Thomas Ethan Harris, producer and instructor of the American Cinematheque's film editing seminar, In the Cut: Employing the Art of Editing, promises, “Much of our program's clip content is based around powerful contemporary examples of modern, innovative editing that have put their own unique spins on what has come before — some instantly flashy, some not so … at first.” Which is to say that shots from Battleship Potemkin, Psycho and The Pawnbroker will kick off tonight's study of how cuts can be as emotionally resonant and manipulative as any orchestral swell or boxer's son weeping. Harris is idealistic on what one might garner from technical symposia like these: “I've always intended our Cinematheque Visual Communication seminars to become a place to appreciate and learn about the art of filmmaking. Where do you go to become inspired about the potential of filmmaking and its contemporary artistry?” A USC Film School graduate, Harris understands the system all too well: “The system wants what it ain't got — so why blend in?” Unless, of course, the editor thought it would look good that way. Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Hlywd.; Wed., Jun. 19, 7:30 p.m.; $12/$15/$20. (323) 461-2020,

Wed., June 19, 7:30 p.m., 2013

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