Class projects

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. 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 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. 

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.

Theatrical Release of Class Film Queen of Earth

October 2014 class project, Queen of Earth, will be released in theaters on Wednesday, August 26th at IFC and the Film Society of Lincoln Center. Catch a Q&A with Alex Ross Perry and Elisabeth Moss after the 8:30 screenings at IFC on Wednesday and Thursday.

TEC alums Dylan Greiss and Regina Sobel served as associate editors and Anthony Mascorro and Brian Young as assistant editors.

Congrats everyone!

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.

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.