I just returned from the European Premiere of CAPTAIN FANTASTIC at the 69th Cannes International Film Festival. The film was showered with a seven minute standing ovation as the credits rolled. The film and the ovation made an impression on this writer from Deadline in this glowing story about the film: http://deadline.com/2016/05/captain-fantastique-fantastic-viggo-mortensen-movie-premiere-cannes-1201758559/
I am pleased to announce cutting is underway on my latest project REBEL IN THE RYE. This new project tells the story of how a young J.D. Salinger became a writer and how he came to pen his most well-known work: Catcher in the Rye. Directed by EMPIRE creator Danny Strong, the film stars Nicholas Hoult as Salinger and a terrific supporting cast including Kevin Spacey, Sarah Paulson, Zooey Deutch and Hope Davis.
CAPTAIN FANTASTIC will play the 2016 Cannes Film Festival in the Un Certain Regard category. It was the only film selected this year that also played at Sundance. This is a dream come true for me and I am so excited to attend the festival for the first time.
I am excited to announce CAPTAIN FANTASTIC will be making it's World Premier at the Sundance Film Festival, America's most prestigous film festival! Stay tuned for it's coming theatrical release in Spring/Summer of 2016.
I am beyond excited to announce that both of the last two films I cut will be playing at this year's SxSW Film Festival!
Mike Myer's funny doc Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon will make it's first appearance since Toronto and one if it's last before being released in the US in June by TWC/Radius. http://schedule.sxsw.com/2014/events/event_FS15112
On a very different note, my latest narrative feature The Mend, directed by John Magary and starring Josh Lucas is making it's world premiere in competition! http://schedule.sxsw.com/2014/events/event_FS15173
Trailers coming soon!
I am beyond excited to announce that my latest film Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon will be making its world premiere at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival! Supermensch is the directorial debut of the brilliant comedian and actor Mike Myers. Shep Gordond is a legendary talent manager who rose to prominence guiding the career of Alice Cooper. He went on to manage the likes of Groucho Marx, Anne Murrary, Blondie, Teddy Pendergrass, Luther Vandross as well as invent the celebrity chef with clients such as Emeril Lagasse, Nobu and Wolfgang Puck.
The film illustrates Shep's tales of sex, drugs, rock n' roll and food through a witty and fast-paced blend of stock footage, film clips and recreations that is a pleasure to watch. I hope to be able to share a trailer with you soon as well as details about a wider release.
In late September 2010 I was just two months into my first job as a feature film editor. I had struggled for years for this break and I was finally living my dream and editing a small but beautiful indie film called 28 Hotel Rooms, while living out of a suitcase in the director’s loft in Venice Beach. I was on top of the world. Then I heard about the death of Sally Menke.
Sally Menke is one of the few editors the wider public knows by name. But in case you don’t know she is most noted for being the editor of all of Quentin Tarantino’s films up until her untimely death. She also cut Mullholland Falls and the criminally underrated All The Pretty Horses. This news shook me. She died far too young. She was too great a talent to leave the earth so soon. Was it a sign that a great editor died in Los Angeles while I was there far from wife and home and risking financial security to stake a claim in a tough business?
In turns out this wouldn’t be my last brush with Sally Menke’s legend and legacy. This year I was selected by the Sundance Institute as the 2013 Sally Menke Memorial Editing Fellow! It is an unbelievable honor to be chosen from among many editors with fledgling careers to walk in the shadow of such a great. The fellowship was started three years ago by Sally’s husband and family as a way to acknowledge her commitment to mentoring young editors and a way to honor her memory and legacy. I am the third recipient.
When I was first informed that I had been named the 2013 Sally Menke Memorial Editing Fellow I was shocked, excited, nervous and extremely honored. Still, I had no idea just how rewarding an experience I was about to embark upon. Being an editor, your work is usually confined to a small dark room with only 1 or 2 filmmakers regularly working with you. Largely, you learn in the process often making it up as you go along. But with this fellowship came an invitation to serve as an editor at the Sundance Directors Lab. I hopped on a plane and was suddenly surrounded by dozens of skilled and passionate filmmakers, not to mention amazingly accomplished advisors, with whom I could discuss my craft and learn valuable lessons from. I had the challenge of working long days on two unique projects with K’naan and the co-directing team of Jyson Mclean and Ian Hendrie. Then I had the joy of sharing the work with the likes of Robert Redford, Kathryn Bigelow, Walter Salles and Sally Menke’s own close friend and colleague Suzy Elmiger, among many others. The value of the wisdom I gleaned from these and other artists is absolutely immeasurable.
At the end of the four weeks at the lab, I didn’t want the experience to stop. Yet I was excited to take what I had learned and begin to apply it in the real world. Plus, as the Sally Menke Fellow I now have a year of mentorship to look forward to. I will have the opportunity to spend valuable time in the edit room with some of the business’s best editors learning by watching them in action. Also, they will be able to advise me on the work I am doing and proffer career advice. Currently I am hoping to be working with the Jay Rabinowitz, Andrew Weisblum and Brian Kates. This Fellowship is undoubtedly a watershed moment in my young career and I plan to make the most of it. I only hope I am able to live up to the great honor it is to be mentioned in the same breath as the legendary Sally Menke.
My latest film TOWHEADS has been announced as part of the small and exclusive New Directors / New Films series put on by the Museum of Modern Art and Film Society of Lincoln Center in New York!
Tickets can be purchased here: http://newdirectors.org/film/towheads
And for a little fun check out this great trailer for the series:
I am extremely proud to announce that my latest feature film as editor- TOWHEADS, directed by Shannon Plumb, has made its World Premiere at the 2013 Rotterdam International Film Festival!
Here is the official festival page:
And here is a nice interview with director Shannon Plumb at Filmmaker Magazine:
A while back I sent Michael Pitt a picture while I was in Nebraska visiting family. Shortly thereafter he asked if I wantd to make a music video there for his band Pagoda. I said, of course! So I wrote and directed this story using Michael and Amelia Ohnimus as characters that meet in a long abandoned house in northeast Nebtraska.
A long time has passed but now I am proud to show the "Halloween version" of the video. It is uncertain how long it will remain online so watch it now. Hopefully more versions will surface in the future. I'll keep you posted.
I am beyond excited to announce that a feature documentary I recently co-edited with director Michael Sladék of Plug Ugly Films (we also must shout out Room 5 Films as producers) about the rich history of the Brooklyn Academy of Music, America's oldest performing arts venue has been selected to premiere at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival.
Featuring appearances and performances and archival footage from the likes of Isabella Rossellini, Robert Wilson, Meredith Monk, Steve Reich, Mark Morris, Alan Rickman, Laurie Anderson, Chuck Davis, Peter Brook, Maggie Gyllenhaal, William Chrystie, the Berliner Ensemble, Hugh Jackman, The Living Theatre, Merce Cunningham and many more, the film surveys the rich history of the institution while painting a portrait of its present day operations. I like to describe it as half Frederick Wiseman institutional protrait and half Ken Burns probing history. I believe it's a truly special film and I hope everyone gets a chance to see it.
Visit the TFF site for more info.
I am very excited to announce that the my first feature film as an editor has been selected for the 2012 Sundance Film Festival!
Please visit the official Sundance page for more information about the film.
It's been five years since my old friend Michael Sladék of Plug Ugly Films (Con Artist) and I last collaborated on a project- a music video for The Willowz: We Live on Your Street. That's too long! But we can now rejoice as just this week we began the post-production process on a new documentary about one of my favorite places in the world: BAM or Brooklyn Academy of Music.
Here is what our friends at Plug Ugly Films press department have to say about the project:
"Plug Ugly Films is proud to announce we've been commissioned to make a feature length documentary by and about the nation's oldest (and coolest) performaing arts center, BAM (aka The Brooklyn Academy of Music).
Featuring behind-the-scenes footage of the 2011/2012 season, interviews with artists whose works have revolutionized avant garde/experimental live performance the world over, as well as the fascinating history of this legendary Brooklyn stalwart, we're excited to be currently in production. Helmed by Director Michael Sladek and made in partnership with Room 5 Films, the as yet untitled project marks BAM's 150th anniversary."
Stay tuned for more details as this is going to be a good one!
No I don't speak Spanish, but I can cut a mean documentary series. Foglight Entertainment has brought me on board for the first two episodes of the brand new biography series for MTV Tr3s, the MTV brand for the the hispanic market. This show will tell the story of how successful Latin Americans made it where they are today. First up... Perez Hilton and Carlos Mencia. Stay tuned for updates.
Here's a mysterious romp full of freaky fashion wear for New York label directed by my friend Gordon Hull. I, of course, handled the editing on this piece.
It's not only a mouthful to say it's an eyeful to see. I edited this rock 'em sock 'em piece of branded entertainment featuring Whiz Kalifa, Young Money Cash Money Billionaires, Matt & Kim, Jim Jones and Chiddy Bang all playing some half court basketball with some street legends. You can watch the entire episode here if that's what you're into!
Last summer, I decided to take a few weeks to work for my dear friend Azazel Jacobs (much of the work on my site has been directed by him) on his newest film Terri. While I was not the film's editor, it was an extremely rewarding experience to work alongside the very talented film editor Darrin Navarro (Bug, Momma's Man, Killer Joe) and learn a thing or two about preparing to cut a feature film. I was able to see the film come in day after day and we could tell right away that this film would be something very different and special. I urge everyone in New York and Los Angeles to go out this weekend to experience this fantastic film. For the rest of you it will be as they say, "coming soon to a theater near you," so keep your eyes peeled. In the meantime, enjoy the trailer posted above and visit the official website.
As it turns out celebrity stylist and star of her own Bravo TV show, Rachel Zoe is launching a clothing line. My good friends at Starworks have brought me on board to edit a short documentary on Rachel's new endeavor that will stream exclusively at the online clothing portal Shopbop.
Rachel Zoe joins my fashion client list of Louis Vuitton, Diane Von Furstenburg, Rocawear and Tory Burch. As anyone who has ever seen me in my usual attire of thrift store jeans, tshirt and baseball cap would attest, I am no fashionista, but I am happy to help spread the word to those who are.
When my good friends The Berg Sans Nipple asked me to participate in the creation of an "exquisite corpse" to make a music video for their latest album, I was quick to say yes as long as I could bring along my wife!
Courtney and I were given a 16 second segment of song to create video for as well as the previous segment so we knew where to take off from. We also had a deadline of 48 hours. We decided to do a very simple stop motion animation with Courtney taking care of the animating and me handling the photography and the editing.
The result is what you see above with 14 other talented artists and filmmakers lending their talents to the video.
My latest adventure in filmmaking got me out of the editor's chair and back to my home state of Nebraska to direct a music video for Brooklyn band Pagoda.
Now I'm back in the editor's chair putting it together. I can't wait to share it with the world!