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‘The Homestretch’ sheds light on hidden homeless population

By Assistant Arts & Culture Editor

October 6, 2014

Balancing school with having to figure out a place to sleep at night can be tough in Chicago, and a new documentary, “The Homestretch,” shows just how hard that has been for some students.“The Homestretch” follows three homeless Chicago teenagers as they endure homelessness and pursue a better life. Originally released in Chicago theaters in April, the documentary has received multiple distribution deals that will...

Students attend the first Spectacle event part of a series of screenings of student films, on Sept. 23 at the Conaway Center, 1104 S. Wabash Ave. The Spectacle aims to feature students’ work and help students to network with other filmmakers. 

The Spectacle takes student films out of classroom

September 29, 2014

Students, filmmakers and fans packed Film Row Cinema at the Conaway Center, 1104 S. Wabash Ave., as The Spectacle, a screening series of short films made by Columbia students, kicked off its run on Sep...

'Amazing Spiderman 2' swings too low.

‘Spider-Man 2’ swings short of legacy

May 12, 2014

Marvel’s monopoly on spinning superhero stories continues to grow with every new release, and these films have to go big or go home. Director Marc Webb’s “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” is the first ...

Athlete Profile: Toby Pechner

Athlete Profile: Toby Pechner

April 28, 2014

Toby Pechner, second basemen and sophomore marketing communication major on the Renegades baseball team, started playing baseball when he was 5 years old. Despite his love for the sport, Pechner put his...

Rideshare regulations prove unfare

April 7, 2014

Smartphones have enabled many businesses to pitch directly to consumers, and ridesharing companies Lyft, Uber and Sidecar have taken full advantage of the technology. These car-sharing apps are wildly popular in Chicago, but legislation presented at the March 27 meeting of the Committee on License and Consumer Protection would unduly regulate rideshares at consumers’ expense.The legislation follows complaints from taxi ...

2014 Chicago Polar Plunge featuring #Swimmyfallon

March 10, 2014

The 14th Annual Chicago Polar Plunge took place on March 2 at North Avenue Beach, 1600 N. Lake Shore Dr., and raised more than $1 million for the Chicago Special Olympics. With special guests such as Mayor ...

‘Discovering the Beating Path’ a road trip success

By Ivana Hester

November 26, 2012

The post-treatment stories of cancer survivors are often left untold, but one Columbia student and his crew are trying to change that with a documentary about survivors and how the positivity they feel is often overshadowed by negative media.Evan Bartlett, a junior film & video major and cancer survivor, is working on “Discovering the Beating Path,” a documentary that took the crew across the country this summer and is now ...

First-year film students ‘Take 1’

By Ivana Hester

November 12, 2012

From a story about the life of a mortician to one about an obsessive-compulsive young man, the 23rd semiannual Take 1 Student Film Festival had it all.The festival celebrates the work of students in Moving Image Production I and II courses, according to Jill Sultz, an adjunct faculty member in the Film & Video Department and coordinator of the festival. Of the 40 films submitted last semester, 11 were selected to be sho...

City Colleges make helpful addition to veterans’ benefits

By Editorial Board

November 8, 2012

Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced on Nov. 8 a new program within the City Colleges of Chicago that will provide veterans with education assistance beyond what they receive from federal benefits.The program will grant scholarships of up to $1,000 to veterans who attend any of the seven city colleges, such as Malcolm X College on the West Side or Harold Washington College in the Loop, and award transfer credits for military trai...

Columbia’s non-fiction film program opens door to all departments

By Ivana Hester

November 5, 2012

Renewed, refreshed and revamped, the Film & Video Department’s documentary concentration will soon allow students from all majors to learn more about this genre of filmmaking.As interest in nonfiction filmmaking continues to grow, the department has made documentary classes available to all students to expand the curriculum and encourage more collaboration withother departments.Dan Rybicky, an associate film & vide...

Cycling accidents increase when pedal meets metal

By The Columbia Chronicle

October 1, 2012

Chicago cyclists might have to double-up on their protective gear because according to city data, biking accidents have been continually rising since 2001.With more cyclists on the road, the Chicago Police Department has seen a 38 percent increase in bicycle accident reports between 2001 and 2011, according to a report released by the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning in 2011.Since 2005, there have been 1,000 repor...

‘Discovering the Beating Path,’ road trip of hope

By Sophia Coleman

April 30, 2012

Surviving cancer is an accomplishment in itself, but that was only half the battle for one Columbia student. For him, the struggle is making others realize that life after treatment is a beautiful one.Evan Bartlett, 21, a film & video major at Columbia, has gathered a crew, including fellow film major Max Skelton, 20, and cancer survivor Elijah Accola, 20, to create a documentary called “Discovering the Beating Path” th...

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