Filmmaker Joshua Marston, AM’94, examines
Colombian drug-smuggling from the inside out.
In a small, fluorescent-lit room in the
bowels of New York’s JFK airport, 17-year-old Maria faces
off with two suspicious customs agents. While they interrogate her
about drug smuggling, poking holes in her thin cover story, Maria,
a slight and stubborn Colombian girl and the protagonist of Maria
Full of Grace, calmly refuses to crack, despite the 62 pellets
of heroin stuffed in her stomach. Like the film’s title
character, Joshua Marston, AM’94, is graceful under pressure.
At a July 26 sneak preview of Maria, a film he wrote and
directed, Marston, a political-science graduate who earned a New
York University master’s degree in filmmaking, deftly fields
questions from the packed Old Town, Chicago, theater, laughing and
spinning anecdotes about bringing his project to the big screen.
Maria goes to White Castle
Alumni screenwriters handle humorous and
heavy themes with equal cinematic aplomb, as demonstrated by two
summer releases: Hayden Schlossberg’s (AB’00) Harold
and Kumar Go to White Castle (cowritten by Jon Hurwitz)—a
meatier version of the classic stoner flick—and Joshua Marston’s
(AM’94) Maria Full of Grace—which chronicles
a Colombian drug mule smuggling heroin into the United States. The
acclaimed films have more in common than critical praise.
Writing on the wall
Graffiti—be it silly, socially conscious,
or just plain crazy—adds spark to bathrooms and back alleys
across the quads. Photographer Lloyd DeGrane beat out summer’s
wall-art whitewashers to record tagged territory and anonymous communiqués,
occasionally artful, often unintelligible. Chalk it up to inspired
A New York City deputy mayor runs with a plan
to host the 2012 games.
Daniel Doctoroff, JD’84, is not a
graceful loser, perhaps because he hasn’t had much practice.
Fresh out of law school, Doctoroff talked his way into an investment-banking
job—and went on to make millions for his clients and himself.
His one big loss, a $14-million drugstore-chain investment that
went bust in the early 1990s, was so “personally painful,”
he says, he refused to enter a drugstore for two years.
Sierra Leone amputee football team practices in Freetown
before its August 2003 United Kingdom tour.
Photograph by Adam Nadel, AB’90 (see "Open