Although many young filmmakers today may not know his name, Ed Pincus is considered a pioneer of documentary filmmaking, particularly in the first person autobiographical form. A Brooklyn street kid who eventually made his way to the Ivy League, Ed founded the MIT Film Lab in the late 60s, which became a hub of innovative and groundbreaking work and sparked a generation of critical filmmakers. Known for his innovations in film and technical contributions to the field, Ed is also the author of Guide to Filmmaking which evolved into The Filmmaker’s Handbook (co-authored with Steven Ascher) — a key textbook in film studies programs nationwide. Ed made several social issue, direct cinema films, including BLACK NATCHEZ and PANOLA before embarking on his magnum opus: DIARIES (1971-1975), an exploration of his open marriage and life during this time. At the peak of his film career, Ed had to abruptly leave his community in Cambridge, MA and move his family to Vermont. Eventually, Ed gave up filmmaking entirely and started a commercial flower farm which he ran for the next twenty plus years before a chance meeting with Lucia compelled him to return to film.
Lucia Small, 25 years Ed’s junior, is a former artist/activist turned documentary filmmaker. A Californian native, Lucia moved to Boston in the early nineties, where she worked as a producer in both fiction and non-fiction film. In late 2002, just after a successful festival run with her directorial debut MY FATHER, THE GENIUS, she and Ed met while on a film jury. For four days, they watched and judged films and discovered similar sensibilities despite their diverse paths and histories. Ed was excited to meet a person of a younger generation who was not afraid to venture into raw and risky places with her work. Self-taught, Lucia was excited to befriend the former teacher of several of her Boston mentors. Shortly thereafter, Ed approached Lucia with a plan — he wanted to start making films again with her. Was she in? Three years later, after several false starts, they finally combined forces to make THE AXE IN THE ATTIC, a film about the Diaspora of Hurricane Katrina which premiered at the New York Film Festival in 2007.