Richard Hankin

Filmmaker

Richard Hankin, Filmmaker


www.lookingglassfilms.net

Richard Hankin is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and editor, and the founder of Looking Glass Films. He has worked on films for theatrical distribution and for HBO, NBC, ABC, PBS, Showtime and Netflix. "16 Acres", which Hankin directed and edited, won awards at film festivals around the world, including the Best Documentary Director Award at the Harlem International Film Festival. "Home Front", which Hankin directed, produced, wrote and edited, premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, and was named by Time Magazine as one of the Top Ten films of the year. "Capturing the Friedmans", which Hankin co-produced and edited, won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, and an Emmy for Hankin’s editing. The film was nominated for an Academy Award and was honored by the International Documentary Association as one of the best documentaries of all time. Hankin won both an Emmy and an American Cinema Editors Award for his work as Supervising Editor on HBO’s "The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst". He has served as a Creative Advisor for the Sundance Institute Documentary Editing and Story Lab, and is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

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Spring Festivals and Awards Roundup
April 13, 2017

Spring Festivals and Awards Roundup

Tis the season to celebrate documentary filmmaking and SocDocers are certainly joining the fun.  From Hot Docs in Canada to Monclair Film Festival in our own backyard and doc labs around the world, we’re thrilled to have such a strong show Read More
SocDoc at Tribeca Film Festival
March 21, 2017

SocDoc at Tribeca Film Festival

We are thrilled to find some of our alumni and faculty's new films at Tribeca Film Festival this year!

ACORN and the Firestorm written, directed and produced by faculty, Sam Pollard, along with Reuben Atlas.

The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson, directed by David France; Sarah Wainio (alumnus) joined the crew as associate producer.  

I Am Evidence, directed by Trish Adlesic, Geeta Gandbhir and with directing faculty Richard Hankin as supervising editor

Intent to Destroy, directed by Joe Berlinger, with cinematography by Bob Richman (camera faculty)

No Man's Land, directed by David Byars and edited and produced by alumnus David Osit, who also scored the film. The film's assistant editor is Raul Santos, another SocDoc alumnus, and consulting editor is faculty Richard Hankin. Alumnus Sarah Rachael Wainio and student James Stuart were transcribers for the film.

Soundtracks: Songs That Defined History, a new series for CNN is Executive Produced by Department Chair Maro Chermayeff and her company Show of Force.

Shadowman, filmed by cinematography faculty Tom Hurwitz and Bob Richman

Hilda, a short directed by Kiira Benzing and edited by Olga Lvoff (alumnus)

We'll be out in force for screenings and events - see you there!
(pictured: No Man's Land)

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Prospective Students: Attend SocDoc Process & Style Screenings
March 17, 2017

Prospective Students: Attend SocDoc Process & Style Screenings

If you're interested in joining SVA's MFA Social Documentary Film program, we encourage you to come by for a tour of the department, and to sit in on our weekly screening series that comprise our Process & Style class on Thursday evenings. Read More
Resist & Record: You're Invited
March 16, 2017

Resist & Record: You're Invited

Talk of resistance and protest has ignited in a new way in recent months, and in my role as an advocate and advisor for filmmakers, I have felt the need to create a platform for our student’s voices to be heard. Over coffee one morning, my fellow SocDoc faculty Deborah Dickson, Micah Fink and I decided we had to take this opportunity to activate our department. Not to require action - but to inspire it. Read More