There’s a local connection in the documentary feature race: Hell and Back Again, about a wounded U.S. Marine’s tough transition from Afghan combat to stateside rehab, was edited by Fiona Otway, who’s in the graduate program at Temple University’s film school. It’s the third Oscar-nominated doc that Otway has edited: Iraq in Fragments was a documentary feature contender in 2007, “Sari’s Mother” was a 2008 documentary short subject nominee.
“Happy news,” says Otway, reached an hour or so after the Oscar announcements.“ The 33-year-old editor worked “a little bit” on Hell and Back Again here in Philly, but mostly she put the film together in Seattle, where she was living before she received her fellowship to attend Temple.
Otway, currently finishing up work on a doc about international adoptions, calls this year's five non-fiction feature nominees “a really good batch.” They are: If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front, Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory, Pina and Undefeated. “Undefeated was made by a friend of mine, TJ Martin, so I'm excited for him, too,” she says.
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