“Barber Shop II” Feb. 3 screening benefits Columbia College program

Columbia College alums Bob Teitel and George Tillman Jr. continue their close relationship with the school by providing a sneak preview of their Chicago-made “Barber Shop II” as a benefit Feb. 3.

Producers Teitel and Tillman will be guests of honor at the Piper’s Alley screening, following a cocktail reception at the “Tony and Tina’s Wedding” space in the same building.

Tickets are $100 for the reception and screening, and will benefit the college’s Open Doors Scholarship fund for Chicago High School students.

The school provided “Barber Shop II” with 19 interns at the producers’ specific request. “Our interns are very much in demand, working in post houses and productions,” said Dirk Matthews, a coordinator for the upcoming event, and the film department’s internship coordinator and instructor.

The Open Doors program is part of Columbia’s commitment to diversity and provides 45 scholarships, worth $4,000 each, to 45 minority high school graduates. Columbia College enrolls more African-American students in its film program than all other arts colleges in the U.S. combined, Matthews noted.

Sponsors of the Feb. 3 event have raised about $30,000 thus far, and Matthews said there’s still time for additional sponsorship to help reach a $40,000 goal. Film industry sponsors include Optimus, the Filmworkers Club and Screen Actors Guild,

Reception, 6-7:15 p.m.; screening will be held in two Piper’s Alley theatres following the reception. Call 312/344-7250 for reservations. See www.colum.edu/barbershop.