About Edward Landler
Edward Landler is a filmmaker, media educator and film historian. He made I Build the Tower, the definitive feature documentary on the Watts Towers, and is currently completing a cultural history of film. He can be reached at edlandler@roadrunner.com.

What Our Members Do: Rachel Chang

January 1, 2019

“I am incredibly proud to be part of the ‘Chicago Med’ family. They also took a chance on me because I had no scripted experience, but I had a couple of friends there who vouched for me.” […]

Lee’s Legion of Fans: Some Words from His Admirers…

December 19, 2018

Lee Dichter is my friend, my mentor, my fellow nerd. What can I say here that isn’t known and spoken out loud by all of us. As I reflect on my start in this business and remember Lee showing the way, I think about his generosity in sharing his knowledge and experience. […]

More Than Just Another Fine Mess

December 19, 2018

Kurt Vonnegut dedicated his 1976 novel ‘Slapstick’ “to the memory of Arthur Stanley Jefferson and Norvell Hardy” — better known as Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy. In the novel’s prologue, the author explains, “I have called it Slapstick because it is grotesque, situational poetry, like the slapstick film comedies, especially those of Laurel and Hardy… […]

What Our Members Do: A. Hobart Young

December 3, 2018

I prepare localization assets for worldwide digital distribution and streaming. That involves collecting and creating localized picture elements — including main titles, locators, end credit sequences for live action, actual scene or background changes with text or images that are in the local language for animation […]

Conference on Cutting:
A Report from EditFest LA

September 25, 2018

On a Saturday morning in late August, a crowd streamed down Dopey Drive on the Disney lot into the Disney Main Theatre, filling it to capacity, for EditFest LA 2018, the 11th annual edition of this celebration of the art and craft of editing presented by the American Cinema Editors (ACE). […]

What Our Members Do: Marquita “Lyric” Ramsey

September 1, 2018

Time is a huge challenge, with schedules for episodes getting shorter and shorter. I think it’s key to be honest with producers and post supervisors — if you’re drowning in material and feel you need extra support, say it! […]

30 Years on Sunset

August 17, 2018

Over the summer and fall of 1988, the Motion Picture Editors Guild in Hollywood, then IATSE Local 776, made two very auspicious hires to its staff. On July 25, Adriana Iglesias (now Iglesias-Dietl) became assistant bookkeeper and, on October 17, Lisa Berniker (now Dosch) was named administrative assistant. […]

Fear of a Black Planet

August 17, 2018

Over the decade leading to 1973, with the progress achieved by the civil rights movement, a greater awareness emerged in the African-American community of its own history and culture. Despite this growth of self-worth, pride and initiative giving strength to the idea of Black Power, the systemic practice of inequality and oppression of minorities continued to afflict American society. […]

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