Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Brian Ufberg, Film Editor

Film editor and NEPA native Brian Ufberg (right), with fellow film editor Mick Austley and Brian's agent Julie at a concert on Santa Montica Pier, August 1990. Photo by Bill C.

Film editor Brian Ufberg was born and raised in Edwardsville, PA and attended Wyoming Seminary.

Brian's first film as an apprentice film editor was the 1987 dramedy Nobody's Fool, starring Rosanna Arquette, Eric Roberts and Oscar winner Louise Fletcher. In an earlier scene in the film, Brian's full name is mentioned as a radio reporter.

In 1990, Brian was the assistant editor on the critically acclaimed film The Grifters, directed by Stephen Frears and starring Anjelica Houston, John Cusack (whom Brian said was very critical of his own performance in the film), and Annette Bening. On The Grifters, Ufberg worked closely with both director Frears and editor Mick Austley (pictured above with Ufberg); the three would work together again on 2002's Hero, starring Dustin Hoffman (who was present with Ufberg in the editing room) and Geena Davis. Brian and Mick also worked together on Neil Jordan's 2004 hit Interview With The Vampire, starring Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise.

Ufberg's other film credits on his impressive resume include Twelve Monkeys, X-Men, 21 Grams, Good Night & Good Luck, and the 2006 remake of The Pink Panther.

Ufberg's next film is the upcoming Zodiac, directed by David Fincher (Se7en, Panic Room). Zodiac is based on the Robert Graysmith books about the real life notorious Zodiac, a serial killer who terrorized San Francisco with a string of seemingly random murders during the 1960s and 1970s. Zodiac, which stars Jake Gyllenhall, Mark Ruffalo, Anthony Edwards and Robert Downey, Jr., is scheduled for release on March 2, 2007.

Several films edited by Brian Ufberg, including Nobody's Fool, Good Night & Good Luck, Interview With The Vampire, X-Men, and The Grifters, are available to borrow on VHS and DVD from the Lackawanna County Library System.

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