The Seeker was made in partnership with TOPIC and is my first (non-commercial) documentary project as a director. The Seeker tells the story of Kenneth Copp, an excommunicated Amish woodworker living off the grid in rural Maine. Shot on 16mm over the course of a year, this contemplative, verité portrait follows this fierce individualist as he struggles with spirituality, poverty, and life as an outcast from his strict, insular community.
Lance Edmands is a writer, director, and editor from Brooklyn. He was born and raised on the coast of Maine and graduated from NYU Tisch School of the Arts. His work has been featured at the Sundance, Tribeca, SXSW, Berlin, and New York Film Festivals. His first feature film as writer/director, BLUEBIRD, was invited to the Sundance Institute Screenwriters and Directors Labs and was awarded grants from Cinereach, the Richard Vague/Chris Columbus Production Fund, and the San Francisco Film Society. BLUEBIRD, starring John Slattery, Amy Morton, Adam Driver, Emily Meade, and Louisa Krause, premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and was released theatrically by Factory 25 and Sundance Artist Services. Salon called the film "a delicate and affecting drama with grace notes of mystery and redemption" and it was named a NY Times "Critics Pick." His first narrative feature as an editor, Lena Dunham's TINY FURNITURE, won the Grand Jury Prize at SXSW and was released by IFC and Criterion Collection. Lance also directs and edits commercials, including acclaimed spots for Ford, Google, and Cadillac. He was featured as part of the SHOOT New Director's Showcase for his work on a campaign for Chevy. His three most recent shorts, STRAYS, WHITEOUT, and THE SEEKER were all Vimeo Staff Picks. He is currently in development on his second narrative feature.