Columbia University School of the Arts Celebration of Graduates To Be Held in Miller Theatre, 5/16
Eric Mendelsohn's feature film debut, Judy Berlin, starring The Sopranos' Edie Falco, as well as Madeline Kahn, Barbara Barrie and Julie Kavner, was an Official Selection of the Cannes Film Festival (Un Certain Regard), won Best Director at Sundance, Best Independent Film at the Hamptons Film Festival and was nominated for three Independent Spirit Awards. Mendelsohn's short film, Through an Open Window, starring Anne Meara and Cynthia Nixon, premiered at The Sundance Film Festival, enjoyed festival screenings internationally and was an Official Selection of The Cannes Film Festival (Un Certain Regard). His most recent film, 3 Backyards, premiered in competition at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival where it garnered the Best Director award, making Mendelsohn the only person in the festival's history to have received the award twice. His screenplays have been developed at The Sundance Institute's labs and he is a producer on the documentary films of Rebecca Dreyfus, including Stolen, which garnered the Best Documentary prize at The New York/Avignon Film Festival, and Bye Bye Babushka. Mendelsohn is a mentor for The Sundance Institute's Screenwriters Lab. He is currently working as the executive producer on writer/director Russell Harbaugh's (Rolling on the Floor Laughing) feature debut, Love After Love. In the field of film design, Mendelsohn worked for writer/director Woody Allen for over eight years on such films as Crimes and Misdemeanors, Husbands and Wives, Bullets over Broadway, Alice and Everyone Says I Love You.