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.

 

Stray Dog Premiering at the Lincoln Center!

The September 2012 class project Stray Dog is having its New York theatrical premiere at the Film Society of Lincoln Center, July 3rd through 9th. See poster below for details. See you there!

Stray Dog, directed by Debra Granik (Winter's Bone), follows Ron "Stray Dog" Hall, a working class man from Southern Missouri.  Stray Dog is a guide for delving into the subcultures and identities that comprise his daily life.  These pieces in turn shape how he relates to being a part of larger American society.  He came of age as a solider in the Vietnam War, an experience that marked him for life, and which he and his peers are forced to confront as a core part of their identity. His observations, decisions and uncertainties reflect his place in American history.  Each year, Stray Dog rides in the Run For the Wall, a cross-country motorcycle odyssey to the Vietnam Memorial.  This pilgrimage reunites him with other vets who share a profound common bond that is among the most important in their lives. A self-described backwoods hermit, Stray Dog then finds himself embroiled in a complex love affair that takes him across the border to Mexico.  He entangles himself in life with a new family and ends up bringing them home to the RV park.  Together, these elements build a portrait of an everyday American trying to make sense of his world.

Queen of Earth: Centerpiece at BAMcinemaFest!

Congratulations to the October 2014 class! Their narrative class film Queen of Earth is the Centerpiece of the BAMcinemaFest. TEC alums Regina Sobel and Dylan Greiss served as associate editors. Alums Brian Young and Anthony Mascorro served as assistant editors.

From BAM:

Catherine (Moss) absconds to the sun-soaked serenity of her best friend Virginia (Waterston)’s lakeside cabin, quivering with anxiety and seeking refuge from the haunting memories of the past year. But as their painful pasts come slithering into the already-uncomfortable present, their nerves become frayed and personas eerily intertwined. Indie wunderkind Perry (The Color Wheel, BAMcinemaFest 2011 ) returns to BAMcinemaFest with this acerbic dissection of isolation and entitlement, steeped in homage to 70s auteurs, luminously lensed in 16mm by Sean Price Williams, and featuring an evocative minimalist score by Keegan DeWitt.

Alumni Film Premieres on POV

Out in the Night premieres tonight on POV! TEC alum Sarah Devorkin served as the co-editor on Out in the Night and alums Scott Burgess and Chris Iverson served as additional editors

Out in the Night chronicles a group of African-American lesbian friends who were threatened by a man on the street in Greenwich Village in 2006. After fighting back, the women were charged with gang assault and attempted murder. Tabloids dubbed them a "wolf-pack" and a gang of "killer lesbians". Out in the Night explores their case, and the role that race and sexuality play in our criminal justice system.


 


Alumni film wins an Emmy!

We Could Be King, which was edited by alums Chris Iversen and David Lieberman, just won a Sports Emmy:

The film, directed by three-time Emmy-nominated documentarian Judd Ehrlich (Magic Camp, Run For Your Life), takes an in-depth and intimate look at urban America’s education crisis, specifically in Philadelphia. Due to minimized budgets, Philly’s Germantown High School was absorbed into their biggest rival, Martin Luther King. Through football, the MLK Cougars move past the longstanding rivalry aside and motivate an entire community.

The Village Voice calls Unicorns a "confident feature debut"

"I Believe in Unicorns" Official Poster

I Believe in Unicorns, the class project for the November/December 2011 and July/August 2012 six-week classes, just got a great review from Village Voice critic Alan Scherstuhl:

The performances are strong, the imaginary visions are suggestive and fleeting, and the film as a whole is swoony, tender, skittish, a little scary — in short, this is what young love feels like. More Meyerhoff, please!

The film was edited by alums Rebecca Laks and Michael Taylor. Read more here. The film is playing at the IFC Center in New York.

Announcing Our Narrative Teacher for June

We're very excited to announce that Keith Fraase will be teaching the narrative section of our June/July 2015 class! 

To The Wonder

Keith began his narrative editing career on the 2007 film Elvis and Anabelle, apprenticing under award-winning editor Sandra Adair (Boyhood, School of Rock). He then started a long collaboration with director Terrence Malick, first as Artistic Consultant on Malick’s 2011 Palme d'Or winner The Tree of Life; and then as lead editor on Malick’s next four films, including To The Wonder (starring Ben Affleck and Rachel McAdams) and Knight of Cups (starring Natalie Portman and Christian Bale). Their most recent collaboration, Voyage of Time, is an ambitious narrative documentary which spans all existence between the birth and death of our universe and is scheduled to be released in IMAX in 2016.

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