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Brighton native Tom Cross wins film editing Oscar-D&C Article-February 23, 2015

Brighton native Tom Cross wins film editing Oscar
Staff reports

A short documentary that was filmed in Canandaigua and a Brighton native nominated for best film editing have both won Oscars.

Tom Cross, who grew up in Brighton, won an Oscar for Best Film Editing for his work on Whiplash. Meanwhile, Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1, filmed at the Canandaigua VA Medical Center, won an Oscar for Best Short Documentary.

Cross is a graduate of Brighton High School and earned a bachelor of fine arts in visual arts from SUNY Purchase in 1993. He began as a commercial editor in New York City and was an assistant editor on Ang Lee’s Ride with the Devil and the HBO series Deadwood. He eventually cut Damien Chazelle’s original short-film version of Whiplash, then did a feature version.

Crisis Hotline eavesdrops on the trained mental health professionals who staff the 24-hour Veterans Crisis Line at the Canandaigua VA. The hotline, which also has a chat line and takes text messages, is operated by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and is part of the VA’s suicide prevention program.

The crisis phone line opened in July 2007 and has received more than 1.2 million calls. Online chats were added in July 2009 and there have been about 175,000 of those conversations. Texting began in 2011, and the crisis line has received about 24,000.

Filming spanned over many months beginning in 2012 and aired on HBO.

Editor Tom Cross, winner for the Best Film Editing Award for “Whiplash,” poses in the press room during the 87th Oscars on February 22, 2015 in Hollywood, California. AFP PHOTO / FREDERIC J. BROWN FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images(Photo: FREDERIC J. BROWN, AFP/Getty Images)

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Dana Perry, left, and Ellen Goosenberg Kent accept the award for best short subject documentary for Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1 at the Oscars. (Photo: John Shearer/AP)

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