Ed Pincus began filmmaking in 1964, developing a direct cinema approach to social and political problems and events. He has producer, director and DP credits on eight of his films and has been cinematographer on over twelve additional films. Lucia Small has been an independent filmmaker for twenty years. In 2002, Small premiered My Father, The Genius, her feature documentary directorial debut, which garnered several top film awards, including Grand Jury Prizes for Best Documentary and Best Editing (edited by Karen Schmeer) at the Slamdance Film Festival.
His films include: Black Natchez (1967), a one-hour documentary that follows the aftermath of a car bombing in a Southern town  
My Father, The Genius was broadcast internationally and in 2003 was featured as part of the Sundance Channel’s newly launched DOC day series.
during the Civil Rights Movement;  Panola (1965, 1969), a portrait of a wino, alleged police informant, and follower of Malcolm X in Mississippi in 1965; One Step Away (1967), an intimate hour-long portrait of a hippie commune in California during the Summer of Love commissioned by public broadcasting; and the seminal Diaries: 1971-1976 (1981), about the filmmaker’s marriage, family and friends, during an era when the Women’s Movement wrought havoc and redefined personal relations.

Ed Pincus’ filmmaking has been on the technical cutting edge of documentary— for example, the early use of color in natural light situations and the development of single-person filming techniques. He started the Film Section at MIT where he taught for ten years and influenced a generation of documentary filmmakers. Recipient of numerous National Endowment for the Arts awards, a Guggenheim Fellowship, author of Guide to Filmmaking and co-author of Filmmaker’s Handbook, he also has had stints as visiting filmmaker at Minneapolis College of Art and Design and Harvard University. For the past twenty years, Pincus has been living and running a farm in Vermont.

In 2005, he decided to return to filmmaking. Co-directing The Axe in the Attic with Lucia Small. He is currently working with Small on a new collaboration, Elephant in the Room (working title), a raw, intimate portrait of a friendship between two documentarians who, in the face of a terminal illness, collaborate on what could be their last film.

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In 2005, she teamed up with seminal documentarian Ed Pincus to co-direct, edit and produce The Axe in the Attic.  Supported by a grant from the Sundance Documentary Institute, "The Axe in the Attic" had its world premiere at the New York Film Festival in 2007. The film screened internationally, including at the Human Rights Watch International Film Festival, Cinema du Reel, and Full Frame Documentary Film Festival. (Distributed by The Cinema Guild and IndiePix Films.)

Much of Small's freelance experience includes producing independent projects, including The Blinking Madonna and Other Miracles (1995, ITVS), The Jew in the Lotus, (1997, ITVS); Mississippi: River of Song (1998, a 4-part PBS series), American Wake (2003, a fiction film) and Damrell's Fire (2005, American Public Television).

In addition to directing and producing, Small is also an editor. Most recently, she co-wrote and edited Lyda Kuth's film Love and Other Anxieties, currently screening in festivals.

Small is now collaborating with Ed Pincus on a new film, Elephant in the Room (working title),  a raw, intimate portrait of a friendship between two documentarians who, in the face of a terminal illness, collaborate on what could be their last film.

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