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7:28 am
Wed February 19, 2014

Hard To Watch '12 Years A Slave'? Try Editing It

Lupita Nyong'o and Chiwetel Ejiofor in the Oscar-nominated 12 Years a Slave. Director Steve McQueen and film editor Joe Walker took a restrained, formal approach to portraying the "casual nightmare" of American slavery.
Francois Duhamel Fox Searchlight Pictures

Originally published on Tue February 25, 2014 4:38 pm

A lot of people believe 12 Years A Slave is the best film yet made about slavery in the United States. That doesn't make it easy to watch.

It also wasn't easy to edit.

"Editing is like a massive, 5,000-piece jigsaw puzzle," says director Steve McQueen. He's just arrived from Europe and is relaxing in a suite in a swanky West Hollywood hotel with the film's editor, Joe Walker.

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The Jim Engster Show
9:09 am
Fri February 22, 2013

FRIDAY: Opera Star Ashraf Sewailam, The Advocate's John Wirt

Egyptian opera star Ashraf Sewailam discusses his upcoming appearance in Baton Rouge, and the current unrest in his home country.

Advocate entertainment writer John Wirt talks about the Louisiana connection at this Sunday's Academy Awards show.