TEC Alum film Nasty Baby at IFC Center


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 on The New York Times Critics' Pick list. 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.


Check out some exciting TEC alum films playing at DOC NYC this month!


King Georges | Edited by TEC alum Amanda Larson
7:00 PM, Mon Nov 16, 2015 | Bow Tie Chelsea Cinemas
"After more than four decades, America’s finest French restaurant, Philadelphia’s Le Bec Fin, is struggling to keep up with changing tastes. Its tempestuous chef/owner Georges Perrier remains ambivalent: should he sell the restaurant and finally retire, or partner with his talented protégé, Nicholas Elmi (an eventual Top Chef winner), in an attempt to reinvigorate its faded glory King Georges offers an intimate portrait of a passionate culinary artist facing the inevitability of change."

Where to Invade Next | Edited by TEC alum Tyler Walk
9:30 PM, Thu Nov 12, 2015 | SVA Theatre
"Oscar-winning director Michael Moore (Bowling for Columbine, Fahrenheit 9/11) returns with his first film in six years. It won acclaim at the Toronto and New York film festivals as his “biggest crowd pleaser” (Variety) and “most far-reaching” (New York Times), and will open in theaters later this year. Moore travels abroad as a one-man army seeking to secure other countries’ best ideas for America. His hilarious encounters raise questions about work, education, female leadership and more. Courtesy of Tom Quinn, Jason Janego and Tim League."

Making a Murderer | Directed by TEC alum Moira Demos
7:15 PM, Fri Nov 13, 2015 | Bow Tie Chelsea Cinemas
"Netflix presents an exclusive preview of a captivating documentary crime series. Filmed over a ten-year period, Making a Murderer is an unprecedented real-life thriller about a DNA exoneree who, while in the midst of exposing corruption in local law enforcement, finds himself the prime suspect in a grisly new crime. Set in America’s heartland, the series takes viewers inside a high-stakes criminal case where reputation is everything and things are never as they appear. DOC NYC will screen the first two episodes of this ten-part series."

Seymour: An Introduction | Cinematography by TEC alum Ramsey Fendall | Produced by TEC alum Heather Smith
12:00 PM, Sat Nov 14, 2015 | Bow Tie Chelsea Cinemas
2:30 PM, Tue Nov 17, 2015 | Bow Tie Chelsea Cinemas
"Seymour Bernstein is a hidden treasure of New York City. He gave up a promising career as a concert pianist to teach music, leaving an indelible influence on his students. Among his admirers is Ethan Hawke, the versatile actor/director/writer, who allows us to experience Seymour’s gift for storytelling as he circles the question of why make art?” Whether aficionados or newcomers to the world of classical music, viewers have much to gain from this introduction."

Missing People | Edited by TEC alums Becky Laks and Adam Kurnitz
7:15 PM, Sun Nov 15, 2015 | Bow Tie Chelsea Cinemas
5:15 PM, Wed Nov 18, 2015 | IFC Center  
"Martina, the director of a prominent NYC gallery, is an obsessive collector of the work of late outsider artist Roy Ferdinand, which chronicled a violent, sexual pre-Katrina New Orleans. When she meets Ferdinand’s sisters, they are drawn together by common experience: Martina too is haunted by the spectre of her own brother, the 14-year-old victim of an unsolved murder in 1978 Queens. David Shapiro intricately weaves together the stories of these two brothers in this indelible nonfiction mystery."



New Documentary Series Edited by TEC Alum Airs on OWN This Week

Belief, a 7-part documentary series exploring spirituality from a global perspective, premieres on OWN (Oprah Winfrey's network) this week. Sarah Devorkin, TEC Alum from our March/April 2007 six-week class, edited the last episode of the series, A Good Life, airing on 10/24. 


Cinema blog Shadow and Act describes the series:

Landmark television event "Belief," a week-long documentary series airing over seven consecutive nights that depicts how people with a wide range of beliefs search for deeper meaning and connection with the world around them - the rituals, stories and relationships that bind us together as human beings. 

You can read the full article and watch a trailer for Belief here

Class Film Missing People wins Best Doc at Hamptons International Film Festival!

Missing People, a class project from our July/Aug & Sept/Oct 2013 six-week classes, won the Best Documentary Award at the Hamptons International Film Festival last week! TEC alums Becky Laks and Adam Kurnitz were editors on Missing People, which will also be screening at DOC NYC next month. You can find details and tickets here

Watch the Missing People trailer:


Class film Five Nights in Maine shines at TIFF

Reviews have been coming in for January 2015 class project Five Nights in Maine, edited by TEC alum Ron Dulin, with TEC alum Marina Katz serving as assistant editor. The film, starring David Oyelowo and Dianne Wiest, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in September. 

Philly.com describes Five Nights in Maine:

Close-up and aching, leavened with a gentle wit and anchored by Oyelowo's inside-out performance.

Read the full Philly.com article here

Variety praises Five Nights in Maine's filmmakers:

Curran does display a intriguingly understated, mature approach for such a young director, and Sofian El Fani’s photography of the beautiful yet cheerless Maine locations offers an ideal visual counterpart to the buttoned-down narrative that plays out within them.

Read the entire Variety review here

The Hollywood Reporter highlights the film's uniqueness:

It’s rare to come across a movie about grief and grieving that doesn’t feel manipulative or routine.

Read the full review here and watch an interview with The Hollywood Reporter below. 


Alumni Film Sleeping With Other People Opens This Week!

Sleeping With Other People opens this week and the good reviews are pouring in! TEC alum Paul Frank served as editor and alum Dylan Greiss served as post-production assistant on the romantic comedy, which stars Alison Brie and Jason Sudeikis. 


Salon calls the film: 

A fast-paced, dazzlingly witty and occasionally downright filthy rom-com that updates the “When Harry Met Sally” formula – which is to say the 1930s screwball comedy formula – for the age of Tinder and Ashley Madison.

You can read the full Salon review here. Other great reviews from Entertainment Weekly and New York Magazine.

Great Reviews Coming in for Class Film Queen of Earth!

Just days after its theatrical release, October 2014 narrative class film Queen of Earth is receiving great reviews, already on the NYT Critics' Pick list!

From The New York Times:

Like the movie, these close-ups are alternately mesmerizing and suffocating, which dovetails with Mr. Perry’s pull-push strategy of bringing you uncomfortably close to the action, to the tears and the drama, only to shove you away. Some of this may be a matter of artistic temperament and Mr. Perry’s interest in exploring the more rancid manifestations of human behavior, but it also serves his narrative experimentation here.

You can read the full NYT review here

From A.V. Club:

There is an innate, affecting strangeness to Queen Of Earth, which is pitched somewhere halfway between actor’s showcase and creepy formal exercise, continually foreshadowing a burst of psychotic violence that never comes.

You can read the full A.V. Club review here.

Alex Ross Perry narrates a sequence from Queen of Earth:

Theatrical Release of Class Film Queen of Earth

October 2014 class project, Queen of Earth, will be released in theaters on Wednesday, August 26th at IFC and the Film Society of Lincoln Center. Catch a Q&A with Alex Ross Perry and Elisabeth Moss after the 8:30 screenings at IFC on Wednesday and Thursday.

TEC alums Dylan Greiss and Regina Sobel served as associate editors and Anthony Mascorro and Brian Young as assistant editors.

Congrats everyone!


Oscar-nominated director Debra Granik Praises TEC program

Filmmaker Magazine has a great interview this month with Debra Granik, the Oscar-nominated director of Winter's Bone and the just-released documentary Stray Dog. Both were Edit Center class projects and Debra gave us a huge shout out:

The Edit Center is legendary when it comes to the idea of reveling in the art of editing and the artistry and arduousness of it. The editor that edited Stray Dog, Tory Stewart, had gone through The Edit Center program and really benefited from it. She and I found it extremely rich. It injected something very positive into the process… The classes could be both intimate and large, and they were really a true help and intellectually very invigorating.

You can read the full interview here.