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Christina Lazaridi

Lecturer in Creative Writing in the Lewis Center for the Arts

Christina Lazaridi was nominated for an Academy Award® for her screenplay of One Day Crossing.  The film premiered at the Museum of Modern Art as part of the New Directors, New Films series.  Her most recently produced screenplay Coming Up Roses (2011) stars Broadway legend Bernadette Peters,  Peter Friedman and Rachel Brosnahan.  Christina’s other ongoing screenwriting projects include: the adaptation of a Truman Capote short story for Lester Persky Productions and Bloodlines, an adaptation for Argonauts Productions, (a US-France-Greece co-production).

Other narrative written work includes:   Julia and Ivan a feature screenplay for Madstone Films, developed with producer Eva Kolodner (Boy’s Don’t Cry), Searching for Myriam (Winner, Euroscript Development Competition), and multiple script commissions from production companies in the US and Europe, including consulting on projects developed for New Line and Bruckheimer Productions.

As a documentarian, Lazaridi researched, wrote and co-produced the historical feature documentary Varian and Putzi: a 20th Century Tale.  The film was directed by Academy Award® winner Richard Kaplan and premiered at the Museum of Modern Art in NYC.   Christina also wrote and produced Assignment: Rescue a half hour documentary for Richard Kaplan Productions, narrated by Meryl Streep.

Writing Fellowships and Awards include:  Multiple Media EU Development Awards, Academy Award nomination®,   Polo Ralph Lauren Development Award , Euroscript Development Award, Chris Kazan Memorial Award, Milos Forman Screenwriting Award, Onassis Foundation Fellowship for the Arts, and a Kyveli-Horn Foundation Fellowship for the Arts.

Christina has worked extensively as a screenwriting mentor in the US, Europe, the Middle East and South America.  She has been a judge for The Balkan Fund, the Student Academy Awards and the Los Angeles Greek Film Festival, among others.  She is currently also teaching screenwriting at Columbia University’s Graduate Film Division and is a Screenwriting Mentor for the Mediterranean Film Institute as well as the Academic Director for the International Screenwriting Development ThinkTank CineQuaNon Labs, in Mexico.

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