Chicago International Film Festival 2009
In October 2009, Columbia was the presenting partner of the 45th Chicago International Film Festival, a two-week celebration of cinema that brought the best of emerging and world cinema to the city. Held at the AMC River East Cinema, the festival kicked off in style with its Opening Night celebration, a star-studded gala event in which many of Columbia's best and brightest mingled with festival A-listers. Actress Uma Thurman was present for the screening of Motherhood, written and directed by Katherine Diekmann and starring Thurman and Anthony Edwards, and was honored with the festival's Career Achievement Award. Columbia's presence at the festival culminated in Columbia Night, a private reception and sneak preview of the film Chicago Overcoat, which was written, directed, and produced by Beverly Ridge Pictures, a Chicago-based company started by several young Columbia College alumni.