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R.I.P. Vermont Filmmaker Ed Pincus

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UPDATE 11/8: Here is Ed Pincus' obituary in the New York Times.

We've received reports that Vermont filmmaker Ed Pincus passed away yesterday.

Pincus spent decades farming in Roxbury, Vt., but his renown as a documentarian of the '60s and '70s is national. His film Diaries (1982) helped kick off the trend of personal documentaries that continued in later years with Ross McElwee and prefigured the YouTube generation.

Pincus founded MIT's Film Section and coauthored The Filmmaker's Handbook, a standard text for generations of aspiring filmmakers. In 2012, when the Film Society of Lincoln Center did a retrospective of his work, Tom Roston of PBS compared him to such documentary giants as D.A. Pennebaker, Frederick Wiseman and the Maysles brothers.

Pincus was honored locally last March at the Green Mountain Film Festival in Montpelier. There he spoke about his ongoing project, Elephant in the Room, in which he and codirector Lucia Small confront the specters of illness and death. Read more in a Burlington Free Press article previewing the GMFF event. Here's a tribute to Pincus that his friend Bram Towbin blogged last spring after seeing the GMFF retrospective.

We hope to have a chance to see Pincus' final work at a future local film fest. He will be missed.

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