Beacon Film Society Shows One Cut, One Life

Ed Pincus in "One Cut, One Life"

Documentary will screen at BEAHIVE Sept. 8

The Beacon Film Society will present One Cut, One Life, on Tuesday, Sept. 8, from 7:30 to 10 p.m. at BEAHIVE, 291 Main St. in Beacon.

When seminal documentarian Ed Pincus, considered the father of first-person nonfiction film, is diagnosed with a terminal illness, he and collaborator Lucia Small team up to make one last film, much to the chagrin of Jane, Pincus’ wife of 50 years.

Ed Pincus in "One Cut, One Life"

Ed Pincus in ”One Cut, One Life”

Told from two filmmakers’ points of view, One Cut, One Life challenges the form of first-person documentary. Pincus and Small’s unique approach to filming offers a vulnerability and intimacy rarely seen in nonfiction, questioning whether some things might be too private to be made public.

The film is an intense, raw and sometimes humorous exploration of the human condition that invites the viewer to contemplate what is important, not only at the end of life, but also during.

There will be a Q-and-A with director Small following the screening.

Admission is $10. RSVP at for seats, which will be held up to 10 minutes prior to the screening. The event is BYOB.

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