'Behind the Scenes: The Art & Craft of Cinema' Workship w/ Sam Pollard At UC Berkeley 6/27-29
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'Behind the Scenes: The Art & Craft of Cinema' Workship w/ Sam Pollard At UC Berkeley 6/27-29


This is an event that people up in Berkeley are truly fortunate

to have the opportunity to experience. One only wishes that it was happening

around the country as well. 

Filmmaker and editor Sam Pollard will be conducting a filmmaking workshop called, Behind the Scenes: The Art and Craft of Cinema, at the UC Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Archive

in late June.

But instead of me giving you a simple generalization of what’s going to

take place, let me instead post the entire press release because there’s

so much going on:




Film Archive Theater


Bancroft Way, Berkeley


information: 510-642-1124






admission: $9.50 for one program, $13.50 for double bills.


members, children; UC Berkeley students, faculty, and staff: $5.50/9.50.


students, young people (13-17), seniors, and disabled persons $6.50/10.50.


the Scenes: The Art and Craft of Cinema with Editor Sam Pollard


June 27th and Saturday, June 29th

Sam Pollard is best known for his collaborations with Spike

Lee—he edited and/or produced Mo’ Better Blues, Jungle Fever, Girl 6, Clockers,

Bamboozled, 4 Little Girls, When the Levees Broke, and If God is Willing and Da

Creek Don’t Rise. An early mentor, documentary filmmaker St. Clair Bourne,

helped him see that “the work that I’m supposed to do is . . . to make sure I

echo and support the stories of African-American people.” And for the last

forty years, he has been editing, producing, and directing key films about the

African American experience. Pollard’s own directorial efforts include Slavery

by Another Name and episodes of Henry Hampton’s Eyes on the Prize 11 and I’ll

Make Me A World (on which he was also co-executive producer). He has taught at New

York University since 1994.

We are pleased to welcome Pollard to the PFA Theater for

a behind-the-scenes look at the art and craft of editing, followed by a

screening of Craig Rice’s documentary Half Past Autumn: The Life and Works of

Gordon Parks, a moving tribute to the great photographer and filmmaker. On June

29, he discusses his work on Spike Lee’s Clockers.


information on Sam Pollard’s Behind the Scenes workshop at the San Francisco

Film Society on June 28, please go to sffs.org.


/ 6.27.13



the Scenes: Sam Pollard on Film Editing

Pollard’s editing experience began in documentary, and he

is particularly drawn to its challenges. In tonight’s Behind the Scenes

lecture, Pollard discusses his four decades as an editor using clips from both

narrative and documentary films, concluding with a Q&A with the audience.

Screening will begin at approximately 8:30 p.m.




Past Autumn: The Life and Works of Gordon Parks


Rice (U.S., 2000)

Introduction Sam Pollard

The fifteenth child of Kansas sharecroppers, Gordon Parks

became one of the key figures of the twentieth-century American art world. His

photographs, whether those of ordinary working Americans during his early

career or of celebrities and politicians from his pioneering Life magazine

work, helped define the emerging Civil Rights era, and provided essential

insights into a rarely pictured African American community. Later, his

films—ranging from the memoir The Learning Tree to his Blaxploitation epic

Shaft—helped shape a new image of African Americans. Narrated by Alfre Woodard,

this moving tribute highlights his influence, artistry, intelligence, and

grace. Jason Sanders

Written by Lou Potter. Photographed by Henry Adebonojo,

Greg Andracke, Brian Sewell. Edited by Sam Pollard. (91 mins, Color)

Total running time: c. 180 mins






Lee (U.S., 1995)


Person/Sam Pollard

Mekhi Phifer delivered a career-launching debut in Spike

Lee’s vigorous adaptation of an iconic Richard Price novel, set amid the

hardscrabble world of Brooklyn projects and the schemers, dreamers, and drug

dealers that try to survive therein. Sam Pollard’s expressionist, hard-cutting

editing contributes to the film’s cri de coeur, which transforms the era’s

then-popular “hood movies” into a nearly operatic take on confinement, violence,

and urban paranoia. “Bleak, hallucinatory, and fearlessly heartfelt, Clockers

is precisely what Lee wanted it to be: ‘the hood movie to end all hood movies’”

(Village Voice). Jason Sanders

Written by Lee, Richard Price, from the novel by Price.

Photographed by Malik Hassan Sayeed. Edited by Sam Pollard. With Harvey Keitel,

John Turturro, Delroy Lindo, Mekhi Phifer. (129 mins, 35mm, From Universal


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