When seminal documentarian Ed Pincus, considered the father of first person non-fiction film, is diagnosed with a terminal illness, he and collaborator Lucia Small team up to make one last film, much to the chagrin of Jane, Ed’s wife of 50 years. Told from two filmmakers’ points of view, One Cut, One Life challenges the form of first person documentary. Ed and Lucia’s unique approach to filming offers a vulnerability and intimacy rarely seen in non- fiction, questioning whether some things might be too private to be made public. The film is an intense, raw, and sometimes humorous exploration of the human condition which invites the viewer to contemplate for themselves what is important, not only at the end of life, but also during. Lucia Small (My Father, the Genius) discusses the film, One Cut, One Life which she co-directed with her filmmaking partner, Ed Pincus (Diaries), their last collaboration before Ed died of leukemia last November.
The film will have its New York premiere at the 52nd New York Film Festival on Monday, 9/29.
Also discussing this year’s New York Film Festival are rogerebert.com critics Godfrey Cheshire (Moving Midway) & Scout Tafoya.
This episode of the podcast is dedicated to the memory of Ed Pincus, Karen Schmeer & Susan Woolf.