HAIL SATAN? - the movie that NYT named a CRITICS PICK is currently 97% FRESH on Rotten Tomatoes and in wide theatrical release. Jad Abumrad (RADIO LAB) encourages you to see it while Alex Jones (INFO WARS) calls it a “Soul-Sucking Masterwork Of Evil”. See for yourself! Tickets and showtimes - HERE.
The LEF FOUNDATION brought Aaron to Providence, RI to be on a 3 person jury for their LEF Foundation Moving Image Fund. Together they awarded nearly $200,000 in grant funding to a variety of exceptional documentary films in the production and post production phases. As a bonus, Aaron walked the length of Providence’s Wickenden Street… named after William Wickenden who was one of 12 people to settle the city and establish a government starting in 1637.
On the heals of serving on the LEF jury, Aaron went to Utah to be a Creative Advisor at the Sundance New Frontier Story Lab. With an emphasis on story, the Lab supports independent artists working at the cutting-edge convergence of film, art, media, live performance and technology. The New Frontier Story Lab is a week-long immersive experience that empowers creatives with individual story sessions, conversations about key artistic, design and technology issues and case study presentations from experts in multiple disciplines.
Aaron and Jeff Malmberg were nominated for a ACE EDDIE Award for their work on the documentary Won’t You Be My Neighbor?. This was Aaron’s second nomination in ACE’s Best Documentary Feature Category. The dynamic duo of Aaron and Jeff were also nominated for Best Editing at the CinemaEye Honors, and won Best Editing at the Critics Choice Awards.
Won’t You Be My Neighbor? capped off the awards season by winning Best Documentary at the Independent Spirit Awards and being named Best Documentary of the year on Rotten Tomatoes. Consequently when the film was shortlisted for the Academy Award but not nominated, it was named the biggest Oscar Snub of 2019.
HAIL SATAN? had its World Premiere in the US Documentary Competition category at the Sundance Film Festival. In addition to this film, Aaron also provided Additional Editing to another Sundance premiere - AMERICAN FACTORY, which was edited by the one and only Lindsay Utz. HAIL SATAN? was acquired by Magnolia Pictures and AMERICAN FACTORY was acquired by Netflix in association with Higher Ground Productions, Barack Obama and Michelle Obama’s production company.
They'll Love me When I'm Dead... was in Cannes (!!!) and then not in Cannes due to an international row between Netflix and Cannes over nothing less than the future of cinema. Perhaps it's an unsurprising development given the previously unfinished film's mythical curse which has kept Orson Welles' film from audiences since the end of principal photography in 1975. Nevertheless, the documentary (which Aaron Co-Edited with Jason Zeldes for Morgan Neville) has turned out beautifully.... and (drumroll) we premiered the film simultaneously over Labor Day at both the Venice Film Festival and Telluride. Next stop... it's the opening night film at Camden, followed by New York Film Festival and a few others that have yet to announce. Stay tuned for more details.
Generation Wealth, a multi-platform project that Lauren Greenfield (dir. Queen of Versailles, Magic City) has been working on since 2008, is now in wide release as a museum exhibition, photographic monograph, and documentary feature. Aaron Co-Edited the film with Michelle Witten (Author), Victor Livingston (Crumb), and Daniel Marks. It is now available for pre-order here.
Documentary Editing: Principles & Practice, a book that Aaron was interviewed for (along with the brilliant editors Kate Amend, Geoffrey Richman, and Mary Lampson) is now available.