For the second consecutive year, the Directors Guild of America (DGA) has given a New York area film school a $15,000 grant for its training programs. Columbia University, in recognition of a film program that boasts Milos Forman ("One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest"), Kimberly Peirce ("Boys Don't Cry"), and James Mangold ("Girl, Interrupted") among its alumni, was this year's beneficiary. DGA National Vice President Ed Sherin, in an advance statement, lauded the school for "foster[ing] talent, excellence, and creativity among young filmmakers."
Columbia School of the Arts Dean Bruce Ferguson picked up the award on behalf of the university at the DGA's second annual East Coast gala, held Sun., Dec. 10 at the Grand Hyatt New York. Ferguson said the school was "honored to be recognized … and we appreciate the outstanding vote of confidence with this generous grant."
The DGA presented New York University's Tisch School of the Arts with the award and grant in 1999.