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Filmwax Radio Interview Series: VCFA Alumnx Jason Rosenfield

VCFA is proud to be partnering with Filmwax Radio for a special series of interviews featuring VCFA alumni. The third installment of the series is with editor Jason Rosenfield ACE (’18) whose projects include, among many, the documentaries LOST FOR LIFE (2013), SWIFT CURRENT (2016), and BREAKING POINT: THE WAR FOR DEMOCRACY IN UKRAINE (2017), as well as the Amazon docuseries LORENA (2019). In the interview Jason also discusses his VCFA thesis project, Everything Matters, a memoir about editing and his journey over the decades in the profession. [Jason’s rich and captivating memoir will–without a doubt!–be published sometime in the near future with broad appeal for filmmakers and general readers alike. Stay tuned for more news on that front!]

Be sure to have a listen–enjoy!

The podcast is also available on iTunesStitcher, Spotify, Google Play & Youtube.

 

 

You are writing the final draft, in essence. It all happens in the editing room… It is a huge responsibility and you have to honor that responsibility.
-Jason Rosenfield, on editing

What I am talking about is making an experiential film, as opposed to an informational film. The goal is to have the audience go on a journey with the characters… not relaying information, but reliving an experience… I learned how to speak body language, and if I knew how to speak it, I knew how to read it…
-Jason Rosenfield, on character driven documentaries

 

 

Jason Rosenfield, ACE, is a three-time Emmy Award-winning film editor recognized for his storytelling and stylistic skills in character-driven long-form documentaries, feature films, and television series. Jason’s narrative credits range from Robert Altman’s classic COME BACK TO THE 5 & DIME JIMMY DEAN, JIMMY DEAN to the improvisational television comedy FREE RIDE.  His documentary credits include the Oscar-nominated BLUES HIGHWAYHBO’s Emmy-winning Memphis PD and Teen KillersDick Wolf’s groundbreaking NBC series Law & Order: Crime & Punishment and CNN’s The Seventies.  He has collaborated with three-time Oscar-winner Mark Jonathan Harris on Netflix’s award-winning LOST FOR LIFE and SWIFT CURRENTboth directed by Joshua Rofe, and Harris’s own BREAKING POINT: THE WAR FOR DEMOCRACY IN UKRAINE. Additional production awards have included an RF Kennedy Award, DGA Award and Peabody Award, as well as three Emmy Awards and multiple nominations.

In 2001, Jason was elected to membership in American Cinema Editors [ACE], an honorary society of distinguished editors.  He has served as Associate Director of the ACE Board and three terms as Governor of the Television Academy, where he has developed and produced a number of symposiums and ongoing panel series. A Professor at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts Masters Program as well as Columbia College – Hollywood, Jason is a Mentor at the Stowe (Vt.) Story Labs Screenwriting Workshop and serves as story and editorial consultant for independent films.

Filmwax Radio Interview Series: VCFA Alumnx Amy Hesketh

 

VCFA is proud to be partnering with Filmwax Radio for a special series of interviews featuring VCFA alumni. The second installment of the series is with the brilliant and prolific Amy Hesketh (’18) whose aesthetic is quirky and smart–sometimes dark, sometimes funny, but always beautiful. In the interview Amy discusses her films, PYGMALION, OLALLA,  and BEARDBATH, among others. Amy and Adam cover a range of other topics including: Bolivian cinema, rural living, pushing boundaries, the value of long walks, and the collaborative nature found in Montpelier VT! Be sure to have a listen–enjoy!

The podcast is also available on iTunesStitcher, Spotify, Google Play & Youtube.

 

I make a lot of films about what I am experiencing in life. Some of my darker films were written and made in a time when I needed to translate the negative experiences in my life… I don’t know what writer’s block is! I just need to wash my hair, or sleep, and then I have an idea.

-Amy Hesketh on making films and where she gets her inspiration

 

Filmmaker Amy Hesketh has made 6 feature films and numerous shorts to date, including her most recent, PYGMALION, which is due out soon. In addition to being a graduate of the VCFA MFA in Film Program, Amy is also an adjunct professor of film at Olympic College in Washington State and one of the filmmakers at Pachamama Films.

Filmwax Radio Interview Series: VCFA Alumnx George Nicholas

 

VCFA is proud to be partnering with Filmwax Radio for a special series of interviews featuring VCFA alumni. The first installment of the series is with the delightfully affable George Nicholas (’18) who discusses his two most recent short films,  ANTIGONE and SMOKE N SUDS, which both made the festival rounds last year. In the interview George and Adam cover a range of topics including: Orson Wells, DIY animation, grief unfolding, Hell’s Kitchen in the 80’s, the genius of Michel Negroponte, Moby’s secrets, and more! Be sure to have a listen–enjoy!

The podcast is also available on iTunesStitcher, Spotify, Google Play & Youtube.

 

The animated film might as well be a documentary… Like a one punchline joke–it’s my favorite anecdote about living in New York [City]. I was there at a very special time, and of course when you are somewhere at a very special time you don’t realize it is a special time. I’m a huge fan of animation…I’ve taught animation and I know how hard it is to animate. So, like an idiot, I thought, how hard can this be?

-George Nicholas on creating his animated short SMOKE N SUDS at VCFA

 

 

George Nicholas is an award-winning New York-based filmmaker and director of photography. Nicholas holds a BFA in Film Production from the State University of New York at Purchase, and an MFA in Film from VCFA. His most recent films include shorts, ANTIGONE and SMOKE N SUDS, as well as the feature film, 7 SPLINTERS IN TIME, which he worked as DoP and Producer. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Radio, Television, Film at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York.