Andrew Hafitz has been editing films since 1995. Along the way, he's collaborated with Mary Harron (Charlie Says, 2018), Brad Anderson (Beirut, 2018), Larry Clark (Ken Park, 2002; Bully, 2001), Whit Stillman (Damsels in Distress, 2012; The Last Days of Disco, 1998), and Lodge Kerrigan (Keane, 2004).
Three of his films with younger directors have premiered in U.S. Dramatic Competition at Sundance, including Equity (Meera Menon, 2016), Here (Braden King, 2011), and Don't Let Me Drown (Cruz Angeles, 2009). In 2015, the micro-budget Naz & Maalik, written and directed by another young collaborator, Jay Dockendorf, premiered at SXSW in advance of a GLAAD Media Award nomination as Best Film (Limited Release).
In 1999 Hafitz edited The Lifestyle, a groundbreaking documentary about swinging in America, with Dan Cogan (Icarus) producing and David Schisgall directing. He later teamed with Schisgall on two episodes of MTV’s True Life, both filmed in the Middle East: “I Live in the Terror Zone,” about Palestinian and Israeli youth living in the West Bank; and “I'm in Iraq," shot during the first months of the Iraq war. The latter won the 2005 Edward R. Murrow Award for Best Network News Documentary.
He has mentored young filmmakers in affiliation with a variety of institutions, including NYU, SVA, the Independent Feature Project, and the Creative Coalition. In 2016 he served as Artist in Residence at the Manhattan Edit Workshop, and, in 2017, as Adjunct Professor at the Columbia University School of the Arts.
Hafitz's most recent feature, Mary Harron's Charlie Says, tells the Manson story from the perspective of the young women who committed murders on his behalf. It will be distributed by IFC Films in 2019.
A graduate of Yale University with a degree in comparative literature, Hafitz is passionate about telling stories in film language that is both articulate and emotional. He lives in Manhattan and Willow, NY, with his wife, Robin.