NEW YORK — Dan Kleinman, screenwriter of such pics as “Rage” and “Welcome to Oblivion,” has been named chair of Columbia University School of Arts’ film division. In addition, Bette Gordon, helmer of “Luminous Motion,” has been named vice chair.
Kleinman, who began his term Saturday, served as dean and previously vice dean of the School of the Arts for the past two years. A faculty member since 1996, Kleinman wrote the screenplays for “Rage,” which starred and was helmed by George C. Scott. Kleinman also wrote “Welcome to Oblivion” and for the television series “Tales From the Dark Side.” Prior to teaching at Columbia, Kleinman taught 20 years at the New York School of the Arts’ film program, mentoring such filmmakers as Ang Lee and Tamara Jenkins.
Kleinman, who succeeds Lewis Cole as chair, attended New York University, where he earned an MFA in film. Cole, who served as chair for six years, will continue teaching film at the university.
Gordon’s other credits beside “Luminous Motion” include directing several episodes of “Monsters” and Playboy’s network series “Director’s Showcase.” An editor and staff writer for the magazine BOMB, Gordon has been a professor at Columbia since 1991 and has also taught at the U. of Wisconsin, Hofstra U. and the School of Visual Arts.