TEC AT SUNDANCE

We're excited announce that several films by TEC  alums and teachers made it into Sundance Film Festival's 2019 lineup!

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Halston | Editor Elia Gasull Balada (TEC Alum/Teacher)

Halston tells the story of a complicated man—in both his craft and his business decisions—from the mouths of those who knew the man best. Frédéric Tcheng, a great documentarian of fashion luminaries like Valentino, Diana Vreeland, and Raf Simons, takes an unconventional approach to the bio-doc by creating a narrative (starring Tavi Gevinson, a fashion icon of a different generation) through which to frame the story of this enigmatic designer, which allows Tcheng to delve deeper into this comprehensive exploration of the designer’s rise, fall, and enduring influence.

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Hail Satan | Editor Amy Foote (TEC Alum/Teacher)

Brandishing their sharply honed cinematic swords, director Penny Lane and producer Gabriel Sedgwick strike a cunning balance between cheeky, brazen entertainment and defiantly serious storytelling in this wickedly topical documentary that bares its horns to speak truth to power.

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The Mountain | Editor Michael Taylor (TEC Alum)

Alverson, known for his grim, hypnotic body of work, has crafted another cryptic odyssey through the backroads of America. Pushing his peculiar vision to new heights of design, sound, and story, he captures another standout performance from Tye Sheridan while mixing things up with new players like Jeff Goldblum, Denis Lavant, and Udo Kier.

The Farewell | Editor Michael Taylor (TEC Alum)

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A heartfelt celebration of both the way we perform family and the way we live it, The Farewell masterfully interweaves a gently humorous depiction of the good lie in action with a thoughtful exploration of how our cultural heritage does and does not travel with us when we leave our homes. Writer/director Lulu Wang imbues The Farewell with warmth and knowing wit, while the uniformly excellent ensemble cast (anchored by a breakout performance by Awkwafina) invites us to share this extended clan’s joy and sorrow—and to feel, for the length of this remarkable film, like a part of their family.

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Selah and The Spades | Editor Kate Abernathy (TEC Alum)

In her feature debut, writer/director Tayarisha Poe immerses us in a heightened depiction of teenage politics. This searing character study encapsulates just how intoxicating power can be for a teenage girl who acutely feels the threat of being denied it. Exciting newcomer Lovie Simone’s performance beautifully embodies both Selah’s publicly impeccable command and the internal fears and uncertainty that drive it.

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Suicide by Sunlight | Editor Marina Katz (TEC Alum)

Valentina, a day-walking black vampire protected from the sun by her melanin, is forced to restrain her bloodlust to regain custody of her estranged daughters.

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The Wolf Hour | First Assistant Editor Katrina Pastore (TEC Alum)

With Hitchcockian tautness, writer-director Alistair Banks Griffin flawlessly captures the style and texture of the 1970s and the interior unraveling of a woman who, like her city, is teetering on a knife-edge. Naomi Watts’s astonishing performance is that of an antihero racked with paralyzing anxiety. In this eerily resonant allegory for our times, she is, like all of us, weighing her actions in a world on the brink of collapse.

TEC ALUM FILMS NOMINATED FOR GRAMMY AWARD

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The King, edited by TEC alums Elia Gasull Balada & Betsy Kagen, assistant edited by Janah Cox and Andres Vergara with Samuel Kun as a PA/Researcher, is nominated for a Grammy in the Best Music Film category.

“Jarecki presents Presley’s and Phillips’s blatant and intentional cultural appropriation from various angles: as a form of resistance to segregation, an authentic effort to honor musicians whom they loved, yet also a path to wealth and fame that left those musicians behind, unrewarded and unrecognized.”

- Richard Brody at The New Yorker

Itzhak. edited by TEC alum Helen Yum with additional cinematography by TEC Alum Ramsey Fendall, is nominated for Best Music Film at the 2019 Grammy Awards.

"There's never a doubt that you're in the hands of craftspeople operating at the peak of their powers, even as each choice serves the work. Helen Yum's editing is superb. It displays a rare sense of how to cut musical performances and dialogue together in a way that preserves the continuity of the music while favoring the forward motion of the story."

- Matt Seitz at Roger Ebert

New York Times’ Critic's Pick Edited By TEC Alum

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Rams, a design documentary edited by TEC alum Kayla Sklar, is in the middle of its week long run at Metrograph and it was just featured as a Critic’s Pick by the New York Times’ critic Glenn Kenny!

Read the full review here.

The film, directed by Gary Hustwit, is about Dieter Rams - a German industrial designer who, at the age of 86, continues to hold an active life full of questions of product sustainability.

Tickets for the film at Metrograph can be purchased here.

Interview with TEC Alum Mollie Goldstein on editing netflix original

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TEC Alum and TEC Instructor, Mollie Goldstein, sat down with James Collins at Mandy.com to discuss her experience working on the hit Netflix Original film, Like Father.

"I was cutting during production, which is always really important to me, because I consider a part of my job to give feedback – if they didn’t catch something, that we can fix that while the cast is still there and the camera is still rolling, then we do it. Whether it’s an establishing shot or an insert or even performance issues, we can get it."

You can read the full article here.

TEC Alum Documentary Premiering at DOC NYC

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Dennis and Lois, edited by TEC Alum and TEC Instructor Bo Mehrad, is premiering at Doc NYC!

"Dennis and Lois is a love story about punk rock’s most dedicated couple and their 40-year devotion to the music and the musicians they love. These two road warriors live for the communal and unpredictable experience of a live concert, and the excitement it brings them in the good times and the bad."

Watch the trailer here.

Tickets to the premiere are available here.

For more information on the film, click here.

TEC CLASS FILM TO HAVE PREMIERE AT DOC NYC

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City of Joel, June/July 2015 class film will have its premiere at the DOC NYC Film Festival in November!

Congratulations to all the alums involved!

City of Joel - Directed by Jesse Sweet
Monroe, NY, a town 50 miles north of New York City, becomes the center of a turf war between a fast-growing Hasidic Jewish community and their secular neighbors.

Tickets to the premiere can be purchased here.

More information about the film can be found here.


January 2017 Class Film Wins Special Mention: Best Ensemble Cast at LA Film Festival

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Solace, January/February 2017 class film had its world premiere at the LA Film Festival and was awarded Special Mention: Best Ensemble Cast!

Solace - Directed by Tchaiko Omawale (also nominated as Filmmaker to Watch) with Executive Producer Chelsea Peretti
A teenage orphan moves to LA to live with her estranged grandmother and works to win a performance art grant while secretly struggling with binge eating.

More information about the film can be found here.

TEC Class Film to Have Premiere at DOC NYC

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16 Bars, January/February 2018 class film will have its premiere at the DOC NYC Film Festival in November!

Congratulations to all the alums involved!

16 Bars - Directed by Samuel Bathrick, Edited by TEC Alum Al Shurman
Grammy-winning recording artist, Todd “Speech” Thomas, from the iconic activist hip-hop group Arrested Development, hosts a music workshop at a Virginia state penitentiary. The film follows four men as they delve into their painful past to inspire their music. 16 Bars sheds light to the stories and talent locked behind bars.

Tickets to the premiere can be purchased here.

More information about the film can be found here.

TEC Six-Week Class Film Upcoming NYC Premiere

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Personal Statement the October/November 2015 six-week class film will have its NYC Premiere at the Margaret Mead Film Festival.

Personal Statement follows the story of Brooklyn high school seniors who just want to go to college, but like so many public school students throughout the country, their schools don't have enough college guidance support. Refusing to give up, they decide to work as college counselors in their schools, becoming the very resource they don't have themselves.

More information on the screening can be found here.

More information on the film can be found here.

Congratulations to all involved!

Announcing the Narrative and Documentary Teachers for Our October/November Six-Week Class

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We're happy to announce that Betsy Kagen and Èlia Gasull Balada will be teaching our October/November 2018 Six-Week class!

Betsy Kagen is a narrative and documentary film editor. Her most recent credits include Who We Are Now, which premiered at the 2017 Toronto Film Festival (starring Julianne Nicholson, Emma Roberts, Jimmy Smits, and Zachary Quinto); The King (directed by Eugene Jarecki), which premiered at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival; My Art (starring Laurie Simmons, Robert Clohessy, John Rothman, Blair Brown, Parker Posey, and Lena Dunham), which premiered at the 2016 Venice Film Festival; and All This Panic, a documentary which premiered at the 2016 Tribeca film festival. Betsy is currently editing director Adam Leon's upcoming film starring Vanessa Kirby and Maya Hawke.

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Èlia Gasull Balada is an editor with experience in narrative and documentary features, film and television. She is based in New York with extensive experience as an editor and post-production supervisor in Spain. Her credits as an editor include The King and Icaros: A Vision (which premiered at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival). Previously, Èlia edited the documentary Man of the Monkey, which was part of the 2014 IFP Documentary Labs and was also awarded the Heineken VOCES Grant from Tribeca Film Institute's Latin American Media Arts Fund. She is currently working on a feature documentary about Halston, the American fashion designer, directed by Frédérich Tcheng (Dior and I) and will be released in 2019.