The generous and humble Melissa Kent speaks to Monica on this podcast episode. Melissa Kent is well known in the industry as a highly respected film editor, her impressive filmography includes The Age of Adaline, The Virgin Suicides, and American Pastoral starring Ewan McGregor. Now Kent’s work in her directorial debut Bernie and Rebecca is turning heads with multiple awards and nominations. This prestigious film has been selected for the Oscar-qualifying Cleveland International Film Festival.
After a blind date, Bernie and Rebecca imagine a future life together, but it’s not the perfect marriage with angelic kids, a big house and white picket fence…
Kyle Davis (Dexter/Enlisted) stars as Bernie and Brianna Barnes (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) as Rebecca, with both of their performances nominated at the International Filmmaker Festival of World Cinema in Berlin. The music was composed by David Carbonara (Mad Men), cinematography is by Nicole Whitaker (Homeland) and the sound was designed by Christopher S. Aud (Mad Max: Fury Road, Neighbors). Kent produced alongside Mary Pat Bentel (Animals, Goodbye World).
Until now Melissa Kent has made her career as a feature film editor, most recently on Ewan McGregor’s directorial debut, American Pastoral, based on the Pulitzer Prize winning novel by Philip Roth, starring McGregor, Jennifer Connelly and Dakota Fanning. Previous editing credits include; The Vow, Four Christmases, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2, Just Wright, Something New, A Raisin in the Sun, and crazy/beautiful.
Bernie and Rebecca continues its successful run on the festival circuit having won the following awards; Best Comedy at Hawaii International Film Festival, Best Romantic Comedy at Northern Virginia International Film Festival, Best Romantic Comedy at Go West Fest, Best Director at Glendale International Film Festival, Jury Award at Catalina Film Festival, Award of Excellence Special Mention at Indiefest Film Awards, Award of Excellence Special Mention and Award of Excellence: Editing at Indiefest Film Awards.