One Cut, One Life

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Film runs Fri, Sep 26 through Sun, Oct 12.

Mon, Sep 29

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Francesca Beale Theater

One Cut, One Life
Ed Pincus, Lucia Small, 2014
USA | Format: DCP | 107 minutes

Q&A with co-director Lucia Small

In the mid 1970s, Ed Pincus, one of the key figures in the history of documentary cinema, gave it all up and devoted himself to flower farming at his home in Vermont with his wife and children. In 2002, Pincus met filmmaker Lucia Small and asked her to join him as a creative partner in his return to movies, which resulted in The Axe in the Attic, their raw, potent 2007 doc about the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. The experience took a toll on their relationship, but Small was moved to film again after two of her closest friends died extremely violent deaths in close succession. When Pincus was diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndromes, they decided to collaborate on a new project. The reality of death laid the foundation for a piece about life—not a “celebration” but a joyous demonstration of the necessity of love, work, and beauty, one and the same. Perhaps the film’s most emotional moment is Pincus’s simple admission to the camera: “I’m a filmmaker. That’s who I am.”

Series: NYFF52 Spotlight on Documentary

Venue: Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center

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