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Columbia dominates DGA East student pic awards

Dottin, Lee, Riggen, Cole nab kudos

HOLLYWOOD — Students from Columbia U. have copped three of the DGA East’s four awards for 2003, with each receiving a $2,500 prize.

“The DGA East Coast Student Film Awards provide the guild with the opportunity to honor, encourage and bring attention to emerging director talent,” said DGA national VP Ed Sherin. “These four individuals exemplify the best in student filmmaking, and their work demonstrates that talent, vision and ability are not limited by either race or gender.”

The winners, selected by a panel of 12 DGA member judges, are Randall Dottin of Columbia for “A-Alike” in the African-American category; Dennis Lee of Columbia for “Jesus Henry Christ,” Asian-American; Patricia Riggen of Columbia for “La Milpa,” Latino; and Alison Cole of the School of Visual Arts for “Drowning,” women student filmmakers.

The Columbia School of the Arts has now won six gold medals at the Student Academy Awards in the last seven years. The 2003 films will be shown at an invitation-only screening Oct. 14 at the Directors Guild Theater in Gotham.

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