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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.

TEC at Tribeca

2015 Tribeca Film Festival

TEC Alums made a strong showing at the Tribeca Film Festival this year. Congratulations to all!

When I Live My Life Over Again
Edited by TEC Alum/Instructor Mollie Goldstein
Associate Edited by TEC Alum/Instructor Betsy Kagen
Christopher Walken and Amber Heard star as father and daughter both struggling at opposite ends of their careers in the music industry.

The Artist is Absent: A Short Film on Martin Margiela
Edited by Alum Helen Yum
A revealing look at the true face of the enigmatic Belgian designer with appearances by some of the most distinguished names in the fashion industry.

The Birth of Saké
Edited by Alum Takeshi Fukunaga
The 144 year-old, family-owned Yoshida Brewery granted unprecedented access to the filmmakers as they lived alongside the workers who dedicate themselves to preserving the art of saké.

Roseanne for President!
Edited by Alum Tyler Walk
Hit the campaign trail with Roseanne Barr during her 2012 presidential bid and uncover a deeply moving portrait of a comedy icon.

Alison Brie and Jason Sudeikis in  Sleeping with Other People

Alison Brie and Jason Sudeikis in Sleeping with Other People

Sleeping with Other People
Edited by Alum Paul Frank
Reunited at the same co-counseling group Jake (Jason Sudeikis) and Lainey (Alison Brie) swear to keep their relationship strictly platonic while continuing to sleep with other people. Also featuring Amanda Peet, Adam Scott, and Natasha Lyonne.

The Adderall Diaries
Edited by TEC instructor Myron Kerstein
Based on the bestselling memoir by Stephen Elliott, The Adderall Diaries is the story of an author facing writer's block and drug addiction who becomes consumed by a high profile murder case. Starring James Franco, Ed Harris, Amber Heard, Cynthia Nixon, and Christian Slater.

Cartel Land
Edited by Alum Matthew Hamachek
Matthew Heineman's documentary explores the subjective nature of might versus right as he follows the varied groups uniting to stop the rise of Mexican drug cartels.

All Eyes and Ears
Edited by Alums Paul Frost, Michael Taylor, Todd Holmes
Uncover the complexities and nuances of U.S.-China relations through the stories of three key figures: U.S. Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman, his adopted Chinese-American teenaged daughter Grace, and blind Chinese attorney and activist Chen Guangcheng.

Indian Point
Edited by Alum Stephen Heffner
Did you know there is a nuclear power plant 35 miles north of Times Square? Delve into the uncertain future of nuclear power in the Untied States through the eyes of regulators, environmental activists, journalists, and employees.

premiere of doc edited by tec alum

(Dis)Honesty - The Truth About Lies will be premiering at Full Frame, Hot Docs, and Montclair Film Festivals. The film was edited by TEC alum and teacher Chad Beck and assistant edited by TEC alum Betsy Kagen. Read more about the film and check out the trailer here.

(Dis)Honesty - The Truth About Lies opens in theaters, at NYC's IFC Theater, and on demand on May 22nd.

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.


The New York Film Festival starts this week and two Edit Center class projects are showing!

Listen Up Philip, directed by Alex Ross Perry and starring Jason Schwartzman and Elisabeth Moss, was the narrative project in the November 2013 six-week class. Alum Betsy Kagen was the film's associate editor.

And Stray Dog, a documentary directed by Debra Granik (Winter's Bone), was a project in the September 2012 class. It was edited and co-produced by alum Victoria Stewart.

Film Edited by TEC Alum and Instructor Wins at Tribeca

Una Noche, edited by TEC alum and instructor Cindy Lee (Hot Coffee, No End In Sight) picked up three top awards last week at this year's Tribeca Film Festival. The film, directed by Lucy Mulloy, received the award for Best Actor in a Narrative Feature, Best New Narrative Director, and Best Cinematography in a Narrative Feature. The film follows three young Cubans as they flee their country for a new life in Miami. www.unanochefilm.com

TEC at the Oscars!

How To Survive a Plague, edited by TEC alum Tyler Walk, received an Academy Award nomination for Best Documentary Feature. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January of 2012 and went on to have a theatrical release later that year. How To Survive A Plague has also been nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Documentary.

Beasts of the Southern Wild, edited by TEC instructor Affonso Goncalves, was nominated for four Academy Awards, including Best Picture. TEC alum Kathryn Schubert served at Affonso's assistant editor on the film. Beasts of the Southern Wild premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival where it received the Grand Jury Prize. The film was also nominated for four Independent Spirit Awards including Best Feature.