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“Extremely personal and moving…as much as the film is shadowed by a keen awareness of mortality, ‘One Cut, One Life’ often pulses with an almost ecstatic vitality. In its vision of human existence, life is as messy and unpredictable as it is precious. CRITIC’S PICK!”
– Stephen Holden, The New York Times

CRITICS’ PICK! A stunning doc of living while dying. – Diana Clarke, Village Voice

“Deeply personal and unavoidably moving.” – Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter

“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.”
– Ty Burr, Boston Globe

“A complex, intimate film about some of the conversations in life we typically avoid the most… One Cut, One Life is the rare bittersweet snapshot that doesn’t leave any lingering, melancholic aftertaste. It touches one’s heart and then sets one on their way, to gather ye rosebuds while ye may.”
– Brent Simon, Paste Magazine

“Without censoring themselves, the filmmakers turn their cameras on themselves, using their art to reveal their psyches in a masterpiece of personalized direct cinema. Brilliant. Brave. Moving. A must-see.”
– Jennifer Merin, Women’s eNews


News and Full Reviews

July 11, 2015
CineSource Magazine‘s D. Schwartz says, “I was glued to my screen all 107 minutes of this film.”

June 13, 2015
Writing Without Paper posted the ONE CUT, ONE LIFE trailer as its featured “Saturday Short.”

June 12, 2015
KPFK radio interview with Lucia Small on the Pacifica Performance Showcase.

Jesther Entertainment calls ONE CUT, ONE LIFE “A bittersweet testimony to documentary filmmaking, collaboration and camaraderie.”

June 11, 2015
LA Times‘ Sheri Linden calls ONE CUT, ONE LIFE “thorny, tender and unvarnished… a breathtaking reminder of life’s joys.”

LA Weekly Diana Clarke’s review of ONE CUT, ONE LIFE.

May 26, 2015
The Huffington Post names ONE CUT, ONE LIFE as one of the 20 Must-See Summer Movies for Grownups.

May 19, 2015
New England Film‘s Catherine Stewart writes that, “ONE CUT, ONE LIFE will definitely resonate with many viewers on a profound level.”

May 14, 2015
Arts Fuse‘s Tim Jackson writes that ONE CUT, ONE LIFE “is an intimate meditation on love, fate, and mortality, finding optimism and humor in a world filled with randomness and uncertainty. Elegant shots of the natural Vermont countryside, where the Pincus family lives, together with the busy New York Streets, generates a vision of life as both transitory and immutable.”

Discover Hollywood Magazine‘s Rachel Flanagan writes that, “ONE CUT, ONE LIFE provides a strong and personal colloquy between two filmmakers confronting death and in turn, life, in the only way that they know how – through a camera.”

May 13, 2015
The New York Times‘ Stephen Holden selects ONE CUT, ONE LIFE as a “CRITIC’S PICK,” writing, “Extremely personal and moving…as much as the film is shadowed by a keen awareness of mortality, “One Cut, One Life” often pulses with an almost ecstatic vitality.”

The Boston Globe‘s Ty Burr calls ONE CUT, ONE LIFE “a documentary as messy and precious as life itself.”

The Wall Street Journal‘s Steve Dollar features ONE CUT, ONE LIFE, writing that “it explored with candor the nature of “Life and Other Anxieties,” to borrow a title of one [of Pincus’] film.”

Film Journal International‘s David Noh calls ONE CUT, ONE LIFE, “beautifully honest.”

Filmwax Radio‘s Adam Schartoff interviews Director Lucia Small.

This Week in New York features ONE CUT, ONE LIFE.

Films in Review‘s Franco Frassetti writes, “Ed Pincus’ legacy is forever etched with ONE CUT, ONE LIFE. This death-meets-art tribute will ensure that Pincus’ contributions to the world of filmmaking will not go unnoticed.”

Should I See It votes “Yes” for ONE CUT, ONE LIFE, calling the film a “Compelling, raw, and honest depiction of a man’s final year, told by two people who truly have a deep connection on a personal and professional level.”

May 12, 2015
The Village Voice‘s Diana Clarke selects ONE CUT, ONE LIFE as a “CRITIC’S PICK,” calling it a “stunning doc.”

May 8, 2015
WeNews‘ Jennifer Merin describes ONE CUT, ONE LIFE  as “Brilliant. Brave. Moving. A must-see.”

April 24, 2015
Stage Buddy‘s Joe Blessing calls ONE CUT, ONE LIFE “a vital and probing work of personal filmmaking.”

February 12, 2015
First Run Features announces ONE CUT, ONE LIFE is coming to the IFC Center on May 13.
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September 26, 2014
Cineflect ranks ONE CUT, ONE LIFE in “The Top 5 Films To See At the 2014 New York Film Festival.”

August 16, 2014
NPR’s Erin Trahan discusses the creative collaboration of Lucia and Ed’s partnership in
“Filmmakers Play Nice In Public, But It’s a Slugfest Behind the Scenes.”

July 22, 2014
B*tch Flicks‘ Ren Jender calls ONE CUT, ONE LIFE an “excellent documentary” with “stunning cinematography” in review “‘One Cut, One Life’: Love, Death, and Jealousy.”

July 19, 2014
The Boston Globe‘s Loren King profiles ONE CUT, ONE LIFE  at Woods Hole Film Festival.

April 28, 2014
NUFEC‘s Brandon Isaacson gives ONE CUT, ONE LIFE an “A” in his “IFFBoston Review.”

April 19, 2014
The Boston Globe‘s Ty Burr picks ONE CUT, ONE LIFE as “ONE TO WATCH” at Independent Film Festival Boston.

March 6, 2014
ONE CUT, ONE LIFE to premiere at Full Frame Documentary Film Festival

January 2014
Brown Alumni Magazine profiles Ed Pincus, “A Life on Film”

November 8, 2013
New York Times‘ Tom Roston on ONE CUT, ONE LIFE, “Grasping at Life, Petals, Pain and All: For Ed Pincus, One Last Film With Lucia Small”

November 7, 2013
New York Times obituary, “Ed Pincus, Documentary Filmmaker, Dies at 75″

August 22, 2013
LEF Foundation interviews the ONE CUT, ONE LIFE team (formerly ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM)

July 25, 2013
ONE CUT, ONE LIFE (formerly ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM) chosen for IFP Project Forum’s Spotlight on Documentaries

July 11, 2013
ONE CUT, ONE LIFE (formerly ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM) awarded Sundance Documentary grant

June 19, 2013
ONE CUT, ONE LIFE (formerly ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM)  selected for 2013 Sundance Documentary Edit and Story Lab

May 9, 2013
ONE CUT, ONE LIFE (formerly ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM awarded LEF Foundation Post-Production grant

May 3, 2012
ONE CUT, ONE LIFE (formerly ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM)  awarded LEF Foundation Production grant