We have made some great progress since our last update. First, as we mentioned, the initial rough cut was way too long – just shy of three hours! So we went through the documentary scene-by-scene and did a lot of trimming. We managed to cut it down by forty minutes and also make some significant improvements to the story. It is still too long, but it is much closer to what we want now.
We sent the rough cut off to some advisers for review and are eagerly awaiting their feedback. Hopefully, they will have some good ideas on what else to cut. While we are waiting for them, Ahlam is taking a final pass on all of our transcripts to see if there is anything we missed and also polishing up some translations. Andy is going through our extensive archival film and photo collection and adding it to the documentary.
At long last, we have an update on 1948: Creation & Catastrophe, our documentary about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. We have been working like mad on it for a seemingly endless amount of time. But we are excited to announce that the end is very, very close. In fact, we just submitted it to the Sundance Film Festival. This is a huge milestone. Of course, submitting to Sundance and being accepted by Sundance are two very different things, but please think happy thoughts for us.
Fine Cut Finished
We are very excited to report that we have officially completed the fine cut of the documentary. After many, many agonizing hours of cutting, we managed to get it down to the length we originally wanted: 1 hour, 26 minutes.
A group of incredible historians, amazing filmmakers, a brilliant political scientist and a phenomenal investigative journalist provided detailed and extremely helpful feedback on various rough cuts of the documentary. It is thanks to the many hours of work they put into this project (nearly all of them without compensation) that we were able to get to this point.
Andy Trimlett, Director/Co-Producer
Emmy Award-winner Andy Trimlett has a Master’s degree in Middle East Studies from the University of Washington and a Bachelor’s degree in International Security and Conflict Resolution from San Diego State University. He has a decade of experience in public television, having served as senior producer, associate producer, editor and camera operator on a wide range of productions. He has worked on PBS programs in the United States, Hungary and Austria.