Behind the Scenes: The Art and Craft of Cinema with Editor Sam Pollard

6/27/13 to 6/29/13

Sam Pollard, who for the last forty years has been editing, producing, and directing key films about the African American experience, takes us behind-the-scenes of the art and craft of editing. Pollard discusses his craft in an illustrated talk followed by a screening of Half Past Autumn: The Life and Works of Gordon Parks and presents Clockers, one of his many collaborations with director Spike Lee. (Pollard's originally scheduled visit was postponed due to Superstorm Sandy.)

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  • Clockers

    • Saturday, June 29 8:15 pm

    Spike Lee (U.S., 1995). Sam Pollard in person. Mekhi Phifer delivered a career-launching debut in Spike Lee's vigorous adaptation of an iconic Richard Price novel, set amid the hardscrabble world of the Brooklyn projects. Sam Pollard's expressionist, hard-cutting editing plays a key role in making this the “hood movie to end all hood movies.” (129 mins)

  • Behind the Scenes: Sam Pollard on Film Editing

    • Thursday, June 27 7 pm

    Sam Pollard discusses his four decades as an editor using clips from both narrative and documentary films and afterwards introduces a screening of Half Past Autumn Craig Rice (U.S., 2000), a portrait of the pioneering African American photographer and filmmaker Gordon Parks. (c. 180 mins)