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One Cut, One Life

Director - Lucia Small and Ed Pincus
Run Time - 105 minutes
Languages - English
Format - DVD / Digital Streaming
Year - 2014
Genre - Documentary

Educational Interests- Aging, Biographies/Profiles, Cinema Studies, Family Relations, Medicine, Psychology, Science, Women’s Studies

Institutional DVD Price: $295

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.

"Critic's Pick! Ravishingly beautiful... pulses with an almost ecstatic vitality." - The New York Times

"Profound... deeply affecting... the works of Lucia Small and Ed Pincus have always spoken intimately and directly to scholars and lovers of film and have often been used as tools to teach and inspire. One Cut, One Life should be seen, argued about, and wept over by scholars, trainees and practitioners working within the fields of medicine, psychology, women's studies, bioethics, and human and family development. The beauty of its imagery, the boldness of its multiple perspectives, and the bravery of its participants are unmatched by other films that grapple with themes of mortality, love, and loyalty to others and to one's truest self." - Lauren Silverman, Ph.D. Clinical Instructor in the Department of Psychiatry, New York University School of Medicine

"An elegy for the dead, the dying, and those who live on, One Cut, One Life is a singular work made from a double vision... It's a thing of lovely imperfections: profound and banal, self-absorbed and insightful, weighted with grief and buoyed by resilience. In short, as messy and precious as life itself" - Boston Globe

"Critic's Pick! Stunning." - Village Voice

"One Cut, One Life is a deeply engaging feature documentary about a crucial figure in the history of documentary film (Ed Pincus, the father of personal documentary), as he and Lucia Small deal with the mother of all crucial issues: mortality itself. Not to be missed."
- Prof. Scott MacDonald, Author of The Critical Cinema Series