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Lucia Small has been an independent filmmaker for over 20 years. Her most recent film, ONE CUT, ONE LIFE (2014), she co-directed, co-wrote, co-filmed, and edited with the late seminal documentarian Ed Pincus (1938-2013). As the "father of first person non-fiction film", Pincus considered this final film with Small "as the culmination of my life's work". Supported by the Sundance Institute and the LEF Foundation, ONE CUT, ONE LIFE premiered at Full Frame Documentary FIlm Festival (2014) and as part of the prestigious "spotlight on docs" of the 52nd New York Film Festival. It is currently being theatrically distributed by First Run Features. Several years earlier, Small and Pincus had first met and teamed up to make THE AXE IN THE ATTIC (2007) about the Diaspora of Hurricane Katrina, a project which brought Pincus out of a twenty-year retirement from film. Premiering at the The New York Film Festival, and the International Human Rights Watch Film Festival, THE AXE IN THE ATTIC was distributed by IndiePix and The Cinema Guild. Before collaborating with Pincus, Small had produced several independent films, including MY FATHER, THE GENIUS (2002), Small's directorial debut documentary, which won several top film festival awards, including "Grand Jury Prizes for the Best Documentary" and "Best Editing" at the Slamdance Film Festival. Broadcast internationally, featured as part of the Sundance Channel’s DOCday series, the film was distributed through New Yorker Films. MY FATHER, THE GENIUS was edited by Karen Schmeer (1970-2010). After Karen was tragically killed in 2010, Small and several close friends formed the Karen Schmeer Fellowship to help keep the memory alive of this talented and beloved member of the documentary community.