School is looking for members to join the Columbia Community Chorus. The Chorus provides a fun, relaxed environment where members can experience singing with others.

Announcing: 2012 Alumni Film Contest WINNERS
Congratulations to the winners of the2012 Alumni Film Contest!

FREE Movie Screening: LA BAMBA
Come join us for a special 25th Anniversary screening of the film La Bamba.
Date: Monday September 24th
Time: 6:00–9:00 PM
Location: 1104 S. Wabash Film Row Cinema, 8th floor
Film Length: 108 minutes

Nino Rodriguez Creates Mural for Columbia College Chicago
Columbia College Chicago alumnus Nino Rodriguez (BA '05) designed and painted a Chicago-themed mural for the Wabash Arts Corridor project.

Columbia Makes The Hollywood Reporter's List of Top 25 Film Schools
In the August 3 issue, preeminent film industry publication The Hollywood Reporter honored Columbia College Chicago as one of the top 25 film schools. Aided by industry insiders, The Hollywood Reporter evaluated the world’s most prestigious film programs for the 2012 list.

Chapman and Gotsch Join Columbia
Warren K. Chapman, previously the University of Illinois Chicago Vice Chancellor and a Columbia College trustee, joined Columbia College Chicago in June in an interim role as senior vice president for a two-year term. Kenneth C. Gotsch also joined the college in May as the new Vice President for Business Affairs and Chief Financial Officer.

The 2012 ALUMNI FILM CONTEST is here! Don't miss out on your change to be featured at Columbia Night at the Chicago International Film Festival, Columbia at Sundance Film Festival, or other potential Columbia film festival collaborations!

Alumnus Ira Brooker Looking for Subjects for New Book "How I Use My Useless Degree"
Columbia MFA Ira Brooker is working on a book tentatively titled How I Use My Useless Degree. He is looking for interviewees who earned liberal arts or fine arts degrees in the past five or six years and are currently employed in a job that puts that training to work.

Local Artists, Faculty, and Alumni Perform at The Dance Center
Chicago dance artists The Space/Movement Project, Rachel Damon/Synapse Arts, and Erica Mott join together for Receiver a shared program exploring the varying degrees of theatricality in contemporary dance. They will perform at The Dance Center on Thursday, March 8, through Saturday, March 10, at 8 p.m.

6th Annual DMTC Alumni Dance Concert
The 6th Annual DMTC Alumni Dance Concert will be held on March 2, 2012, at Ruth Page Center.

On Saturday, February 4, 2012, Columbia College Chicago will present An Evening of Cabaret: Journeys and New Beginnings, featuring veteran and emerging Chicago-area cabaret artists, including alumni, students, and faculty of the Columbia College Chicago Musical Theatre Program. The performance will be co-hosted by Allen Turner, Chairman of the Board of Columbia College Chicago, and acclaimed Chicago cabaret artist Beckie Menzie. Other performers include faculty members Paul Amandes, Ashton Byrum, Sharon Carlson, Stephanie Shaw (also and alumna), Andra Velis Simon, and alumni Alex Newkirk and Kate Schwarz. Presented by the Columbia College Theatre Department's Musical Theatre Program in association with the College's Office of Institutional Advancement, the evening will raise funds for the Betty Garrett Musical Theatre Scholarship.

New Grants Expand Columbia’s After School Programs in CPS
Columbia College Chicago is extending its impact in the community through its Center for Community Arts Partnerships (CCAP). CCAP was recently awarded two grants to expand its Community Schools Initiative, which works on-site at Chicago Public Schools to holistically support K-12 students through after school programs, parent engagement, and other needed services.

2012 Written Image Screenwriting Competition
Written Image is now accepting submissions. Entries must be postmarked by December 30th, 2011.

The Written Image Screenwriting Prize is designed to foster the development and recognition of "new screenwriters," specifically alumni of Columbia College Chicago, who majored in Film, or current students with a declared major in Film & Video - writers who are at the threshold of a professional career.

Hair Trigger 33 and Fictionary Receive Awards
Hair Trigger 33 and Fictionary have been awarded a gold medalist certificate, and a number of students have won awards for their stories.

Celebrating the Life of Rose Marie Economou - November 17th
A celebration of the life of Rose Marie Economou, Associate Professor of Journalism and Emmy-Award winning television producer, will be held at Columbia College Chicago on Thursday, November 17.

Silent Auction Items Needed!
The Gianna Esposito Halloween Faire is a family benefit to raise funds for Columbia College Chicago students for their college education on October 28. Gianna was a Columbia photography student who died tragically a few weeks after starting at Columbia.  During her time at the College, she had come to know it as a place where she could be comfortable and explore her art.  To honor her memory, and help other students at Columbia, her family started a scholarship fund in her name.

The Winner of the Alumni Short Film Contest!
Congratulations to the team of Lenny Morris vs. the Universe for winning this year's winner of the Alumni Short Film Contest!

This year's top five submissions have been determined as:

Lenny Morris vs. the Universe – Directed by Evan Powers (BA '10)
When Skies Are Blue – Tony Nawrocki (BA '09) Writer/Producer/Director
A Penny Earned - Joseph (TJ) Mino (BA '01) Writer/Director/Producer
Mission: Mom Possible – Sharon King (BA '88) Producer
The Small Assassin - Beverly Ridge Pictures - Chris Charles (BA '07) Director

Special Home Sale Program for Columbia College Chicago
As a result of efforts by the City of Chicago to provide and preserve affordable housing in private developments for low- to moderate-income homebuyers, 235 W. Van Buren includes 44 residences that are part of this innovative program.

Your Feedback Wanted for Website Survey
Let us know how you use the site and improvements you'd like to see with the Columbia College web site!

The Written Image Screenwriting Prize is designed to foster the development and recognition of "new screenwriters," specifically alumni of Columbia College Chicago who majored in Film or current students with a declared major in Film - writers who are at the threshold of a professional career.  Click to see our 2011 winners!

Audio Arts & Acoustics to Host Ntl Hghwy Institute’s Traffic Noise Seminar
On August 25, 2011, thirty people will  graduate from the National Highway Institute’s Highway Traffic Noise Seminar  being hosted by Columbia College Chicago’s Audio Arts + Acoustics Department. Will you be one of them?  

Online registration is now open for the NHI Highway Traffic Noise session  (FHWA-NHI-142-051) to be held here in Chicago, August 23-25, 2011.

David Cromer directs House of Blue Leaves on Broadway
David Cromer ('86, 2011 Alumnus of the Year) directs Ben Stiller, Edie Falco and Jennifer Jason Leigh in the Broadway revival of John Guare’s comedic masterpiece THE HOUSE OF BLUE LEAVES. THE HOUSE OF BLUE LEAVES, a strictly limited 16‐week engagement, opens on Monday, April 25, 2011 at the Walter Kerr Theatre (219 West 48th Street).

Hair Trigger & Fictionary Win Columbia (University) Scholastic Press Awards
The Fiction Writing Department of Columbia College Chicago is proud to announce that, in addition to winning a Gold Medal Certificate and a number of Gold Circle Awards for individual student stories and creative nonfiction essays in fall 2010, both Hair Trigger 32 and Fictionary received Silver Crowns on March 12 and 13 at the annual Columbia Scholastic Press Association convention in New York City, making these recent awards the eighteenth Gold or Silver Crown for Hair Trigger since the Fiction Writing Department first entered Hair Trigger into the annual CSPA competitions in 1989 and the first Silver Crown for Fictionary.

Columbia College Purchases Iconic South Michigan Building
Columbia College has purchased the Johnson Publishing building at 820 South Michigan Ave., the home to Ebony and Jet magazines.