Magnolia Pictures will be releasing Little Men, edited by TEC alum Mollie Goldstein and TEC teacher Affonso Gonçalves, assistant editing by TEC alums Brian Young and Katrina Pastore, theatrically in the US later this year. The film, starring Greg Kinnear, Jennifer Ehle, and Paulina Garcia, recently premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.
We're thrilled to see that distribution right to our January 2015 class film Five Nights in Maine have been picked up by FilmRise! The film, starring David Oyelowo and Diane Wiest, should see a theatrical release in select cities by the end of this summer.
The official lineup for SXSW 2016 was announced today, and we're excited to see TEC alumni, TEC teachers and even our most recent Six-Week class project on the list!
Donald Cried | October/November 2015 Six-Week Class Project
*Narrative Feature Competition
From Nowhere | Edited by TEC alum Betsy Kagen | Assistant Editing by TEC alum Theresa McDermott
Don't Think Twice | Edited by TEC teacher Geoff Richman
My Blind Brother | Edited by TEC alum Jenny Lee
Sidemen - Long Road To Glory | Edited by TEC alum Bo Mehrad
*24 Beats Per Second selection
We're excited to announce that a few TEC alum and TEC teacher films received Academy Award nominations this year:
Spotlight | Assistant Editing by TEC alum Andy Pang
Nominated for Best Editing, Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay, and Best Directing.
Cartel Land | Edited by TEC alum Matthew Hamachek
Nominated for Best Documentary.
Carol | Edited by TEC teacher Affonso Gonçalves
Nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design, Best Music.
We are very excited to announce that Julia Bloch will be teaching the narrative section and Geoffrey Richman will be teaching the documentary section of our January/February 2016 Six-Week class!
Julia Bloch is a New York-based film editor who has worked on a wide range of projects, including Terrence Malick's Palme d'Or winner The Tree of Life (also nominated for Best Picture at the 2012 Academy Awards) and Jeremy Saulnier's Blue Ruin, which was awarded the FIPRESCI (International Federation of Film Critics) prize when it premiered at the Directors' Fortnight in Cannes. Bloch began her film career as an assistant editor at Zentropa in Copenhagen, where she worked with Lars von Trier and Thomas Vinterberg. In 2011 she received the Sundance Institute's inaugural editing fellowship in honor of Sally Menke. Bloch just finished editing Green Room—staring Anton Yelchin (Star Trek), Alia Shawkat ("Arrested Development"), and Patrick Stewart—which will be released in theaters this spring.
Geoffrey Richman, A.C.E. is the editor of Murderball, Sicko, and The Cove - the 2006, 2008, and 2010 Academy Award nominees for Best Feature Documentary, and Time Freak - the 2012 Academy Award nominee for Best Live-Action Short Film. The Cove went on to win the Academy Award, after becoming the first documentary ever to win all four guild awards (Producing, Directing, Writing, and Editing). At the 2005 Sundance Film Festival, Geoff was awarded the first-ever Special Jury Prize for Editing for his work on Murderball. The following year he returned to Sundance with a film he edited, God Grew Tired of Us, which won both the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award for Best Documentary. Other documentary credits include 21 Up America, The Order of Myths, The Great Invisible, The Supreme Price, and Racing Extinction, Louie Psihoyos's follow-up to The Cove; Other narrative credits include Peter and Vandy, The Virginity Hit, Wainy Days, Tony Kaye’s Detachment, Mike Birbiglia's Sleepwalk With Me, and Terrence Malick's Knight of Cups. His most recent projects include the documentary Eating Animals, based on the book by Jonathan Safran Foer, and the Mike Birbiglia film Don’t Think Twice.
Several films made by TEC alums and teachers have been named among "The Best Movies of 2015" by The New York Times:
Carol | Edited by TEC teacher Affonso Gonçalves
Cate Blanchett’s fiery eyes fixed on Rooney Mara in Todd Haynes’s “Carol” unleash more electricity than any look of love glimpsed in a movie this year. Stationed behind a Manhattan department store counter, Ms. Mara’s demure character, Therese, can’t resist such devouring scrutiny, and a forbidden passion ignites.
Spotlight | Assistant Editing by TEC alum Andy Pang
Even more acutely than “All the President’s Men,” “Spotlight” details the rigors of investigative journalism. The true story begins in the newsroom of The Boston Globe in 2001, when a team of reporters starts looking into a possible cover-up by the Boston Archdiocese of widespread sexual abuse of children by priests. The film follows the reporters onto the streets as they methodically uncover the devastating truth, which led to the downfall of Cardinal Bernard Law. Directed by Tom McCarthy, it has an extraordinary ensemble cast.
Experimenter | Edited by TEC alum Kathryn Schubert
“Experimenter,” as befits its title, is less a straight biography than a diverting gloss on human behavior, historical memory and cinema itself. It’s a story about a man whose work was haunted by the death camps, was conducted as the United States escalated its presence in Vietnam and was destined to speak to the ages (to the abuses at Abu Ghraib and beyond) because his subject — the all too human being — is reliably barbaric.
Seymour: An Introduction | Cinematography by TEC alum Ramsey Fendall | Produced by TEC alum Heather Smith
As its title suggests, “Seymour: An Introduction” doesn’t try to offer the final word on its subject, Seymour Bernstein, the pianist, composer, teacher, philosopher and ultimate New Yorker. Instead, in 81 transporting minutes, this intimate, big-hearted documentary draws you so completely into his world that you feel as if you know all there is to know, even as questions linger.
You can read the full New York Times article here.
We're excited announce that several films by TEC teachers and alums made it into Sundance Film Festival's 2016 lineup!
White Girl | Edited by TEC alum Michael Taylor
"Shot with a sharp eye for New York City, White Girl thrashes through an increasingly high-stakes game of hedonism where unspoken socio-economic tensions coupled with a blatant disregard for consequence converge into a shocking commentary on today's youth culture."
Newtown | Edited by TEC teacher Gabriel Rhodes
"There are no words of compassion or reassurance that can bring back the 20 children and six educators who lost their lives during the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. In Kim A. Snyder’s searing new film Newtown, we are given exclusive access into the homes of those who lost loved ones. They speak candidly about their grief, anger, and disbelief over what occurred and how nothing has changed in regards to basic gun control reform."
Complete Unknown | Edited by TEC teacher Malcolm Jamieson
"Director and co-writer Joshua Marston, whose debut, Maria Full of Grace, won the Audience Award at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival, returns to the Festival with another probing character study. Marston elicits fascinating, nuanced performances... By turns sad and sweet, Complete Unknown is a melancholy meditation on identity, focusing on the perils and pleasures of self-reinvention."
Little Men | Edited by TEC alum Mollie Goldstein and TEC teacher Affonso Gonçalves | TEC alums Brian Young and Katrina Pastore, Assistant Editors
"Little Men is a critical yet empathetic look at the dangers of gentrification. Ira Sachs, director of Love Is Strange and the Sundance Grand Jury Prize Winner Forty Shades of Blue, accentuates the natural vibrancy of Brooklyn and brings out the best in his actors... It's a triumphant return to the Festival for Sachs, who has made a film that never lets its abundant kindness interfere with its honest portrayal of a rapidly changing neighborhood."
Love & Friendship | Edited by TEC alum Sophie Corra
"Adapting Jane Austen’s unpublished early novella Lady Susan, Whit Stillman returns to the Sundance Film Festival (where his Metropolitan premiered in 1990) in top form with his latest comedy of manners. Kate Beckinsale excels in her role as the deliciously devious Lady Vernon and delivers each line with relish. With exquisite period detail and a script teeming with bon mots and witty dialogue, Love & Friendship is a rare—and rarified—treat."
Wiener-Dog | Edited by TEC teacher Kevin Messman
"Twenty years ago, Todd Solondz took the Sundance Film Festival by storm when Welcome to the Dollhouse won the Grand Jury Prize at the 1996 Festival. Since then he has gone on to establish himself as one of the most uncompromising voices working in film. Wiener-Dog is vintage Solondz, brimming with brilliantly caustic and truthful observations about the human condition. He has a unique ability to find humor in the darkest of subject matter, allowing an empathetic light to shine on it."
Dark Night | Edited by TEC alum Jeanne Applegate
"Tim Sutton, the writer/director of Memphis (2014 Sundance Film Festival), takes this ripped-from-the-headlines story of an all-too-common tragedy and immerses us in the emotional fabric of its young characters’ lives. Sutton deploys a keenly observant style and a recurring motif of guns to suggest the ever-present threat of violence in American life. With its lyrical images, evocative sound design, and mournful soundtrack, Dark Night is a quietly powerful elegy for the dead."
O.J.: Made in America | Edited by TEC teacher Bret Granato
"The producers of ESPN’s 30 for 30, along with award-winning director Ezra Edelman, tell the story of one of the most polarizing people in American history, O.J. Simpson. They explore how Simpson's rise and fall was centered around two of America's greatest fixations—race and celebrity."
The Independent Spirit Award nominations are out, and we're excited to see the TEC alumni and teacher films that have been recognized.
Spotlight | Assistant editing by TEC alum Andy Pang
Nominated for Best Feature, Best Cinematography, Best Director, Best Editing
Carol | edited by TEC teacher Affonso Gonçalves
Nominated for Best Feature, Best Cinematography, Best Director, Best Screenplay
Mediterranea | edited by TEC teacher Affonso Gonçalves
Nominated for Best First Feature
Out of My Hand | edited by TEC alums Takeshi Fukunaga and Eugene Yi
Nominated for the John Cassavetes award, given to best feature made for under $500,000
TEC alum Takeshi Fukunaga's debut film Out of My Hand, also edited by TEC alum Eugene Yi, premiered at IFC and the ImageNation Raw Space in NYC and at the Downtown Independent in LA this month. Out of My Hand is the first title to be distributed by ARRAY, Selma director Ava DuVernay's company. The film also won the Best U.S. Fiction prize at the LA Film Festival!
TEC alum Jeanne Applegate was an additional editor on "Nasty Baby," now playing at the IFC Center. You can find more information and here.
"Nasty Baby" stars Sebastián Silva (writer-director) and Kristen Wiig, and is a New York Times Critics' Pick. Critic A. O. Scott writes:
Mr. Silva’s accomplishment is not just in pulling off a jarring plot twist, but in handling a change of tone that turns the movie — and the audience’s assumptions about it — upside down.
Read the full New York Times review here.