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Alumnus Brian Dannelly Directs HBO Film
'97 Cinematic Arts Alumnus to direct a new HBO comedy
Friday, January 21st, 2011 //

Brian Dannelly, Cinema Arts '97, has been tapped to direct actor Chris Colfer in a high school comedy Struck by Lightning. Colfer just won a Golden Globe for his portrayal of Kurt Hummel in the popular TV show Glee. Quoting an announcement in a January 20 Variety article, Dannelly will be in familiar territory with Lightening, having previously helmed teem dramedy Saved!, which starred Jenna Malone, Mandy Moore, and Macauley Culkin. Dannelly's smallscreen directing credits include the pilot for Weeds, as well as Pushing Daisies and United States of Tara. Brian received a UMBC Alumnus of the Year Award in 2005.