Hadley -
saw your post a little late but wanted to pass on some info regarding
film programs.  The village Voice published a cross reference list of
the major film programs in NYC including Columbia and NYU. The list
rated the programs by comparing number of "successful" graduates, number
of cameras available, costs, etc. It was good for getting the general
character of each program.
I unfortunately can't provide the exact date of publish, but it appeared
in the last month or two.  Maybe another member noticed the list.
Stephanie Owens
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