In the late 1980’s, film editor Darrin Navarro attended three semesters of film classes at Los Angeles City College before a professor connected him to an unpaid assistant editor job on a Roger Corman horror film. Navarro never attended another film class, learning his craft instead in the editing rooms of such independently minded filmmakers as Sam Raimi, Sofia Coppola, Peter Bogdanovich, and William Friedkin, and riding the sea change from 35mm film editing in one century to the quiet hum of laptops in the next.
His decade-long relationship with Friedkin evolved in 2005 when he assumed the editor’s chair for Friedkin’s acclaimed psychological thriller, BUG, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and came away with the FIPRESCI Prize. Since then, Navarro has escaped the confines of genre and storytelling modalities, bringing his rigorous eye and narrative sense to Azazel Jacobs’ offbeat comedies, MOMMA'S MAN and TERRI, James Ponsoldt's teen drama THE SPECTACULAR NOW, and Paul Solet’s dramatic horror film, GRACE, all of which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, as well as Alison Bagnall’s THE DISH & THE SPOON, starring indie siren Greta Gerwig, and the music documentary RE:GENERATION, directed by Amir Bar-Lev. Navarro reunited with William Friedkin for 2012’s KILLER JOE, starring Matthew McConaughey and Emile Hirsch.
DOLL & EM, a comedic miniseries that reunited Navarro with Azazel Jacobs, recently aired on HBO (in the U.S. and Canada) and Sky Living (in the UK).
Navarro is a true lover of film and remains restlessly committed to exploring the cinema’s peculiar alchemy of images, tempo, sound, and language.
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