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Editing (feature film)

Awake (2007)
During surgery, more than 60,000 people domestically each year experience "anesthetical awareness," a condition when anesthesia fails during surgery, leaving one completely conscious and feeling every incision, but paralyzed and incapable of doing anything about it. This is what happens to Clay.
Man of the Year (2006)
Acerbic performer Tom Dobbs has made his career out of skewering politicians and speaking the mind of the exasperated nation on his talk show. He cracked scathing jokes at a fractured system night after night--until he came up with a really funny idea: why not run for president himself? After a flip comment, Dobbs ignites a grassroots movement that puts him on the ballot. Hot on the campaign trail, he debates elected drones and says exactly what frustrated voters have often thought. Nov. 2nd later, the muckraker wins--only to learn that a computer voting error gave him the victory. With time ticking on the inaugural clock, Dobbs has a big decision to make: should he go back behind the mike or stay in the Oval Office?
Namesake, The (2006)
The Gangulis family comes to the U.S. from India in order to experience a world of limitless opportunities--only to be confronted with the perils and confusion of trying to build a meaningful life in a baffling new society. On the heels of their arranged marriage, Ashoke and Ashima jet off from swe
Trust the Man (2005)
Rebecca, a successful actress and her Mr. Mom husband, Tom, have two kids, a virtually nonexistent sex life, and a marriage counselor who is too baffled by the pair to offer any real help. Rebecca's slacker younger brother, Tobey, has been dating the exasperated Elaine for eight years but can't seem
Everyday People (2004)
Raskin's is the kind of neighborhood Brooklyn restaurant where young and old, black and white, artists and professionals have mingled for generations. But now everything is about to change. Faced with a business slump, Ira, the stressed-out Jewish owner decides to shut down--or rather, sell out to a
Storytelling (2001) as Dialogue Editor
Two stories set in two eras against the comical terrain of college and high school, past and present--exploring issues of sex, race, celebrity and exploitation. The first story: On a college campus in the mid-80s, a white female writing student has an emotional experience with her black, male writin
Best Man, The (1999) as Dialogue Editor
Harper Stewart, a commitment-shy writer and the best man at the wedding of Lance and Mia, is nervous--and with good reason. His steamy new novel hits bookstores soon, and when his friends finally read it he knows they will notice more than just a passing resemblance to the characters depicted in the
Bright Shining Lie, A (1998)
Based on Neil Sheehan''s Pulitzer Prixe-winning book, which tells the true story of John Paul Vann, one of the first U.S. senior military advisers sent to Vietnam. Initially determined to defeat the Communists, Vann soon realized that the way in which the war was being fought made victory impossible. He saw that the U.S. government was supporting a corrupt regime in South Vietnam, which had no intention of carrying out the reforms they espoused. Vann shared this information, becoming a major source for American journalists critical of the war. After he returned home in 1964, Vann became bored with domestic life and returned to Vietnam in 1965 as a civilian to help the war''s victims. Following Richard Nixon''s election as president, Vann was appointed a civilian general, the first in history, for his efforts. While serving in this capacity, Vann was killed in a helicopter crash in 1972.
Box of Moonlight (1996) as Dialogue Editor
Emotionally stifled, socially awkward Al Fountain is an ordinary man supervising a contruction job in the midwest. When the job is cancelled, Al decides not to go home, but instead to revisit a childhood lake. After a disappointing visit to the now polluted lake, he stops to help a young drop-out na
Sense and Sensibility (1995) as Dialogue Editor
Jane Austen's classic tale of two sisters with different romantic notions.

Sound (feature film)

Rosewater (2014)
St. Vincent (2014)
Disconnect (2013)
The need for human connection is told through interweaving stories: A hard-working lawyer is attached to his cell phone, but can't find the time to communicate with his family. An estranged couple uses the internet as a way to escape from their lifeless marriage. A widowed former police officer stru
A.C.O.D. (2013)
Margin Call (2011)
Set in the high-stakes world of the financial industry involving the key players at an investment firm during one perilous 24-hour period in the early stages of the 2008 financial crisis. When an entry-level analyst unlocks information that could prove to be the downfall of the firm, a roller-coaste
Adjustment Bureau, The (2011)
On the brink of winning a seat in the U.S. Senate, ambitious politician David Norris meets beautiful contemporary ballet dancer Elise Sellas--a woman like none he''s ever known. But just as he realizes he''s falling for her, mysterious men conspire to keep the two apart. David learns he is up against the agents of Fate itself--the men of The Adjustment Bureau--who will do everything in their considerable power to prevent David and Elise from being together. In the face of overwhelming odds, he must either let her go and accept a predetermined path...or risk everything to defy Fate and be with her.
Dear John (2010)
John Tyree is a handsome, soft-spoken Special Forces soldier visiting his father in South Carolina while on leave. Savannah Curtis is a beautiful, idealistic college student from a wealthy Southern family, home for spring break. John and Savannah are from different worlds, but through a chance enc
When in Rome (2010)
When an ambitious young New Yorker who is disillusioned with romance takes a whirlwind trip to Rome and defiantly plucks magic coins from a fountain of love, she inexplicably ignites the passion of those who threw them in: a sausage magnate, a street magician, an adoring painter, and a self-admiring
Remember Me (2010)
Tyler is a rebellious young man in New York City who has had a strained relationship with his father since tragedy separated their family. Tyler didn't think anyone could possibly understand what he was going through until the day he met Ally through an unusual twist of fate. Love was the last thi
Cold Souls (2009)
After intense rehearsals of Chekhov's "Uncle Vanya," Paul is emotionally drained. He stumbles upon a "Soul Storage," a private lab offering New Yorkers something intriguing-- a relief from the burden of their souls. Paul decides to get his soul extracted, only to discover that it has the shape and s
Amelia (2009)
After becoming the first woman to fly across the Atlantic, Amelia was thrust into a new role as America's sweetheart - the legendary "goddess of light," known for her bold, larger-than-life charisma. Yet, even with her global fame solidified, her belief in flirting with danger and standing up as her
Tenderness (2009)
Eric Komenko is a charming, attractive high school student with devout, domineering parents. Following an angry outburst from his mother upon her discovery of his promiscuity, Eric maliciously and violently murders both his mother and father. Years later, Lori Cranston, an attractive and audacious y
Be Kind Rewind (2008)
Jerry is a junkyard worker who attempts to sabotage a power plant that he believes is melting his brain. But when his plan goes awry, the magnetic field that he creates accidentally erases all of the videotapes in a local video store where his best friend Mike works. Fearing that the mishap will cos
Before the Devil Knows You're Dead (2007)
Andy, an overextended broker, lures his younger brother, Hank, into a larcenous scheme: the pair will rob a suburban mom-and-pop jewelry store that appears to be the quintessential easy target. The problem is, the store owners are Andy and Hank's actual mom and pop and, when the seemingly perfect cr
Evening (2007)
Overcome by the power of memory, Ann Lord reveals a long-held secret to her concerned daughters; Constance, a content wife and mother, and Nina, a restless single woman. Both are bedside when Ann calls out for the man she loved more than any other. But who is this "Harris," wonder her daughters, and
Spinning Into Butter (2007)
The dean of students at a New England college is thrust into the investigation of a racial hate crime. She's forced to confront her own feelings about race and her administration's desire to maintain a politically correct posture.
Perfect Stranger (2007)
When investigative reporter Rowena Price learns that her friend's murder might be connected to powerful ad executive Harrison Hill, she goes undercover with the help of her associate, Miles Hailey. Posing as Katherine, a 'temp' at Hill's ad agency, and Veronica, a girl Hill flirts with online, Rowen
Noise (2007)
David is a successful lawyer who can't stand the fact that Manhattan is a place where it's too noisy to get a good night's sleep, listen to his wife play classical music, or even make love. Every time he hears a car alarm going off, he swings into action. His acts of vandalism generate no end of g
Interview (2007)
Self-destructive journalist Pierre Peders is no stranger to violence and inhumanity. Having made his name as a war reporter, he has traveled the world seeing some of the most horrifying sights imaginable. So it's no surprise that he's upset when he's demoted to interviewing America's most famous so
Killer Within, The (2006)
Bob Bechtel is a killer. One night in 1955, while a student at Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania, he went on a shooting rampage, killing classmate Holmes Strozier in his sleep. He was committed to a hospital for the criminally insane and released five years later. There was no felony conviction, in
Romance and Cigarettes (2005)
Nick Murder's journey into infidelity and redemption is explored through the repercussions of his adultery and doomed fascination with a flame haired seductress named Tula. For Kitty, Nick's long suffering wife, his treachery is the final straw. With faith in her husband shattered she surprises ev
Trust the Man (2005)
Rebecca, a successful actress and her Mr. Mom husband, Tom, have two kids, a virtually nonexistent sex life, and a marriage counselor who is too baffled by the pair to offer any real help. Rebecca's slacker younger brother, Tobey, has been dating the exasperated Elaine for eight years but can't seem
Vanity Fair (2004)
The daughter of a starving English artist and a French chorus girl, Becky is orphaned at a young age. Even as a child, she yearns for a more glamorous life than her birthright promises. As she leaves Miss Pinkerton's Academy at Chiswick, Becky resolves to conquer English society by any means possibl
90 Miles (2000) as Sound
Filmmaker's investigation, by way of his own experience as a Cuban-American, into the often oversimplified political, historical, and economic separation existing between the U.S. and Cuba, two countries which are only 90 miles apart geographically.
Three Seasons (1999) as Supervising Sound Editor
When a young girl is hired to pick white lotuses for a reclusive master, her singing attracts not only the jealous disapproval of the older workers but the heart of the master himself... A cyclo driver falls for a proud young prostitute whom he chauffeurs around to her appointments in the gleaming n
Maryam (1999) as Sound Editor
An Iranian-born 16-year-old New Jersey high school student thinks of herself as an American through and through, even preferring to be called Mary rather than her Iranian name Maryam. But the serenity of Maryam's family's integrated life is disrupted when her headstrong, fundamentalist cousin Ali a
Impostors, The (1998) as Adr Editor
Meet Arthur and Maurice, two down-and-out actors who want nothing more than to find the perfect roles. Arthur is thin and verbose--a apssionate man who literally lives to die, hoping one day to perform a death scene worthy of international reknown. Maurice is stout, impulsive and given to occasional
Safe Men (1998) as Sound Editor
A tale about two tremendously untalented singers who, in a classic case of mistaken identity, are believed to be the best safe crackers in Providence, Rhode Island. Thought to be criminals, the pair are drawn to the not-so-nefarious netherworld of the city's Jewish mafia, a "mob" that seems to consi
Eye of God (1997) as Supervising Sound Editor
Set in Oklahoma, a bleak tale of small-town tragedy and loss of faith about a recently sprung ex-con, Jack, who hastily marries a shy waitress, Ainsley, with whom he had been corresponding while in prison. Only after their rushed courtship and hasty marriage does Ainsley learn that Jack--who gives e
Substance of Fire, The (1996) as Sound Editor
Holocaust survivor Isaac Geldhart is a venomously witty publisher who would rather sink his efforts into a six-volume history of Nazi medical experiments than publish anything remotely commercial. When his son Aaron, a partner in the firm, tries to convince him to publish a potential best seller, Is
Martha & Ethel (1995) as Sound Editor
Following World War II, in the midst of America's new prosperity, a generation of women willingly relinquished their mothering responsibilities to hired women. "Martha & Ethel" focuses on the lives of two nannies and their influences on the families who employed them. Through these two specific stor
Heavy (1994) as Supervising Sound Editor
Victor is a lonely and overweight pizza chef who earns his living in his mother's roadside diner in upstate New York. Though he aches to change his life, Victor is surrounded by people who are as immobile as he is--people who are as blind to his yearnings as they are to their own. But, when the staf
End of the Night (1991) as Co-Sound Editor
With the approach of fatherhood, a young man's life begins to unravel and he becomes obsessed with a complete stranger.
Mississippi Masala (1991) as Sound Editor
Demetrius is a stalwart, self-made man and owner of a carpet-cleaning business. A chance traffic accident introduces him to Mina, a beautiful young Indian woman whose family fled Uganda under the rule of Idi Amin. As Demetrius and Mina begin their secret love affair, each is swept into the other''s exotic world, soon finding themselves at the center of controversy and scandal. Mina''s parents, Jay and his wife Kinnu, are outraged by the relationship and concerned about their daughter''s disregard for the values and traditions of their culture. Demetrius, it seems, fares no better. The Indian community is outraged, his business suffers, the bank wants to repossess his carpet cleaning van and friends whisper that he has crossed the color line. However Demetrius stands steadfast in his belief that a shade of color is all which separates him and Mina.
Poison (1989) as Sound Editor
Three stories which, each in its own distinct visual style, explore themes of moral and social transgression: "Hero," shot in a mock TV-documentary style depicts a gruesome patricide; "Horror," filmed like a 1950s B-movie tells the tale of a mad science experiment gone horribly wrong; and "Homo" exp

Misc. Crew (feature film)

90 Miles (2000)
Filmmaker's investigation, by way of his own experience as a Cuban-American, into the often oversimplified political, historical, and economic separation existing between the U.S. and Cuba, two countries which are only 90 miles apart geographically.

Editing (special)

Live Free or Die (2000) as Associate Editor
A heated battle of beliefs and wills has collided in the normally quiet town of Bedford, New Hampshire, over the legal right to an abortion and the guarantee of free speech. Wayne Goldner is an obstetrician and gynecologist who performs abortions and finds himself fighting to maintain this right on

Sound (special)

Bud Greenspan Presents Athens 2004: Stories of Olympic Glory (2005)
Among the seven world-class athletes profiled are two Americans: Mariel Zagunis, winner of the first Gold Medal in fencing for the United States in 100 years and Lisa Fernandez, who led the Women's Softball team to its third straight Gold Medal in Athens. Also featured are 1,500- and 5,000-meter Mor
Juvies (2000) as Sound Editor
A look at the journeys of four young men in and out of Baltimore's Juvenile Justice System. The filmmakers obtained unprecedented access to a world generally closed to the outside. Set primarily in Maryland's Cheltenham Youth Facility -- originally known as The Center for Reformation for Colored Boy
Dragtime (1997) as Supervising Sound Editor
Documentary highlights some of the United States' most flamboyant "gender illusionists" and investigates why dressing up like women appeals to so many men.

Post Production (special)

Nickellennium, The (2000) as Post-Production Sound
Documentary that features kids around the world offering their predictions, perceptions and dreams about how they imagine life in the future. Also includes in-depth profiles of kids representing various nations and cultures.

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