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Conversations on the craft of filmmaking
Levi Abrino - Editor, Writer, and Director - Little Horses and God of Love

Levi Abrino was raised with on a dairy farm in Western Pennsylvania. Leaving the farm for Penn State University, he earned degrees in Geography and Filmmaking.

Levi is a graduate of New York University's MFA film program. His short films have screened and won awards at numerous festivals including Slamdance, Clermont-Ferrand, and Milan, and at the IFC Center in New York.

Levi's thesis film Little Horses, co-written with Luke Matheny, is about a Dave, a divorced small-town postal worker that tries to win his family back by getting his son a pony for his 8th birthday, which has screened in film festivals worldwide.

Levi also edited, Luke Matheny’s Oscar winning short film, God of Love, about a lovestruck, lounge-singing darts champion that finds his prayers are answered when he mysteriously receives a box of love-inducing darts.

Levi also spends his time working as an editor and script supervisor and working on upcoming feature film scripts.

Direct download: LeviAbrino.mp3
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Johan Soderqvist - Swedish Film Composer

Johan Soderqvist has written numerous scores for film and television, including several scores for films directed by the acclaimed Danish director, Susanne Bier. Among those titles are the award-winning score for Brothers, After the Wedding, Things We Lost in the Fire, and more recently for In A Better World, which won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film.

Johan was nominated as Best Composer by the European Film Academy for his Brothers score. Johan's work was also awarded the UCMF Award for Best Film Music in Cannes

Johan also received numerous awards and acclaim for his score on the film, Let the Right One In, about Oscar, an overlooked and bullied boy, finds love and revenge through Eli, a beautiful but peculiar girl who turns out to be a vampire.

Some of Johan’s other works include the tense drama, Troubled Water, Earth Made of Glass about the Rwandan genocide, and the Norwegian dramatic period piece, King of Devil's Island.

Direct download: JohanSoderqvist.mp3
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Mark Becker - Documentary Filmmaker, Editor, and Cinematographer

Mark Becker co-edited the award winning Lost Boys of Sudan, which won an Independent Spirit Award.

Mark has also worked as an editor for Lucasfilm, PBS, and on various independent productions. Working as a cinematographer, he has filmed documentaries for PBS, the BBC, MTV, and the Discovery Channel.

Mark produced and directed Romantico, about a troubadour returns home to scratch out a living in Mexico after years of trying to get ahead in San Francisco.  

Mark was the director, editor, and cinematographer for the documentary film Pressure Cooker about three Frankford High seniors that find an unlikely ally in the form of culinary arts teacher Wilma Stephenson.

More recently, Mark edited and co-wrote sequences for the inspiring documentary, Circo, about a hardscrabble traveling Mexican circus troupe that has lived and performed on the road since the 19th Century, and its chances for survival today.

Direct download: MarkBecker.mp3
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Nina Paley - Illustrator and Animator - Shorts to Sita Sings the Blues

Nina Paley started out as a comic strip artist, including for Fluff and The Hots, as well as her own alternative weekly Nina's Adventures.

In 1998, she began making independent animated festival films, including the controversial yet popular environmental short, The Stork.

In 2002, Nina followed her then-husband to Trivandrum, India, where she read her first Ramayana. This inspired her first feature film, Sita Sings the Blues, which she animated and produced single-handedly over the course of 5 years on a home computer, featuring the lost music of jazz vocal legend Annette Hanshaw.

Direct download: NinaPaley.mp3
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Morten Hojbjerg - Danish Film Editor

Danish film editor, Morten Højbjerg graduated at the National Danish Film School in 2003.

Morten’s credits over the years includes editing award winning documentary and narrative feature films.  

He has worked on Jorgen Leth’s and Lar Von Trier’s The 5 Obstructions, Susanne Bier’s After The Wedding, the documentaries Roskilde and Defamation, and the films Love and Rage and The Woman That Dreamed About a Man

Some of Morten’s other editing work includes theatrical trailers, the Oscar-Nominated short film Helmer & Son, and the music video of Flashing Lights for Kanye West.

Morten more recently worked as a co-editor on Lar’s Von Triers’ science fiction feature, Melancholia.

Direct download: MortenHojbjerg.mp3
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