March 26, 2021

Episode #105: Jess Brunetto on Editing Comedy and Making her Directorial Debut at SXSW with Sisters

After graduating from the prestigious SUNY Purchase Film School, Jessica Brunetto edited Michael Moore’s Capitalism: A Love Story, and Sicko. She went on to become a highly sought-after editor on television comedies like  Comedy Central’s Another Period, FX’s Man Seeking Woman, American Vandal on Netflix, Do You Want To See A Dead Body with Rob Huebel, and  Broad City. She recently made her directorial debut with the narrative short Sisters, starring Sarah Burns and Mary Holland, which premiered at SXSW 2021.

Sisters Short Film Sarah Burns Mary Holland

What you will learn:

  • How an experience in art class creating a collages inspired her to apply to film school;
  • Why she chose editing as her discipline within film initially;
  • What inspired her to write and direct her first film;
  • How she broke into the film industry as an editor;
  • How her background in editing trained her to create an efficient narrative, which helped her make tough decisions as a director;
  • The logistics of making movies on a limited budget; and
  • What the future holds for her as a filmmaker.

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