Palm Springs

Director: Max Barbikow

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Produced by Andy Samberg and the Lonely Island crew, Palm Springs marked the second film Matt edited in as many years to premier at Sundance. It set a new high sale record for Sundance, beating the previous record of $17.5M by 69 cents. (True Lonely Island style!)

Palm Springs’ critical and audience response has been completely overwhelming. The film holds a 94% fresh rating based on 173 critic reviews. It was likewise a hit with audiences, smashing Hulu’s record for hours viewed on an opening weekend.


“A question burns in in the minds of anyone who’s seen more than a couple of these live-die-restart films: Is the ‘let’s do every dumb, life-threatening thing we can imagine' montage any good? Answer: It’s among the best.”

HOLLYWOOD REPORTER, John DeFore
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Trailer

Interviews on Editing the Time Loop

The storytelling in Palm Springs is part linear and part non-linear. On the non-linear side, there were obviously repetitions of the same day, but those days weren’t repetitions per se for our heroes… their timelines generally kept moving forward, together. But sometimes we used the narrative device of the flashback to make their storyline non-linear as well, and sometimes we even saw the exact same events once from Nyles’ perspective and a second time from Sarah’s perspective. We took great care in the editorial process to keep all those repetitions soul crushing for the characters, but not for the audience. I talk about how we achieved that balance in this piece for Variety magazine, and also in this episode of Avid’s Rough Cut podcast, as well as this article and video interview for Deadline Hollywood.  

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Awards & Nominations

Golden Globes

Nominated - Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy
Nominated - Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy, Andy Samberg

Sundance Film Festival

Nominated - Grand Jury Prize - Dramatic

Critics Choice Super Awards

WINNER - Best Science Fiction/Fantasy Movie
WINNER - Best Actor in a Science Fiction/Fantasy Movie, Andy Samberg
WINNER - Best Actress in a Science Fiction/Fantasy Movie, Cristin Milioti
Nominated - Best Villain in a Movie, J.K. Simmons

IGN Summer Movie Awards

WINNER - Best Movie 2020
WINNER - Best Comedy Movie 2020

Oklahoma Film Critics Circle

WINNER - Top Ten Films

San Diego Film Critics Society

Nominated - Best Editing
Nominated - Best Ensemble
Nominated - Best Comedic Performance - Andy Samberg

Phoenix Film Critics Society

WINNER - Overlooked Film of the Year

Columbus Film Critics Association

Nominated - Best Overlooked Film
Nominated - Best Original Screenplay

Film Independent Spirit Awards

Nominated - Best First Screenplay, Andy Siara

Hugo Awards

Nominated - Best Dramatic Presentation - Long Form

Online Association of Female Film Critics

2nd Place - Breakthrough Performance, Cristin Milioti
Nominated - Best Original Screenplay

Satellite Awards

Nominated - Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy
Nominated - Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical: Andy Samberg
Nominated - Best Original Screenplay

St. Louis Film Critics

2nd Place - Best Comedy Film
Nominated - Best Original Screenplay

Washington DC Area Film Critics

Nominated - Best Original Screenplay

Women Film Critics Circle

Nominated - Best Screen Couple

Greater Western New York Film Critics

Nominated - Breakthrough Director, Max Barbikow

Art Directors Guild

Nominated - Excellence in Production Design, Comtemporary Film

American Cinema Editors

WINNER - Best Edited Feature Film - Comedy

Critics Choice Awards

WINNER - Best Comedy

Las Vegas Film Critics Society

WINNER - Best Comedy Film

Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Films

Nominated - Saturn Award - Best Independent Film

Hollywood Critics Association

WINNER - Best Comedy/Musical Film
WINNER - Breakthrough Performance, Cristin Milioti
Nominated - Best Independent Film
Nominated - Best Original Screenplay

Austin Film Critics Association

Nominated - Best Film
Nominated - Best First Film
Nominated - Best Original Screenplay

Phoenix Critics Circle

WINNER - Best Comedy Film

Chicago Indie Critics

Nominated - Best Original Screenplay

Denver Film Critics Society

Nominated - Best Comedy Film

Americana Film Festival

Nominated - Audience Award

North Texas Film Critics Association

Nominated - Best Supporting Actor, J.K. Simmons

Guild of Music Supervisors

Nominated - Best Music Supervision for Film: Budgeted Under 10 Million Dollars

Set Decorators Society of America

Nominated - Best Achievement in Decor/Design of a Fantasy or Science Fiction Feature Film

Las Vegas Film Critics Society

Nominated - Best Actress, Awkwafina

Utah Film Critics Association

2nd Place - Vice/Martin Award, Cristin Milioti

Writers Guild of America

Nominated - Best Original Screenplay

Indiana Film Journalists Association

Nominated - Best Actress, Cristin Milioti
Nominated - Best Original Screenplay
Nominated - Best Supporting Actor, J.K. Simmons
Nominated - Breakout Director of the Year, Max Barbikow
Nominated - Breakout Writer of the Year, Andy Siara

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