‘Crossing’ takes top prize at Columbia student fest

'Lebowitz' wins for comedy, 'Utilities' nabs screenwriting award

Columbia U. closed its annual student film fest Tuesday night by awarding seven prizes sponsored by New Line Cinema, HBO and Polo Ralph Lauren.

Polo Ralph Lauren bestowed awards. Polo’s best film went to Joan Stein’s “One Day Crossing”; best comedy was Rona Mark’s “Finbar Lebowitz,” produced by Jennifer Smith. Michelle Leddon’s “Utilities” received the Polo Ralph Lauren Award for best screenplay, and the 2000 Polo Ralph Lauren development award to director Leddon, writer Maggie Bruen and producer Teddy Champion for the project “Vegas Strip.”

‘Zen’ pizazz

The New Line Cinema Award for best director went to David Kartch for “Zen and the Art of Landscaping”; most original film went to Sabrina Dhawan for “Saanjh (As Night Falls).”

HBO bestowed its development award upon Jessica Levin for her project “Brznsk.”

Tuesday night’s closing ceremonies marked the culmination of the six-day Polo Ralph Lauren Columbia U. Film Festival in which over $70,000 in prizes was awarded.

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