Studio 54 LA Premiere at Outfest 2018

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Altimeter Films feature length documentary, Studio 54 had its LA premiere at the beautifully restored Orpheum Theater downtown. It was the opening night film for Outfest 2018.

What a treat it was to experience the film with the most enthusiastic of crowds in the packed 1976 seat theater!

Studio 54 Trailer

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Very excited to announce Studio 54 will be released domestically by Zeitgeist Films and Kino Lorber.                                                     

In theaters and On-Demand June 15th!

Watch the trailer here!

Contemplating the Cut

The Sundance Institute presented its first LA “Art of the Edit” event on Saturday at the Downtown Independent.

Contemplating the Cut was a two-part discussion and Q&A on editing with some of the top  documentary editors working today. The first half discussed the challenges of film openings; the second half focused on creative approaches to editing.

I found the event to be exceptionally informative. It was also quite motivating to hear these editors explain their approaches to various editing challenges.

#Sundance LA

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Sundance Film Festival 2018

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My first time at the Sundance Film Festival! We went for the premiere of Studio 54-- a sold-out crowd at the MARC and four other screenings to follow. I think the crowd enjoyed the film, judging by their reaction after. It had just snowed a good 6-10 inches the night before. A winter wonderland! Sadly, it was quite difficult to get tickets to the other films. Either that, or they weren't screening at a time I could make it. Nevertheless, the crowds definitely provided a certain kind of energy, and you felt like you were a part of something exciting.

The Studio 54 party was definitely a highlight thanks to the hour-long performance by Nile Rodgers and Chic! They even served a cocktail called Le Freak, which I have to say was delicious!

LORNE BALFE COMPOSES SCORE FOR STUDIO 54

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Composer Lorne Balfe recorded live instruments for the STUDIO 54 score last week in Vienna. It is really remarkable to hear the difference live instruments make in imbuing the score with heart and emotion. I sometimes feel the temp music is perfect and couldn't be any better, but Lorne really captured something special. With the instrumentation and by overlaying it with feedback and industrial sounds, he created a really unique sound for the film score. I can't wait to hear it in the final mix!    

 

 

STUDIO 54: 2018 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL PREMIERE

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I am super pleased to announce that the feature-length documentary, STUDIO 54,  which I edited and co-produced for Altimeter Films, will premiere at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival!

It will be my first time to the festival, so I am very much looking forward to seeing people's reactions to the film, meeting other filmmakers—and just the overall experience.

Studio 54 utilizes never before seen 16mm film shot inside Studio 54 in 1977 and 1978. This footage sets the unique tone for the film's look back at the Studio 54 era. Ian Schrager and his best friend and business partner, Steve Rubell, were two guys from Brooklyn who broke all the rules to create and subsequently lose the world's greatest nightclub—and all in 33 months! 

CITIZEN JANE: LOS ANGELES PREMIERE

Last night was the Los Angeles premiere of Matt Tyrnauer's CITIZEN JANE: BATTLE FOR THE CITY.  It was wonderful to see it on the big screen at one of my favorite theaters in Los Angeles--Landmark Theaters NUART. I was pleased to co-edit and co-produce the film with Corey Reeser and Daniel Morfesis for Altimeter Films.

Jane Jacobs was a journalist/activist in New York City in the late 50s and early 60s who fought against the massively destructive wave of urban renewal that was destroying the very communities it was supposed to be saving. The film is rolling out to theaters across the country. For a listing of national release dates, cities, and tickets, see GOWATCHIT.

Jean Nouvel Reflections

Architecture has always been a big interest of mine, so it was a real treat to edit Matt Tyrnauer's short film on the French architect, Jean Nouvel. Seven of his buildings are highlighted in various stages of completion as the film explores the Pritzker Prize winning architect's principles of design and process.

Here is a link to an interview with director, Matt Tyrnauer in Architectural Digest about the film.

http://www.architecturaldigest.com/story/meet-award-winning-writer-documentary-jean-nouvel