May 22, 2014 Class Film Getting Great Reviews
The Punk Singer, one of the projects in the May/June 2011 class, has been getting lots of raves. It has an 88% on Rotten Tomatoes right now and today it got another great review in The Guardian. The documentary follows punk legend Kathleen Hanna, lead singer of Bikini Kill and Le Tigre. It was edited by TEC Alum Bo Mehrad (Nov/Dec 2007). The official website is here.
May 22, 2014 Short Edited by TEC Alum Wins at Cannes
Skunk, a short film edited by TEC Alum Josh Melrod (July/August 2011), won first place in the Cannes Film Festival's Cinéfoundation section, which recognizes student films. The jury was headed by Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami. There were over 1,600 entries from around the world. More info here.
April 2, 2014 Class Film Wins Peabody Award
Best Kept Secret, one of the projects in our November/December 2011 class, won a prestigious Peabody Award. The documentary was directed by TEC Alum Samantha Buck (July/August 2009) and follows a New Jersey special needs teacher as she prepares her students with autism for graduation. The film premiered on PBS's POV series last fall. You can watch it online here until June 25.
January 20, 2014 Two Class Films Premiere at Sundance
Desiree Akhavan's Appropriate Behavior and Alex Ross Perry's Listen Up Philip--both 2013 Edit Center class films--had their world premieres at Sundance this week in the NEXT competition. A follow up to the hit web series "The Slope," Appropriate Behavior is Akhavan's feature film debut. Listen Up Philip stars Jason Schwartzman, Elisabeth Moss, Jonathan Pryce, and Krysten Ritter.
September 23, 2013 Narrative Film Announced for November/December 2013 Class
The narrative for the upcoming November 11 - December 20, 2013 class will be Listen Up, Philip, starring Jason Schwartzman (Rushmore, "Bored to Death"), Elizabeth Moss ("Mad Men," "Top of the Lake) and Krysten Ritter ("Breaking Bad," "Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23"), written and directed by Alex Ross Perry (The Color Wheel) and produced by Sailor Bear (Ain't Them Bodies Saints). The film, wrapping later this month, is shot on Super 16 mm. More information about the film can be found on Indiewire and Film School Rejects. To sign up for the class, visit our registration page.
August 5, 2013 Class Film Announced for September/October 2013 Class
We are excited to announce that the narrative class film for the upcoming September/October 2013 6-Week Art of Editing Class will be We'll Never Have Paris. Directed by Simon Helberg (CBS's "The Big Bang Theory") and Jocelyn Towne (I Am I), the film stars Maggie Grace, Zachary Quinto, Simon Helberg, Melanie Lynsky, and Judith Light. The session runs from September 16 - October 25, 2013. To sign up, please visit The Edit Center's registration page.
July 3, 2013 Film Edited by TEC Alum Released in Theaters
Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me, edited by TEC Alum Chris Branca (Page One: Inside the New York Times) premieres in theaters today. After a successful festival run at South by Southwest and the Seattle International Film Festival, the film was picked up by Magnolia Pictures for a theatrical release. Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me premieres in Los Angeles on July 5th. The film is also available on iTunes. The official website can be seen here.
July 1, 2013 Film Edited by TEC Alum Premieres on HBO
Gideon's Army, edited by TEC Alum Matthew Hamachek (If a Tree Falls, Racing Dreams) premieres today on HBO. Matthew received the Editing Award for his work on the film at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival where it had its world premiere in January. Gideon's Army follows three young, committed Public Defenders through their staggering caseloads, low pay and long hours in a job that the vast majority of people give up after only a few years. The film's director Dawn Porter was nominated for a Grand Jury Prize at Sundance. To see the film's trailer and for more information, please visit the official website.
June 30, 2013 Class Film Selected for SundanceNOW's Doc Club
Class film A Matter of Taste has been added to SundanceNOW's Doc Club in its Culinary Cinema category. A Matter of Taste was produced by TEC Alum Rachel Mills and edited by TEC Alum Amy Foote (Finishing Heaven). It had its world premiere at South by Southwest in 2011, which kicked off a successful run at festivals such as the Full Frame Film Festival and the Tribeca Film Festival. The film premiered on HBO in June 2011. Thom Powers' full list of "great documentaries about food" can be found here. For more information about A Matter of Taste, visit the film's official website.
June 24, 2013 Class Film Bought by IFC
Edit Center class film The Punk Singer has been picked up for distribution by Sundance Selects. Edited by TEC Alum Bo Mehrad, the film had its world premiere at the 2013 South by Southwest film festival, where it received critical acclaim. It follows the life of activist, musician and cultural icon Kathleen Hanna, who formed the punk band Binkini Kill and pioneered the "riot grrrl" movement of the 1990s. TEC Alum Dimon Hunter served as associate editor on the film. The Punk Singer is due for release in Fall 2013. For more information about The Punk Singer visit its official website.
June 18, 2013 Class Film to Air on PBS's Independent Lens
2011 class film All of Me had its world premiere this weekend at the Los Angeles Film Festival where it was named one of 22 Don't Miss Films. The film was edited by Edit Center Alum Sarah Devorkin (Stranger Powers). All of Me follows the lives of a group of obese women living in Texas and their different journeys through the affects of weight-loss surgery on their lives and relationships. The film has also been picked up by PBS's Independent Lens and will air in its 2013-2014 season. For updates on the film's PBS release and other information, please visit the official website.
January 10, 2013 Films Edited by Alums and Instructors Pick Up Oscar Noms
How To Survive a Plague, which was edited by TEC alum Tyler Walk has been nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January of 2012 and went on to have a theatrical release later that year. How To Survive A Plague has also been nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Documentary.
Beasts of the Southern Wild, edited by TEC instructor Affonso Goncalves has been nominated for four Academy Awards, including Best Picture of the Year. TEC alum Kathryn Schubert served at Affonso's assistant editor on the film. Beasts of the Southern Wild premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival where it received the Grand Jury Prize. The film was also nominated for four Independent Spirit Awards including Best Feature.
For a complete list of all the Oscar nominees, please visit the official website.
January 10, 2013 Film Edited by TEC Alum Picked up by Magnolia
Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me, edited by TEC alum Chris Branca has been picked up by Magnolia for a theatrical release. TEC alum Michael Taylor served as Consulting Editor on the film. Magnolia is planning an early summer 2013 release. The film tells the story of the 1970s pop-rock band Big Star, which never broke through to mainstream success but was very influential in the music world. The film first screened at 2012's SXSW Film Festival, and had its world premiere at BFI London. It picked up an award for Best Documentary Feature at the Indie Memphis Film Festival. To view the film's trailer and for other information visit the official website.
December 7, 2012 Class Film Opens at Cinema Village Today
2011 class film In Our Nature, starring Zach Gilford, Jena Malone, John Slattery and Gabrielle Union opens in New York City today at Cinema Village. The film, edited by TEC alum Kate Abernathy, premiered at South by Southwest earlier this year and will also be released theatrically in Austin, TX on December 14th. For more information on the film's release and to get tickets please visit the official website.
December 6, 2012 Film Edited by TEC Alum Picks Up Gotham Award, Spirit Nom
How to Survive a Plague, edited by Edit Center Alum Tyler Walk, received a Gotham Award for Best Documentary. Directed by David France, the film follows the evolution of the treatment of AIDS through the activism of a group of young men and women. How to Survive a Plague premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January and went on to have a theatrical release later this year. The film has also been nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for best Documentary. Spirit Award winners will be announced in February of 2013.
October 22, 2012 Class Film and TEC Alums at the Gotham Awards
Leah Meyerhoff, director of Edit Center class film I Believe In Unicorns, has been nominated for IFP's Spotlight on Women Filmmakers 'Live the Dream' grant, a $25,000 cash award for alumni of IFP's Independent Filmmaker Labs. A Sundance Lab finalist, I Believe in Unicorns is Meyerhoff's first feature film and was workshopped in the Edit Center's six-week class earlier this year. The film was edited by TEC alum Becky Laks. For more information on the film please visit its website.
Nominated in the Gotham Awards' Best Documentary category is David France's How to Survive a Plague, which was edited by TEC alum Tyler Walk. The film follows two coalitions--ACT UP and TAG--whose activism and innovation turned AIDS from a death sentence into a manageable condition. How to Survive a Plague premiered in January at the Sundance Film Festival and was released theatrically in September. You can find the film's official website here.
A full list of Gotham Award nominees can be seen here.
October 8, 2012 Film Edited by TEC Alum Premieres In Theaters
The House I Live In, the new documentary by Eugene Jarecki (Why We Fight), premiered in theaters this weekend. The film was edited by Edit Center alum Paul Frost and premiered to great acclaim. In her New York Times review, Manohla Dargis writes, "Working again with the film editor Paul Frost, Mr. Jarecki smoothly folds these images in with dizzying statistics and a cavalcade of talking head interviews." The House I Live In premiered earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival where it received the Grand Jury Prize in the Documentary Competition. For more information on the film's release please visit its official website.
October 5, 2012 Class Films premiering at the 2012 Hamptons International Film Festival
2010 class film The Discoverers had its world premiere this weekend at The Hamptons International Film Festival. A bittersweet comedy about a dysfunctional family forced on a Lewis and Clark historical reenactment trek, the film was directed by Justin Schwartz and stars Griffin Dunne, Madeleine Martin and Cara Buono. For more information please visit the film's official website.
Also premiering at HIFF is Jyllian Gunther's documentary The New Public, which was a 2011 TEC class film and was edited by Penelope Falk (Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work). The film follows students, teachers and parents during the first four years of a public high school in a struggling Brooklyn community. Please visit the film's official website for more information.
August 28, 2012 Class Film Picked up by Zeitgeist
Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters, a fall 2010 TEC class film has been picked up by Zeitgeist films and will open at Film Forum on October 31st before a nationwide release. Directed by Ben Shapiro, the film follows Gregory Crewdson, a prolific photographer who stages elaborate, large scale staged photographs of small-town American life. The film had its premiere this March at the South by Southwest Film Festival. For more information please visit the film's official website.
July 19, 2012 TEC Class Projects, Alums and Instructors Nominated for Emmys
"6 Days to Air: The Making of South Park," edited by TEC Alum and Instructor Chad Beck, and TEC Instructor Bret Granato has been nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Non-Fiction Special. Dimon Hunter, also a TEC alum, served as assistant editor on the film.
Class film A Matter of Taste: Serving Up Paul Liebrant, edited by TEC alum Amy Foote, was nominated for Outstanding Arts & Culture Programming. The film was produced by Edit Center founder Alan Oxman, Edit Center alum Rachel Mills and co-produced by Amy Foote.
Nominated for Outstanding Individual Achievement in a Craft: Editing are TEC Alums and Instructors Chad Beck, Adam Bolt, Chris Branca and Sarah Devorkin for their work on Page One: Inside the New York Times. The film, which was produced by Edit Center founder Alan Oxman, was also nominated for Outstanding Informational Programming.
June 5, 2012 Class Film to be Released on DVD
Class film A Matter of Taste will be released on DVD on June 19th by First Run Features. Edited by TEC alum Amy Foote, the film follows Paul Liebrant over a decade and reveals his creative process in the kitchen as well as the extreme hard work, long hours, and dedication it takes to be a successful chef in New York City. A Matter of Taste had its world premiere in competition at 2011's South by Southwest Film Festival, appeared on HBO, and earlier this year received a James Beard Award for Best Special/Documentary. The film was produced by TEC alum Rachel Mills and TEC founder and instructor Alan Oxman. To purchase the DVD, visit the First Run Features website.
June 1, 2012 Film Edited by TEC Instructor Awarded at Cannes
Beasts of the Southern Wild, edited by TEC instructor Affonso Gonçalves (Winter's Bone, HBO's "Mildred Pierce") and assistant edited by Edit Center alumna Kathryn Schubert, received the Camera d'Or as well as the FIPRESCI Prize at this year's Cannes Film Festival. The film, directed by Ben Zeitlin, premiered earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival where it received the Grand Jury Price in the Dramatic Competition. Beasts is set to be released in theaters by Fox Searchlight on June 27th. For more information please visit the film's official website.
May 7, 2012 Class Films Receive James Beard Award and Honor from Emmys
A Matter of Taste: Serving Up Paul Liebrant, which was a 2009 Edit Center class film was awarded a 2012 James Beard Foundation Broadcast Media Award for Best Special/Documentary. Directed by Sally Rowe, the film was edited by TEC alum Amy Foote and was produced by Edit Center founder and instructor Alan Oxman and TEC alum Rachel Mills. A Matter of Taste has its premiere at the 2011 South by Southwest Film Festival and later appeared on HBO. For more information on the film, please visit its official website.
Also receiving accolades is 2010 class film Hot Coffee. Edited by TEC alum Cindy Lee (No End In Sight, Una Noche), the film received an Academy of Television Arts and Science TV Cares Award. Directed by Susan Saladoff and produced by Alan Oxman, the film premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and aired later that year on HBO. www.hotcoffeethemovie.com
May 3, 2012 Film Edited by TEC Alum to be Released in Theaters
Small, Beautifully Moving Parts, edited by Edit Center alum Jenny Lee will be released in New York at Cinema Village on Friday May 11th. The film will also open in cities around the country throughout the summer. Small, Beautifully Moving Parts premiered at the 2011 South by Southwest Film Festival in the Narrative Competition. It went on to win the Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize at the Hamptons International Film Festival. For more information on release dates and locations visit the film's official website.
April 30, 2012 Film Edited by TEC Alum and Instructor Wins at Tribeca
Una Noche, edited by TEC alum and instructor Cindy Lee (Hot Coffee, No End In Sight) picked up three top awards last week at this year's Tribeca Film Festival. The film, directed by Lucy Mulloy, received the award for Best Actor in a Narrative Feature, Best New Narrative Director, and Best Cinematography in a Narrative Feature. The film follows three young Cubans as they flee their country for a new life in Miami. www.unanochefilm.com
April 18, 2012 The Edit Center at Tribeca
This year's Tribeca Film Festival will showcase work from class projects, Edit Center alums and instructors. Nancy Please, a 2011 class film, which was edited by TEC alum Ron Dulin will have its premiere in the World Narrative Competition on Saturday April 21st. Also premiering--on April 20th--is 2011 class film Fairhaven. Una Noche, edited by TEC alum Cindy Lee will have its North American Premiere on Thursday April 19th. The Girl, editied by TEC alum Stephanie Ahn and TEC instructor Malcolm Jamieson will have its premiere on Friday April 20th. And Keep the Lights On, edited by TEC instructor Affonso Gonçalves--which had its premiere at this year's Sundance Film Festival--will have its New York premiere on Wednesday April 25th.
The Edit Center also congratulates TEC Alum Sandy Patch whose short documentary The Last Ice Merchant will premiere on Sunday April 22nd.
For a full list of Tribeca Films, please visit the Tribeca Film Guide.
March 13, 2012 Geoff Richman to Teach March Art of Editing Class
Award-winning editor Geoff Richman is confirmed to teach the March 2012 six-week class. Geoff received his second American Cinema Editors (ACE) Award for his work on The Cove in 2010. His first ACE award was for his work on Michael Moore's Sicko in 2008. In 2005 Geoff won the Special Jury Prize at The Sundance Film Festival for the groundbreaking documentary Murderball. Most recently Geoff edited Time Freak, the 2012 Academy Award nominee for Best Short Film (Live Action) and Sleepwalk With Me, which premiered this year at Sundance where it received the Audience Award in the Best of Next category.
January 30, 2012 Grand Jury Prizes for Films Edited by TEC Alum and TEC Instructor
The 2012 Sundance Film Festival Awards were announced this Saturday. Benh Zeitlin's Beasts of the Southern Wild received the Grand Jury Prize in the US Dramatic Competition. The film was edited by long time Edit Center instructor Affonso Gonçalves (Winter's Bone, "Mildred Pierce"). TEC alum Kathryn Schubert was Gonçalves' assistant editor. Receiving the Grand Jury Prize in the US Documentary Competition was Eugene Jarecki's The House I Live In, edited by Edit Center alum Paul Frost. For a complete list of this year's Sundance winners, please visit the official website.
January 26, 2012 Films Edited by TEC Instructor and TEC Alum Nominated for Oscars
Time Freak, edited by Edit Center instructor Geoffrey Richman (The Cove, Sicko) has been nominated for Best Live Action Short Film at 2012's Academy Awards. Also nominated this year is the documentary feature film If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front, which was edited by TEC alum Matthew Hamachek. A 2003 graduate of the Edit Center, Matthew has worked on films such as Racing Dreams (Best Documentary, Tribeca Film Festival 2009) and Street Fight, which was nominated for Best Documentary at the 2006 Academy Awards. For a complete list of nominees, visit the Academy Awards Official Website.
January 16, 2012 TEC Instructors Nominated for ACE Awards
Past Edit Center instructors Affonso Gonçalves and Tim Streeto have been nominated for this year's ACE awards. Gonçalves, whose past work includes Sundance Grand Jury Prize Winner Winter's Bone received a nomination for editing Todd Haynes' acclaimed HBO mini-series "Mildred Pierce," which starred Kate Winslet, Evan Rachel Wood and Guy Pierce. Streeto, who began his career editing Noah Baumbach's The Squid and the Whale and went on to edit Greenberg, earned a nomination for the HBO series "Boardwalk Empire." For a complete list of ACE Award nominees, please visit
December 13, 2011 Films Edited by TEC Instructors and Alums to Premiere At Sundance
Included in Sundance's line-up this year are films edited by a host of Edit Center instructors and alums. Alumni films include: We're Not Broke edited by Cindy Lee; The House I Live In edited by Paul Frost; How to Survive a Plague edited and written by Tyler Walk; The Comedy and Price Check both edited by Michael Taylor. Past instructors' work include Beasts of the Southern Wild and Keep the Lights On both edited by Affonso Goncalves; Sleepwalk With Me edited by Geoffrey Richman, and Whiteonwhite:Algorithmicnoir edited by Kevin Messman. For a full list of films, visit the Sundance website.
November 3, 2011 Editor of Inside Job to Teach November/December Class
Chad Beck will teach the November/December 6-week class. A graduate of The Edit Center, Chad edited and co-wrote Inside Job (Sony Pictures Classics), which won the 2011 Academy Award for Best Documentary. His work on the film also earned him a 2011 Writer's Guild Award for Best Documentary Screenplay. Chad also cut the Oscar-nominated from No End in Sight (Magnolia Pictures), which was awarded the National Society of Film Critics' Best Documentary in 2007. His other credits include The Recruiter (HBO) and Page One: Inside the New York Times, which premiered at Sundance in 2011 and was picked up by Magnolia Pictures.
October 18, 2011 Page One Released on DVD
Page One: Inside the New York Times is available on DVD starting today. TEC alumni Chris Branca, Chad Beck and Sarah Devorkin edited the film. Instructor Alan Oxman produced. Page One had its premiere at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and was then distributed by Magnolia Pictures. The New York Daily News writes, "This terrific tale of an establishment in transition ultimately plays like All the President's Men, with the intrigue coming from inside the building. Visit Amazon to purchase the DVD.
October 13, 2011 Class Project Released on DVD
Former class documentary project Hot Coffee will be available on DVD on November 1, 2011. The film had its premiere at Sundance and was picked up by HBO. Edit Center alum Cindy Lee (No End In Sight) edited the film and was assisted by Rebecca Saladoff, also an alum. TEC instructor and founder Alan Oxman produced. "Stunning debut," writes the Washington Post. "Sends audiences out of the theater thinking in a brand new way." To purchase the DVD visit the Hot Coffee website.
October 12, 2011 Class Project Premieres on Showtime
The project of the July 2009 6-week class Cold Weather will premiere on Showtime on Friday, October 14. Directed by Aaron Katz, the film had its premiere at the 2010 SXSW Film Festival and was released in theaters by IFC Films in February "Cold Weather," writes Roger Ebert, "is good in so many ways, I despair of doing them justice...Aaron Katz's direction is just about flawless." For airtimes, be sure to visit the Showtime website.
October 12, 2011 Class Project Released in Theaters in NYC and LA
Former class project Dog Sweat will be released in theaters in New York City on November 11, 2011 and in Los Angeles on November 18, 2011. The film was edited by TEC alum/instructor Mollie Goldstein, who was assisted by alums Sophie Corra, Richard Migliorisi and Simon Wheeldon. Of the film, The Hollywood Reporter writes, "With well-known Iranian filmmakers being jailed, especially following the highly protested presidential elections, and others fleeing the countries, the courage shown by Keshavarz and his cast and crew speaks for itself." For more information, including theater info and show times, visit www.dogsweatthefilm.com.
September 30, 2011 Filmmaker Magazine Covers Student Life in 6-week Class
On a weekly basis, six-week student and filmmaker Alix Lambert writes about her experiences taking the September 2011 class. Of one of her teachers, Alan Oxman (Welcome to the Dollhouse, Happiness) she writes "Oxman is a man of enormous patience. He sits with me on and off for the rest of the week. If he can teach me how to edit, he can teach a space alien how to edit." She also discusses her experience workshopping her scene with Rodney Evans (Brother to Brother), the director of the current class project The Happy Sad. Check back on Filmmaker for weekly posts from Lambert.
September 28, 2011 Class Project Released on DVD by Fox Searchlight
The project of the May 2010 6-week class, The Art of Getting By (formerly titled Homework), will be available for purchase on DVD and Blu-ray November 29th. The film stars Freddie Highmore (Finding Neverland) and Emma Roberts (Scream 4), was edited by TEC alum/instructor Mollie Goldstein who was assisted by alum Sophie Corra. For more info visit Fox Searchlight.
September 7, 2011 Editor of Page One: Inside the NY Times to Teach Sept 6-week Class
Editor Chris Branca (Page One: Inside the New York Times, Magnolia Pictures) will be teaching the September 12th 6-week Art of Editing class. Teaching alongside Chris wil be Alan Oxman (editor, Welcome to the Dollhouse, Happiness, Unzipped). To register, visit our Registration page.
September 6, 2011 Encore class, FCP X Overview by Award Winning Editor, Geoff Richman
On Sunday, September 11th, Geoff Richman (The Cove, Murderball) will lead a workshop on FCP X. The class will cover the new features in FCP X such as Events and Keywords, the Magnetic Timeline and Clip Connections, Compound Clips, Auditioning, the Precision Editor, Color Correction, Media Management, and more. In addition to explaining these tools, we will concentrate on helping those who are fluent in FCP 7 translate their workflow to editing in FCP X, and discuss the program's future in the professional community. To register, please call 212-691-2370.
August 15, 2011 Emmy Nominations Include TEC Alum
Dan Rather Reports which airs on Mark Cuban's network, HD Net, was recently nominated for four Emmy awards - the most they're ever received in a single year and the most the network has received. Alum Steven Tyler (May 2006) has been with the program for five years and has worked his way up to his current position as Supervising Editor. One nomination he's particularly proud of is for "Best Editing - Quick Turnaround."
August 1, 2011 FCP X Overview by Award Winning Editor, Geoff Richman
On Sunday, August 7th, Geoff Richman (The Cove, Murderball) will lead a workshop on FCP X. The class will cover the new features in FCP X such as Events and Keywords, the Magnetic Timeline and Clip Connections, Compound Clips, Auditioning, the Precision Editor, Color Correction, Media Management, and more. In addition to explaining these tools, we will concentrate on helping those who are fluent in FCP 7 translate their workflow to editing in FCP X, and discuss the program's future in the professional community. To register, please call 212-691-2370.
June 15, 2011 Class Film to Premiere in Theaters this Weekend
The Art of Getting By (previously titled Homework), the project of the May 2010 6-week class, premieres June 17th in theaters. TEC alum and instructor, Mollie Goldstein, edited The Art of Getting By with TEC alum, Sophie Corra, serving as assistant editor. The film stars Freddie Highmore (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory), Emma Roberts (Scream 4) and Rita Wilson (Sleepless in Seattle). To see the trailer and a clip from the film, visit iTunes Movie Trailers.
June 9, 2011 Editor of The Cove to Teach July Class
Award-winning editor Geoff Richman will be teaching the 6-week Art of Editing Class beginning in July. In 2010 Geoff won his second American Cinema Editors (ACE) Award for his work on The Covewhich won an Academy Award for Best Documentary in 2010. His work on Sicko, directed by Michael Moore, won Geoff his first ACE award in 2008. In 2005, Geoff won the Special Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival for the groundbreaking documentary, Murderball. Both Sicko and Murderball were nominated for Academy Awards.
May 19, 2011 Class Films Picked Up by HBO
Two Edit Center films, Hot Coffee (May 2010) and A Matter of Taste (November 2009) have been picked up by HBO and will be included in their critically acclaimed "Summer Series." Hot Coffee was edited by TEC alum, Cindy Lee and will premiere June 27th and A Matter of Taste which was edited by alum Amy Foote debuts June 13th. A trailer for the Summer Series can be found here.
April 1, 2011 Full Frame Features TEC Alums, Teachers, and Class Films
The work of TEC alums, teachers, and class projects will be showcased at this year’s 2011 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival. Hot Coffee, A Matter of Taste, and If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front will all be featured as New Docs. Hot Coffee, a class project in 2010, was edited by TEC alum Cindy Lee and produced by TEC instructor Alan Oxman; A Matter of Taste was edited by Amy Foote and produced by Rachel Mills, both TEC alums; If A Tree Falls, which took home the Documentary Editing Award at 2011 Sundance Film Festival, was edited by TEC alum Matthew Hamacheck. Both Page One: Inside the New York Times (edited by alums Chad Beck, Sarah Devorkin, and Chris Branca, and produced by TEC instructor Alan Oxman) and Who Took the Bomp? Le Tigre on Tour (directed by alum Kerthy Fix and edited by alum Sarah Devorkin) were selected to screen as Invited Documentaries. For more details on the films and their screenings, visit the official Full Frame website.
March 20 , 2011 Class Project Picked Up by HBO and Reviewed in Hollywood Reporter
A Matter of Taste, a class project in 2010--formerly known as A Mouthful--has been picked up by HBO with plans to broadcast it in the summer. A number of TEC alums worked on the film; it was edited by Amy Foote, who was assisted by Danielle Chu and Sam Eliad, with Rachel Mills producing. The Hollywood Reporter’s review of A Matter of Taste describes it as a “revealing” and “straightforward behind-the-scenes portrait” of Paul Liebrandt, the New York chef and culinary wunderkind, who has perplexed and amazed critics and his peers alike. The film premiered at SXSW 2011 as part of the Documentary Feature Competition, and will screen at the Tribeca Film Festival, Florida Film Festival, and Cleveland Film Festival in 2011. Read more of the Hollywood Reporter article here.
March 2, 2011 Class Project Featured in 2011 Nashville Film Festival
Dog Sweat, a project of the six-week class in 2009, will compete against eight other films in the narrative film competition at the 2011 Nashville Film Festival. The film interweaves the stories of six young Iranians, as they grapple with life amidst a conservative political system. Dog Sweat was edited by TEC alum and instructor Mollie Goldstein with alum Simon Wheeldon serving as an associate editor. The film premiered at the 2010 Los Angeles Film Festival. Visit here for more information on the Nashville Film Festival and Dog Sweat.
February 27, 2011 Inside Job is Best Documentary Feature at 83rd Academy Awards
Congratulations to Inside Job, a film edited and co-written by Chad Beck and Adam Bolt, both TEC alums, which won the Oscar for Best Documentary Feature at the 83rd Academy Awards. They were assisted by TEC alums Eugene Yi, Sheila Shirazi, and John Woo. Through interviews with fund managers, central bankers, and political advisers, the film seeks to illuminate the origins of the 2008 financial crisis. Inside Job’s director, Charles Ferguson, had previously directed No End In Sight, which was edited by alums Chad Beck and Cindy Lee, and was nominated for an Academy Award in 2008. Read more about the Inside Job’s Oscar win here.
February 26, 2011 Winter’s Bone Wins at 2011 Spirit Awards
Winter’s Bone, the class project of May 2009, picked up two awards at 2011 Film Independent’s Spirit Awards as John Hawkes walked away with the Best Supporting Actor award and Dale Dickey won Best Supporting Actress. The film was edited by Affonso Goncalves, a TEC instructor, with TEC alums Naomi Goodman and Tory Stewart serving as assistant editors. The film was the most nominated film this year with seven nominations, including Best Feature and Best Director. In his acceptance speech, Hawkes thanked the film’s crew, Jennifer Lawrence (the film’s leading actress), and director Debra Granik, whom he said was the “best of the best.” For more information on the 2011 Spirit Awards winners, visit the Daily Mail article here.
February 3, 2011 Alum Films Set to Premiere at SXSW
SXSW 2011 will feature a number of films that TEC alums have contributed to in various ways. Small, Beautifully Moving Parts, a film following a woman whose pregnancy compels her to seek out her estranged mother, will be featured as one of eight contenders in the Narrative Feature Competition. The film was edited by TEC alum Jenny Lee, with alum Phil Thangsombat assisting, and alum Cindy Yoon serving as music supervisor. A Mouthful, a class film in 2010, is one of eight documentaries in the Documentary Feature Competition, and was edited by Amy Foote, who was assisted by Danielle Chu and Sam Eliad, and produced by Rachel Mills, all TEC alums. Le Tigre: On Tour, directed by Kerthy Fix and edited by alum Sarah Devorkin, and Page One: A Year Inside the New York Times, edited by alums Chad Beck, Sarah Devorkin, and Chris Branca and produced by TEC instructor Alan Oxman, were also selected to screen at SXSW 2011. Le Tigre: On Tour, shows a unique glimpse into the world of modern pop through the eyes of an electronic feminist band. For more information on the films and their screenings, visit the official SXSW website.
February 1, 2011 TEC Alum Updates from Sundance
Hot Coffee, a 2010 class project, which was edited by TEC alum Cindy Lee and produced by TEC instructor Alan Oxman, was acquired by HBO after premiering at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. Variety calls the film “impressively polished and dramatic” and “an eye-opening indictment of the way big business spins the media and rigs the courts.” Read more about the acquisition here and the Variety review here. TEC alum Jenny Lee was a consulting editor on Gun Hill Road, which was picked up for distribution by the Motion Film Group. If a Tree Falls, edited by TEC alum Matthew Hamachek, won Sundance’s Documentary Editing Award, and Another Earth, with TEC alum Alice Borrelli as Assistant Editor, won Sundance’s Special Jury Prize: Dramatic.
January 27, 2011 Cold Weather Theatrical Premiere in February
Cold Weather, the project of the July 2009 6-week class, will begin its NY theatrical run at IFC Center February 4th. Scott Foundas of Film Comment writes that the film is, "...What the future of American independent cinema might look like." For showtimes visit IFC Center.
January 26, 2011 Page One Acquired by Participant Media and Magnolia Pictures
Page One: A Year Inside The New York Times, which was edited by TEC alums, Chad Beck, Chris Branca, and Sarah Devorkin, has been picked up by Magnolia Pictures and Participant Media, the latter of which has distributed Waiting for Superman, Food Inc., and An Inconvenient Truth. The film was produced by Alan Oxman, a TEC instructor and premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. Page One provides an intimate look into the New York Times as it struggles with changing technology in media.
January 24, 2011 Class Film, Alums, and Teachers Nominated for Oscars
Winter’s Bone, The Kids Are All Right, and Inside Job have all received awards nominations for the 83rd Annual Academy Awards. Winter’s Bone, the TEC class project in May 2009, has received an Oscar nomination for Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay as well as Best Actress and Best Supporting Actor. Winter’s Bone was edited by TEC instructor, Affonso Goncalves, who was assisted by Naomi Goodman and Tory Stewart, both TEC alums. The Kids Are All Right, in which TEC alum Riva Marker was an executive produce received a nomination for Best Picture, as well as nominations for Best Actress in a Leading Role and Original Screenplay. Inside Job, which was edited and co-written by TEC alums Chad Beck and Adam Bolt and assisted by alums Eugene Yi, Sheila Shirazi, and John Woo is nominated for Best Documentary Feature. Winners will be announced on February 27, 2011. For a full list of Oscar nominations, visit Oscar.com.
January 24, 2011 For Once in My Life to Premiere on Television and Be Released on DVD
The class project of the July 2009 class, For Once in My Life, is scheduled for nationwide broadcast on February 1, 2011 at 10PM as part of the PBS series Independent Lens. The film will also be released on DVD in February 2011. For Once in My Life was edited by TEC alum, Amy Foote. The film hopes to “shatter preconceived notions about what people with disabilities are capable of,” and has picked up awards from a number of festivals, including the International Documentary Association (IDA), SXSW, and the Sarasota Film Festival. Learn more about the film, its television premiere, and DVD release here.
January 24, 2011 Class Project Picked Up by Fox Searchlight
Homework, the project of the May 2010 6-week class, has been acquired by Fox Searchlight after premiering at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. The film is scheduled to be released in 2011. TEC alum and instructor, Mollie Goldstein, edited Homework, with TEC alum, Sophie Corra, serving as Assistant Editor. Nancy Utley, the President of Fox Searchlight Pictures, describes the film as a “real coming-of-age story. It touched us with its genuine performances, depth, and wit.” The film is the directorial debut of Gavin Wiesen, and stars Freddie Highmore (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory), Emma Roberts (Valentine’s Day), and Rita Wilson (“From the Earth to the Moon,” Sleepless in Seattle). To read more about the story, visit indieWIRE.
January 14, 2011 Instructors and Alums Nominated for Eddies
American Cinema Editors released their nominations for the annual ACE Eddie Awards which includes TEC alums and instructors. Alums/instructors Chad Beck and Adam Bolt, best-edited documentary (Inside Job); instructor Kate Sanford, best-edited one-hour series ("Do You Know What It Means" episode of "Treme"); instructor Anne McCabe, best-edited half-hour series ("Years of Service" installment of "Nurse Jackie"); instructor Susan Littenberg, best-edited feature film comedy or musical ("Easy A").
December 15, 2010 Editor of The Wire, Kate Sanford, to Teach January Class
Award winning editor, Kate Sanford, will be teaching the upcoming January 6-week Art of Editing class. Kate has edited for both television and feature films including: "The Wire", "Sex and the City", "Kings", "Treme," O, and most recently "Boardwalk Empire " for HBO.
December 3, 2010 Edit Center Alums and Teachers Headed to Sundance
Sundance announced its lineup this week which includes two class films, Homework and Hot Coffee. Also headed to Park City is a slew of TEC alums/instructors. Alums: Chad Beck, Sarah Devorkin, Chris Branca (editors, Page One: A Year Inside the New York Times); Mollie Goldstein & Sophie Corra (editor and asst editor, Homework); Matt Hamachek (editor, If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front); Cindy Lee & Rebecca Saladoff (editor and asst editor, Hot Coffee); Robert Austin (asst editor, The Redemption of General Buttnaked); Jennifer Lee (consulting editor, Gun Hill Road); Curtis Grout (editor, Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same); Andrew Pang, Eugene Yi (asst editors, Margin Call). Instructors: Anne McCabe (The Ledge); Colleen Sharp (Higher Ground); Eric Kissack (Cedar Rapids); Pete Beaudreau (Margin Call). For a full list of films and to see which categories the films above are screening in, visit Sundance.
November 30, 2010Independent Spirit Award Nominations Include Class Film and Alums
The 26th annual Independent Spirit Awards' nominations were announced today and include a slew of TEC Alums, Instructors, and a class film. Winter's Bone leads the awards pack with 7 nominations, including Best Feature, Best Director, and both Best Male and Female Lead. Other nominees include: Best Feature,The Kids Are Alright (Executive Producer, Riva Marker, TEC alum); Best First Feature, Night Catches Us (Editor, Affonso Gonçalves, TEC instructor); Someone to Watch Award, Hossein Keshavarz for TEC project, Dog Sweat. Also nominated for Best First Screenplay was Monogomy which was edited by TEC alum/instructor, Mollie Goldstein and Tiny Furniture which was editor by TEC alum Lance Edmands. For the full list of nominees, visit indieWIRE.
November 29, 2010 Winter's Bone Wins at Gotham Awards
Winter's Bone, the project of the May 2009 6-week class, won Best Feature and Best Ensemble Performance at the 2010 Gotham Awards. See all the winners at indieWIRE.
November 28, 2010 For Once in My Life Wins Award from IDA
For Once in My Life, the project of the July 2009 6-week class, was one of five films to win an award from the International Documentary Association. FOIML was awarded the IDA Music Documentary Award and will be honored at a gala in December at the Director's Guild Theater. TEC alum, Amy Foote, was the film's editor.
October 20, 2010Editor of The Cove to Teach November Class
Geoff Richman, the editor of this year's Oscar award winning documentary, The Cove, will be teaching the November 2010 six-week Art of Editing class. Geoff won an American Cinema Editors (ACE) Eddie Award for "Best Edited Documentary" in February, 2010 for his work on the film. Geoff previously won an Eddie Award in 2008 for Sicko and was recognized for his work on Murderball, which won him the first-ever Special Jury Prize for Editing at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival. Both Murderball and Sicko were nominated for Academy Awards. Geoff has also had his narrative work screen at Sundance and distributed by Sony Pictures.
October 18, 2010 TEC Alum at DOC NYC
TEC alum, Scott Burgess, edited the film ANPO which will premiere in the "Viewfinders" section of the 1st annual DOC NYC film festival. ANPO refers to the US-Japan Mutual Security Treaty, which has justified the presence of 90 US military bases in Japan for six decades. The presence of the bases has spawned opposition and protests. The director delved deeply into resistance against ANPO, drawing upon rich archival sources of oil paintings, photographs, films and animation. For more info, visit: ANPO.
October 18, 2010 Winter's Bone Leads in Gotham Awards
Winter's Bone, the project of the May 2009 class, has been nominated for three Gotham Awards. The film was nominated in the following categories: Best Feature, Best Ensemble Performance, and Best Breakthrough Performance (Jennifer Lawrence). The film leads the pack in nominations this year and is nominated alongside Black Swan, The Kids Are Alright, and Let Me In -- to name a few. The film was edited by TEC instructor Affonso Gonçalves who was assisted by TEC alums Naomi Goodman and Victoria Stewart.
October 17, 2010 Class Film Premieres in NY This Week
Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt and the Magnetic Fields, a class project in 2008, premieres at the NY Film Forum this week. The film was edited by TEC alums Sarah Devorkin and Paul Kloss, who was assisted by Kathyrn Schubert. Variety writes that, "fans will drool," and that the film is "well crafted." The film opens across the country in November. For more info: strangepowersfilm.com
September 8, 2010Early Oscar Predictions Include TEC Alums and Class Film
indieWIRE released its Oscar predictions for 2011, the following are a few highlights: The Inside Job, edited and co-written by TEC alums Chad Beck and Adam Bolt, “… will be nominated for, and likely win, best documentary feature,” writes Peter Knegt. It is also brought up as a dark horse in the categories of Best Picture and Best Editing -- a category that is historically filled solely by narratives. indieWIRE suggests The Kids Are Alright, executively produced by alum Riva Marker, is a “safe bet” in the category of Best Picture, Best Actress, and Original Screenplay. Winter’s Bone, the project of the May 2009 class, is also a contender in several categories including: Best Picture, Best Actress, and Best Adapted Screenplay. Of course we will all have to wait until the Academy releases its short-list in the months to come. To see the full list of predictions, visit indieWIRE.
August 20, 2010 Recent Speaker Series Range from Joan Rivers to Restrepo
We would like to extend our thanks to the speakers who visited our recent Art of Editing classes: editor, Penny Falk (Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work); editor, Michael Levine (Restrepo); editor, Affonso Golçalves (Winter's Bone); editor, Brent White (The Other Guys); sound editor/mixer, Paul Hsu (It's Kind of a Funny Story); editor and asst editor, Jamie Gross & David Egan (McGruber); trailer editor, Stephen Garret (Antichrist); editor, Amy Seplin (51 Birch st); editor, Tim Streeto (Greenberg); editor, Matt Hamacheck (Racing Dreams); editor, Kate Sanford (Treme); editors, David Schewel and Adam Fleischhacker (reality tv).
August 19, 2010 The Winning Season Premieres in Theaters
The Winning Season, the November 2008 class project, will be released in theaters on September 3rd, 2010. The film was directed by James C. Strouse (Grace is Gone) and features Sam Rockwell (Frost/Nixon, Moon) as a washed-up former basketball coach, who is offered another chance to prove himself as the head of his local high school's girls varsity team. The supporting cast includes Rob Corddry (W., "The Daily Show"), Emma Roberts (Valentine's Day), and Rooney Mara (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo). The film was also co-produced by TEC alum Riva Marker.
August 3, 2010 For Once in My Life Featured in DocuWeeks Showcase
For Once in My Life, the project of the July 2009 6-week class, will be featured in the 2010 DocuWeeks Showcase. DocuWeeks is an annual event sponsored by the International Documentary Association, which helps independent documentaries screen in both NYC and LA, the two cities that films need to screen in in order to qualify for an Oscar nomination. For Once in My Life was edited by alum Amy Foote, and has won a number of accolades from film festivals, including the "Audience Award" at the South by Southwest Film Festival and the "Audience Award for Best Documentary" at both the Sarasota Film Festival and Nashville Film Festival, respectively. For more information on DocuWeeks and For Once in My Life screening times, click here.
July 20, 2010 Finishing Heaven Nominated for an Emmy Award
The project of the September 2007 six-week class, Finishing Heaven, has been nominated for an Emmy Award in the category of 'Outstanding Arts & Culture Programming.' The film was edited by TEC alum Amy Foote and acquired by HBO after premiering at the LA Film Festival. Variety Magazine's review of the film praised Amy's editing, referring to how she "smoothly weaves in and out of the new and old footage," and the film was featured in NY Magazine's "Approval Matrix" under the category "highbrow/brilliant." Click here for a complete list of Emmy nominees here.
July 19, 2010 Class Film Premieres at the New York International Latino Film Festival
Ilegales, the project of the September 2009 class, will premiere at the New York International Latino Film Festival on July 28th, with an additional screening on July 29th. The film interweaves the lives of five characters, all of whom are struggling with the issue of human trafficking across the Mexican-U.S. border. Co-producers Noah Workman and Patrick T. Rousseau hope that the film will promote healthy discussions on migration reform. More information on Ilegales, including a link to tickets for the New York International Latino Film Festival, can be found here.
July 7, 2010 Class Films Make indieWIRE’s List for Top Films of 2010
Cold Weather and Winter's Bone, both 6-week class projects in 2009, have made CriticWIRE's mid-year list of "Top English-language Narrative Films of 2010." IndieWIRE's, CriticWIRE, aggregates letter grade scores from over 100 critics and bloggers as they watch films released in film festivals like Cannes, Sundance, and Tribeca, in addition to theatrical releases. Cold Weather, came in at number 1 with an "A-" rating. Only 11 of the films that have either premiered in 2010 or been released theatrically have achieved a score of "A-." Read more about the films that made the list here.
June 24, 2010 Editor of No End in Sight, Chad Beck, to Teach July Six-Week Course
Chad Beck, the editor of the Oscar-nominated documentary No End in Sight, will be teaching the July 2010 Six-Week Art of Editing class. Chad most recently edited Inside Job, which premiered at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival to rave reviews and was directed by Charles Ferguson (No End in Sight). Inside Job analyzes and illuminates the events that led up to the United States' financial crisis of 2008 through interviews with financial insiders, journalists, and politicians. Chad also edited The Recruiter (nominated for Sundance's "Grand Jury Prize" in 2008), and served as an associate editor on Half Nelson.
June 11, 2010 Rave Reviews for Winter's Bone
Winter's Bone, the project of the May 2009 class, is receiving great reviews across the board. Joe Morgenstern of The Wall Street Journal writes of Jennifer Lawrence who plays the heroine Ree, "...a professional actress who doesn't seem to act so much as achieve a state of grace that combines intelligence with fierce resolve." NY Mag's David Edelstein states that, "Winter's Bone is the year's most stirring film." Entertainment Weekly calls it, "One of the unshowiest and most true-blooded epics of Americana you're ever likely to see." The film was edited by TEC instructor Affonso Gonçalves who was assisted by TEC alums Naomi Goodman and Tory Stewart. Winter's Bone opens in theaters this weekend in NY and LA.
June 10, 2010 Summer 2009 Project Reviewed by Interview Magazine
Cold Weather, the project of the July 2009 class, was reviewed by Durga Chew-Bose for Interview Magazine. Of the film Durga writes, "At its center, Cold Weather is the rare portrayal of an adult brother sister relationship; always maturing, yet fixed to a childlike innocence and the shared memories of adventure." The film was picked up by IFC Films for North America and multiple foreign rights and will premiere in IFC theaters and be available in homes on the same day through the "IFC in Theaters" platform. You can read the entire review here.
May 26, 2010 Class Project Picked Up by IFC
Sorry, Thanks, the project of the January 2008 class, has been picked up by IFC for VOD launch in June. IFC Entertainment president, Jonathan Sehring, describes the film as "charming and hilarious." The film premiered at SXSW in 2009 and was directed by Dia Sokol and written by herself and Lauren Veloski. A student version of a scene can be viewed on our Student Work page.
May 9, 2010 Class Film, Dog Sweat, Premieres this Summer
Dog Sweat, a class project in 2008 & 2009, will premiere at this year's Los Angeles Film Festival in the Narrative Competition category. Shot clandestinely in Tehran, the subversive Dog Sweat intertwines the lives of six young Iranians as they struggle to satisfy their private desires in the face of conservative Islamic society. Alum/instructor, Mollie Goldstein edited the film and alum Simon Wheeldon was an associate editor.
May 8, 2010 Two Class Films Picked Up for Distribution
Both Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt and the Magnetic Fields and Cold Weather have been picked up for distribution. Variance films plans to release Strange Powers in theaters across the U.S. and Canada with the first theatrical screening to take place at NY's Film Forum in late October. Cold Weather was picked up by IFC Films for North America and multiple foreign rights. The film will premiere in IFC theaters and be available in homes on the same day through the "IFC in Theaters" platform.
May 7, 2010 Alums Headed to Cannes
The film, Inside Job, is headed to Cannes and its editors, Chad Beck & Adam Bolt and asst editor Eugene Yi, all Edit Center alums, will be heading out along with it. The film is directed by Charles Ferguson (No End in Sight) and narrated by Matt Damon. From the official synopsis: Inside Job is the first film to provide a comprehensive analysis of the global financial crisis of 2008, which at a cost over $20 trillion, caused millions of people to lose their jobs and homes in the worst recession since the Great Depression, and nearly resulted in a global financial collapse. Through exhaustive research and extensive interviews with key financial insiders, politicians, journalists, and academics, the film traces the rise of a rogue industry which has corrupted politics, regulation, and academia. It was made on location in the United States, Iceland, England, France, Singapore, and China.
May 4, 2010 The Cove Editor, Geoffrey Richman, to Teach May Six-Week Course
Geoff Richman, the editor of this year's Oscar award winning documentary The Cove, will be teaching the May 2010 six-week Art of Editing class. Geoff won an American Cinema Editors (ACE) Eddie Award for "Best Edited Documentary" in February, 2010 for his work on the film. Geoff previously won an Eddie Award in 2008 for Sicko and was recognized for his work on Murderball, which won him the first-ever Special Jury Prize for Editing at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival. Both Murderball and Sicko were nominated for Oscars.
April 23, 2010 Class Film Headed Towards Festival Sweep
For Once in My Life, the class project of the July 2009 6-week class and edited by TEC alum, Amy Foote, continues to receive positive praise and win awards. After winning the Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature at SXSW, the documentary has walked away with the Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature at the Sarasota Film Festival, the Best Documentary Award at the Sonoma International Film Festival, and both the Audience Award and the Jury Prize for Music Impact Award at the Nashville Film Festival. The film follows the Spirit of Goodwill Band -- a band composed of 28-members, all of whom are either physically or mentally disabled, as they prepare themselves for a performance at the Miami Center for the Performing Arts.
April 22, 2010 Garbage Dreams Premieres on Independent Lens
Garbage Dreams, the project of the January 2008 six-week class, makes its television premiere on PBS' Independent Lens on April 27th. TEC Alums, Marichelle Tañag and Brian Richman were both assistant editors on the film. For more info, visit: Independent Lens.
April 21, 2010 Cold Weather Wins at Sarasota Film Festival
Cold Weather, the class project of the July 2009 six-week class, has won the Independent Visions Special Jury Prize at the Sarasota Film Festival. It was also a featured Spotlight Premiere film at SXSW. After premiering at SXSW with sold-out screenings, the film topped the critics' poll at IndieWIRE, which pooled opinions from both critics and bloggers attending the festival. Read more about the survey here.
April 20, 2010 Alum Film Screens at Tribeca
Budrus, the second directorial project of TEC alum Julia Bacha, screens at the Tribeca Film Festival on Sunday, April 25th. The film chronicles a village in Palestine, which has not only sparked a non-violent movement against the Israeli Occupation, but also potentially provides an answer to the Middle East's struggle for peace. David Kwok, a director of programming at Tribeca, writes that the film, "[allows] us a galvanizing glimpse into the power of ordinary people to peaceably fight for extraordinary changes in one of the most war-torn parts of the world." For an interview with Julia Bacha, see Tribeca's Faces of the Festival article. For a full list of screening times, visit Just Vision's list of Budrus screenings.
April 15, 2010 The Missing Person is Released on DVD
The Missing Person, edited by TEC alum/instructor Mollie Goldstein and the class project of the November 2007 six-week class, was released on DVD on April 13th. The film is a modern interpretation of a classic film noir, set in a post-9/11 world. It was directed by Noah Buschel, and stars Michael Shannon and Amy Ryan. The Missing Person was called "irresistible" by the New York Times and was a critic's pick in New York Magazine. The film can be purchased on Amazon.
March 24, 2010 TEC Alum Film Premieres at Tribeca
Monogamy, edited by TEC alum/instructor Mollie Goldstein, will premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival April 24th. The narrative focuses on Theo (Chris Messina) a Brooklyn wedding photographer whose side business is shooting surveillance-style photos of clients on the sly. His side venture takes an unexpected turn—and creates a rift with his fiancée (Rashida Jones)—when he's hired by a provocative mystery woman (Meital Dohan). For screening times, visit: http://www.tribecafilm.com/filmguide/monogamy-film30893.html
March 23, 2010 Cold Weather Receives Praise From Press
Cold Weather, the narrative project of the July 2009 6-week class, has been receiving rave reviews from IFC, Variety, and LA Times as well as from indieWIRE in which Eric Kohn called the film, “the kind of moving image experience informed by expressive audiovisual maneuvers rather than melodramatic overstatements.” It also averaged an "A-" grade from six critics at indieWIRE. Cold Weather is currently seeking U.S. distribution.
March 21, 2010 Strange Powers on Festival Run
Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt and the Magnetic Fields, the documentary project of the May 2008 6-week class, premiered at SXSW in the 24 Beats Per Minute category and is now continuing on its festival tour. Next up, the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival in North Carolina, followed by the Florida International Film Festival and then the film is off to Buenos Aires for the International Independent Cinema Festival. To see a trailer of the film and a list of screenings, visit: http://strangepowersfilm.com/
March 19, 2010 TEC Film Wins Audience Award at SXSW
For Once in My Life, a project of the July 2009 6-week class, won the Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature at SXSW. The film has been receiving praise from many places including Cinematical, which writes, "South by Southwest has a great history of introducing documentaries to audiences. Some have even ended up on the shortlist and final lists for Oscar. Of all the ones I have seen so far from this fest, one Oscar will have a hard time avoiding is this film…" The film was edited by TEC alum, Amy Foote.
March 8, 2010 Edit Center Instructor Wins Big at Oscars
Congrats to Edit Center instructor, Geoff Richman, for his work on The Cove. The film took home the Oscar for Best Documentary at the 82nd annual Academy Awards. Geoff was the sole editor on the film.
March 1, 2010 Class Film and Alums at Full Frame
Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt and the Magnetic Fields, the project of the July 2008 6-week class, screens at the Full Frame Documentary Festival in April. The film was edited by Sarah Devorkin, co-edited by Naomi Goodman and assisted by Kathryn Schubert -- all of whom are alums. Also screening at Full Frame is Racing Dreams, directed and edited by TEC guest lecturer Marshall Curry. TEC alum Matthew Hamachek and TEC guest lecturer Mary Manhardt were also editors on the film.
February 14, 2010 TEC Instructor Wins Eddie Award
Congratulations to TEC instructor, Geoff Richman, for his award at this years ACE Eddie Awards. Geoff won "Best Edited Documentary" for his work on the Oscar nominated film, The Cove.
February 13, 2010 Class Film Premieres on HBO
Reporter, the project of the November 2007 class, makes it television premiere on HBO February 18th. The documentary is set in central Africa and chronicles, in verité fashion, the haunting, physically grueling and, at moments, shocking voyage of Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist, Nick Kristof. TEC Alums, Daniel Rosen and Bo Mehrad were the associate editor and additional editor, respectively, on the film. The film was nominated for a Grand Jury Prize at Sundance in 2009. For additional viewings, visit HBO.
February 12, 2010 Recent Speaker Series Range from The Cove to "30 Rock"
We would like to extend our thanks to the speakers who visited our recent Art of Editing classes: editor and TEC instructor, Meg Reticker ("Bored to Death", "30 Rock"); editor and TEC instructor Geoffrey Richman (Oscar nominees: The Cove, Murderball); sound editor and effects editor, Damian Volpe (Amelia, Adventureland); editor, Pax Wasserman (Oscar nominated doc, Which Way Home); editor, Brian Kates (The Savages, Shortbus); asst editors Mike Fay ("The Wire," "Nurse Jackie") and Victoria Lang (Dear John, "The Wire").
February 11, 2010 More Alums Heading to SXSW
As previously written, four Edit Center films will be screening at SXSW. In addition, Silver Sling will be playing at the fest as part of the FutureStates sci-fi series presented by ITVS -- the short was edited by alum Jenny Lee who was assisted by alum Phil Thangsombat. Jenny is also the post-supervisor on Camp Victory: Afghanistan, which is playing in the doc competition. Lastly, the short titled Bikini Lighters - directed and edited by TEC instructor Andrew Blackwell - will premiere in the narrative shorts section.
February 4, 2010 Class Films Headed to SXSW
Four Edit Center class films to play SXSW in March. Cold Weather (July 2009), Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt and The Magnetic Fields (July 2008 & September 2008), For Once in My Life (July 2009), and fresh off its Sundance win, Winter's Bone (May 2009). For Once in My Life was edited by TEC Alum Amy Foote, Strange Powers was edited by Sarah Devorkin, co-edited by Naomi Goodman and assisted by Kathryn Schubert -- all of whom are alums. Winter's Bone was cut by TEC instructor, Affonso Gonçalves. For a list of 119 films playing the festival, visit the indieWIRE article.
February 3, 2010 Trucker Now Available on iTunes
Acclaimed drama and the project of the September 2007 class, Trucker (starring Michelle Monaghan and Nathan Fillion), is now available on iTunes. Cinematical's Erik Davis wrote: "Monaghan finally delivered the sort of performance I've known was trapped somewhere inside her, hidden behind a variety of big, flashy Hollywood films." Download here.
February 2, 2010 The Cove Nominated for an Academy Award!
Edited by TEC instructor Geoff Richman, the film has won over 20 awards in the past year and Geoff was nominated for an Eddie award from American Cinema Editors for his work on the film. This is the third film Geoff's edited that has been nominated for an Oscar (Sicko 2008, Murderball 2006).
February 1, 2010 Deal Made at Sundance for Winter's Bone
Roadside Attractions has picked up North America rights to Winter's Bone. The film's theatrical release will be Summer 2010. Dustin Smith of Roadside Attractions states that, “With ‘Winter’s Bone,’ Debra Granik has crafted a classic detective story, a nail-biting thriller and an unbelievably touching family drama, all in one film.” To read more about the deal visit indieWIRE.
January 31, 2010 Winter's Bone Wins at Sundance
Winter's Bone, the project of the May 2009 6-week class, won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance 2010 film festival. Eric Kohn, of indieWIRE, writes that the film is "An elegant, soft spoken noir," and the characters' conflicts of interests "…places the drama in such a meditative world that the antagonism morphs into a tone poem with random inflections of genre conventions." And Justin Chang of Variety writes that Winter's Bone is "…utterly enveloping." The film was directed by Debra Granik, written by Granik and Anne Rosellini (Down to the Bone, Sundance 2004) and edited by TEC instructor Affonso Gonçalves who was assisted by TEC alums Naomi Goodman and Tory Stewart.
January 22, 2010 Garbage Dreams Reviewed by The Hollywood Reporter
Garbage Dreams was reviewed by Frank Scheck of the Hollywood Reporter. Scheck describes the film as "an evocative examination of the class between tradition and modernism in the handling of an age-old problem." Marichelle Tañag and Brian Richman, both TEC alums, served as assistant editors on the film. The film has been endorsed by Al Gore as a "compelling case that modernization does not always equal progress," and is on the Oscar short-list. It is currently playing at the IFC center in NYC. Read the full review here.
January 20, 2010 TEC Alums Selected for Sundance's Annual "Screenwriters Lab"
Lance Edmands (TEC Alum '04) and Myna Joseph (TEC Alum '01) are two of the twelve filmmakers chosen every year by the Sundance Institute to attend the "Screenwriters Lab," a five-day screenwriting workshop that takes place at the Sundance Resort in Utah. Edmands was selected for his project entitled Bluebird, and Joseph was chosen for her script, My Favorite Nightmare. The workshop promotes artistic freedom and encourages filmmakers to explore new methods of storytelling. Attendees of this year's "Screenwriters Lab" include filmmakers from China, Southeast Asia, and the Middle East, in addition to the United States. For more information on the "Screenwriters Lab" please visit their website.
January 7, 2010 Cold Weather in First Batch of SXSW Films Announced
Cold Weather, the project of the July 2009 six-week class, is one of six films that SXSW has announced so far. The narrative is about a former forensic science major and avid reader of detective fiction played by Cris Lankenau (Quiet City), who, after making a mess of his life in Chicago, returns to his hometown of Portland, Oregon. There, he, his sister Gail played by Trieste Kelly (Bored to Death), and new friend Carlos become embroiled in something unexpected.This is the third film director, Aaron Katz, has premiered at SXSW.
January 6, 2010 Garbage Dreams Reviewed in NY Times
Garbage Dreams, the project of the Jan 2008 six week class, was reviewed today in the NY Times. Jeannette Catsoulis writes, "Expertly weaving personal fears, family tensions and political action (the zabbaleen don’t whine; they strive to modernize), “Garbage Dreams” records the tremblings of a culture at a crossroads." The film is on the short list for an Academy Award and screens at the IFC center starting NYC January 6th. Full review here.
January 4, 2010 TEC Instructor Featured on Editors Guild Website
Kate Eales who teaches the six week class at Edit Center was a "Featured Member" on the Motion Picture Editors Guild's website. She talks of her challenges as both an editor and assistant editor, her first break into the business, and The Next Three Days (directed by Crash's Paul Haggis), the current project on which she's assisting. Please read more of her interview here.
January 3, 2010 Alums Assist on Sundance's Closing Night Film
Sundance has announced the festival's closing night film to be Twelve, directed by Joel Schumacher. The films stars Kiefer Sutherland, Chace Crawford, Ellen Barkin and Emma Roberts. Alums Ron Dulin and Kate Abernathy were assistants on the film.
January 2, 2010 Class Film on IFC's Best of 2009 list
The Missing Person, the project of the November 2007 six-week class, is listed as one the the "Best Films of 2009" by the editors at IFC.com. Of the main character, Alison Wilmore writes, "Rosow is a man out of time, à la Elliott Gould in The Long Goodbye…" The film premiered at Sundance last year and was edited by TEC alum/instructor Mollie Goldstein. See IFC's full list of 2009's best films here.
December 14, 2009 More Alums Headed to Sundance
Alum Jenny Lee is post supervising the narrative Bass Ackwards, which will premiere in the "NEXT" category -- a new section at Sundance 2010 that spotlights innovative, low-budget filmmaking. Alum Naomi Goodman was the assistant editor on happythankyoumoreplease, competing in the narrative category.
December 12, 2009 Sorry, Thanks on Critic's Best List
Film critic Mark Olsen picks Sorry, Thanks, the project of the January 2008 class, as 2009's "Best FirstT Feature" and ranks it #2 among the year's "Best Undistributed Films" in his Indiewire "Annual Critics Survey." Full list here.
December 8, 2009 Garbage Dreams at IFC Center in January
Garbage Dreams, the project of the January 2008 6-week class, will have a one-week run January 6-12, 2010 at the IFC Center in NYC. The documentary was recently shortlisted for an Academy Award and last month screened at the International Documentary Film Festival in Amsterdam, the largest doc fest in the world.
December 4, 2009 TEC Alums and Instructors Headed to Sundance
Congratulations to the following alumni, instructors, and films who will all be competing in the Narrative category at Sundance 2010: The Dry Land edited by TEC instructor Sabine Hoffman (starring America Ferrara, Melissa Leo and Wilmer Valderrama); Sympathy for Delicious edited by TEC instructor Pete Beaudreau (directed by Mark Ruffalo and starring Orlando Bloom, Juliette Lewis and Laura Linney); The Imperialists are still Alive! edited by TEC alum Michael Taylor who was assisted by alums Lou Ford and Brian Fleischman.
December 3, 2009 Class Film to Premiere at Sundance
Winter's Bone, the project of the May 2009 six-week class, is one of sixteen films that will premiere in the U.S. Dramatic Competition category at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. The film was directed by Debra Granik, written by Granik and Anne Rosellini (Down to the Bone, Sundance 2004) and edited by TEC instructor Affonso Gonçalves who was assisted by TEC alums Naomi Goodman and Tory Stewart.
November 19, 2009 Class Film on Short List for an Oscar
Garbage Dreams, the project of the January 2008 six-week class, made it on the short-list in the Documentary Feature category for the 82nd Academy Awards. It was one of 15 films selected from the original 89 films that qualified. The film was directed by Mai Iskander and TEC Alum, Marichelle Tañag, was 1st assistant editor on the film.
November 11, 2009 New 3-Week Course Added
We've created a shorter, more condensed, version of our six-week Art of Editing course which is titled: "Narrative and Documentary Editing With Final Cut Pro." This is a three-week class designed to help cement the concepts of non-linear editing while also teaching the fundamentals of narrative and documentary editing. Please visit the course page for more information.
October 20, 2009 Gotham Award Nomination and Theatrical Release for Class Film
Noah Buschel has been nominated for a Gotham Award in the category of "Breakthrough Director" for his film, The Missing Person. The film was the project of the November 2007 6-week class and will hit NY and LA theaters November 20. It has been deemed a "delightfully strange noir" by New York Magazine and stars Michael Shannon (Revolutionary Road, Before the Devil Knows You're Dead) and Amy Ryan (The Office, Gone Baby Gone). The Missing Person was edited by TEC alum/instructor Mollie Goldstein.
October 19, 2009 Reporter Screens at PaleyDocFest09
Reporter, the project of the November 2007 class, will screen Oct 23 at the Paley Center for Media in association with HBO Documentary Films. The film follows NY Times columnist, Nicholas Kristof, as he travels through Congo to shed light on the country's conflict. TEC Alums, Daniel Rosen and Bo Mehrad were the associate editor and additional editor, respectively, on the film.
October 7, 2009 Garbage Dreams Wins Editing Award at Woodstock
Garbage Dreams, the project of the January 2008 6-week class, won the coveted James Lyons editing award for documentary feature at the 2009 Woodstock Film Festival this past weekend. Earlier this year, the film received the REEL Current Award from Al Gore who said of the film, "Garbage Dreams makes a compelling case that modernization does not always equal progress."
October 6, 2009 Class Film Lands in NY Mag Approval Matrix
Finishing Heaven, the project of the September 2007 6-week class, appeared this week in the "highbrow/brilliant" quadrant of NY Magazine's Approval Matrix. The film was edited by TEC alum Amy Foote and premiered on HBO last week.
October 5, 2009 Class Film Opens in Theaters
Peter and Vandy, the project of the March 2008 6-week class, opens October 9 in NY and LA. Stephen Farber at The Hollywood Reporter writes that Peter and Vandy has "sharp writing and strong chemistry between the stars" and that Jess Weixler "is utterly radiant throughout the picture." The film was edited by TEC instructor Geoffrey Richman and stars Jess Weixler (Teeth, Alexander the Last) and Jason Ritter (Happy Endings, The Wicker Man).
September 23, 2009 Venice Premiere for Alums
Great Directors, a documentary directed by Angela Ismailos and edited by TEC alum Christina Buchard and TEC instructor Sabine Hoffman, premiered at the 2009 Venice Film Festival this summer to positive reviews. The film captures the essence and independent spirit of living auteurs such as: Bertolucci, Lynch, Haynes, Linklater, and Varda to name a few. Natasha Senjanovic of The Hollywood Reporter remarks that "... the editing smoothly ties the various stories together." The film was also assisted by alums Peter Schuette, Susan Cox, Connor Kalista, and Nick Bussey.
August 31, 2009 Kate Sanford, Editor of "The Wire," to Teach September Class
Award winning editor, Kate Sanford, will be teaching the upcoming September 6-week Art of Editing class. Kate has edited for both television and feature films including: "The Wire", "Sex and the City", "Kings", O, and most recently "Michael & Michael Have Issues" for Comedy Central.
August 26, 2009 Class Film in Theaters Fall 2009
Trucker, the project of the September 2007 6-week class, has just been picked up by Monterey Media. The film stars Michelle Monaghan (Gone Baby Gone, North Country), Nathan Fillion (The Waitress, "Castle"), and Benjamin Bratt (Love in the Time of Cholera, Traffic) and premiered at Tribeca in 2008. The film will hit NYC theaters In October and then roll out nationally. Trucker was co-produced by TEC alum Riva Marker.
August 20, 2009 Alum Updates and HBO Premieres
Finishing Heaven, the documentary project of the September 2007 6-week class, was cut by alum Amy Foote and will premiere on HBO2 September 30th at 8pm. Alum Michael Taylor edited two films that will premiere on HBO within the month. The first is a documentary titled, Youth Knows No Pain, which premieres on August 31st. Heather Smith, Jeff Mehiel and Dave Miller, all alums, were assistant editors on the film. Michael's other HBO premiere, September 3rd, is titled A Dog Year and stars Jeff Bridges. Louise Ford and Alec Styborski, TEC alums, were both assistants on the film.
July 24, 2009 Recent Speaker Series Ranges from Adventureland to Bruno
The Edit Center would like to extend our thanks to the speakers who visited our recent Art of Editing classes: editor and TEC instructor, Eric Kissack (Bruno, Role Models); assistant editor and TEC alum, Eugene Yi (Michael and Michael Have Issues, Kings); directors Mark Becker and Jennifer Grausman (Pressure Cooker); editor and TEC instructor, Anne McCabe (Adventureland, Maria Full of Grace); director Jeremiah Zagar (In A Dream); asst editors Jamie Gross and David Egan (Role Models, Murderball); and editor Fred Raskin (Fast & Furious,The Lazarus Project).
July 23, 2009 Solondz Film at Toronto Edited by TEC Instructor
Todd Solondz's new film, Life During Wartime, will premiere at this year's Toronto Film Festival in September. It was edited by TEC instructor Kevin Messman who was assisted by TEC alum Kathryn Schubert. The film stars Allison Janney and Ally Sheedy and is the first movie from Solondz since Palindromes, which was also edited by Kevin Messman as well as TEC alum and instructor Mollie Goldstein.
July 22, 2009 The Betrayal Airs on P.O.V.
A film that was post supervised by TEC alum Riva Marker just aired on PBS's POV this week. The Betrayal, a documentary from renowned cinematography Ellen Kuras, tells the story of a family
(actually the co-director of the film's family, Thavisouk Phrasavat) forced to emigrate from Laos after the U.S. waged a secret war during the Vietnam war. New York Times critic A.O. Scott has called the film "Haunting. . . . a work of visual art." And Scott Foundas of Variety writes: "More than two decades in the making, this heartfelt debut documentary feature by veteran cinematographer Ellen Kuras brings an affecting personal dimension to a sprawling sociopolitical narrative..." The film received an Academy Award nomination for best documentary in 2009.
July 15, 2009 Michael and Michael Have Issues Edited by TEC Alums/Instructors
Michael and Michael Have Issues, a sketch comedy show starring Michael Ian Black and Michael Showalter, premieres tonight on Comedy Central. TEC Alum and former instructor, Paul Frank edited the show along with TEC instructor Kate Sanford. Alum Eugene Yi was an assistant editor.
July 13, 2009 Garbage Dreams Featured in DocuWeeks Showcase
Garbage Dreams, the project of the January 2008 6-week class, will be featured in the 2009 DocuWeeks Showcase. DocuWeeks is an event sponsored by the International Documentary Association to help independent documentaries be seen in theaters in both NYC and LA, the two cities a documentary must screen in to be considered for an Oscar nomination. Garbage Dreams is one of 18 features scheduled to play at L.A.'s ArcLight Hollywood and NYC IFC Center. TEC Alums, Marichelle Tañag and Brian Richman were both assistant editors on the film.
July 12 , 2009 Manhattan, Kansas Television Premiere
Manhattan, Kansas, the project of the May 2005 6-week class, will be making its television debut on the Documentary Channel this month as part of their "American Dreamers" series. Many TEC alums were involved in the film's post process: editor, Cindy Lee; supervising editor, Liliah Bankier; associate editor, J.J. Evans; assistant editor, Andrew Pang. The film was also directed by TEC alum Tara Wray.
July 10 , 2009 Finishing Heaven to Premiere on HBO
Finishing Heaven, the project of the September 2007 6-week class, will be premiering on HBO2 September 30th at 8 pm. The film was edited by TEC Alum, Amy Foote, and premiered at the LA Film Fest in 2008.
June 24, 2009 Class Film, Reporter, Premieres at BAM
Reporter, the project of the November 2007 6-week class, will be screening at BAM this Friday as part of BAMcinemaFEST. The documentary, directed by Eric Metzgar, follows Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof through the Democratic Republic of Congo as he tries to put the country's crises on the international radar. Eric Kohn of indieWIRE writes, "With a series of gorgeous, frequently haunting sequences, Metzgar captures the wide-ranging responses of struggling Africans presented with Kristof and his trusty notepad... Metzgar captures the full complexity of the inherent drama." TEC Alums, Daniel Rosen and Bo Mehrad were the associate editor and additional editor, respectively, on the film. It premiered at Sundance in January and this will be its New York premiere.
June 18, 2009 Skatopia to Premiere at ACEFest
Skatopia: 88 Acres of Anarchy, the documentary project of the May 2008 6-week class, will premiere at NYC indie film fest ACEFest on Saturday, July 11th. Skatopia the film documents the life of Skatopia, the Appalachian farm where hardcore skating, punk rock and hillbilly culture collide. The film centers on the owner and self-proclaimed leader of the farm, Brewce Martin, who presides over the daily mayhem like a modern-day Jim Jones. Skatopia was edited by TEC alum Ramsey Fendall.
May 29, 2009 Sorry, Thanks to Screen at BAMcinemaFEST
Sorry, Thanks, the project of the January 2008 six week class, will have its NY premiere as part of the BAMcinemaFEST in June. The film stars Wiley Wiggins (Dazed and Confused, Waking Life), and Andrew Bujalski (Funny Ha Ha) and is directed by Dia Sokol who was the in-house producer for acclaimed director Errol Morris for four years (The Fog of War, The Thin Blue Line). For more information on the Fest or to purchase tix, visit: http://www.bam.org/view.aspx?pid=1193
May 19, 2009 The Missing Person Acquired by Strand Releasing
The Missing Person, which premiered at this year's Sundance Film Fest and stars Michael Shannon (Revolutionary Road, Before the Devil Knows You're Dead) and Amy Ryan (The Office, Gone Baby Gone), was just snapped up by Strand Releasing. Strand acquired all U.S. rights to what has been called a "delightfully strange noir" by New York Magazine. The Missing Person was edited by TEC alum/instructor Mollie Goldstein and was the project of the November 2007, 6-week class.
May 11, 2009 May Six-Week Class Films Announced
Two feature films will be going through the upcoming six-week class starting May 18th. The first is a narrative titled Winter's Bone, which comes to us from the award winning filmmakers, Debra Granik and Anne Rosellini. Debra won the Director's Award for the film Down to the Bone at Sundance in 2004 -- Anne Rosellini was the producer on the film. Winter's Bone tells the story of Ree Dolly, a 17-year-old high school dropout who has to track down her father before creditors seize the house that he put up for bond before he disappeared. Failure, as they say, is not an option — or else Ree, her young siblings and their mother will be turned out into the Ozark woods. The second class film is a documentary titled Up Heartbreak Hill that follows highschool seniors who live on a Navajo reservation in New Mexico. They are contemplating what they will do after graduation -- stay in their community – a place inextricably woven into the fiber of their being – or leave, in pursuit of educational and economic opportunities. They are constantly struggling to reconcile their desires with their sense of obligation to the community that helps define them. The choices they make will have ramifications not just for themselves and for their families, but for the town in which they’ve spent their entire lives.
May 1, 2009 Alum Film Wins Best Documentary at Tribeca
Racing Dreams, a film by Oscar nominated filmmaker Marshall Curry, is receiving tons of praise since it screened last month at the Tribeca Film Festival. Scott Feinberg of the LA Times suggests its, "...the best film of the year, thus far." He goes on to say that ,"the three story lines in Racing Dreams unfold and intersect more rivetingly than most original screenplays... largely because Curry, Matthew Hamachek, and Mary Manhardt were skilled enough to sort through 500 hours of raw footage and tell those stories in just 90 minutes." Editor, Matthew Hamachek is an Edit Center alum and both editor Mary Manhardt and director/editor Marshall Curry have been guest lecturers at TEC. The film won best documentary feature at the festival.
April 29, 2009 Praise for Alum Film, Cropsey
Cropsey, which premiered to sold out crowds at Tribeca Film Festival last month, was praised by John Anderson of Variety who writes, "Cropsey has all the trappings of a true-crime TV special, but with an undercurrent of cultural exposition that is intelligent, profound and unsettling." Cropsey was edited by TEC alum and instructor Anita Gabrosek and co-edited by TEC instructor Pete Beaudreau. Additional TEC alums who worked on the project were: Todd Holmes as an additional editor, Faisal Azam and Ben Stark were assistant editor and associate editor respectively.
April 13, 2009 Alum Films at Tribeca, "Must Sees"
Of all 86 films screening at Tribeca this year, 16 were selected as, "Must Sees" by NY Mag -- 2 of which, Cropsey and Racing Dreams, were worked on by TEC alums. Cropsey, a documentary which delves into the mysterious disappearance of kids on Staten Island in the 80's by the hands of a "bogeyman," was edited by alum and instructor Anita Gabrosek, co-edited by TEC instructor Pete Beaudreau, TEC alum and instructor Todd Holmes was an additional editor on the film and TEC alums Faisal Azam and Ben Stark were assistant editor and associate editor respectively. The documentary, Racing Dreams, follows kids competing in the World Karting Association's National Pavement Series. TEC alum, Matthew Hamachek, was one of the editors alongside TEC guest lecturers, Mary Manhardt and director, Marshall Curry.
March 28, 2009 Alum Films Premiere at SXSW
Many TEC Alums premiered their films at SXSW 2009 this month in a variety of categories. Amy Foote was the editor of The Least of These, a documentary focusing on the detainment center in Hutto, Texas that houses immigrant families while they seek asylum. Richard Whitaker of the Austin Chronicle called it a "...quiet and measured documentary." The Least of These is part of a new concept in distribution deals. The night it premiered at SXSW it was also available online at SnagFilms and will be followed by physical and semi-theatrical distribution by IndiePix and Cinema Guild according the indieWIRE. In the shorts category of the festival, the film Tess and Nana premiered which was edited by TEC alums Kate Abernathy and Ron Dulin. Alum, Jenny Lee, was the editor and co-producer of True Adolescents which premiered in the Narrative Competition section. Eric Snider of Cinematical notes of writer/director, Craig Johnson, that he "keeps the humor down-to-earth" in this "...realistic coming-of-age story." True Adolescents will screen next at the Vail Film Festival.
March 27, 2009 Class Films Premiere at SXSW
Garbage Dreams, a film that celebrates the richness, strength and vitality of Egypt's community of indigenous garbage collectors, known as the Zaballeen or “garbage people," was a crowd favorite at the festival selling out for all three of its screenings. Of Sorry, Thanks, Eric Kohn of indieWIRE writes the film has "keen insight into human behavior," and that it "...has a wonderfully coherent structure, fully developed personalities and mostly gorgeous photograph." Garbage Dream's next screening will be at the Vail Film Festival in April. Sorry, Thanks' next stop will be at the Sarasota Film Festival in April as well.
March 6, 2009 Edit Center Student Mentioned in Oscar Acceptance Speech
Editor, Chris Dickens won the Oscar for Achievement in Film Editing for his work on Slumdog Millionaire. TEC Alum Udayan Baijal was an assistant editor on film and in his acceptance speech Mr. Dickens thanked Udayan amongst the people in his crew in India. Slumdog Millionaire walked away with eight Academy Awards on Oscar night.
March 2, 2009 Winter Speaker Series Ranges from The Good Shepherd to Frozen River
The Edit Center would like to extend our thanks to the speakers who visited our January Art of Editing class: Composer Marcelo Zarovs (The Good Shepherd, Hollywood Land), editor Kate Williams (Frozen River, Interview), editor Meg Reticker (30 Rock, Pray the Devil Back to Hell), TEC alum and assistant editor Ron Dulin (Kings, The Visitor).
February 27, 2009 Sicko Editor, Geoffrey Richman, to Teach March/April Six-Week Course
Geoff Richman, the award-winning editor of Murderball and Sicko, will be teaching the March/April 2008 six-week Art of Editing class. Murderball was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature in 2005, and Geoff won the first-ever Special Jury Prize for Editing at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival for his work on the film (which also won the Audience Award for Best Documentary). Sicko, directed by Michael Moore, was also nomianted for an Oscar and earned Geoff an "Eddie" award from the American Cinema Editors. Most recently, Geoff edited, The Cove, the Audience Award winning documentary at this year's Sundance film festival.
February 16, 2009 Vail Film Festival: Class Films and Alums
Two class films, Trucker and Garbage Dreams, will be screening at this year's Vail Film Festival. Trucker, the project of the September 2007 class, stars Michelle Monaghan (Eagle Eye, Gone Baby Gone) and Nathan Fillion (Waitress, Serenity) -- the film was post-supervised by TEC alum, Riva Marker. TEC alums Marichelle Tanang and Brian Richman were assistant editors on the documentary, Garbage Dreams, the project of January 2008 class. Also screening at Vail is the narrative film, True Adolescents, edited and co-produced by TEC alum Jenny Lee.
February 2, 2009 Alum Films at SXSW
Alums, Jenny Lee and Amy Foote, both have films premiering at SXSW this year. Jenny Lee is the editor and co-producer of True Adolescents (starring Melissa Leo and Mark Duplass) which follows aging rocker/slacker Sam who takes two teen boys on an ill-fated hiking trip that forces everyone to grow up, and fast. True Adolescents will compete in the Narrative Feature category. Amy Foote is the editor of The Least of These, a documentary focusing on a detention center for immigrant children, in a former medium-security prison, where three activist attorneys discover troubling conditions that lead to controversy. The Least of These will premiere in the Lone Star States Section of the festival.
February 1, 2009 Two Class Films to Premiere at SXSW
Sorry, Thanks and Garbage Dreams, both projects of the Jan/Feb 2008 class, will premiere at the SXSW Film Festival in March. Sorry, Thanks (starring Wiley Wiggins) will premiere in the Emerging Visions section and Garbage Dreams, a film that celebrates the richness, strength and vitality of Egypt's community of indigenous garbage collectors, known as the Zaballeen or “garbage people" will compete in the Documentary Feature category.
January 31, 2009 Sundance Fesitval Updates
Edit Center alums and teachers received awards, praise and deals at this year's Sundance Film Festival: The Cove, edited by TEC instructor Geoff Richman, won the Documentary Audience Award and was praised by Justin Chang of Variety: "Casting a very wide net, this powerful polemic is simultaneously a love letter to a beloved species, an eye-opening primer on worldwide dolphin captivity, a playful paranoid thriller and a work of deep-seated... moral outrage."; The Missing Person, edited by TEC alum Mollie Goldstein and a 2007 Edit Center class project, was well received at the festival and James Rocchi wrote on Cinematical that the film "isn't merely a clever, cool spin on the classic private eye story...It has the knowing, humane touches of Paul Auster's brilliant urban fiction."; Peter and Vandy, also edited by TEC instructor Geoff Richman and a 2008 Edit Center project, displayed one of the best female performances of the festival (Jess Weixler) states Steve Ramos of indieWIRE; Cold Souls (starring Paul Giamatti), in which TEC instructor Andrew Blackwell was the associate editor, was acquired by Samuel Goldman after the festival; Reporter, a 2007 class project, was reviewed by Eric Kohn of indieWIRE who writes, "With a series of gorgeous, frequently haunting sequences, Metzger captures the wide-ranging responses of struggling Africans." TEC Alums, Daniel Rosen and Bo Mehrad were the associate editor and additional editor, respectively, on Reporter.
January 28, 2009 TEC Alum Editing Show on Discovery Channel
TEC alum Paul Frost has been working as an editor on the non-scripted series, Wreckreation Nation, airing Tuesdays at 10pm EST on the Discovery Channel. The show follows host, Dave Mordal, around the country as he seeks out the crazy and unique hobbies of Americans.
January 24, 2009 TEC Alumni and Instructor, Academy Award Nominees
Congratulations to Alumni and Instructor for their films' 2008 Oscar nominations. Alum Udayan Baijal was the assistant editor on Slumdog Millionaire, which garnered 10 Oscar nomination. TEC instructor, Kate Williams, edited Frozen River (class film May 2007) up for Best Actress, Melissa Leo, and Original Screenplay, writer/director Courtney Hunt. The Betrayal (Nerakhoon), competing for Best Documentary, was post supervised by alum Riva Marker and Sharon Hughes was an assistant editor on the film.
January 23, 2009 The Winning Season Acquired by Lionsgate
The Winning Season, a project of the November 2008 class, has been picked up by Lionsgate after a successful premiere at Sundance. The film "...touches, in a surprisingly honest, unforced manner, on issues such as alcoholism, adolescent sexual confusion and broken homes, " Justin Chang of Variety. The film stars Sam Rockwell (Frost/Nixon), Rob Corddry (W.), Emma Roberts (Hotel for Dogs) and was co-produced by TEC alum, Riva Marker.
January 22, 2009 Edit Center Class Film Nominated for Two Oscars
Frozen River, the project of the May 2007 6-week class, has been nominated for two Academy Awards. The categories include: Original Screenplay, Courtney Hunt and Best Female Lead, Melissa Leo. Frozen River was edited by TEC instructor, Kate Williams.
January 19, 2009 The New Twenty (Fast Company) Opens in NY
The New Twenty, formerly titled Fast Company and the project of the November 2006 6-week class, opens at NYC's Quad theater in March. The New Twenty, which Chuck Wilson of LA Weekly called "A sleek and accomplished debut film," was edited by TEC alum Todd Holmes and is being distributed by Wolfe Video. The film will also be broadcasted on MTV Logo, released on dvd in June, and can be viewed on video on demand through Warner Home Video.
January 15, 2009 Edit Center Instructors Nominated for Eddie Awards
Two Edit Center instructors have been nominated for the 59th annual ACE (American Cinema Editors) Eddie Awards. Meg Reticker is nominated in the category, Best Edited Half-Hour Series for Television, for her work on 30 Rock: "Reunion." Kate Sanford is nominated in the category, Best Edited One-Hour Series for Non-Commercial Television, for her work on The Wire: "More With Less."
January 12, 2009 Golden Globe Awards Update
Congratulations to TEC Alums/Instructors for their contributions to the following Golden Globe winners: TEC alum, Udayan Baijal, assistant editor on Danny Boyle's Slumdog Millionaire, winner of Best Motion Picture Drama, Best Director, Best Screenplay and Best Original Score; Malcolm Jamieson, TEC instructor and editor of Mad Men, winner of Best Television Series Drama; Meg Reticker, TEC Instructor and editor of 30 Rock, winner of Best Comedic Television Series, Best Performance by an Actress In A Comedic Television Series (Tina Fey), and Best Performance by an Actor In A Comedic Television Series (Alec Baldwin).
January 9, 2009 The Missing Person Acquired by Visit Films
Visit Films has picked up worldwide rights to Noah Buschel's The Missing Person, the project of the Nov/Dec 2007 class. "We are excited to be working on The Missing Person with film-makers of such a high calibre," says Sylvain Tron of Visit Films, "Noah is a real talent and has created a film with such style that it stood out to us immediately." The Missing Person stars Michael Shannon (Revolutionary Road, Before the Devil Knows You're Dead) and Amy Ryan (The Office, Gone Baby Gone), was edited by TEC alum Mollie Goldstein, and will premiere at Sundance this month.
December 15, 2008 Another Class Project Heads to Sundance
The Winning Season (starring Sam Rockwell and and Emma Roberts), the project of the November 2008 class, will premiere at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. The film is co-produced by TEC alum Riva Marker and alum Anthony Brandonisio is the assistant editor.
December 12, 2008 Moving Midway Praised in NY Mag
Movng Midway, the project of Summer 2006 class, is being spotlighted as one of the "Best Runner-Up Documentaries of 2008" in NY Mag. David Edelstein praises the film as being, "a superb fusion of journalism and criticism." Moving Midway was edited by TEC alum and instructor Ramsey Fendall.
December 10, 2008 Fall Speaker Series Ranges from Mad Men to Murderball
The Edit Center would like to extend our thanks to the speakers who visited our Fall 6-week classes: Malcolm Jamieson (Mad Men, Damages, Nurse Jackie), Geoffrey Richman (Sicko, Murderball, The Order of Myths), Jane Rizzo (Great World of Sound, Frontrunners). And a very special thanks to our alumni who were able to return as Visiting Artists and discuss their work: Erica Freed (Labor Pains) and Sandy Patch (senior colorist, Frame Frame Post). Fall classes also enjoyed tours of Soundtrack, a full-service sound post house and Postworks, a professional post production house.
December 5, 2008 Three Edit Center Class Projects Head to Sundance
Peter and Vandy, Reporter, and The Missing Person, all 2007-2008 Edit Center class projects, will be premiering at Sundance in January. Peter and Vandy, which was edited after the class by TEC instructor Geoff Richman, is competing in the narrative category and Reporter, directed by Eric Meztgar, will be screening in the documentary competition. The Missing Person, which was edited by Edit Center Alum Mollie Goldstein, will be part of the Spectrum section of the festival.
December 5, 2008 Edit Center Alumni and Instructors' Films to Premiere at Sundance
Edit Center alums Michael Taylor and Mollie Goldstein both edited features that will be premiering in the Spectrum section of the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. Michael's movie, Against the Current, was directed by Peter Callahan and stars Joseph Fiennes, Mary Tyler Moore, and Michelle Trachtenberg. Mollie cut The Missing Person, directed by Noah Buschel and starring Michael Shannon (Before the Devil Knows You're Dead) and Amy Ryan (The Office). The Missing Person was also an Edit Center class project. Michael and Mollie will be joined at Sundance by two Edit Center instructors who also have films in the festival: Anne McCabe, who edited Adventureland, and Andrew Blackwell, who was the associate editor on Cold Souls. Reporter is competing in the documentary catagory and was worked on by TEC alums Dan Rosen and Eric Finkelstein as associate editor and assistant editor, respectively.
December 4, 2008 TEC Instructor Geoff Richman has Two Films Competing at Sundance
Edit Center teacher Geoff Richman edited two films that will be screening in competition at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival -- one documentary and one narrative. His documentary project, The Cove, was directed by Louie Psihoyos and follows activist Ric O'Barry as he reveals the troubled conditions in the water off a small, coastal village in Japan. He also edited Peter and Vandy, directed by Jay DiPietro, which stars Jess Wexler (Teeth) and Jason Ritter (Happy Endings), and which was also a project of the Edit Center's March/April 2008 class. Previously, Geoff won the first-ever Sundance editing prize for his work on Murderball.
December 3, 2008 Frozen River Nominated for Six Independent Spirit Awards
Frozen River, the project of the May/June 2007 6-week class, has been nominated for six Independent Spirit Awards. The categories include: Best Feature; Best Director, Courtney Hunt; Best Female Lead, Melissa Leo; Best Supporting Female, Misty Upham; Best Supporting Male, Charlie McDermott; and Best First Screenplay, Courtney Hunt. Frozen River was edited by TEC instructor, Kate Williams.
November 24, 2008 TEC Alums and Instructors Short-Listed for an Oscar
Three of the fifteen films short-listed for the Best Documentary prize at this year's Academy Awards were worked on by TEC alums and instructors. Pray the Devil Back to Hell, directed by guest lecturer, Gini Reticker and edited by instructor Meg Reticker is, “Uplifting, disheartening, inspiring, enraging…” – Manohla Dargis, NY Times. The Betrayal – Nerakhoon, directed by Ellen Kuras (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, DP) and post supervised by TEC alum Riva Marker, is “contemplative and impressionistic,” AO Scott, NY Times. In a Dream (SXSW Audience Award 2008) directed by Jeremiah Zagar with TEC alum and instructor, Sandy Patch, as colorist and on-line editor.
November 18, 2008 Class Films Distributed on DVD
Two Edit Center class projects are being released on DVD this fall. Manhattan, Kansas, the project of the May/June 2005 six-week course, is coming out on November 18, and Swing State, the project of November/December 2006 and January/February 2007 classes, was released on November 4. Manhattan, Kansas was edited by TEC alum Cindy Lee and is being distributed by Carnivalesque Films. The Film Society of Lincoln Center called the movie "simple and direct" and "emotionally blunt and affecting -- Manhattan, Kansas acknowledges that love abides, even when forgiveness is not always easy or possible." Swing State, which the Syracuse New Times called "fresh and timely," was edited by TEC alum Erica Freed and is being distributed by Morningstar Entertainment.
November 17, 2008 Nursery University in the New York Times
Nursery University, formerly titled The Diaper League and the project of the March/April 2007 6-week class, screened to a sold out theatre at the Margaret Mead film festival this past weekend. The two NY Times articles written about the film express that it "...depicts New York City parents as a fascinating anthropological subculture,” and that the film "examines the sometimes laughable lengths to which parents go to help their children, but to its credit, the film does not ridicule or judge them." The articles can be found here and here.
October 29, 2008 Alumni Film Opening in NYC
Run for Your Life, a documentary edited by TEC alum Alison Shurman opens this week in NYC. The film, directed by Emmy nominated filmmaker Judd Ehrlich, chronicles the life of Fred Lebow who founded the New York City Marathon. After Run for Your Life premiered at Tribeca this year, Alison's work was praised by NY Times film critic AO Scott, who wrote that "The film's words and images... create a time-lapse picture of New York's renewal." Judd's next film, an untitled documentary about a magic camp, will be workshopped in The Edit Center's upcoming Nov/Dec 6-week class.
October 28, 2008 Nursery University to Screen at Margaret Mead Film Festival
Nursery University, the project of the March/April 2007 six-week course (when it was titled Diaper League), will be screening at the Margaret Mead Film Festival at the American Museum of Natural History November 15th. Nursery University premiered at the Hampton's International Film Festival this fall and was reviewed by John Anderson of VARIETY who wrote the film was "...handled with such good humor and humanity by Simon (the director) that you start to forget that what you're so involved with is the question of where some very short people...are going to be finger-painting for the next eight months."
October 9, 2008 Sicko Editor Geoffrey Richman to Teach Nov/Dec Six-Week Course
Geoff Richman, the award-winning editor of Murderball and Sicko, will be teaching part of the November/December 2008 six-week Art of Editing class. Murderball was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature in 2005, and Geoff won the first-ever Special Jury Prize for Editing at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival for his work on the film (which also won the Audience Award for Best Documentary). Sicko, directed by Michael Moore, was also nomianted for an Oscar and earned Geoff an "Eddie" award from the American Cinema Editors. Most recently, Geoff edited the narrative feature Peter and Vandy, starring Jess Weixler and Jason Ritter.
October 2 , 2008 Summer Speaker Series Ranges from 30 Rock to The Lives of Others
The Edit Center would like to extend our thanks to all the editors who visited our summer 6-week classes: Affonso Gonçalves (40 Shades of Blue, Married Life, New York I Love You), Meg Reticker (30 Rock, Wet Hot American Summer), and Stephen Garrett (trailer editor for The Lives of Others, Half Nelson, Encounters at the End of the World). And a very special thanks to our alumni who were able to return and discuss their work: Michael Taylor (The Order of Myths, Day Night Day Night), Ramsey Fendall (Moving Midway), and Alison Shurman (Run for Your Life).
September 5, 2008 Moving Midway Featured in the NY Times
Moving Midway, a project of the 2006 summer classes at the Edit Center, is featured in the Home and Garden section of the NY Times this week. The film was edited by TEC alum Ramsey Fendall and opens September 12 in New York City.
August 19 , 2008 TEC Alums, finalists at New York Television Festival
Everyday Athlete, directed by H. Spencer Young and edited by TEC alum Nick Bussey with additional editing provided by alum Jenny Lee, is a finalist in the New York Television Festival. It was one of 36 shows to be included in NYTVF's independent pilot competition. The festival takes place September 12-27, 2008.
July 28, 2008 Frozen River Opens
the project of the May/June 2007 six-week class, premieres in
NY and LA on August 1. The film stars Melissa Lo (21 Grams,
The L-Word) and was the winner of the 2008 Sundance Film
Festival's Grand Jury Prize for Best Narrative Feature. TEC instructor
Kate Williams edited the film.
July 22, 2008
Premieres at the LA Film Festival
the project of the Sept/Oct 2007 six-week class, recently premiered
at the Los Angeles Film Festival. The VARIETY review of the film
singled out editor (and TEC alum) Amy Foote for how she "smoothly
weaves in and out of the new and old footage." Finishing
Heaven is directed by Mark Mann and produced by Independent Spirit Award
winning producers David Shapiro and Laurie Gwen Shapiro. It has
been purchased by HBO and will be airing in 2009.
July 18, 2008
Score" for The Understudy
the project of the July/August 2007 six-week class, was awarded
"Best Original Score" by the composers' union of France
at the Avignon Film Festival. TEC instructor Kate Eales edited
the film after the course, and it was directed by husband-and-wife
team Hannah Davis and David Conolly. Next, the film will be screening
at the Cambridge Film Festival in September.
July 10, 2008
Silverdocs Film Festival
At this year's Silverdoc
Film Festival, The Order of Myths, edited by TEC alum
Michael Taylor, won the Cinematic Vision Award. Winning Best Music
Documentary was Throw Down Your Heart which was edited
by TEC Alum Scott Burgess.
June 5, 2008
plays at BAM at Sundance series
winner of the Sundance Film Festival's Grand Jury Prize for Best
Narrative Feature, starring Melissa Lo (21 Grams, The
L-Word) and the project of the May/June 2007 6-week class,
will be playing in the BAM at Sundance series June 8th. BAM at
Sundance Series highlights the best of the Sundance Film Festival
and provides sneak peeks of work being developed with Sundance
May 28, 2008
Screening in Theaters and on HBO
(formerly titled The Army Recruiter), which was a project
of the July/August 2005, September/October 2005, and May/June
2006 six-week classes at the Edit Center, will be screening in
several places this summer. It is currently playing at the Cinema
Village in New York City, and in June the film will open in the
Human Rights Watch International Film Festival. In July, The
Recruiter will begin airing on HBO. The film was directed
by Macarthur-winner Edet Belzberg and edited by Edit Center alumni
Adam Bolt and Chad Beck (who edited the Oscar-nominated documentary
No End in Sight).
May 6, 2008
Class Projects at
Tribeca, Outfest, and FilmOut
project of the September/October 2007 class, premiered at the
2008 Tribeca Film Festival. The film, starring Nathan Fillion
(Desperate Housewives) and Michelle Monaghan (Made
of Honor), was co-produced by Edit Center alum Riva Marker.
The New 20, previously titled Fast Company and
the project of the November/December 2006 6-week class, will be
premiering at Outfest 2008 in July. You Belong to Me,
previously titled Mama's Boy and the project of both
the July/August 2006 and March/April 2007 classes, won the award
for best First Narrative Feature at FilmOut, the San Diego Gay
and Lesbian Film Festival.
May 4, 2008
Park Wins a Special Mention at Tribeca
Park, directed by Douglas Keeve (Unzipped) and produced
by Wendy Ettinger (The War Room), premiered at the Tribeca
Film Festival last month and received a Special Mention in the
category of New York State LOVES Film, Best Documentary. Harvey
Feinstein of INDIEWIRE wrote that the film is "... a model
of rhythmic doc editing and mise-en-scene, with colliding story
lines that create sparks as they document seismic shifts in the
New York City scene." TEC alums Mollie Goldstein and Cindy
Lee edited the film, along with fellow alumni Ramsey Fendall and
Anita Gabrosek as additional editors and Nick Bussey and Sarah
Lynch as assistant editors.
April 30, 2008
Praised in VARIETY
formerly titled Diaper League and the project of the
March/April 2007 6-week class, was recently reviewed in VARIETY.
Writer John Anderson commented that the film "...may seem
like science-fiction: Strange, possessed beings stumble sleepless
through a landscape of plenty, willing to sell their kidneys to
get their kid into the proper pre-school.... and Nursery University
plays it sympathetically, like a Spellbound in training
pants." He continued that the film is "...handled with
such good humor and humanity by Simon (the director) that you
start to forget that what you're so involved with is the question
of where some very short people...are going to be finger-painting
for the next eight months."
April 18, 2008
Second season of Kimora:
Life in the Fab Lane edited by TEC Alums
TEC Alums Paul Frost,
Anita Gabrosek, and Anna Holtzman were all editors, with Eric
Finkelstein assisting, on the upcoming season of Kimora: Life
in the Fab Lane, which premieres Sunday, April 20th at 8
PM on the Style Network.
April 8, 2008
TEC Alum's Film to
Screen at IFC
Edit Center alum Moira
Demos wrote and produced the new documentary film, The State
of Wisconsin v. Steven Avery, which will be screening at
the Columbia University Film Festival at the IFC Center. Previously,
Moira edited the documentary short "Ferry Tales," which
was nominated for an Oscar in 2004. The State of Wisconsin
v. Steven Avery is about the conviction of an innocent man,
his short-lived redemption, and his current struggle to regain
March 17, 2008
Full Battle Rattle,
edited by TEC instructor Youna Kwak, received the Special Jury
Award in the Documentary Feature catagory at 2008 SXSW Film Festival.
Run for Your Life, a film about NYC Marathon founder
Fred Lebow, will premiere at this year's Tribeca Film Festival.
It was edited by TEC alum Alison Shurman and assisted by alum
Ted Rodenborn. Also premiering at Tribeca is Confessionsofa
Ex-Doofus-ItchyFooted Mutha, edited by TEC alum Paul Frost
and Hotel Gramercy Park, with many alums contributing:
Mollie Goldstein and Cindy Lee, editors; Ramsey Fendall and Anita
Gabrosek, additional editors; Nick Bussey and Sarah Lynch, assistant
March 13, 2008
for the March/April Art of Editing course
The Edit Center is
pleased to announce that the teachers for the March/April Art
of Editing course will be Chad Beck, Mollie Goldstein, and Bret
Granato. Chad edited No End in Sight, which was nominated
for the Academy Award for Best Documentary this year and won the
Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival in 2006. His narrative
credits include Half Nelson, for which he was the associate
editor. Mollie's credits include Palindromes, for director
Todd Solondz, and Stella, a half-hour series on Comedy
Central. She also worked on the documentary, Hotel Gramercy
Park, which will be debuting at this year's Tribeca Film
Festival. Bret works as both a producer and editor, and his projects
include the PBS documentaries The Republic of Baseball
(2006 Global International Film Festival) and Anyone and Everyone.
His political commercial/documentary work has been featured on
CNN, MSNBC, and FOX News Channel, and has earned top honors from
the American Association of Political Consultants.
March 12, 2008
Classes enjoy excellent speaker series
Special thanks to the
guest speakers of the Fall/Winter classes: Jay Rabinowitz, Editor
of I'm Not There; John Gilroy, Editor of Michael
Clayton; Sarah Flack, Editor of Lost in Translation;
Malcolm Jamieson, Editor of Mad Men; Meg Reticker, Editor
of 30 Rock; Kate Eales, Associate Editor of Everything
is Illuminated, Michael Levine, Editor of My Kid Could
March 10, 2008
Peter and Vandy Announced
as March Class Project
Peter and Vandy,
written and directed by Jay DiPitrio, will be the project of the
March 24 six-week class at the Edit Center. The film is based
on Jay's off-Broadway play of the same name, which was nominated
for a Drama Desk award for Best Play. It was shot by DP Frankie
DeMarch (Shortbus, Hedwig) on super-16mm film
and will be edited alongside the class by Geoffrey Richman (winner
of the 2008 ACE award for Sicko). Jess Wexler (Teeth)
stars as Vandy, with Jason Ritter (Happy Endings) as
2008 Edit Center class
project at New Directors/New Films
a TEC class project of Summer 2006 and edited by alum Ramsey Fendall,
has been selected to appear in the New Directors/New Films festival
in New York, which is co-presented by the Museum of Modern Art
and the Film Society of Lincoln Center. This is one of the most
prestigious and selective venues for new films in the U.S.
2008 TEC class project,
Frozen River, wins at Sundance and more
River for receiving the Grand Jury Prize for Best Narrative
Feature at this year's Sundance Film Festival! Frozen River,
directed by Courtney Hunt, was the May/June 6-week class project.
Congrats to everyone who worked on it! Also premiering at Sundance
was The Recruiter (formerly An American Solidier),
edited by Edit Center alumni, Chad Beck and Adam Bolt. It received
a positive review in VARIETY and THE ADVOCATE, "For all the
talk about putting a "human face" on the war in Iraq,
there may be no better vehicle than The Recruiter, the
devastating new documentary from director Edet Belzburg."
Congratulations are also in order for TEC Alum Michael Taylor
and TEC instructor Geoffrey Richman. They edited The Order
of the Myths, directed by Margaret Brown, which Manohla Dargis
of the NY TIMES said was "...Handsomely shot and intelligently
2008 TEC Alumni and
Instructors, Academy Award Nominees
alumni and instructors for their films' 2008 Oscar nominations.
No End in Sight, the Iraq war documentary directed by
Charles Ferguson, was edited by Edit Center alumni/instructors
Chad Beck and Cindy Lee. TEC instructor, Geoffrey Richman, edited
Michael Moore's Sicko. Also, TEC Alum, Kristin Lesko,
co-produced the documentary Operation Homecoming. Good
2008 Films announced
for the Jan/Feb 2008 6-week class
The Edit Center is pleased
to announce the class projects for the upcoming January/February
2008 six-week course. The first film will be Sorry, Thanks,
starring Wiley Wiggins (Dazed and Confused, Waking
Life), and Andrew Bujalski (Funny Ha Ha). Sorry,
Thanks is a film about real relationships-ambiguous, underwhelming,
incidental-and the people who change us...then exit just as quickly.
It is directed by Dia Sokol who was the in-house producer for
acclaimed director Errol Morris for four years (The Fog of
War, The Thin Blue Line) and has worked as a producer
for Morgan Spurlock (Super Size Me). The second film
will be Garbage Dreams, a feature documentary that celebrates
the richness, strength and vitality of Egypt's community of indigenous
garbage collectors, known as the Zaballeen or “garbage people.”
Garbage Dreams is directed by Mai Iskander. Iskander
has worked with legendary Academy-Award Nominee Albert Maysles
on the documentary Profiles of a Peacemaker and Academy-Award
Nominee Edet Belzberg on her documentary The Unofficial Man.
She has also worked on dozens of features such as Men in Black
and As Good as It Gets.
2007 Two Edit Center
Projects in Competition at Sundance
Two of The Edit Center's
past class projects will be competing at the Sundance Film Festival
in 2008. Frozen River, competing in the narrative category,
was directed by Courtney Hunt and edited by TEC instructor Kate
Williams (with help from the May 2007 six-week course). Competing
in the documentary category is An American Soldier, which
was formerly titled The Army Recruiter. Directed by MacArthur-winner
Edet Belzberg, An American Soldier was a class project
in both 2005 and 2006, and was edited after the class by TEC alums
Adam Bolt and Chad Beck.
2007 Edit Center Alumni
and Instructors' Films to Screen at Sundance
Congratulations to the
following alumni, instructors, and films premiering at the 2008
Sundance Film Festival: TEC instructor Tim Streeto (editor), alumni
Riva Marker (associate producer) and Anthony Brandonisio (post-production
coordinator) for Diminished Capacity; TEC instructor
Andrew Blackwell (associate editor) Sugar; Alum Michael
Taylor (editor) The Order of Myths; Alum Sharon Perlman
(post-production assistant) The Savages; Alum Jennifer
Lee (assistant editor) American
Teen; Instructor Eric Kissack (editor) Birds of America.
2007 Great World
of Sound's wins and nominations
Much exciting news coming
through for Great World of Sound, the class project of
the January and March 2006 six-week classes. Director Craig Zobel
won a Gotham Award last weekend for "Breakthrough Director"
and actor Kene Holliday (who played Clarence) was nominated for
"Breakthrough Actor." Great World of Sound
is also nominated for an Independent Spirit Award in the category
"Best First Feature" and Kene Holliday is nominated
for "Best Supporting Male."
2007 TEC Alum Chad
Beck featured on Moviemaker.com
TEC alum and instructor,
Chad Beck, is currently featured on www.moviemaker.com
in the "Hands N Pages" section. He talks about his decision
to be an editor, working on documentaries vs narratives, and of
getting his start at The Edit Center, "...I feel so grounded
here. It’s a school run by editors, and the spirit of the
place is very positive and academic. I got my start as a student
in the six-week class and learned the craft from some of the great
editors who teach here." Congrats Chad!
2007 Choking Man
Opens at Cinema Village
a psychological drama edited by Edit Center alumni Jon Griggs
and Todd Holmes, opens this week at Cinema Village. The film,
which stars Mandy Patinkin ("Criminal Minds", The
Princess Bride) and Aaron Paul ("Big Love", Mission
Impossible 3) was previously featured at the Tribeca, Miami,
and Deauville Film Festivals. Jon and Todd worked together on
the film after teaching together at the Edit Center shortly after
they finished the six-week class.
2007 No End in
Sight Short-Listed for an Oscar
No End in Sight,
the Iraq war documentary directed by Charles Ferguson and edited
by Edit Center alumni Chad Beck and Cindy Lee, has been short-listed
for the Best Documentary prize at this year's Academy Awards.
Also among the 15 films on the list is Sicko, which was
edited by Edit Center instructor Geoffrey Richman and directed
by Michael Moore. Both Sicko and No End in Sight
were among the best reviewed documentaries of 2007, with
No End in Sight being singled out
in particular for its "masterful" editing.
2007 Second class
film announced for Nov/Dec 2007 6-week class!
The Edit Center is excited
to announce the addition of a second class project to the November/December
2007 6-week class. Reporter: On the Ground with Nicholas Kristof
is a documentary set in central Africa which chronicles, in verité
fashion, the haunting, physically grueling and, at moments, shocking
voyage of Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist, Nick Kristof. He
is joined by two young companions—Will Okun, a 33-year old
high school teacher and photographer from Chicago, and Leana Wen,
a 24-year old medical student from St Louis. The reason for their
trip is simple: travel to ignored conflict regions (this time
Rwanda, Congo and Burundi) and report back to other Americans,
via daily blogs on the New York Times website. The film will bring
individual stories into rich, colorful, audible existence, thereby
extending their reach and the critical issues they embody. Reporter
is directed by 2007 Independent Spirit Awards Nominee, Eric Daniel
Metzger, and brought to us by Stick Figure Productions who have
produced numerous award-winning documentary films including, Devil’s
Playground, Willie Nelson: Still Moving, and loudQUIETloud:
a film about the Pixies.
October 4, 2007
November/December 2007 6-week class project announced!
The Edit Center is pleased
to announce that the class project for the upcoming November/December
2007 six-week course will be The Missing Person, directed
by Noah Buscel (Bringing Rain, Neal Cassady).
The Missing Person stars Michael Shannon (World Trade
Center), Frank Wood ("Flight of the Conchords,"
winner of the 1999 Tony Award for Best Actor), and Amy Ryan (Capote,
"The Wire," 2000 & 2005 Tony nominee for Best Actress).
The film is about a private investigator hired by a grieving widow
to find her missing husband who was working at the World Trade
Center on September 11th but whose remains were never found.
The case follows Rosow on a manhunt that puts him in the path
of corrupt bureaucrats, 9/11 trauma victims, lost children, and
his own memories of that terrible day. The film is produced
by Jesse Scolaro and Allen Bain of The 7th Floor (who produced
Gardener of Eden with Leonardo DiCaprio and the Sundance
award-winner Manito). Edit Center alum Mollie Goldstein
(Palindromes, "Stella") will be editing the
film and, with Noah, working closely with the November/December
2007 Kimora: Life
in the Fab Lane edited by TEC Alum
TEC alum Paul Frost
has been working as an editor, since episode 5, on Kimora Lee
Simmons', "Kimora: Life in the Fab Lane," now
airing on the Style Network. He originally came on as a
first assistant editor 6 months ago, congrats Paul!
2007 Great World
of Sound opens in theaters
Great World of Sound,
the March/April 2006 class project, opens at the Angelika Film
Center and Lincoln Plaza Cinemas September 14, 2007 in NYC. Andrew
O'Hehir of Salon.com says... "Great World of Sound
is under-the-radar independent filmmaking in the Jarmusch-Casssavetes
mode, both noble and ruthlesss in spirit." Great World
of Sound was director by Craig Zobel and edited by TEC Instructor
Alum's Cartoon Network Premiere
Congratulations to TEC
alum Holly Schlesinger, writer and dialogue editor for "Lucy,
The Daughter of the Devil." The show premiered on Cartoon
Network this September and is being promoted as part of the Sunday
night Adult Swim block.
August 14, 2007
Superheroes and You Belong to Me receive reviews
Superheroes, the class project of the Sept/Oct
2006 class, was referred to in Variety as a, "wrenching two-hander
about the visible and less visible scars an Iraq vet attempts
to live with... Somber, affecting indie is a conversation-starter
for folks who assume getting home in one piece is all that matters."
Superheroes was assistant edited by TEC alum Eric Gerdts.
And after an exciting premiere at The Frameline Film Festival,
You Belong to Me, the class project of the March/April
2007 class, received a Variety review stating the film
"benefits from crisp execution, quirky character writing
and a credible sense of real-world peril." You Belong
to Me was edited by TEC Instructor Anita Gabrosek, who was
assisted by TEC alum Rachel Mills.
August 10, 2007
Spring/Summer 2007 Classes enjoy excellent speaker series
Special thanks to the guest speakers of the Spring/Summer
classes: Craig McKay, Editor of Silence of the Lambs;
Jay Rabinowitz, Editor of Requiem for a Dream; Chad Beck
and Cindy Lee, Editors of No End in Sight (Special Jury
Prize, Sundance 2007); Pete Beadreau, Editor of Room
(Director's Fortnight, Cannes 2005) ; Sam Pollard, Editor of "When
the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts" (2007 Peabody Award,
directed by Spike Lee); Stephen Garret, Trailer Editor; Penny
Faulk, Editor of Election Day (SXSW 2007); Fernanda Rossi,
Documentary Story Consultant.
June 25, 2007
July/August 2007 Six-week Class Updates
Award-winning editor Geoff Richman (Sicko, Murderball,
God Grew Tired of Us), Mollie Goldstein (Palindromes,
"Stella"), and Cindy Lee (No End in Sight,
Grand Jury Prize Winner, Sundance) will all be teaching the July
16th class, in which the class will be editing two films: a documentary
called The Pit, executive produced by the Oscar-winning
team of Jeffrey Friedman and Rob Epstein; and the off-beat dark
comedy The Understudy, starring Richard Kind ("Mad
About You", "Curb Your Enthusiasm") and Aasif Mandvi
("The Daily Show"). Call The Edit Center directly to
inquire about availability.
April 4, 2007
After premiering at SXSW in March, Doubletime,
the class project of the Nov/Dec 2005 class, will be screening
at NYC's Tribeca Film Festival later this spring. Moving
Midway, edited by TEC alum Ramsey Fendall and the class project
of the July/Aug 2006 class, will be premiering at the Full Frame
Documentary Film Festival in April.
March 30, 2007
Great World of Sound makes noise at ND/NF
Great World of Sound, the class project of the
Jan/Feb 2006 class, played this April Fool's Day weekend at The
Walter Reade Theater with New Directors/New Films. Taking
a "bitterly funny, uncomfortably true look at some small-time
hustlers," Great World of Sound was proclaimed "one
of the best American offerings at this year's Sundance Film Festival."
to premiere at SXSW
Doubletime, the class project of the Nov/Dec 2005
class, will premiere in March at the South by Southwest Film Festival.
The film, which was edited by TEC alum Paul Frost and directed
by Stephanie Johnes, will be featured in the festival's "Spotlight
Miss Sunshine nominated for 5 Oscars
Congratulations to TEC alum Sue Jacobs, music supervisor
for Little Miss Sunshine. The film was nominated
for five academy awards, including Best Picture. Good luck,
2007 Grace is
Gone, No End in Sight win at Sundance
Congratulations to Grace is Gone and No End
is Sight, which both won big this year at Sundance.
After selling to the Weinstein Co. on the first night of the festival,
Grace is Gone, which was co-produced and post-supervised
by TEC alum Riva Marker, was honored with both the Audience Award
as well as the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award. No End
in Sight, which the Village Voice aptly reported was "masterfully
edited" by TEC alums Chad Beck and Cindy Lee, won the Special
Jury Prize in the Documentary category.
January 2, 2007
Matthew Barney: No Restraint opens at the IFC Center
Matthew Barney: No Restraint, edited by TEC instructor
Aaron Lubarsky and TEC alum Helen Yum, opens this week at the
IFC Center. Directed by Alison Chernick, No Restraint
captures the contermporary art superstar in a recent recreation
of his work, transforming his artistic process into "an avant-garde,
operative love story."
January 2, 2007
Sundance Film Festival announces 2007 selections
Congratulations to the following films premiering this year
at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival: Great World of Sound,
edited by TEC instructor Tim Streeto and the class project of
the January and March 2006 six-week classes; No End in Sight,
edited by TEC alums Chad Beck and Cindy Lee with consulting editor
Alan Oxman; Grace is Gone, co-produced and post supervised
by TEC alum Riva Marker; Hounddog, edited by TEC instructor
Sabine Hoffman; Never Forever, edited by TEC instructor
Pete Beaudreau; Pop Foul, edited by TEC alum Paul Frank;
The Ten, edited by TEC instructor Eric Kissack; and The
Savages, assistant edited by TEC alum Ali Muney.
October 4, 2006
August in the
Empire State premiers on the Sundance Channel
August in the Empire State, the November/December
2004 class project, will premiere on the Sundance Channel on October
16th at 9pm. This "refreshing examination of the polarized
nature of contemporary political discourse" will continue
to air until the end of the month.
opens in Manhattan
HOME, the July/August 2004 class project, opened
yesterday at the Two Boots Pioneer Theater in Manhattan.
The New York Times reviewed the film as a "marvelously revealing
documentary about the psychology of poverty." HOME
was edited by TEC alum Mollie Goldstein.
2006 Slamdance presents
reading of Preeti
Slamdance Film Festival presents a staged reading of the
Grand Prize Winning Screenplay, Preeti Girl, on Wednesday,
September 20th at 7pm. Preeti Girl, was written
by TEC alum Todd Holmes, whose extensive time in India filming
highway courtisans inspired the story.
2006 Red Doors
opens at Angelika Film Center
Red Doors, the July/August 2004 class project,
opens at the Angelika Film Center on Friday, September 8th.
The film, a 2005 Tribeca Award Winner, was produced by TEC alum
Jane Chen, and edited by TEC instructor Youna Kwak.
August 31, 2006
enjoys excellent speaker series
Special thanks to the guest speakers of the July/August
six-week class: Sarah Price, Co-Director and Producer of American
Movie (Grand Jury Prize, 1999 Sundance Film Festival); Anna
Boden, Editor, Co-Writer, and Co-Producer of Half-Nelson (2006
Sundance Film Festival); Cindy Lee, Editor of Manhattan,
Kansas (Audience Award, 2006 SXSW); and Ron Dulin,
Assistant Editor of Trainwreck: My Life as an Idiot (currently
August 29, 2006
premieres on The Sundance Channel
The Hill, a six-part verité series that
follows the young, driven, and quirky staff of Congressman Robert
Wexler, premieres on the Sundance Channel this fall on Wednesdays
at 9pm. TEC alum Steve Heffner was both the Associate Producer
as well as an Associate Editor on the series, and TEC alum Ron
Dulin was an Assistant Editor.
August 10, 2006
announces national theatrical release
Head Trauma, the class project of the January/February
and March/April 2005 classes, will be opening in cities nationwide
on August 18th. The film, which was directed by Lance Weiler,
was also an official selection at the Los Angeles film festival.
August 9, 2006
The Republic of
Baseball to air on PBS
The Republic of Baseball, edited by TEC instructor
Bret Granato, will air on PBS on August 28th at 8pm. After
a highly successful premiere at the San Diego Latino Film Festival,
the film recently headlined Dominican night at the HBO New York
Latino Film Festival.
August 8, 2006
Little Miss Sunshine
opens to rave reviews
Little Miss Sunshine, which was music supervised
by TEC alum Sue Jacobs, has opened nationwide to rave reviews.
After winning the Best Feature-World Cinema Audience Award at
the 2006 Sydney Film Festival, the film was purchased at the 2006
Sundance Film Festival by Fox Searchlight.
June 20, 2006
announces NYC premiere
Manhattan, Kansas, the class project of the May/June
2005 class, will be having its NYC premiere on August 10th at
6:30 pm at Lincoln Center as part of the Independents Night series,
a joint program of the Film Society of Lincoln Center and IFP.
The film was edited by TEC alum Cindy Lee, who was joined
by TEC alum JJ Evans, the film's assistant editor.
June 19, 2006
NYC theatrical premiere
ROOM, the class project of the March/April and
May/June 2004 classes will be premiering at Two Boots Pioneer
Theater on June 28th at 7pm. The film, Kyle Henry's directorial
debut, premiered at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival and had its
international premiere at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival's Director's
June 13, 2006
screens at Transit Museum
Subway Dreams, TEC alum Anna Holtzman's directorial
debut, will be screening at the NYC Transit Museum on Saturday,
July 8th, as part of the museum's 30th anniversary celebration.
Subway Dreams explores the lives of six musicians who
audition for the MTA's Music Under New York Program.
May 30, 2006
Day Night Day
Night wins at Cannes
Day Night Day Night, edited by TEC alum Michael
Taylor and assistant edited by TEC alum Riva Marker, was awarded
Le Prix Regards Jeunes at the Cannes Film Festival. Critics
called the film "a strangely powerful portrait" and
"best of all the late shows at Cannes."
May 30, 2006
Red is the Color
of wins at Oxford International Film Festival
Red is the Color of, the class project of the July/August
2002 Six-week class, was the winner of the Merchant-Ivory Award
at the Oxford International Film Festival. The film was
produced by Anne Norda and Jodi Macaulay.
May 8, 2006
Who Killed the Electric Car, which was edited by
TEC alum Michael Kovalenko and premiered at Sundance, opened at
the Tribeca Film Festival earlier this week. Also premiering
at Tribeca were two films to which TEC alum Jon Griggs contributed:
his own short, Deviation, as well as Choking Man,
directed by Steve Barron. Destricted, which was
produced by TEC alum Mel Agace and also premiered at Sundance,
will be premiering at the Cannes Critics' Week Premiere later
May 2, 2006
Day Night Day
Night to premiere at Cannes
Day Night Day Night, directed by Julia Loktev,
has been selected to premiere at the Director's Fortnight at Cannes
2006. TEC alum Michael Taylor was the editor of the film,
the story of a 19-year-old suicide bomber prepared to bomb Times
Square. TEC alum Riva Marker was the assistant editor.
April 12, 2006
The Camden 28
wins big at the Philadelphia Film Festival
The Camden 28, directed by Anthony Giacchino and
edited by TEC instructor Brandon Park, was winner of two major
awards at the 2006 Philadelphia Film Festival: the Jury Prize
for Best Documentary Feature and the Audience Award for Best Documentary
Feature. It is the first film to win both awards in the
March 29, 2006
premieres at The Garden State Film Festival
The Garage, the class project of the March/April
and May/June 2005 six-week classes, is premiering as an Official
Selection at The Garden State Film Festival early next month.
TEC alum Helen Yum was the Supervising Editor on the film, and
TEC alums Maya Menendez, Alex Wilson, and Paul Rabin were associate
March 20, 2006
to premiere at Tribeca
Encounter Point, which was co-directed and edited
by TEC alum Julia Bacha, is having its world premiere at the Tribeca
Film Festival in May. TEC alum Ned Jaszi was the assistant
editor. Encounter Point follows a civilian group
that is trying to promote a grassroots, non-violent solution to
the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
March 15, 2006
wins at SXSW
Manhattan, Kansas, the class project of
the May/June 2005 six-week course, was runner-up for the Audience
Award in the Emerging Filmmakers section of the SXSW film festival.
The film also received rave reviews; the Austin Chronicle said
of the film, "It's everything a personal documentary can
and should be."
March 1, 2006
to premiere at SXSW
Manhattan, Kansas, the class project of
the May/June 2005 six-week course, is premiering at the SXSW festival
on March 10. Directed by Tara Wray and edited by Edit Center
alum Cindy Lee, Manhattan, Kansas is the Opening Night
Selection of the Emerging Filmmakers section of the festival.
Alum Lilah Bankier was the supervising editor on the film, alum
JJ Evans was the associate editor, and alum Andy Pang was the
Street Fight nominated for Best Documentary
Both Murderball and Street Fight were
nominated today for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.
Murderball was edited by TEC Instructor Geoff Richman,
who was assisted by TEC alum Stephen Walker. Street
Fight was co-edited by TEC instructor Rachel Kittner, who
was assisted by TEC alum Matt Hamachek.
January 31, 2006 The
Squid and the Whale nominated for Best Original Screenplay
The Squid and the Whale was nominated today for
the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. The film
was edited by Tim Streeto, who is currently teaching the six-week
class at The Edit Center. Tim's next film, The Great
World of Sound, is the project of the January/February 2006
2006 Half Nelson
purchased at Sundance
Half Nelson, starring Ryan Gosling and Shareeka
Epps, was acquired by ThinkFilm on the last day of the Sundance
Film Festival. For just under $1 million, ThinkFilm purchased
worldwide rights to director Ryan Fleck's first feature, on which
TEC alum Chad Beck was Associate Editor and TEC alum Cindy Lee
was Assistant Editor.
2006 How to Eat
Your Watermelon opens at Film Forum
How to Eat Your Watermelon in White Company (And Enjoy
It) , written and directed by Joe Angio, opens at Film Forum
this week to rave reviews. Mr. Angio will be talking about
the film to six-week students this week at The Edit Center.
How to Eat Your Watermelon was onlined at Final Frame
by Will Cox, who was assisted by TEC alum Matt Jacobs.
Dunne" premieres on Court TV
Edit Center alum David Kausch just finished editing the
season premiere of the Court TV series, "Dominick Dunner's
Power, Privilege and Justice." The episode is entitled
"Mystery in the Mountains," and it premieres this week
on Court TV's cable channel.
2005 Red Doors
to be distributed by Polychrome Pictures
Red Doors, the project of the July/August 2004
six-week class, has been purchased for distribution by Polychrome
Pictures, in association with Warner Bros. Home Video. Additionally,
CBS and Paramount Network TV have commissioned a one-hour pilot
script based on Red Doors to be written by TEC alum Jane
Chen with Geogia Lee and Mia Riverton.
2005 Room nominated
for two Independent Spirit Awards
Room, the project of the May/June 2004 six-week
class, has been nominated this week for two prestigious Independent
Spirit Awards: The John Cassavetes Award, given to the best feature
made under $500K, as well as the award for Best Female Lead.
Room was edited by TEC Instructor Pete Beaudreau, who
was assisted by TEC alum Riva Marker.
2005 Be Here to
Love Me opens at the Angelika
Be Here to Love Me: A Film About Townes Van Zandt,
opens at the Angelika theater this week. Edited by TEC alum
Michael Taylor, the film has been described as "a tender,
impressionistic film biography" by The New York Times.
Taylor also has another film opening in theaters this week, Exist:
Not a Protest Film, his first editing gig after taking the
six-week course in 2001.
to be distributed by Skouras Films
Swimmers, the project of the January 2004 Edit
Center class, has been purchased for distribution by Skouras Films.
Swimmers will be released in theaters next year and will
then air on the Sundance Channel. This follows the film's
recent win at the Seattle Film Festival, where it was awarded
the Grand Jury Prize for Best New American Film. Swimmers
was directed by Doug Sadler and edited by Edit Center alum Lilah
Bankier and Edit Center instructor Affonso Goncalves.
2005 Saving Face
and Murderball nominated for Gotham Awards
The IFP has announced its nominees for the 2005 Gotham Awards,
and both Saving Face and Murderball are on the
list. Edit Center alum Alice Wu has been nominated as a
"Breakthrough Director" for Saving Face, which
was distributed by Sony Classics earlier this year. Murderball,
edited by Edit Center teacher Geoff Richman, is nominated for
2005 Todd Holmes'
screenplay honored at Slamdance
Preeti Girl, a screenplay written by Edit Center alum Todd Holmes, was the Grand Prize winner in the Slamdance screenplay competition. Preeti Girl is based on the characters in the documentary Highway Courtesans, which Todd edited earlier this year. Preeti Girl was also selected for the Emerging Narrative section of the IFP Market.
2005 Tim Streeto speaks
Editor Tim Streeto came to speak at the Edit Center this week about his film, The Squid and the Whale (directed by Noah Bomback), which is currently in theaters. Tim also spoke about his television work (on Comedy Central's Stella) and his experience as an assistant editor on such films as Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and A Beautiful Mind.
October 7, 2005
to air on ABC Family
Alchemy, a feature film edited by Edit Center alum Allison Zell, will air on ABC Family this week. The film was directed by Evan Oppenheimer and stars Thomas Cavanagh (NBC's Ed).
October 1, 2005 Restaurant Revamp Premieres on Food Network
The pilot episode of Restaurant Revamp is set to air on Food Network this week. The show, which was edited by Edit Center alum David Kausch, follows celebrity chef Bobby Flay as he attempts to rescue failing restaurants.
September 29, 2005 Forty Shades of Blue Opens to Rave Reviews
Sundance-winner Forty Shades of Blue, edited by Edit Center instructor Affonso Goncalves and directed by Ira Sachs (The Delta), opened this week to glowing reviews. Variety called it a "muted by nicely observed study of a Russian woman's gradual estrangement from her domineering Memphis music-legend husband," and the New York Times called it a "beautiful, melancholy film."
September 28, 2005 Michael Showalter and Sarah Flack Speak at TEC
Writer-actor-director Michael Showalter (Stella, Wet Hot American Summer) and editor Sarah Flack came to the Edit Center this week to speak to the current class about their feature film, The Baxter. Sarah also answered questions about her work editing Lost in Translation and The Limey.
September 20, 2005 Edet Belzberg Wins a MacArthur Genius Grant
Edet Belzberg, director of Gymnast (an Edit Center class project in 1999) and The Army Recruiter (the project of the current Edit Center class), has been awarded a MacArthur Genius Grant. Edet's first film, Children Underground, was nominated for an Oscar in 2002.
August 1, 2005 Red Doors Wins at Outfest
Red Doors, the project of the July 2004 six-week class, won two awards at Outfest this week: the Audience Award for First Narrative Feature and the Grand Jury Award for Screenwriting. This follows the film's win at Tribeca, where it was given the NY, NY Best Narrative Feature award. Red Doors was directed by Georgia Lee and edited by TEC instructor Youna Kwak.
July 11, 2005 Murderball opens in theaters
Murderball, which was edited by Edit Center instructor Geoffrey Richman, premiered in theaters July 8 and was distributed by ThinkFilm. Murderball won the Audience Award at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival, as well as the first Special Jury Prize for Editing ever awarded at Sundance. Edit Center alum Stephen Walker was the assistant editor on the film.
June 28 , 2005 Stella Premieres on Comedy Central
Stella, whose pilot episode was edited by Edit Center instructor Alan Oxman, will premiere on Comedy Central on June 28. Edit Center alum Mollie Goldstein is an editor on the series, where she is joined by Edit Center instructor Eric Kissack, the show's associate editor.
June 27 , 2005 Yan Shvalb to teach Motion/DVDSP
The Edit Center is now offering a new seven-day class that combines designing elements for use in motion graphics, Apple's new Motion software, and DVD Studio Pro. The Edit Center is delighted to welcome Yan Shvalb, consultant, graphic artist, and Apple-certified Trainer, to TEC to teach this course. He is also the author of two recent books released by PeachPit Press: Authoring Professional DVDs with DVD Studio Pro 2 and Advanced Finishing Techniques for Final Cut Pro 4.
June 20 , 2005 Festival Updates
Swimmers, the class project for the January 2004 class, was awarded the Grand Jury Prize for Best New American Film at the Seattle International Film Festival. Red Doors, the July 2004 class project, won the Special Jury Award for Ensemble Acting at the CineVegas Film Festival. Home, the other July 2004 class project, won the Jury Award Honorable Mention for Best Feature Film at the Silverdocs Film Festival.
May 18, 2005 Saving Face opens in theaters
Writer/director Alice Wu's debut film, Saving Face, opened in theaters in New York this months. It was released by Song Classics and was an Official Selection of the 2005 Sundance Film Festival. Alice Wu attended the first ever Edit Center class.
May 24, 2005 HOME to Premiere at Silverdocs
HOME, the class project in the July/August 2004 six-week course, is premiering at the Silverdocs Film Festival in June. Directed by Jeffrey M. Togman and edited by Edit Center alum Mollie Goldstein, HOME is one of only ten films chosen for Silverdocs' 2005 Feature Competition. Alum Riva Marker was the assistant editor on the film, and alum Matthew Jacob was the online editor.
May 10, 2005 Anytown, USA Wins Again
Anytown, USA, directed by Kristian Fraga and co-edited by Edit Center alum Sandy Patch, premiered in April to awards at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival. Later that month at the Trenton Film Festival, it went on to win the Jury Prize for Best Director of a Documentary Feature.
May 2, 2005 Red Doors Wins at Tribeca
Red Doors, the July/August 2004 six-week class project, won Best Narrative Feature at the Tribeca Film Festival. Directed by Georgia Lee, Red Doors was also the recipient of a Jerome Foundation New York Media Arts Grant Award. Edit Center instructor Youna Kwak was the editor on the film, which was cut at Final Frame.
May 1, 2005 Charlie's Party to Premiere at CineVegas
Charlie's Party, the project in the July/August 2003 six-week course, is premiering at the CineVegas Film Festival in June. Charlie's Party was directed by Catherine Cahn. Edit Center alumni Anita Gabrosek and Jonathan Reinhart were the editors on the film.
April 30, 2005 Edit Center Alumni Updates
Alum Faisal Azam was the editor and post-production supervisor on the sci-film short, Photographic Memory, which will premiere at the short film section of the Cannes Film Festival in May. Nisi Jacobs is currently curating experimental video/film programs for The Phatory gallery, one of which, Broca's Aphasia: Disturbances of Language, honors Nisi's father.
April 27, 2005 Room to Show in Director's Fortnight at Cannes
Room, the project of the March/April 2004 six-week course, has been accepted to the Director's Fortnight of this year's Cannes Film Festival. Room, which premiered earlier this year at Sundance, was directed by Kyle Henry and edited by Edit Center instructor Pete Beaudreau. Alumni Riva Marker and Victoria Lang were assistant editors on the film.
April 20, 2005 Match Point To Premiere at Cannes
Woody Allen's next feature, Match Point, will be premiering at Cannes this summer. Edit Center alum Katy Fisher was the assistant editor on the film, working with editor Alisa Lepselter. Katy has also assisted on Forty Shades of Blue, which won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance this year; Door in the Floor; and Raising Victor Vargas.
April 20, 2005 Edit Center Alumni Updates
In brief: Minnea Lin was the assistant editor on Boys of Baraka, a documentary that won the Special Jury Award and SXSW this year and will be screening at the Human Rights Festival in New York in June. Don Evans is in Los Angeles, freelancing for the advertising agency Saatchi & Saatchi and waiting to hear the fate of a pilot he edited for NBC. Giacomo Ambrosini is cutting a fund-raising trailer for the political documentary Wide Open. And Ancil McKain is in the Caribbean, working as a series editor on the television show Run'Bout, a treasure-hunt reality game show.
April 18, 2005 Anytown, USA Wins at Minneapolis Film Festival
Anytown, USA won the Emerging Filmmaker Award for Best Documentary at the Minneapolis-St. Paul Film Festival. The film was edited by Edit Center alum Sandy Patch (with co-editor Robert Greene), who took the six-week course in March of 2004. The Minnesota Daily wrote that, "Making its world premiere Saturday at the Lagoon Cinema, the hilarious and endlessly quirky 'Anytown, USA' should have a strong, popular future ahead of it. Indeed, directed by Kristian Fraga and produced by John Sikes, 'Anytown, USA' mixes the humor of the best Christopher Guest films with both the scrutiny and pathos of a political satire based in the woeful, all-too-real world."
April 5, 2005 Palindromes To Open in Theaters
Palindromes, directed by Todd Solondz, will be opening at the Angelika on April 13. The film was edited by Edit Center alumn Mollie Goldstein and Edit Center teacher Kevin Messman. Alumni Minnea Lin and Chad Beck worked as assistant editors. Palindromes is distributed by Wellspring and will be opening in other cities across the country after its New York premiere.
April 1, 2005 First-Time Caller Featured in Indie Slate Magazine
First-Time Caller, the project of the September/October 2003 six-week course, was featured in the "True Tales of Reel Life" section of the most recent issue of Indie Slate magazine. The article chronicles the process of director Paul Sullivan (a former producer for The Daily Show) and writer Ted Sullivan (an Emmy-nominee for As the World Turns) from pre-production through post. First-Time Caller was edited by Edit Center alum Jon Griggs, who is also featured in the Indie Slate story.
March 24, 2005 Winter Solstice To Open in Theaters
Winter Solstice, edited by Edit Center teacher Plummy Tucker, will be opening in theaters on Friday, April 8. Winter Solstice stars Emmy-winner Anthony LaPaglia, Aaron Stanford (Tadpole), Allison Janney (also an Emmy winner for her role on The West Wing), and Ron Livingston (Office Space, Sex in the City). It was directed by Josh Sternfeld and is being distributed by Paramount Classics.
March 21, 2005 The Ballad of Jack & Rose To Open in Theaters
The Ballad of Jack & Rose, edited by Edit Center teacher Sabine Hoffman, will be opening in theaters this Friday, March 25. The film is directed by Rebecca Miller (who also directed Personal Velocity, which Sabine edited as well) and stars Daniel Day-Lewis and Catherine Keener. Newsweek wrote that "Jack and Rose is what the American indie cinema often promises and rarely delivers: a movie you haven’t seen before, told from the point of view that owes no debt to either political correctness or genre conventions."
March 1, 2005
Gymnast, and How To Eat Your Watermelon in White
Company (And Enjoy It): Class Projects Accepted to Major
Red Doors, the project of the July/August 2004 six-week course,
has been accepted to this year's Tribeca Film Festival.
Directed by Georgia Lee, the film was edited by Edit Center instructor
Youna Kwak, with assistance from Edit Center alum Lori Kefalos.
Gymnast, directed by Oscar-nominee Edet Belzberg, was
the first Edit Center project ever and will be screening in the
Full Frame Documentary Film Festival this year. How to Eat Your
Watermelon in White Company (And Enjoy It), a documentary
about Melvin Van Peebles, was the project of the January/February
2002 course. Directed by Joe Angio (editor-in-chief of Time Out New York), the film will be screening at the Full Frame and Tribeca film festivals.
March 1, 2005
Bittersweet Place: Alumni Projects Accepted to Tribeca
Alchemy, which was edited by Edit Center Alum Allison Zell,
has been accepted to this year's Tribeca Film Festival.
Also screening at Tribeca will be Bittersweet Place, which was edited by Edit Center alum Mark
Saunders and supervised by Edit Center instructor Anne McCabe
(Maria Full of Grace).
2005 Edit Center
Ted Rodenborn, a student of the November/December 2003 six-week
course, is now working full-time at Technicolor. Alumni
Michael Taylor (July/August 2001) and Ben Stark (July/August 2004)
are working together on the documentary Cropsey, directed
by Josh Zeman (producer of The Station Agent).
Michael is editing, and Ben is the associate editor and post supervisor.
Edit Center instructor Kevin Messman has finished work on Hidden
Inside Mountains, an HD film written and directed by musician
Laurie Anderson. The film was recently displayed on the
jumbo screens in Times Square.
February 7, 2005 Highway Courtesans To Show at SXSW
Highway Courtesans, a documentary film about a girl born into prostitution in India, has been accepted into the Emerging Visions section of the 2005 SXSW Film Festival. Highway Courtesans was edited by Edit Center alum Todd Williams and produced by alum Anura Idupuganti.
February 1 , 2005 Swimmers Reviewed in the Hollywood Reporter
The Edit Center class project Swimmers, which recently played in the 2005 Sundance Film Festival, was very well reviewed in the Hollywood Reporter recently. "Mature audiences looking for a deeply-felt, human-scale story should be given the chance to enjoy this one in theaters," James Greenberg wrote. Swimmers was edited by Edit Center instructor Affonso Goncalves and alum Lilah Bankier, with assistance from alum Paul Kondo.
January 31, 2005 Forty Shades of Blue and Murderball Win at Sundance
Forty Shades of Blue, edited by Edit Center instructor Affonso Goncalves, won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival. Winning the Documentary Audience Award was Murderball, which was onlined by Edit Center alumni Matthew Jacob and Tim Goodwin. TEC Alumn Stephen Walker was the assistant editor and media manager on Murderball, which also won a Grand Jury Prize for editing.
2005 Edit Center Featured
on Apple's Web Site
Apple has published an article on their web site covering
the Edit Center, Swimmers, and Room. Also
available on the Edit Center press page,
the article is called "Cut to Sundance" and covers the
Edit Center's role in helping these two films (both class projects)
on their way to the Sundance Film Festival.
Living and Unscrewed to Open in Theaters
Elliot Greenebaum's Assisted Living and Leslie Shearing's
Unscrewed (formerly titled Dogs in the Basement and
Sex & How to Fix It) are both opening in theaters
this February. Assisted Living, which was a class project
in November/December of 2000 and won the Grand Jury Prize at the
2002 Slamdance Film Festival, will start at the Angelika on February
4. Unscrewed, the project of the November/December 2001
course, opens at the Quad Cinema on February 9.
January 12, 2005 Edit Center Alumni Films to Screen at SXSW
Both Palindromes and Be Here to Love Me: A Film about Townes Van Zandt, will be screening at the 2005 South by Southwest Film Festival taking place in Austin, Texas in March. Palindromes, directed by Todd Solondz, was edited by alum Mollie Goldstein and Edit Center instructor Kevin Messman. Be Here to Love Me, a music documentary, was edited by alum Michael Taylor and directed by Margaret Brown.
January 10, 2005 Down to the Bone and Liberia: An Uncivil War on IndieWire's Top 15
Down to the Bone, edited by Edit Center teacher Malcolm Jamieson with associate editor Todd Williams (a TEC alum), and Liberia: An Uncivil War, edited by TEC alum Michael Kovalenko, have both been featured as two of IndieWire's Top 15 Undistributed Films of 2005. "If Debra Granik's Down to the Bone can't find a good distribution deal, indie film is really dead," said IndieWire. "The film's climax, involving a betrayal of more than just love, hits a nerve as deep as any of this year's Oscar contenders."
January 1, 2005 Edit Center Alumni Updates, Part II
In brief: Edit Center alum Holly Schlesinger, who took the six-week class in the summer of 2001, is working as a segment producer for Fuse. Frank Luna, from the September/October 2004 course, has been hired as a full-time assistant editor for the post-production facility Batwin & Robin. The work of alumni Sam Farrell and Ted Rodenborn -- as well as the whole November/December 2003 class -- is now for sale on DVD. What Goes On, the music DVD that was one of their class projects, is now available for purchase at www.whatgoeson.tv.
December 6, 2004 Edit Center Alumni Updates
After the last edition of the alumni newsletter, many TEC alums wrote back to share what they are doing. Victoria Lang (March/April 2004) was just hired as a post-production assistant on Prime, starring Meryl Streep and Uma Thurman and edited by Kris Boden (Carlito's Way, Insomnia). Giacomo Ambrosini (March/April 2004) just finished cutting the trailer for the independent feature Susan Hero. Andrew Shulman (March/April 2003) is teaching editing and video production classes at the Bronx Museum of Art. Michael Taylor (July/August 2001) edited the film commune, which will be playing at next month's Slamdance Film Festival (another film Michael edited, Homework, won the Grand Jury Prize at Slamdance last year).
and Room: Edit Center Class Projects Accepted to Sundance
Room, both projects of Edit Center classes in 2004, have
both been accepted to the 2005 Sundance Film Festival. Swimmers,
directed by Doug Sadler, will be screening in the American Spectrum
section of the festival. After the class, Swimmers
was edited by Edit Center teacher Affonso Goncalves and alum Lilah
Bankier, with assistant editor (and Edit Center alum) Paul Kondo.
Room, directed by Kyle Henry, was edited by Edit Center
teacher Pete Beaudreau with assistance from alumni Riva Marker
and Victoria Lang. It will be featured in the Frontier category.
2004 Saving Face
in American Spectrum at Sundance
which was directed by Edit Center alum Alice Wu, will be screening
in the American Spectrum section of the 2005 Sundance Film Festival.
Earlier this year, the film was a hit at the Toronto Film Festival
and was purchased for distribution by Sony Pictures Classics.
Saving Face was edited by Susan Graef (She's the
One) and Edit Center instructor Sabine Hoffman (Personal
Edit Center Teachers Have Films at Sundance
Edit Center instructors
Plummy Tucker, Affonso Goncalves, Colleen Sharp and Sabine Hoffman
all have films screening in the 2005 Sundance Film Festival.
Lonesome Jim, directed by Steve Buscemi and edited by
Plummy (Girlfight, Aeon Flux) will be screening
in the Dramatic Competition. Also in competition is Forty
Shades of Blue, edited by Affonso (Door in the Floor)
and directed by Ira Sachs (The Delta). Colleen's film,
The Motel (directed by Michael Kang), will be in the
American Spectrum category (Colleen was assisted by Edit Center
alum Chad Beck). The Ballad of Jack and Rose, directed
by Rebecca Miller (Personal Velocity) and edited by Sabine,
will be in the Premieres section.
An Uncivil War Wins IDFA Special Jury Prize
Liberia: An Uncivil
War, was awarded a Special Jury Prize at the conclusion of the
International Documentary Film Festival. The film was edited by
Michael Kovalenko, an Edit Center alum, and aired on the Discovery
Channel earlier this year.
Acquired by Wellspring
which was edited by Edit Center alum Mollie Goldstein and Edit
Center instructor Kevin Messman, has been purchased for distribution
by Wellspring. The film, which was directed by Todd Solondz
(Welcome to the Dollhouse, Happiness), screened
at the Telluride, Venice, Toronto, New York and London film festivals
this year. It is scheduled for release in April.
Mattola Speaks to the Edit Center
Director Greg Mattola
came to speak to the Edit Center class about his work in the film
Daytrippers, which was edited by teacher Anne McCabe
(Anne also cut You Can Count on Me and Maria Full
of Grace). Mattola also spoke about his television
work, including directing Arrested Development.
Tucker Cutting Aeon Flux
Edit Center instructor
Plummy Tucker is in Berlin editing Aeon Flux for director
Karyn Kusama. Aeon Flux stars Charlize Theron and
Frances McDormand and is based on the MTV cartoon from the mid-90's
of the same name. Plummy previously worked with Karyn Kusama
on Sundance-award-winner Girlfight.
2004 Edit Center Alumni
Edit Looking South
Edit Center alumni Denise
Garcia, David Bemis, and Ancil McKain are all working as editors
on the television show Looking South, an interview program
that examines Latin American economic, social, and political developments.
David was a student of the September 2003 six-week course, while
Ancil and Denise were both students in the summer of 2003.
October 4, 2004
Saving Face Purchased by Sony Classics
directed by Edit Center alum Alice Wu, has been purchased for
distribution by Sony Pictures Classics. The film was a hit
at the Toronto Film Festival, where Variety called it
"a warmly observed, low-key charmer." It was edited
by Susan Graef (She's the One) and Edit Center instructor
Sabine Hoffman (Personal Velocity).
2004 Film School
Begins on IFC
a reality series about NYU students making their thesis films,
has begun airing on the Independent Film Channel (Fridays at 10:30
pm). Edit Center graduates Minnea Lin, Matthew Hamacheck,
and Ancil McKain worked as assistant editors on the series, helping
to manage the 2,000 hours that were shot (and eventually edited
down to six half-hour episodes).
2004 Be Here to
Love Me Purchased by Palm Pictures
Be Here to Love
Me: A Film About Townes Van Zandt, directed by Margaret Brown
and edited by Edit Center alum Michael Taylor, has been purchased
for distribution by Palm Pictures. The film premiered in
the Toronto Film Festival earlier this month.
2004 Year of the
Bull Airing on Showtime
Year of the Bull,
the project of two summer 2002 classes, is airing on Showtime
this month. The film, a documentary that follows a high
school football star in his senior year, was edited by Edit Center
instructor Emir Lewis and Edit Center alum Matthew Ludvino.
Alum Sonya Rhee was an assistant editor on the film, which won
the Best Documentary Award at the Sonoma Film Festival earlier
Opens to Excellent Reviews
the project of the May/June 2003 six-week course, has opened in
AMC theaters nationwide and is garnering great reviews from critics
across the country. The LA Times writes that Evergreen
is “the kind of small, deeply personal American film that
rarely surfaces even in art theaters these days…Mainstream
moviegoers at their local AMC willing to stray from Hollywood
fare may find themselves pleasantly surprised," and the Seattle
Post-Intelligencer says it is "a rare film that's about
social class in American life, and Bellingham writer-director
Enid Zentelis explores its hidden structure and silent barriers
in a novel, subtle way that makes its points without hitting us
over the head with them." Evergreen was edited
by Edit Center instructor Meg Reticker, with alumni Anita Gabrosek
and Chad Back serving as associate and assistant editors.
McCabe to Teach the September Class
Anne McCabe has worked
in the film business in England and the US for the last 20 years.
Her editing credits include the features The Daytrippers,
the Academy Award-nominated film You Can Count on Me, and,
more recently, Maria Full of Grace, which won the Audience
Award at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival and is in theatres now.
She has also edited television programs, documentaries and commercials.
August 20, 2004
Speedo to Air on PBS
Speedo: A Demolition
Derby Love Story will be airing on PBS on Tuesday, August
24 at 10:00pm. Speedo, directed by Jesse Moss,
was the project of the July 2002 course and was edited by Edit
Center instructor Aaron Lubarsky (Journeys With George).
Edit Center alums Rob Gilpatrick, Ken Yapelli and Mollie Goldstein
were assistant editors on the film.
August 20, 2004
Evergreen to Open at AMC Theaters
the project of the May 2003 course, will be opening in AMC Theaters
nationwide on September 10. This caps off a series of festival
successes for Evergreen, which premiered in the dramatic
competition of the 2003 Sundance film festival. Evergreen
was edited by Edit Center instructor Meg Reticker (Heavy,
The Big One, Wet Hot American Summer) with associate editor
Anita Gabrosek and assistant editor Chad Beck (both Edit Center
August 18, 2004
Edit Center Instructors Trained on Motion
Edit Center instructors
Kevin Messman, Tim Goodwin, Will Cox, Alon Koppel, Chad Beck,
Jon Griggs, Eric Kissack and Tarikh Korula are now trained to
teach Apple's new motion graphics application, Motion. The
four-day class covered the wide range of Motion's capabilities
and The Edit Center will soon be offering instruction in Motion.
Though a full class will not be available until the Apple Pro
Training book is released in October, students will be able to
sign up for one-on-one training with the Motion trainers.
August 5, 2004
Meg Reticker Editing Winter Passing
Edit Center instructor
Meg Reticker is currently editing Winter Passing, directed
by playwright Adam Rapp. The film stars Ed Harris, Zooey
Deschanel and Will Farrell. Along with Evergreen,
the project of the May 2003 course at The Edit Center that she
taught, Meg has edited Heavy, The Big One, Wet Hot American
Summer, Decade Under the Influence, and various other narrative
and documentary features.
August 4, 2004
Liberia: An Uncivil War to Air on the Discovery Channel
Liberia: An Uncivil
War, edited by Michael Kovalenko, will be airing on the Discovery
Times Channel this Saturday at 8:00pm. The film showed in
New York earlier this summer at the New York Human Rights Watch
Film Festival after premiering at the Silverdocs Film Festival.
Michael is an Edit Center alum who took the six-week course in
March of 2002.
August 3, 2004
Palindromes Accepted to Venice
directed by Todd Solondz (Welcome to the Dollhouse, Happiness,
Storytelling), will be screening in competition at this year's
Venice Film Festival. Palindromes was edited by
Edit Center alum Mollie Goldstein and Edit Center teacher Kevin
Messman. The film will also be in the Special Presentations
section of this year's Toronto Film Festival.
July 15, 2004
Be Here to Love Me Accepted to Toronto
Be Here to Love
Me: A Film About Townes Van Zandt has been accepted to the
Toronto Film Festival. Be Here to Love Me was edited
by Michael Taylor, an Edit Center alum who also cut Homework
(Grand Jury Prize, Slamdance 2004) and This So-Called
Disaster (featuring Sean Penn and Nick Nolte). Michael
was a script supervisor (Bad Santa, Monster's Ball) before
taking the Edit Center course.
July 15, 2004
Palindromes Accepted to Toronto Film Festival
Todd Solondz's fourth
film, Palindromes, was just accepted to the Special Presentations
section of the 2004 Toronto Film Festival. Palindromes
was edited by Edit Center alum Mollie Goldstein and Edit Center
teacher Kevin Messman. Mollie took the Edit Center class
in July of 2002.
July 14, 2004
Door in the Floor Opens to Rave Reviews
Door in the Floor,
edited by Affonso Goncalves (Tully, The Mudge Boy), has
opened in theaters to wide critical acclaim. AO Scott wrote
in the New York Times that the film "may even belong
in the rarefied company of movies that are better than the books
on which they were based. And above all, Jeff Bridges offers
perhaps the wittiest and richest piece of screen acting by an
American man so far this year." The film was directed
by Tod Williams (The Adventures of Sebastian Cole) and
also stars Kim Basinger.
July 5, 2004
Katy Fisher Assisting on Woody Allen's Melinda and Melinda
Edit Center alum Katy
Fisher is currently assisting editor Alisa Lepselter on Woody
Allen's next feature, Melinda and Melinda. Katy
was also an assistant editor on Door in the Floor and
the upcoming Heights, a Merchant Ivory film starring
June 21, 2004
Kate Sanford Working on The Wire
Kate Sanford, an Edit Center instructor who cut O, Eye
of God, and the upcoming PS (directed by Dylan Kidd),
has returned to the world of television for the third season of
The Wire. Kate's other television credits include Queer
Eye for the Straight Guy and Sex in the City.
June 21, 2004
Plummy Tucker to Edit Steve Buscemi's Lonesome Jim
Edit Center instructor Plummy Tucker (Girlfight) is currently
editing Lonesome Jim, directed by Steve Buscemi. The
film stars Casey Affleck and Liv Tyler and was filmed on location
in Indiana. Plummy has also worked as an associate editor for
John Sayles, most recently on the upcoming Silver City.
June 21, 2004
Broadway: The Golden Age Opens at the Angelika
Broadway: The Golden Age, directed and edited by Rick
McKay, opened to excellent reviews at the Angelika this weekend.
John Carhart, a student of the November/December 2001 six-week
course, was an assistant editor on the film. John previously edited
the horror film Kottentail.
June 18, 2004
Liberia: An Uncivil War to premiere at the New York Human
Rights Watch Film Festival
Liberia: An Uncivil War, edited by Edit Center alum Michael
Kovalenko, will be premiering at the New York Human Rights Watch
Film Festival this weekends. Michael took the six-week class in
March of 2002 and was a teaching assistant and then a teacher
for the following classes.