Editor Jay Rabinowitz, ACE talks about scenes from the film "Dead Man" at ProductionCONN 2011, as part of the "Inside the Cutting Room with Bobbie O'Steen" series. Produced by Manhattan Edit Workshop.

Jay Rabinowitz, ACE, has enjoyed a long creative collaboration with Jim Jarmusch. Their previous work together includes “Broken Flowers,” “Coffee and Cigarettes,” “Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai,” “Year of the Horse” (for which Mr. Rabinowitz received an ACE [American Cinema Editors] Award nomination), “Dead Man,” “Night on Earth,” and the “INT. TRAILER. NIGHT.” segment of the “Ten Minutes Older” series of short films.

His other credits as film editor include Mark Webber’s directorial debut “Explicit Ills”; Todd Haynes’ “I’m Not There”; Frank Oz’ “The Stepford Wives”; Adam Bhala Lough’s “Bomb the System” (for which he was honored with the Best Editing award at the Milan Film Festival) and Weapons; Curtis Hanson’s Academy Award-winning 8 Mile; Arliss Howard’s “Big Bad Love” and R. Less Howard’s telefilm “Dawn Anna”; Stacy Cochran’s short “Richard Lester!”; Paul Schrader’s Academy Award-winning “Affliction”; Keith Gordon’s “Mother Night”; Lodge Kerrigan’s “Clean, Shaven”; and Sara Driver’s “When Pigs Fly”.

Mr. Rabinowitz’ editing for Darren Aronofsky’s “Requiem for a Dream” was cited as the year’s best by the Phoenix Film Critics Society and the Online Film Critics Society; subsequently, the latter group cited his editing for Mr. Aronofsky’s “The Fountain” as the year’s best.

He also functioned as music editor on Explicit Ills; Bomb the System and Weapons; Big Bad Love; Requiem for a Dream; “When Pigs Fly”; and Mr. Jarmusch’s “Broken Flowers”, “Coffee and Cigarettes”, and “Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai.”

For Barry Levinson and Tom Fontana, he edited numerous episodes of the television series “Oz” and “Homicide: Life on the Street.” Mr. Rabinowitz worked with legendary photographer Robert Frank on the latter’s film “Last Supper.”

He recent work includes “The Tree of Life”, the latest film from writer/director Terrence Malick and “Rampart” from Oscar nominated writer/director Oren Moverman.

About the moderator: Bobbie O’Steen is a New York-based writer and film historian, dedicated to sharing the editor’s invisible art with students, professionals, and the movie-going public. She is an Emmy-nominated film editor and the author of two acclaimed books about editing entitled "Cut to the Chase" and "The Invisible Cut." O’Steen is currently partnered with Manhattan Edit Workshop for her series “Inside the Cutting Room," and she also moderates panels for American Cinema Editors’ EditFest. To find out more information on her speaking events go to: bobbieosteen.com/.

"Dead Man" is a 1995 American Western film written and directed by Jim Jarmusch. It stars Johnny Depp, Gary Farmer, Billy Bob Thornton, Iggy Pop, Crispin Glover, John Hurt, Michael Wincott, Lance Henriksen, Gabriel Byrne, and Robert Mitchum (in his final film role). The film, dubbed a "Psychedelic Western" by its director, includes twisted elements of the Western genre. The film is shot entirely in black-and-white. Neil Young composed the guitar-seeped soundtrack with portions he improvised while watching the movie footage. Some consider it the ultimate postmodern Western, and related to postmodern literature such as Cormac McCarthy's novel, Blood Meridian.

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