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Olivia Newman

| March 10, 2014

Columbia University

Olivia Newman

Olivia Newman has written, directed and produced award-winning short films in the US, France and Serbia. Olivia’s films have received awards from HBO, The Caucus for Producers, Writers and Directors, SimonSays Entertainment, Cine Golden Eagle, and the Angelus Awards. They have screened in film festivals internationally, including the New York Film Festival, Aspen Shortsfest, Palm Springs International Shortsfest, Cinequest, Lunafest, Vancouver International Film Festival and the Bermuda Film Festival. Her film First Match won Best Student Short at the 2012 Aspen Shortsfest and Best Short Film at the 2012 NJ International Film Festival. Olivia is a 2012 Film Society of Lincoln Center/IFP Emerging Visions Fellow for the development of her first feature film. She received her MFA in Film from Columbia University and was awarded faculty honors for her original screenplay 216 Garden Street.

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First Match

First Match

Fourteen-year-old Mo is the only girl on an all-boy wrestling team. Despite her practice and training, her first high school wrestling match introduces a new challenge. A short film by Olivia Newman.

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