Columbia Wraps New Works Fest
by Mark Rabinowitz
Columbia University wrapped up its '98 Polo Ralph Lauren New Works
Festival, by presenting several awards to students in the Graduate Film
Division, including three sponsored by Polo Ralph Lauren and three by
New Line Cinema, totaling $40,000. Four of these sponsored awards went
to the director of the film, while the remaining two awards (one from
each sponsor) were given as development awards to two teams of
The Ralph Lauren awards were Best Film, presented to Lisa Collins for
"Tree Shade" and Best Screenplay to Perry Lin for "17 Years to Earth."
The New Line awards went to Most Original Film, "Siesta" by Julia
Solomonoff and Best Director to Amy Talkington for "Second Skin."
Talkington told indieWIRE that she was "very thrilled" to win the award,
adding that it was for a film made in part using the development award
she won last year at the 1997 New Works fest. Talkington also won a 1997
award for her previous short, "Number One Fan." The award winning films
will be screened in Los Angeles on May 11th at Paramount Pictures.
Other awards handed out included the REI Media Group Award for Editing
(Jennifer Atkins, "The Deep End"), Best Screenplay (Shuping Roman, "The
Widow"), the Frank Daniell Award for exceptional work in screenwriting
to Svea Vocke and the Best Film of the Night, which went to Caroline
Kava ("Number One"), Rona Mark ("The Final Days of the Ministry of Tea")
and Shari Rothfarb ("Fur").
At press time the Polo Ralph Lauren New Works Festival FILMMAKER
Magazine Audience Award winners were not available. However, they will
be screened in New York on May 4th from 5-7pm at the Screening Room in