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Solving Story Problems: An Afternoon with Lee Percy, ACE

New York

Address: TriBeCa Screening Room - 375 Greenwich Street, New York, NY 10013







An open-ended discussion covering problem solving, scene structure and performance building with Motion Picture Academy member, Lee Percy, ACE. Lee will discuss issues that came up in the editing process and demonstrate how they were handled by showing the resulting scenes from a number of films from different genres and with different challenges. In some cases earlier cuts will be compared. Lee has served as a Creative Advisor for both the IFP and Sundance Directors Lab and attendees are encouraged to raise issues of their particular concern.





Lee Percy won the Emmy in 2010 for the HBO production of Taking Chance and was nominated that same year for Grey Gardens. Both films were again nominated for American Cinema Editors Eddie Awards and Lee took home the Eddie, this time for Grey Gardens. He recently completed The Mountain Between Us, with Kate Winslet and Edris Elba, directed b Hany Abu-Assad for 20th Century Fox.


Originally trained as an actor at the Juilliard School Lee credits this with helping him shape performances that garnered Oscars for such actors as William Hurt in Kiss of the Spider Woman, Jeremy Irons in Reversal of Fortune, Hilary Swank in Boys Don't Cry, as well as a nomination for Catalina Sandina Moreno in Maria Full of Grace. He enjoys the mixture of independent projects such as Sundance Grand Prize winner The Believer and studio productions like Salt with Angelina Jolie. Long associated with Barbet Schroeder, one of the progenitors of French New Wave cinema, on such films as Before and After with Meryl Streep and Liam Neeson, Kiss of Death with Nicolas Cage and Samuel Jackson, Single White Female, with Bridget Fonda and Jennifer Jason Lee, as well as Reversal of Fortune which starred Glenn Close along with Irons. Percy has also worked with such Hollywood powerhouses as Oliver Stone, Philip Noyce, Kathryn Bigelow, Harold Ramis and was reunited with Kimberly Peirce on her film Carrie.


Percy was Supervising Producer on Starzstylish series Magic City.  Recently Percy wrote and directed the award-winning short, Dreaming American, and is at work on the feature version.


Percy is a regular Creative Advisor for the Independent Feature Project, as well as the Sundance Directors Lab, where he helped initiate a post-production intensive program.


Join the Emmy winner Lee Percy for a discussion about his most challenging and talk about the process that gave these films their final narrative.