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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

AWARDS SEASON 2018: THE 2018 ACE EDDIE AWARDS
Tatiana Riegel Testifies To "I, Tonya"


Tatiana S. Riegel last Friday night pre-ACE Eddie Awards in Beverly Hills, California.
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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

BEVERLY HILLS, California

Tatiana Riegel edits films.  And the best work of her illustrious career is on display in "I, Tonya", a kinetic, visceral and comedic experience that thrives on its editing.  Ms. Riegel is an Oscar nominee for her editing of the film and appeared as a nominee at last week's ACE Eddie Awards, which salutes the very best in editing.  Later on Friday night she would win the Eddie for best edited feature comedy for "I, Tonya".

Hours before then on Eddie Awards red carpet press row Tatiana Riegel stopped by for a brief conversation about her work on Craig Gillespie's film.  "When he first called me though, and told me he has a script about Tonya Harding I sort of deflated a bit and said, 'really?'," admitted Ms. Riegel, who has worked with Mr. Gillespie six times.

"And then I read it.  And then I was all in," Ms. Riegel added, speaking of Steven Rogers's screenplay.

"I think it's a very emotional film and I think that's the most important thing about it."

"I, Tonya" follows a multiple-narrator fifteen-seconds-of-fame hook.  Each of the principal characters wants to convince you of the truth of their story.  Margot Robbie stars as Ms. Harding.

The mission for Ms. Riegel when editing "I, Tonya" was fairly straightforward.  "I always tried to stay (with the emotion), then the story, and you know, keep the energy going." 

The editing process and shooting combined on "I, Tonya" was nine months.

"It was fast.  But it was a small low-budget movie.  We didn't have the luxury of being able to dilly-dally.  We had to get right down to business," Ms. Riegel said.


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