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James LeSage has had recent success as a film editor with the Filipino feature film"Graceland" distributed by Drafthouse Films and winner of an Audience Award at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival. Graceland played theatrically in over 20 cities and is available on iTunes and VOD.

Gary Goldstein of the LA Times says, "Graceland is a tense, twisty cinematic artichoke brimming with moral complexity and intriguing shades of gray. Writer-director Ron Morales masterfully juggles this brisk thriller's various puzzle pieces to create an unpredictable portrait of desperate times — and desperate measures." And goes on to call it a, "...well-shot picture that often plays like a tighter, more realistic version of Taken."
Here is the full LA Times review:
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/movies/moviesnow/la-et-mn-graceland-review-20130426,0,5746426.story

Graceland currently has a score of 84% on rotten tomatoes. http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/graceland_2012/

With positive reviews from:

NY Times: http://movies.nytimes.com/2013/04/26/movies/graceland-a-manila-set-thriller-by-ron-morales.html?partner=rss&emc=rss&utm_source=feedly&_r=0

Variety: http://variety.com/2012/film/reviews/graceland-2-1117948697/

Hollywood Reporter: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/review/graceland-film-review-446728

...and many others.

"Graceland is James LeSage's 2nd feature film as an editor, he also cut the mobster comedy "The Briefcase" out now on DVD. James has worked as an assistant and apprentice editor under Oscar winner Claire Simpson (Platoon, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close), Jay Rabinowitz(Requiem for a Dream), and Andy Hafitz (Bully, Last Days of Disco) among others. He has a background in After Effects and 3D animation. He also spent several years working on set in production for people like Woody Allen, Tina Fey, Adam Sandler - a time he calls "the best graduate school anyone could image."

Check out some of James's work below.

He is currently seeking representation and future narrative feature film projects.


FILMS

GRACELAND


TRAILER

2nd Place AUDIENCE AWARD at the TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL 2012

___Family man Marlon Villar is the long-time driver of Manuel Chango, a corrupt Filipino congressman. One afternoon, while driving his and Chango’s preteen daughters home from school, the three are violently ambushed in a kidnapping attempt. When the attempt goes horribly awry, the wrong girl is taken, and the driver's life takes a sudden, terrifying turn. Left as the only witness to the crime, Marlon’s loyalty is called into question. As events unravel further, he, Chango, and their families become ensnared in a downward spiral of betrayal and deceit that will ultimately leave no one innocent.

2012 • 84 mins

Drafthouse Film - Official Graceland Website

www.gracelandmovie.com

_PRESS

New York Times review - by Jeannette Catsoulis
"A Land of Hopes and Dreams, Dashed"

Los Angeles Times review - by Gary Goldstein
"Movie Review: 'Graceland' a Gritty Abduction Thriller"

Variety review - by Richard Kuipers
"A potent combo of hostage thriller and high impact morality play..."

Hollywood Reporter review - by Justin Lowe
"Tense, Phiippeans-set crime thriller..."

 


EDITOR

 

DRAFTHOUSE FILMS

Writer & Director RON MORALES

Graceland poster


THE BRIEFCASE


Trailer

___THE BRIEFCASE is a gritty comedic tale that centers around two people who are handcuffed together. Unaware of the other’s identity, Jason and Dan barrel through the woods to escape certain death. The four nameless men pursuing Jason and Dan are a bumbling group of misfits with a basic inability to work together in any reasonable fashion. While Dan clings onto a Briefcase, Jason does his best to look out for himself in this suspenseful story of chaos and revelation.

Available on DVD here.

www.thebriefcasemovie.com

2011 • 76 mins

 


EDITOR


OSIRIS ENTERTAINMENT
ALTERNATE ENDING STUDIOS

Writer & Director
JASON KRAWCZYK

Briefcase poster

 

MUSIC VIDEOS

PHAROAHE MONCH ft. JILL SCOTT "STILL STANDING"

OFFICIAL SELECTION of the BOSTON UNDERGROUND FILM FESTIVAL

___Pharoahe Monch's autobiographical song about growing up with asthma and how it parallels all of his life struggles.

2012 • 5 1/2 mins

 


EDITOR

 

RED BULL

 

GRAPHICS

CHRIS GARNEAU "DIRTY NIGHT CLOWNS"


MUSIC VIDEO

___"Dirty Night Clowns" is a single from Chris Garneau's album, El Radio, on Absolutely Kosher Records.

2010 • 5 mins

 


VFX • TITLES

 

Director RYAN GIBEAU

OTHER PROJECTS

SEAL TEAM SIX: THE RAID ON OSAMA BIN LADEN


ASSISTANT EDITOR

 

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC
THE WEINSTEIN COMPANY

 


EXTREMELY LOUD AND INCREDIBLY CLOSE


TRAILER


APPRENTICE EDITOR

 

WARNER BROS

Director STEPHEN DALDRY

Editor CLAIRE SIMPSON

 

 

 


 
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