Andrew Hafitz has edited some of the most acclaimed films of New York independent cinema, including The Last Days of Disco (directed by Whit Stillman); Bully (Larry Clark); Keane (Lodge Kerrigan), recently re-released in 4K; and a perennial mention on LBGTQ+ Top Ten film lists, Naz & Maalik (Jay Dockendorf). His work has appeared in leading festivals all over the world, including Cannes, Berlin, Venice, Toronto, New York, SXSW, and Telluride. Seven of his films have premiered at Sundance. Hafitz has an intense commitment to achieving a director’s vision, which has made him a valued collaborator to such filmmakers as Brad Anderson, Braden King, and Mary Harron.
Informed by a background in literature, photography, and radio, Hafitz brings intellectual rigor as well as a strong visual and musical sensibility to his craft. Extensive documentary and TV experience taught him early how to re-imagine footage and story when necessary to achieve his directors’ goals. Sought after as a mentor and advisor, Hafitz has taught editing for a variety of institutions, including NYU, Columbia, SVA, the Manhattan Edit Workshop, the Independent Feature Project, and the Creative Coalition.
A graduate of Yale University with a degree in comparative literature, Hafitz is passionate about telling stories in cinematic language that is articulate yet emotional. A native of Trenton, New Jersey, he now lives in the Flatiron district of Manhattan and enjoys weekends in the Catskills with his wife, Robin, and two of the sweetest dogs in the world, Munjebel and Eighmey.