ZEMENE (2014) – TRAILER

Role: Trailer Editor

Director/Producer: Melissa Donovan
Format: Feature Documentary

Status: Completed

Website: www.zemenefilm.com

Directed, produced and shot by Melissa Donovan, Zemene is the story of a girl born in Ethiopia with severe spinal curvature, as it charts her unlikely and miraculous path towards recovery.  In a region with few resources, Zemene is transformed in part through the good will and humanity of doctors in the area doing all they can to treat common childhood illness.  In Zemene's case, that doctor is Dr Rick Hodes and, together, they form an extraordinary bond through faith and understanding.

 

Zemene is currently on the festival circuit, the recipient of numerous jury awards.

REVENGE OF THE MEKONS (2014) – TRAILER

Role: Trailer Editor

Director: Joe Angio
Format: Feature Documentary

Status: Completed, 2014

Website: www.mekonsmovie.com

The Mekons have been one of my favorite bands for longer than I can remember.  When I heard about Joe Angio's feature documentary project, I was eager to pitch in, if he needed.  It turned out that in the final hour before the film's NYC premiere he needed a trailer, and so we put this one together in about 48 hours.  It was some of the most fun editing ever.

 

Lester Bangs calls The Mekons the "most revolutionary band in the history of rock 'n 'roll."  Greil Marcus writes "The Mekons were best known as the band that took punk ideology most seriously."  Joe writes: "Political provocateurs. Social agitators. Punk’s reigning contrarians. The Mekons have been called all this and more."  Joe and the film are currently on the festival circuit.

ADDITIONAL TRAILERS

Editing teasers and trailers is one of my favorite things to do. In the case of OBIT, which is now completed, the process of assembling a short experimental teaser was a keystone in helping to find the project's thematic material and visual vocabulary.

 

Similarly, in editing the "sizzle reel" for the tv documentary series "Years of Living Dangerously", it was via work on that short piece that in many ways helped to solidify and instruct the team on how to efficiently communicate the complex issues surrounding climate change.

OBIT (brainstorming teaser)

Role: Director / Producer / Teaser Editor

Cinematographer: Ben Wolf

Music: Thomas Newman (unlicensed, non-commercial use only)

Status: 2016 Festivals, 2017 Release

Website: www.obitdoc.com

YEARS OF LIVING DANGEROUSLY (2012)
(not for public release)

Role: Sizzle Reel Editor

Creators: David Gelber & Joel Bach

Status: Broadcasting on Showtime April - June 2014

Website: www.yearsoflivingdangerously.com

I ONLY READ IT FOR THE CARTOONS

Format: Book Trailer

Role: Camera Operator / Trailer Editor

Author: Richard Gehr

Status: Published, New Harvest, October 2014

Website: www.richardgehr.com

BETWEEN THE FOLDS (2010)

Role: Director / Producer / Trailer Editor

Cinematographer: Melissa Donovan

Music: Gil Talmi

Status: Completed

Website: www.BetweenTheFolds.com