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Laughter, Pain & Indie Filmmaking: An Interview with Kevin Pollak

Best known for his roles in films like The Usual Suspects, A Few Good Men, and Casino, actor and comedian Kevin Pollak is a born entertainer, having perfected his first standup routine when he was just ten years old. And for the past six years, when not putting the real William Shatner or Christopher Walken to shame with his truer-than-life impressions, Pollak has been busy persuading celebrities to tell all on his wildly successful—and hilarious—online chat show.

But now Pollak can add film director and editor to his long list of talents. He just finished editing his first feature-length film, Misery Loves Comedy, using Adobe Premiere Pro CC, which we recently had the opportunity to speak with him about. Debuting at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival later this month, the film explores the less humorous side of being a professional comedian, featuring the likes of Jimmy Fallon, Amy Schumer, Judd Apatow, Christopher Guest, Martin Short, Jon Favreau, and many others. Despite the pensive theme, Pollak assured us, the film remains highly entertaining and should be widely available later this year.

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Story of daredevil legend Evel Knievel premieres at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival

Editor Davis Coombe takes on ambitious editing project for larger-than-life documentary using Adobe Premiere Pro CC 

Screening at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, Being Evel recounts the true story behind American icon Robert “Evel” Knievel. The feature documentary, co-produced by A&E IndieFilms, History Films, and  HēLō, with post production by Milkhaus, goes behind the scenes to reveal the dramatic life and lasting legacy of one of the world’s most famous daredevils. Davis Coombe, the creative director at Milkhaus, cut the film in Adobe Premiere Pro CC, with extensive visual effects created and composited using Adobe After Effects CC.

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“Things of the Aimless Wanderer” finds its way to the 2015 Sundance Film Festival

New feature film from award-winning director/editor duo edited with Adobe Premiere Pro CC

Kivu Ruhorahoza and Antonio Rui Ribeiro are best known for their collaboration on the feature film Grey Matter, winner of—among many other awards—the Jury Special Mention for Best Emerging Filmmaker at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival. In 2014, they teamed up for Things of the Aimless Wanderer, premiering at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. Ruhorahoza directed the film and Ribeiro edited it with Adobe Premiere Pro CC.

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“Cop Car” starring Kevin Bacon delivers drama and humor at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival

Editors use Adobe Creative Cloud for editing and visual effects on Park City At Midnight premiere

The Park City At Midnight film lineup at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival comprises fun genre movies that most festival goers can’t wait to see. Among this year’s highlights: Cop Car, a thriller/comedy starring Kevin Bacon, directed by Jon Watts and co-written by Watts and Christopher D. Ford. Andrew Hasse and Megan Brooks teamed up to edit the film using Adobe Premiere Pro CC, with visual effects generated in Adobe After Effects CC and Adobe Photoshop CC.

Adobe: Tell us more about Cop Car.

Hasse: Shot in Colorado on ARRI ALEXA cameras, Cop Car is a “Coen-esque” thriller that has a ton of humor as well as dramatic action. Bacon stars as a sheriff whose car is stolen by two kids who take it on a joy ride. He delivers a great performance—Bacon is perfect as the center of the film. The film is fun, and was even more fun to work on.

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“Fresh Dressed” break-dances onto the big screen at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival

Editor Andrea B. Scott cuts hip-hop fashion documentary using Adobe Premiere Pro CC

Hip-hop is more than a musical genre, it is an entire subculture that includes unique musical and vocal styles, dance moves, and distinctive fashion. Director Sacha Jenkins created Fresh Dressed, screening at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, to document the history of hip-hop fashion from its birth in the South Bronx to its rise as a billion-dollar industry. The film is produced by CNN Films and accomplished editor Andrea B. Scott cut the film using Adobe Premiere Pro CC.

Adobe: What is Fresh Dressed about?

Scott: Fresh Dressed outlines the evolution of hip hop fashion, featuring in-depth interviews with people crucial to its evolution, supported by a lot of great archival materials. The vibe is thought-provoking while still being fun and energetic. Viewers will recognize familiar faces and musical tracks.

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SPECIAL EVENT: Blurring the Line Between Indie & Hollywood - a panel featuring Rob Legato, Dave Ginsberg & Kyle Alvarez; moderated by Meagan Keane. This event will be streamed LIVE from Sundance Film Festival 2015

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