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David Lowery Recuts 'Ain't Them Bodies Saints,' With Help from Harvey Weinstein

by Anne Thompson
June 20, 2013 4:28 PM
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'Ain't Them Bodies Saints'
'Ain't Them Bodies Saints'

Harvey Scissorhands. That's a description that the movie mogul will never live down. But he earned the moniker over decades by often demanding that his filmmakers, from homegrown to acquired, get back in the editing room and make their movies better.

Most recently, he offered indie filmmaker David Lowery notes on Sundance prize-winner "Ain't Them Bodies Saints." And Lowery happily took them. TWC has no final-cut control over the film, as it only has foreign release rights, which is why Weinstein included the film in his show-and-tell at Cannes. IFC Films is releasing the new edit of the film stateside on August 16. (My interview with Lowery is here.)

Well, according to producer Parts and Labor Films, Lowery rushed to deliver the film to Sundance, and was planning to do some tweaking anyway. And while he didn't incorporate all of Harvey's suggestions in his new edit of the film, which isn't missing anything significant, he used some of them to help get in and out of scenes faster and build dramatic tension and emotion in some key sequences. 

Word is, Harvey's boasting like a proud Daddy that the new cut is his. According to his producers, while Lowery was happy to get the notes, and there are no hard feelings, the final movie shown in Cannes and at the Los Angeles Film Festival (though not Seattle) was edited by David Lowery.

Given how much I adored this movie, I'll have no problem watching it again. 


  • Anne Thompson | June 21, 2013 1:36 AMReply

    Yes, Lowery is a gifted editor who helps others-- including Shane Carruth on "Upstream Color." He's also confident enough to take smart input from others and then decide what to do with it.

  • tyler4all | June 20, 2013 9:24 PMReply

    "People who finance films, distribute films, promote films and exhibit films are not filmmakers. They are not interested in letting filmmakers define and dictate the way they do their business, so filmmakers should have no interest in allowing them to dictate the way a film is made. Carry a gun if necessary." - Jim Jarmusch

  • Zach | June 20, 2013 8:52 PMReply

    Lowery helped Carruth cut UPSTEAM COLOR, right? I trust it should still be boss as hell.

  • tyler4all | June 20, 2013 9:23 PM

    yes, he did. and for a control freak like Carruth to let anyone edit his baby, Lowery must be really good. trailer looked good, looking forward to it. With talent like Affleck, Mara and Foster it's gotta be good.

  • Chris L. | June 20, 2013 6:11 PMReply

    I don't think my anticipation level for a film has ever plummeted so far so fast. Even heard a sad trombone as this article loaded.

  • ag | June 20, 2013 5:55 PMReply

    trailer floored me. looking forward to whatever edit comes my way

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