Editing Credits - Features
ALMOST AN ISLAND (IN POST-PRODUCTION)
Directors: Jonathan VanBallenberghe
Produced by: Sharon Wahl, Vicki Westover
• Funded by Vision Maker Media
ALMOST AN ISLAND is a cinematic portrait of the Goodwins, an Inupiat family living above the Arctic Circle in Kotzebue, Alaska. Through observing three generations of one family over the course of four years, ALMOST AN ISLAND explores what it means to be indigenous in the dramatically changing Arctic.
MISSING IN BROOKS COUNTY (IN POST-PRODUCTION)
Directors: Lisa Molomot and Jeff Bemiss
• Funded by Fork Films, Perspective Fund, LEF Foundation, Mountainfilm, Human Rights POV, the Arizona Commission on the Arts, the University of Arizona office of Research and Discovery, The Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism, and Hanson Film Institute.
• Missing in Brooks County follows the journey of two families who have come to Falfurrias, Texas, to look for their loved ones who went missing near the Border Patrol checkpoint. As they search for answers, they encounter a haunted land where death is a part of everyday life. A gripping documentary mystery, it is also a deeply humane portrait of the law enforcement agents, human rights workers, and activists who come face to face with the life and death consequences of a broken system.
THE BAD KIDS (2016)
Directors: Keith Fulton and Lou Pepe
Produced by: Low Key Pictures
• World Premiere at 2016 Sundance Film Festival
• Funded by the Sundance Institute and The Pare Lorenz Documentary Fund
At a remote Mojave Desert high school, extraordinary educators believe that, more than academics,
it is love, empathy and life skills that give at-risk students command of their own futures. This coming-of-age
story watches education combat the crippling effects of poverty on the lives of these so-called “bad kids.”
THE SONS OF BEN (2014)
Director: Jeff Bell
Distributed by: Rothbury Road Productions
• Screened at international film festivals in Tokyo, Barcelona, Bilbao, and Sao Paulo
A small group of die-hard Philadelphia soccer fans are incredulous when Major League Soccer denies them a team, so they take matters into their own hands. Calling themselves the Sons of Ben, they invent their own logo, chants, and songs, and show up at MLS games rooting for "Philadelphia!!!" even though they lack a team. Quickly growing to 1,500 members, their quixotic quest is a story about dreams, brotherhood, and the love of soccer.
WANDA THE WONDERFUL (2014)
Director: Carolyn Macartney
Distributed By: Boxelder Productions
• Best Documentary Feature, Durango Independent Film Festival
• Best Docudrama, Bare Bones Film Festival
• Indie Gold Award, Eureka Springs Indie Film Festbute
• 10 Film Festival Screenings, including Female Eye Intl. Film Fest (Toronto) and Mumbai Women's Intl. Film Fest
"She had four husbands, but she only shot one of them."
PRECIOUS KNOWLEDGE (2011)
Director: Ari Palos
Funded by: ITVS, Latino Public Broadcasting, Arizona Public Media
Arizona’s epic battle to ban ethnic studies in public schools comes to life in this gripping film that has been shown at over 100 special event screenings across the country.
• National Broadcast on PBS's Independent Lens
• Best Documentary Feature (Special Mention), 2011 San Diego Latino Film Festival
• "Downright revelatory." -- Jeff Biggers, Huffington Post
• "Gripping" -- Ed Morales, Univision
THE DESTINY OF LESSER ANIMALS (SIBO NE KRA, DABO NE KRA) (2011)
Director: Deron Albright
Distributed By: Vyer Films
• World Premiere at Lincoln Center's New Directors New Films
• Official Selection, Los Angeles Film Festival, Mill Valley Film Festival and 7 other fests
Desperate to return to America years after his deportation, Ghanian Police Inspector Boniface Koomsin finds that his newly acquired counterfeit passport is missing, and embarks on a dangerous journey through modern Ghana to retrieve the stolen document.
SMALL FARM RISING (2011)
Director: Ben Stechschulte
Distributed By: Mountain Lake PBS, National Education Television Association
• Shot and directed by New York Times Magazine & Time Magazine photographer Ben Stechschulte
Experience one full growing season through the eyes of first-generation farmers as they enrich and enliven rural communities. Filmed in New York's Adirondack Mountains, this documentary explores the reinvention of small-scale agriculture in America, and the hard work and beauty found in that tradition.
CON ARTIST (2009)
Director: Michael Sladek
Distributed by: New Yorker Films (US Theatrical & Educational), Ovation Networks (US Cable)
• "Excellent" - The Hollywood Reporter
• "A reverie on the concept and addictive nature of celebrity." - Variety
• "An entertaining portrait of one of the art world's most outrageous provocateurs" - New York Times
Mark Kostabi was once the highest paid painter in the world, but he sold his soul for fame. Now he wants it back.
TELL ME DO YOU MISS ME (2006)
Director: Matthew Buzzell
Distributed by: Rhino Home Entertainment
• Official Selection, Tribeca Film Festival
• "3 1/2 Stars" - Rolling Stone
The four members of the celebrated New York-based indie-rock band LUNA confront the ceiling of their ambition, the harsh realities of their modest success, and their conflicted feelings about each other as they embark on their final world tour and uncertain futures. Laced with moments of both humor and melancholia, Tell Me Do You Miss Me earnestly exposes the underbelly of a touring rock band in their final days together.
LOST IN LA MANCHA (2003)
Directors: Keith Fulton & Lou Pepe
Distributed By: IFC Films (USA), Optimum Releasing (UK)
• "Truly heartbreaking and emotionally satisfying." -Robert Altman
• "Spectacular" - The New York Times
• "An amazing movie. One of a kind." -- Leonard Maltin
Filmmakers Keith Fulton and Louis Pepe chronicle the making of a movie that was never actually completed in this documentary about Terry Gilliam's repeated (and repeatedly failed) attempts to adapt Don Quixote to the big screen. In the end, Gilliam's passionate project -- which starred Johnny Depp, Vanessa Paradis and Jean Rochefort -- metamorphosed into the impossible dream.
JIMMY SCOTT: IF YOU ONLY KNEW (2002)
Director: Matthew Buzzell
Distributed By: Rhino Home Video
• National Broadcast on PBS's Independent Lens (Audience Award winner, 2004 season)
• Audience Award Winner, Atlanta Film Festival, Film Fest DC
• "A wonderful documentary" - Los Angeles Times
Blending concert footage, rare photos and candid interviews with Scott, his family and his colleagues, Jimmy Scott: If You Only Knew is a moving testament to one of the most distinctive vocalists of our time. Scott's lifelong attempt to reunite his family and find solace through his art is a bittersweet story as unforgettable as his music.
BEYOND THE BORDER - MÁS ALLÁ DE LA FRONTERA (2000)
Director: Ari Palos & Eren McGinnis
Distributed By: ITVS, Dos Vatos Films
• Broadcast on over 60 PBS stations
• Best Documentary, Great Lakes Film Festival
Four sons in a Mexican family leave behind their parents and sisters, struggling to overcome cultural, class and language barriers in Kentucky. By following the Ayala brothers as they leave their home in Michoacan, Mexico, and relocate to the Bluegrass Region, the story explores a range of complexities surrounding the immigration experience.
MAX, 13 (1998)
Director: Abe Levy
Distributed By: Colorfast Pictures
• Official Selection, Wine Country Film Festival
In the debut feature by indie director Abe Levy (Deep Dark Canyon, The Aviary), this film about a 13-year-old boy coming of age in Northern California won applause for its naturalistic style and finely observed details about small-town life.
SINK OR SWIM (1997)
Director: Gary Rosen
Distributed By: Lions Gate Home Entertainment
• Starring Stephen Rae, Illiana Douglas, Tom Arnold, Lisa Kudrow, John Ritter, and Dave Foley
• World Premiere at AFI Fest
A comedy of ambitions and eccentricities shared by a group of insecure, under-employed and over-Imaginative friends. How low will a best friend go to secure a plumb writing job in Hollywood?
Director: Lisa Molomot
Distributed By: Bullfrog Films, KRCB Public Media
• "Provocative" - Emily Bazelon, New York Times Magazine
• Winner of 5 Best Film awards and 25 Official Selections at film festivals worldwide
• National Broadcast on PBS's Natural Hereoes
No classrooms for these kindergartners! Near Zurich, Switzerland, children go to kindergarten in the woods every day, no matter what the weatherman says. This eye-opening film looks into the important question of what it is that children need at that age. There is laughter, beauty and amazement in the process of finding out.
SCHOOL'S OUT: LESSONS FROM A FOREST KINDERGARTEN (2012)
Editing Credits - Shorts
SUCKER PUNCH (2010)
Director: Ryan Gould
• Audience Choice Award, DC Shorts Fest
• Official Selection at Palm Springs Intl. Short Film Festival and 7 other fests
In his debut performance, actor Kevin O'Donnell (The Good Wife, Blue Bloods) plays a closeted masochist leading a double life while secretly getting his pain fix through an underground bare knuckles boxing syndicate. Laura Heisler (Grey's Anatomy, The Americans) also stars.
THE POWER OF GIVING: STORIES OF VOLUNTEERISM (2009)
Director: Jonathan Robinson
Distributed By: Connecticut Public Television
• Winner, Boston/New Englan Regional EMMY Award
• Broadcast on Connecticut Public Television
A special one-hour documentary about four individuals who change lives by giving back to their communities in unusual ways
THE SPIRITUALS (2006)
Director: Ari Luís Palos
Distributed By: PBS Plus
• Broadcast on over 60 PBS stations nationwide
Traces the birth and development of the sorrow songs among African American slaves and takes you on the road with the American Spiritual Ensemble, a group on a mission to preserve this American art form for audiences around the world.
THE SPIRITUALS (2006)
THE KENTUCKY THEATRE (2003)
Director: Ari Luís Palos
Distributed By: Kentucky Public Television
• Broadcast on Kentucky Public Television
With humor and intimacy, this film examines the 80 year history of a historic art house cinema and the unconventional people who now work there.
Director: Ari Luís Palos
Distributed By: Kentucky Educational Television
• Broadcast on Kentucky Educational Television
Examines African-American Impresario and opera star Everett McCorvey and his creative process of bringing talent to the stage among a world of divas, divos, and racial inequality.
Director: Ray Speiss
• Official Selection, Sundance Film Festival
A native American medicine man has visions of the future to come. His visions become his nightmare and he speaks out to the Creator, asking if his visions are true.