Alumni news

TEC at Sundance

We're excited announce that several films by TEC teachers and alums made it into Sundance Film Festival's 2016 lineup!

White Girl | Edited by TEC alum Michael Taylor
"Shot with a sharp eye for New York City, White Girl thrashes through an increasingly high-stakes game of hedonism where unspoken socio-economic tensions coupled with a blatant disregard for consequence converge into a shocking commentary on today's youth culture."

 

Newtown | Edited by TEC teacher Gabriel Rhodes
"There are no words of compassion or reassurance that can bring back the 20 children and six educators who lost their lives during the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. In Kim A. Snyder’s searing new film Newtown, we are given exclusive access into the homes of those who lost loved ones. They speak candidly about their grief, anger, and disbelief over what occurred and how nothing has changed in regards to basic gun control reform."

 
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Complete Unknown | Edited by TEC teacher Malcolm Jamieson
"Director and co-writer Joshua Marston, whose debut, Maria Full of Grace, won the Audience Award at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival, returns to the Festival with another probing character study. Marston elicits fascinating, nuanced performances... By turns sad and sweet, Complete Unknown is a melancholy meditation on identity, focusing on the perils and pleasures of self-reinvention."

 

Little Men | Edited by TEC alum Mollie Goldstein and TEC teacher Affonso Gonçalves | TEC alums Brian Young and Katrina Pastore, Assistant Editors
"Little Men is a critical yet empathetic look at the dangers of gentrification. Ira Sachs, director of Love Is Strange and the Sundance Grand Jury Prize Winner Forty Shades of Blue, accentuates the natural vibrancy of Brooklyn and brings out the best in his actors... It's a triumphant return to the Festival for Sachs, who has made a film that never lets its abundant kindness interfere with its honest portrayal of a rapidly changing neighborhood."

 

Love & Friendship | Edited by TEC alum Sophie Corra
"Adapting Jane Austen’s unpublished early novella Lady Susan, Whit Stillman returns to the Sundance Film Festival (where his Metropolitan premiered in 1990) in top form with his latest comedy of manners. Kate Beckinsale excels in her role as the deliciously devious Lady Vernon and delivers each line with relish. With exquisite period detail and a script teeming with bon mots and witty dialogue, Love & Friendship is a rare—and rarified—treat."

 

Wiener-Dog | Edited by TEC teacher Kevin Messman
"Twenty years ago, Todd Solondz took the Sundance Film Festival by storm when Welcome to the Dollhouse won the Grand Jury Prize at the 1996 Festival. Since then he has gone on to establish himself as one of the most uncompromising voices working in film. Wiener-Dog is vintage Solondz, brimming with brilliantly caustic and truthful observations about the human condition. He has a unique ability to find humor in the darkest of subject matter, allowing an empathetic light to shine on it."

 

Dark Night | Edited by TEC alum Jeanne Applegate
"Tim Sutton, the writer/director of Memphis (2014 Sundance Film Festival), takes this ripped-from-the-headlines story of an all-too-common tragedy and immerses us in the emotional fabric of its young characters’ lives. Sutton deploys a keenly observant style and a recurring motif of guns to suggest the ever-present threat of violence in American life. With its lyrical images, evocative sound design, and mournful soundtrack, Dark Night is a quietly powerful elegy for the dead."

 

O.J.: Made in America | Edited by TEC teacher Bret Granato
"The producers of ESPN’s 30 for 30, along with award-winning director Ezra Edelman, tell the story of one of the most polarizing people in American history, O.J. Simpson. They explore how Simpson's rise and fall was centered around two of America's greatest fixations—race and celebrity."

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 a New York Times Critics' Pick. 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.

TEC at DOC NYC

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, an alum from our March/April 2007 six-week class, edited the last episode of the series, "A Good Life," which airs on 10/24. 

Here's how Indiewire describes the series:

The documentary series will explore humankind's ongoing search to connect with something greater than ourselves, traveling all over the world, and to places "cameras have rarely been," in search of the origins of our diverse faiths.

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.

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 a 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!

Class Film Queen of Earth is a NY Times Critics' Pick!

Just days after its theatrical release, October 2014 narrative class film Queen of Earth is receiving great reviewsalready 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.