Education and Outreach

Throughout its festival and theatrical run, ONE CUT, ONE LIFE stimulated discussion amongst academics and filmmakers alike. As a New York Times and Village Voice Critic’s Pick, the film is as engrossing as it is educational. ONE CUT, ONE LIFE is currently available for academic and other institutional screenings. Filmmaker Lucia Small is available for speaking engagements and university visits.

In the Classroom

For medical professionals and students, ONE CUT, ONE LIFE provides a window into the life of a terminally ill patient. We follow Ed Pincus in and out of doctors’ offices, engaged in his decision: should he attempt a bone marrow transplant? We watch his family and friends react to his diagnoses and choices. In a beautiful story of living while dying, Ed Pincus and Lucia Small humanize the medical process.

For film students, ONE CUT, ONE LIFE unveils the mystery of experimental film. It scrutinizes the creation of direct cinema, questioning the responsibilities of filmmakers to their subjects. We see the ups and downs of artistic collaboration, as well as the battles and harmonies between female vs. male gaze and voice. Additionally, Ed Pincus was a legend in his own right as the director of several acclaimed films, including the seminal documentary Diaries: 1971-1976 (1981).  He is the author of Guide to Filmmaking and co-author of Filmmaker’s Handbook. Pincus founded the MIT Documentary Labs, and as a film professor at both MIT and Harvard, he influenced a generation of documentary filmmakers.

ONE CUT, ONE LIFE is also a fascinating study for sociology, women and gender studies, psychology, and biology disciplines. To book a screening or purchase an institutional DVD, please contact First Run Features.

Panel Discussions

Following select screenings in New York, Los Angeles, and Boston, panel discussions were held surrounding some of the film’s central themes:

  • The Life and Legacy of Ed Pincus
  • End of Life Choices
  • The Art of Collaboration
  • Female vs. Male Gaze

Lucia Small discussed these themes and issues alongside several acclaimed filmmakers and academics: John Anderson, Steven Ascher, Neal Baer, Nina Davenport, Peter Davis, Goldie Eder, Scott Foundas, Liz Giamatti, Judith Helfand, Jim Lane, Robb Moss, Michel Negroponte, Anne Pelligrini, Tom Roston, Judith Schwarz, Robert Soiffer, Erin Trahan, and Marcus Williams.

Transcripts and video highlights will be available shortly.

Filmmaker Lucia Small

Lucia Small is a veteran documentary filmmaker whose work has achieved international acclaim. Her films include MY FATHER, THE GENIUS (2002), a multi-award winning directorial debut; THE AXE IN THE ATTIC (2007), made with Ed Pincus, which premiered at the Human Rights Watch International Film Festival, the New York Film Festival, and Cinéma Du Réel; and ONE CUT, ONE LIFE (2014), Small and Pincus’ final collaboration. A New York Times and Village Voice critic’s pick, ONE CUT, ONE LIFE is a qualifying documentary for the 2016 Academy Awards. Pincus and Small co-presented their work at film festivals, museums, and universities including both Harvard and Duke.

Lucia Small is available for speaking engagements and university visits. For more information, contact Lucia Small.

Further Resources

For more about MDS:
The MDS Foundation is the only international foundation devoted solely to MDS. Highly respected by clinicians worldwide, the MDS Foundation works to spread awareness about this little known disease.

For more about Ed Pincus’ work:
The Ed Pincus Collection at the Harvard Film Archives contains 16mm projection prints, internegatives, track negatives, and original camera reversal elements of Pincus and his collaborators’ documentary films from the 1960s & 1970s.

The Ed Pincus Collection at the Amistad Research Center consists of approximately 52 hours of 16mm black and white film footage used to create two civil rights era documentaries, Black Natchez and Panola.

Support for women filmmakers:
Women in Film is a database for opportunities and programs available to U.S.-based women filmmakers.