Go to Content
Columbia College Chicago


Back to department homepage


Film & Video News Archive
Want to access the Film & Video news archive? Access the filter drop-down menu below and select "Archive."

Or, you can access the Film & Video Newsletter archive here.

Display Filter:

"Let's Make Something Out of Nothing."


Ten finalist films made by 30+ filmmakers in CA+S Foundations classes screened before a full house at the 26th semi-annual Take 1 Student Film Festival followed by a Q&A and a presentation of awards.  Read more...

SXSW Recap from the Chair


CA+S Chair Bruce Sheridan attended the Film and Interactive programs at South By Southwest (SXSW) 2014: It is very clear that the world has now moved beyond the polarization of “old” and “new” media to an understanding that all media aspire in some way to be cinematic. Read more...

Are you thirsty enough? Thirsty enough to win?


CA+S MFA Candidate Robert Forney represents the college as a finalist in the Sprite Films™ competition. Read more...

Watching Big Movies on the Small Screen


The Chicago Tribune recently interviewed three CA+S students: So what's it like to be a young filmmaker in that 18-24 bracket shooting stories destined to be watched on a strange variety of screens?  Read more...

Back in Baltimore with CHARLOTTE


CA+S MFA Candidate Angel Kristi Williams is on Paste Magazine's 10 Black Directors to Watch in 2014 and has been selected as a Director for Film Independent Project Involve, a mentoring program that will coincide with the making of her thesis film Charlotte. Read more...

ARTS & CRAFTS Goes Viral


Arts & Crafts', a CCC student-created comedic web series, first season available on Vimeo and YouTube.  Read more...

FROZEN Effects Supervisor


CA+S Animation alum Marlon West (BA '85) was Effects Supervisor on the animated film Frozen that recently won the Oscar for Best Animated Feature.  Read more...

Moving Air Through Sound


CA+S alum Eric Justen (BA ’98) was recently nominated for his third Cinema Audio Society Award for re-recording sound on the television drama series Breaking BadRead more…

Sundance Recap from the Chair


CA+S Chair Bruce Sheridan highlights CCC's indie spirit at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. Read more...

Cutting Through The Field


Screen, a production publication covering many facets of the film industry, recently featured three CA+S alums as Up & Coming Editors.  Read more...

Creative Producer Creating Change


CA+S alum Jessica Estelle Huggins (BA '12) is still going strong as the Creative Producer of Chi~Voices: A Poetic Film Series, a spoken word piece about the spectrum of violence set to be finished by Fall 2014.
Read more...

Chicago is #1


Hot dogs? Check. Deep dish? Check. Movie making? Check! Chicago has been named by MovieMaker magazine as the top city to live in and work as a MovieMaker in 2014. Read more...

Light the Story


CA+S alum John Guleserian (BA '00) was recently featured in ICG Magazine talking about the difference between indies, studio films, and how he decides to light the story.  Read more...

CA+S Students Wrap Red Carpet Opportunity


A crew of 13 CA+S students were hired to videotape events that included panel discussions, Q&As with filmmakers, and red carpet arrivals at AMC River East Theater for the 49th Chicago International Film Festival. Read more...  

A Choice of Heart


CA+S alum Jack C. Newell (BA '04) continues to raise awareness for the rebuilding efforts in Haiti with his in-progress film, How To Build A School In HaitiRead more...

Despite Limitations, Schimmel Produces Dream Job


CA+S adjunct faculty member Mark Schimmel recently collaborated with nonprofit Chicago Street Musicians to create a short music video for a new version of the local classic, "Sweet Home Chicago."  Read more...

"Why did a big corporation give us all this money?"


Adam McKay, writer, producer, and director of Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, was welcomed with a standing ovation from a packed house of Columbia College Chicago students prior to a question and answer session after an advance screening of the movie. Read more…

Why Documentary and Why Now?


CA+S faculty member and documentary filmmaker Ruth Leitman walked into her first week of class noticing a zeal for documentary in this year's group of incoming freshman. Read more...

MFA Candidate Producing a Puppet Passion Project


CA+S MFA Candidate Conor O'Farrell is collaborating with Chicago native and MFA Candidate Sehaj Sethi from Tisch School of the Arts at NYU to produce her thesis film featuring a cast of rod puppets. Read more...

THE PAINTER—A CCC Collaboration


CA+S faculty members and partners in production, Kevin and DeAnna Cooper, Cinematographer Adam Jones, Production Designer Tom Kesling, in addition to other Columbia College faculty, staff, and students worked on The Painter, the award-winning short film that tackles the tough subject of how violence in Chicago is robbing youth of their innocence.  Read more...

Where the Past Comes Back to Life


Film historian Matthew C. Hoffman (BA ’98) is the programmer of the Park Ridge Classic Film series hosted by the Pickwick Theatre. Read more...

Filmmakers and Students Up Close and Personal


Chicago International Film Festival = networking opportunities on campus.
Read more...

Opportunity Knocks on OPEN TABLES


F&V adjunct faculty member Jack C. Newell (BA '04) recently wrapped Chicago production on Open Tables, a feature with a crew comprised of several Columbia College alums and students.
Read more...

Adam and Rover Steal the Show


CA+S alum Valencia Spates (BA ’12) recently was awarded a $1,500 first prize for the Adam and Rover Stopmotion Competition sponsored by Design Ideas. Read more...

Write To The Top


CA+S BA candidate Nicholas Olson has been selected to represent Columbia College as the nominee for the Michael Collyer Fellowship in Screenwriting. Read more...

Ronn Pitts: Gone But Never Forgotten


The legendary filmmaker and longtime CA+S faculty and staff member's spirit will live on with us forever. Read more...

New Name and New Strategies


“Cinema is a specificity of vision.” Read more...

HEART OF THE HOOD played 40,000 big screens


A crew of Columbia College students worked on the Heart of the Hood behind-the-scenes trailer that played in 40,000 movie theaters as part of the Sprite Films competition. Read more...

Instructor By Day, Investigator By Night


When she's not asking students about mise-en-scene, plot points or the Kuleshov effect, CA+S adjunct faculty member Francine J. Sanders is posing tough questions to interview subjects. Read more...

We Were Students and Filmmakers


Al Benoit (BA '13), working with CA+S students and Magnanimous Media, just wrapped production on his short film We Were Monsters and Detectives.  Read more...

Production Designers Create Earth, Wind and Fire


A group of Cinema Art + Science alumni worked with adjunct faculty member Margaret Goddard-Knop on Opera-Matic’s New Moon Lagoon. 
Read more...

Camp Kuleshov Rocks


Ben Winter (BA’10), a current assistant editor at Red Car, recently won the 2013 AICE Chicago Camp Kuleshov trailer editing Grand Prize with his entry Planet of Rocks. Read more...

Fighting Game and the NoiseFloor Team is Win/Win


F&V adjunct faculty member Cory Coken ('95) with NoiseFloor LTD. co-creator Jamie Vanadia (BA '96), and a staff mainly comprised of Columbia College alums, recently wrapped work on their latest video game collaboration with Netherrealm Studios, Warner Brothers and DC Comics on “Injustice: Gods Among Us.”  Read more...

Animation and Game Design Programs Best in Midwest


Columbia College Chicago was recently ranked number one on Animation Career Review’s list of the “Top 20 Animation and Game Design Schools in the Midwest.” Read more...

From Columbia To Memphis


F&V writer/director/co-producer William Bryan (BA '12)
marked his tenth trip to Memphis, Tennessee by locking down the pre-production aspects of his passion project, Nobody, a biographical short film about Elvis Presley. 
Read more...

Fairy Tales Are For Real, Contests Count


F&V alum Heather Dunoon (BA '13) was named the 2013 Michael Collyer Fellow in Screenwriting, receiving recognition from the Writers Guild (East) and $10,000 for writing a feature film she pitched titled Remember MeRead more...

'I Expected Nothing and Hoped for Everything'


F&V student AJ Young ('14) won the Academy’s Oscar Experience College Search, handed out statuettes during the ceremony in February, and made it a priority to network while in Los Angeles.  Read more...

Producer, Alumnus Teitel Teaches SiLA Class


Bob Teitel
(BA ’90), producer of Barbershop, Soul Food, Notorious, and many other films, was a smash hit teaching the Creative Producing graduate class as part of Semester in LA.  Read more...

Rybicky Earns Documentary Attention, Support


F&V faculty member Dan Rybicky’s Almost There was one of four submissions chosen from across the country to receive funding from the Independent Television Service (ITVS), and premiere on PBS later in 2014.  Read more...

McCoy & Meyer Launch With 'Famous' Ad


F&V alumni Eric McCoy, Director (BA '09), and Justus Meyer, Producer (BA '11), have teamed up to formally launch their award-winning production company, McCoy & Meyer, with the debut of a headline commercial for Famous Footwear's nationwide Mother's Day campaign. Read more...

Big Screen: 17 Years and Still Going Strong


The Film & Video Department's Big Screen—held Thursday, April 25—screened nine finalist films and presented cash awards to A.J. Sheeran’s (BA '11) The Treehouse (Best of Fest and Audience Award), Maria Abraham’s (MFA '12) Girl With Child (Cinematography Award to Chris Nelson), and Nick Barks’ (BA '11) Dispatch (Editing Award). Read more...

Teaching Homage, Creating Homage


F&V faculty member Vaun Monroe produced and directed The Belle of New Orleans, featured in The Goodman Theatre’s production of By The Way, Meet Vera Stark, with a crew of alumni, current students and colleagues including adjunct faculty members Jennifer Peepas and Jeffrey Jon Smith. Read more...