Theatrical Release of Class Film Bluebird!

Bluebird is being released at Cinema Village in NYC this Friday, February 27th! Check out the bottom of Bluebird's website to see a list of screenings in other cities around the country. 

Beginning Friday, you'll also be able to find Bluebird on VHX, iTunes, Amazon, Vimeo, and Google Play.

The film was a May 2012 six-week class project and TEC alum Betsy Kagen served as associate editor.

 


Alum Films Bought at Sundance!

Netflix recently acquired Hot Girls Wanted, a documentary examining the amateur porn industry. TEC alum Becky Laks served as additional editor on the film.

A24 acquired the horror film, The Witch, edited by TEC alum Louise Ford. Universal Pictures International also bought the foreign rights.

Cartel Land, edited and co-produced by TEC alum Matthew Hamachek was acquired by The Orchard. The film won the Sundance Directing Award as well as the Special Jury Award for Cinematography in the documentary competition.

Class Films at the Berlinale!

Two class films were part of the line up at the Berlin International Film Festival this year!

  • Petting Zoo was a project in the November 2012 six-week class
  • Queen of Earth was a project in the October 2014 six-week class. It was directed by Alex Ross Perry and TEC alums Dylan Greiss and Regina Sobel served as associate editors. TEC alums Anthony Mascorro and Brian Young served as assistant editors.
 

South By Southwest… By TEC

The lineup for the 2015 SXSW Film Festival was just announced and it includes three films with strong Edit Center connections: 

  • Petting Zoo was a project in the November 2012 six-week class. 
  • Mavis! was edited by alum Amy Foote and produced by alum Rachel Mills.
  • Adult Beginners was edited by TEC teacher Paul Frank. Alum Dylan Greiss was the assistant editor and and alum Diane Nicole Pangelinan was a post-production intern.

Congratulations everyone!

 

Independent Spirit Awards

The 2015 Film Independent Spirit Award nominees were announced with multiple Edit Center connections.

Love is Strange is nominated for Best Feature, Best Screenplay, Best Male Lead, Best Supporting Male. It was edited by TEC teacher Affonso Gonçalves and alum Michael Taylor.

Only Lovers Left Alive, directed by Jim Jarmusch, is nominated for Best Screenplay and Best Female Lead. It was edited by TEC teacher Affonso Gonçalves.

Appropriate Behavior, directed by Desiree Akhavan, is nominated for Best First Screenplay. It was a July 2013 six-week class project.

Citizenfour is up for Best Documentary. TEC alum Christina Burchard served as additional editor.

Stray Dog, directed by Debra Granik (Winter's Bone), is nominated for Best Documentary. It was edited by TEC alum Victoria Stewart and was a six-week class project.

 

Alumni film in theaters and on iTunes

Death Metal Angola, edited by TEC teacher and alum Todd Holmes, opens at NYC's Cinema Village today.

International Award winning Death Metal Angola follows a loving Angolan couple, Sonia and Wilker, whose love for death metal music is bringing hope to the town and children of Huambo and Angola as a country. The devastating reality of Angola’s history of wars and civil unrest has left the country’s people torn, broken, and starving for something to give them peace. Sonia and Wilker’s dream to put on the first national rock festival ignites the emotions of the Angolan people, and helps them heal from the war-stricken path Angola has left behind.

It's also available on iTunes.

 

TEC at the Gotham Awards

The nominees for this year's Gotham Independent Film Awards were just announced, and Edit Center alumni made a good showing.

Alum Michael Taylor edited Love is Strange (along with TEC instructor Affonso Gonçalves), which was nominated in the Best Feature category.

Alum Matt Hamachek was an additional editor on Point and Shoot and alum Christina Burchard was an additional editor on Citizenfour, both nominated for Best Documentary.

And actor Bill Hader received a Best Actor nomination for his performance in The Skeleton Twins, which was edited and produced by alum Jenny Lee.

You can see the full list of nominees here.

Class Film is a New York Times critics' pick

Listen Up Philip, a narrative project in the October 2013 six-week class, opens in theaters this week… and it just got a glowing review from New York Times critic Manohla Dargis!

“Listen Up Philip” is itself exhilarating because, for all its brutal comedy, it’s a serious work about the struggle to follow your muse and be fully alive in a world shared with other people… Nothing speaks better to this than the astonishing coda to a late, bitter fight in which Mr. Perry and Ms. Moss together create — with a lingering close-up and eddies of triumph, despair, elation and regret — a masterwork about what it is to live for love and not just the self.

The film, directed by Alex Ross Perry and starring Jason Schwartzman and Elisabeth Moss, was also featured in another recent New York Times article about Philip Roth's influence on filmmakers. Read more here.