"Short story maestro, former Columbia student, muse of suspense filmmakers: Cornell Woolrich (1903–1968) lived all of these lives. A prolific man of letters, Woolrich has had his novels and stories adapted into nearly 40 films and dozens of episodes of radio and television. Yet despite his strong influence on the postwar crime film, Woolrich has remained overshadowed by his hard-boiled contemporaries: Chandler, Hammett, and Cain.
"The Second Annual Dr. Saul and Dorothy Kit Film Noir Festival seeks to correct this oversight. The festival will present 12 adaptations of Woolrich’s fiction: from the canonized masterworks of Alfred Hitchcock and François Truffaut to lesser known “B” films and Monogram potboilers. Many films will be screened in 35mm.
"Screenings will be accompanied by discussions featuring film scholars Ann Douglas, Frank Krutnik, James Naremore, Francis M. Nevins, and Pamela Wojcik. Columbia’s Rare Book & Manuscript Library will also host an accompanying exhibit of items from the Cornell Woolrich Papers, which reside at Columbia University."