JAKE PUSHINSKY (Editor) was born and raised in San Francisco. Son of critically acclaimed photographer Ted Pushinsky, Jake always knew he’d make his living in the arts. Soon after college, he got his start in the film business as an assistant music editor on such studio films as Against the Ropes, The Rookie, and Uprising.
Early on in his career, Jake met film director Dito Montiel, and the two found themselves immersed in the idea of telling the autobiographical account of Dito’s childhood in Astoria, NY in the 1980’s, with Dito to direct and Jake to edit. This visceral and beautifully crafted film, A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints, starring Shia Labeouf, Robert Downey Jr., Channing Tatum and Rosario Dawson, became the award winning Sundance hit of 2006, garnering both the 'Best Director' and 'Best Ensemble Cast' awards. Jake then went on to cut the hit jazz documentary Chops, which premiered at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival. Jake and Dito teamed up again for Universal Focus’ action thriller Fighting, starring Terrence Howard. Soon after, Jake landed the much-anticipated James Franco biopic, Howl, about the life and art of controversial poet Allen Ginsberg, directed by Oscar winners Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman. Howl was chosen out of hundreds of films to be the opening night film at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival.
2011 brought more accolades for Jake, including having a film in each of the two most sought after film festivals. The first was another Montiel directed film called The Son of No One, starring Al Pacino, Channing Tatum, Ray Liotta and Katie Holmes, and it was chosen as the closing night film at Sundance. The other was director Jamie Linden’s 10 Years, starring Channing Tatum, Justin Long, Rosario Dawson and Ron Livingston, which premiered at Toronto just a few months later. Jake and Dito continued their collaboration with Empire State, starring Dwayne Johnson, Liam Hemsworth and Emma Roberts; Boulevard, starring Robin Williams, Kathy Baker and Bob Odenkirk, which premiered at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival to rave reviews; and Man Down starring Kate Mara, Gary Oldman, and Shia LaBeouf.
In 2014 Jake worked with directors Epstein and Friedman again to tell the history of the Academy Awards with the documentary, And The Oscar Goes To… which now plays every year just before the Awards.
Jake teamed up with Oscar nominated director, Jason Cohen, in 2016 to cut the feature documentary film Silicon Cowboys, which explores the billion-dollar empire of Compaq computers and how it overcame all odds and altered the course of the computing world. The film premiered at SXSW, where it sold for theatrical distribution.
In January, 2017 Jake was brought on to edit the two part documentary event, What’s My Name — Muhammad Ali, for HBO, directed by Antoine Fuqua, and produced by Oscar winner, Glen Zipper. It will premiere on HBO in Spring of 2019.
Jake is currently cutting the highly sought after Linda Ronstadt documentary with directors Epstein and Friedman, for CNN Films.