TEC at Sundance

We're excited announce that several films by TEC  alums and teachers made it into Sundance Film Festival's 2017 lineup!

City of Ghosts | Edited by TEC Alum Matthew Hamachek

Directed, produced, and filmed by Academy Award–nominated and Emmy-winning filmmaker Matthew Heineman (Cartel Land, 2015 Sundance Film Festival Directing Award), City of Ghosts is a singularly powerful cinematic experience that is sure to shake audiences to their core as it elevates the canon of one of the most talented and exciting documentary filmmakers working today.

Deidra & Laney Rob a Train | Edited by TEC Alum Michael Taylor

Returning director, Sydney Freeland (Drunktown’s Finest, 2014 Sundance Film Festival) creates comedic alchemy with rising stars Ashleigh Murray (Deidra) and Rachel Crow (Laney) in this zany lemons-to-lemonade romp through kids facing tough times. Fiercely spirited, Deidra & Laney Rob a Train buoyantly flips the script on a world that keeps kids living across the tracks down on their luck.

Give me Future | Edited by TEC Alums Sheila Shiraz and Eugene Yi

In what began as a concert film intended to document this groundbreaking event, director Austin Peters turns the camera on a burgeoning youth movement, fusing exhilarating performance footage with authentic stories of cultural and political shifts in a country on the precipice of change. 

The Incredible Jessica James | Edited by TEC alum Mollie Goldstein

Writer/director Jim Strouse’s three previous films all played at the Sundance Film Festival. The most recent of these, People Places Things (2015), featured Jessica Williams in a supporting role, and it proved to be the beginning of a beautiful friendship. Williams broke onto the scene as a correspondent on The Daily Show and followed that up with her hilarious podcast, 2 Dope Queens. With The Incredible Jessica James, she proves what has always been self-evident—that she is destined to be a star. With charisma, charm, and humor to burn, Williams crushes it as a leading lady in this vivacious romantic comedy with teeth.

Long Strange Trip | Edited by TEC Teacher Keith Fraase 

The tale of the Grateful Dead is inspiring, complicated, and downright messy. A tribe of contrarians, they made art out of open-ended chaos and inadvertently achieved success on their own terms. Never-before-seen footage and interviews offer this unprecedented and unvarnished look at the life of the Dead.


Marjorie Prime | Edited by TEC Alum Kathryn J. Schubert

Built around exceptional performances from a veteran cast and shot with the intimate rhythm of mortality, Marjorie Prime shines a light on an often-obscured corner in the world of artificial intelligence and its interactions with death. Bringing us robustly into the future, Michael Almereyda’s poetic film forces us to face the question—If we had the opportunity, how would we choose to rebuild the past, and what would we decide to forget?

Thoroughbred | Edited by TEC Alum Louise Ford 

First-time director Cory Finley’s impressively stylish and assured filmmaking evokes a high-class world that is simultaneously familiar and strange, dripping with acidic dark wit and a disquietingly eerie score. Finley nurtures and coaxes astounding chemistry out of his talented cast, from the capricious friendship that binds Olivia Cooke (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, 2015) and Anya Taylor-Joy (The Witch, 2015), to the unruly vulnerability of Anton Yelchin as their unlikely co-conspirator. Firmly staking his claim as a filmmaker to watch, Finley comfortably basks in the quiet chaos of his characters and leaves behind a beautiful and orderly trail of destruction.

Walking Out | Edited by TEC Alum Michael Taylor

Big Sky–born co-writers and directors Alex and Andrew Smith (returning to the Festival for the first time since 2002’s The Slaughter Rule) exquisitely capture not only the awe-inspiring beauty of Montana’s landscape, but also the emotional realities of life isolated within it. Matt Bomer, as a steely father aching to be known by his son, delivers a searing performance, matched by teen actor Josh Wiggins’s impressive work as the stubborn boy striving to earn his father’s respect—and to save his life.

Tec Alumni and Teacher's Films Featured at DOC NYC

We're happy to see that five TEC alumni and teacher projects were included in the DOC NYC lineup this year!

Amanda Knox | Edited by TEC alum Matt Hamachek

Chasing the Win | Directed by TEC alum Laura Sheehy

Circus Kid | Edited by TEC alum Sarah Devorkin

Clínica de Migrantes: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness | Edited by TEC alum Jeanne Applegate

O.J.: Made in America Edited by TEC teacher Bret Granato









TEC Alum film "Amanda Knox" streaming on Netflix and featured on Doc NYC's Short list

Amanda Knox, written and edited by TEC alum Matthew Hamachek, was released on Netflix last month and is to be featured at Doc NYC this year.

The New York Times has said, "The directors have produced a tightly edited, coherently structured and ultimately moving reassessment that burrows beneath the lurid in search of the illuminating."

You can read the full review here.

Showtimes and screening information can be found here.



TEC Alumni and Teacher's films featured in the Gotham Awards Nominations

We're happy to announce that several TEC alum and TEC teacher  films have been included in the Gotham Awards nominations this year:

Paterson | Edited by TEC teacher Affonso Gonçalves

Nominated for Best Feature, Best Screenplay, Best Actor (Adam Driver)

O.J.: Made in America | Edited by TEC teacher Bret Granato

Nominated for Best Documentary

The Witch | Edited by TEC alum Louise Ford

Nominated for Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director Award, Breakthrough Actor (Anya Taylor-Joy)

Love & Friendship | Edited by TEC alum Sophie Corra

Nominated for Best Screenplay, Best Actress (Kate Beckinsale)


We are very excited to announce that Geoffrey Richman will be teaching the narrative section of our October/November 2016 Six-Week class!

Geoffrey Richman, A.C.E. is the editor of Murderball, Sicko, and The Cove - the 2006, 2008, and 2010 Academy Award nominees for Best Feature Documentary, and Time Freak - the 2012 Academy Award nominee for Best Live-Action Short Film. The Cove went on to win the Academy Award, after becoming the first documentary ever to win all four guild awards (Producing, Directing, Writing, and Editing). At the 2005 Sundance Film Festival, Geoff was awarded the first-ever Special Jury Prize for Editing for his work on Murderball. The following year he returned to Sundance with a film he edited, God Grew Tired of Us, which won both the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award for Best Documentary. Other documentary credits include 21 Up America, The Order of Myths, The Great Invisible, The Supreme Price, and Racing Extinction, Louie Psihoyos's follow-up to The Cove; Other narrative credits include Peter and Vandy, The Virginity Hit, Wainy Days, Tony Kaye’s Detachment, Mike Birbiglia's Sleepwalk With Me, and Terrence Malick's Knight of Cups. His most recent projects include the documentary Eating Animals, based on the book by Jonathan Safran Foer, and the Mike Birbiglia film Don’t Think Twice.

TEC Alum Film "My Art" at the Venice Film Festival

My Art, edited by TEC alum and teacher Betsy Kagen, premiered earlier this month at the Venice Film Festival. My Art was written and directed by Laurie Simmons, who also stars in the film with Lena Dunham, Robert Clohessy, John Rothman, Josh Safdie, Parker Posey, Blair Brown, and Barbara Sukowa. E. Nina Rothe of the Huffington Post describes the film as "beautiful, funny, charming and wonderful." Read the full article here