TEC Alum Produced Film Premiering at NYFF 2019

We're excited to announce that an alumni produced documentary feature Born To Be will have it's World Premiere at this year's New York Film Festival!

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Born To Be | Directed by Tania Cypriano, Produced by Rachel Mills

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“Soon after New York state passed a 2015 law that health insurance should cover transgender-related care and services, director Tania Cypriano and producer Michelle Hayashi began bringing their cameras behind the scenes at New York’s Mount Sinai Hospital, where this remarkable documentary captures the emotional and physical journey of surgical transitioning. Lending equal narrative weight to the experiences of the center’s groundbreaking surgeon Dr. Jess Ting and those of his diverse group of patients, Born to Be perfectly balances compassionate personal storytelling and fly-on-the-wall vérité. It’s a film of astonishing access—most importantly into the lives, joys, and fears of the people at its center.”

For more information and a link to tickets, click here.

Announcing The Documentary Section of our Oct/Nov 2019 Class!

We're very excited to announce both the teacher and class film in the documentary portion of our October/November 2019 class! 

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Documentary Instructor

Isabel Ponte is a Brooklyn-based documentary editor and producer. She is the editor and writer of The Truth About Killer Robots, which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in 2018 and was broadcast on HBO. She also served as the associate editor of Fail State, which premiered at DOC NYC and broadcast on Starz, and the additional editor of Madidi, a verite doc about jaguar poaching set to premiere in 2020. Past short-form work includes documentary pieces for The Guardian and other news outlets, and assistant editing for The New York Times' Op-Docs section.

Documentary Class Film

Flood

A filmmaker tries to understand to her father's young-earth creationism by scripting a father-daughter screenplay. When her work only drives them apart, she changes tactics and picks up her camera. She and her whole family become protagonists in a documentary about their struggle to love each other and stay together despite deep divides and disparate beliefs.

Directed by Katy Scoggin

Katy Scoggin was a co-producer and cinematographer on Oscar-winning CITIZENFOUR and its follow-up, Risk; an associate producer on Emmy-nominated The Oath; and a producer on New York Times Op-Docs The Program and Death of a Prisoner. Throughout its evolution from scripted film to documentary, her first feature film Flood has received support from Sundance, Film Independent, the Sloan Foundation, IFP Doc Lab, DCTV WIP Docu Lab, Berlinale Talents, the MacDowell Colony, and BAVC MediaMaker Fellowship. Katy was a Fulbright Scholar in Berlin and went to film school at NYU. Before picking up a camera, she made sculptures from welded iron and margarine.

Click here to register. You can find out more about our six-week class here.

TEC Alum Directs Short Premiering at NYFF 2019

We're excited to announce that an alumni directed short will have it's World Premiere at this year's New York Film Festival!

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Automatic | Directed by Emma Doxiadi

“Two young women convince each other they are under threat after accidentally photographing what they believe to be a concealed automatic rifle. Shot in drawn-out, static takes, Emma Doxiadi’s comical mystery comments on Greece’s ongoing refugee crisis in real time, pointing squarely at foolish knee-jerk reactions.”

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The film will have its World Premiere at NYFF Short Program 3: Narrative. This year’s four Shorts programs feature a mix of narrative and documentary films from established and emerging artists, with 10 world premieres, including all titles in the annual New York Stories program.

For more information and a link to tickets, click here.

TEC at TIFF 2019

We're excited to announce that six TEC-affiliated projects are included at this year's Toronto International Film Festival. Congratulations to all involved!

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A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood | Editor Anne McCabe (TEC Teacher)

Directed by Marielle Heller

“A jaded journalist (Matthew Rhys) reluctantly accepts an Esquire assignment to profile the children’s television host Fred Rogers (Tom Hanks), and encounters a profoundly empathetic world view that changes his life forever.”

 
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And We Go Green | Assistant Editor Vanessa Trengrove (TEC Alum)

Directed by Fisher Stevens and Malcolm Venville

“Professional drivers on the international Formula E circuit — like Formula One, but with eco-friendly electric cars — race for victory across 10 cities, in this white-knuckle documentary from filmmaker Malcolm Venville, Oscar-winning director Fisher Stevens (The Cove), and producer Leonardo DiCaprio.”

 
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Bad Education | Editor Louise Ford, Assistant Editor Katrina Pastore (TEC Alums)

Directed by Cory Finley

“Hugh Jackman, Allison Janney, and Ray Romano star in this fact-based dramedy directed by Cory Finley (Thoroughbreds), about an infamous school-larceny scandal that rocked Long Island in the early aughts.”

 

Dads | Assistant Editor Kayla Sklar (TEC Alum)

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Directed by Bryce Dallas Howard

“Dads is a joyful exploration of contemporary fatherhood. The film draws on the testimonies of famous funnymen such as Judd Apatow, Will Smith, Jimmy Fallon, Neil Patrick Harris, Kenan Thompson, Jimmy Kimmel, and Ken Jeong. Their reflections are combined with portraits of non-celebrity dads from different parts of the world — Brazil, Japan, the United States — who are creating new models of patriarchy. It's funny, heartwarming, and also revealing. (Apparently even professional comedians resort to dad jokes.)”

 
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Frankie | Assistant Editor Matt Yaple (TEC Alum)

Directed by Ira Sachs

“An aging actor (Isabelle Huppert) summons her idiosyncratic extended family on a fateful holiday, in Ira Sachs’ thoughtful dramedy co-starring Marisa Tomei, Brendan Gleeson, Jérémie Renier, and Greg Kinnear.”

 
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The Lighthouse | Editor Louise Ford, Assistant Editor Katrina Pastore

Directed by Robert Eggers

“Shot on 35mm black-and-white film, this psychological thriller from Robert Eggers (The Witch) follows the slow descent into madness of two lighthouse keepers (Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson) on a remote New England island at the turn of the 19th century.”

TEC Class Film Available on iTunes on 8/20

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TEC Class Film Seaside (starring Tony nominee Ariana DeBose) will be released on August 20 by Gravitas Ventures. It’s currently available for pre-order on iTunes!

Seaside - Directed by Sam Zalutsky

“A dramatic thriller about Daphne, a young woman who moves to the Oregon Coast with her boyfriend, Roger, when he inherits his childhood beach house, only to discover that Roger hasn't been completely honest about his past.”

To preorder, click here

To watch the trailer, click here

TEC Class Film Nominated for an Emmy

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Personal Statement, October/November 2015 six-week class film is nominated for an Outstanding Business and Economic Documentary Emmy!

Personal Statement - Directors Juliane Dressner, Edwin Martinez
Karoline, Enoch and Christine are 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 their nomination can be found here.

More information on the film can be found here.

TEC Alum Doc Series Available on Topic

Doc Series Cutting My Mother, edited by TEC Alum Guillaume Galuz, is available to watch on Topic!

Directed by Nathan Silver

"Nathan Silver has been casting his mother, Cindy, in his independent feature films since 2012. And though Cindy always insists she’s “not an actress—I’m just your mother,” when Nathan cuts almost all her scenes from one of his movies, Cindy’s disappointment goes beyond a matter of simple creative differences. In this new documentary series, we follow Nathan and Cindy as they try to repair their relationship over the dinner table, at the synagogue, and, finally, on the set of a film where Nathan cedes the director’s chair to a promising new talent: his own mother."

Watch the doc series here.

For more information on the film, click here.

Five TEC Alums Selected Diversity In The Editing Room Fellowship

Congratulations to Yuki Aizawa, Beyza Boyacioglu, Janah Cox, Maria Gabriela Torres and Inés Vogelfang for being chosen to participate in the Karen Schmeer Diversity in the Edit Room Fellowship! TEC alum Amy Foote will also be among the eight serving as mentors in the program.

"Diversity in the Edit Room Program is designed to cultivate the careers of emerging assistant editors and editors from diverse backgrounds and experiences working in the documentary field."

More information on the program can be found here.

Announcing The Narrative and Documentary Teachers for our June/July Six-Week Class

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We're happy to announce that A.J. Edwards and Regina Sobel will be teaching our June/July 2019 Six-Week class!

A.J. Edwards is an editor, writer and director. Edward's editorial credits include Terrence Malick's "The New World", "Tree of Life", "To The Wonder", "Knight of Cups" and "Song to Song".

He has written and directed two feature films, "The Better Angels" and "Friday's Child", that have debuted domestically at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival and the 2018 SXSW Film Festival respectively. 

 
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Regina Sobel is a Brooklyn-based film editor, writer, and producer. Most recently she served as editor and writer of Human Nature, a film about the biological breakthrough called CRISPR and its far-reaching implications, which premiered at SXSW in March and will appear in theaters later this year. She was also the editor and co-writer of Fail State (Starz), a feature documentary about inequality in higher education which premiered at DOC NYC in 2017. Her other credits include editor and producer on Old Dog, a verite documentary about sheep dog training in New Zealand, and associate editor on Alex Ross Perry’s Queen of Earth (IFC Films), starring Elisabeth Moss. Before working as an editor, she produced and directed graphics for film and TV, including PBS’s Park Avenue: Money, Power & the American Dream, Showtime’s “Years of Living Dangerously,” and HBO’s “Game of Thrones.”


TEC at Tribeca 2019

We're excited to announce that alumni projects are included at this year's Tribeca Festival! Congratulations to all involved!

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At The Heart of Gold | Editor Cindy Lee (TEC Alum)

Directed by Erin Lee Car

“In 2016, USA Gymnastics was rocked by the revelation that national team doctor Larry Nassar had been abusing young athletes for decades. Tribeca alum Erin Lee Carr’s unflinching documentary unpacks the scandal, its coverup, and aftermath, while giving voice to the survivors.”

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Halston | Editor Elia Gasull Balada

Directed by Frédéric Tcheng

“Prodigiously talented, Halston reigned over fashion in the 1970s and became a household name. But everything changed in the Wall Street era. With his empire under threat, Halston took the biggest gamble of his life.”

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See You Yesterday | Editor Jennifer Lee (TEC Alum)

Directed by Stefon Bristol

“Two Brooklyn teenage prodigies, C.J. Walker and Sebastian Thomas, build make-shift time machines to save C.J.'s brother, Calvin, from being wrongfully killed by a police officer.”

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The Short History of the Long Road | Editor Ron Dulin (TEC Alum) (June/July 2018 Class Film)

Directed by Ani Simon-Kennedy

“For teenage Nola, home is the open road with her self-reliant father and their trusty van, two nomads against the world. When Nola’s rootless existence is turned upside-down, she realizes that life as an outsider might not be her only choice.”

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Skin | Co-Editor Michael Taylor (TEC Alum)

Directed by Guy Nattiv

“Guy Nattiv traces the true story of Bryon Widner, a white supremacist who begins a path to redemption through a romance with a single mother intent on keeping her children out of the movement.”

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Whiteout | Editor Lance Edmands (TEC Alum)

Directed by Lance Edmands

“When a young couple encounters a strange old man wandering in a snowstorm, they must decide if he needs help, or if he has more sinister intentions.”