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March 7, 2013, 6:05 am
Growing up, I wanted to be many things. Professional basketball player. Journalist. Doctor. Lawyer. Photographer. Scientist. Historian. Writer. Bartender. CIA Agent. I don't specifically remember ever wishing to become an astronaut, fireman, or police officer, but the chances are that I considered those lines of noble work at some point as well. It perhaps comes as little surprise, therefore, that I had many interests and passions throughout my youth.
August 6, 2018, 9:36 am
The Karen Schmeer Film Editing Fellowship open call for its ninth annual award will run August 6, 2018 through September 30, 2018.Applicants must have edited at least one feature documentary (60 minutes or longer) but no more than three (fiction or documentary) and plan on living in the US between March 2019 and March 2020. The fellowship champions emerging documentary editors by developing their talent, expanding their creative community, and furthering their career aspirations. In collabo...
May 2, 2018, 4:14 am
Provides Mentorship to 29 Editors from a Variety of Backgrounds and Experiences We've launched a new initiative called the Diversity in the Edit Room Program. It is designed to cultivate the careers of emerging assistant editors and editors from diverse backgrounds and experiences working in the documentary field. Twenty-nine ...
February 2, 2018, 10:09 am
At last Tuesday's annual Sundance Film Festival Art of Editing Reception, Editor Jean Tsien was presented with the Mentorship Award. The list of stories of her generosity and the encouragement she has given to other editors was too long to share in its entirety on stage. She is an inspiration to us all.Editor/Director Pedro Kos delivered a heartfelt and bracingly honest keynote which addressed the creativity-killing pressures editors face in today's documentary making environment. HIs full...
November 9, 2017, 5:54 am
Open call is now closed. The deadline was September 29, 2017. Thank you to everyone who applied for our 2018-19 fellowship. We've started the screening process and are already impressed by the quality of the applicants. Candidates will be notified of their status in January 2018 and we'll introduce our eighth fellow in March 2018 at the SXSW Film Award Ceremony.
August 3, 2017, 5:02 am
The Karen Schmeer Film Editing Fellowship open call for its eighth annual award will run August 2, 2017 through September 29, 2017.Applicants must have edited at least one feature documentary (60 minutes or longer) but no more than three and plan on living in the US between March 2018 and March 2019. The fellowship champions emerging documentary editors by developing their talent, expanding their creative community, and furthering their career aspirations. In collaboration with American Cin...
July 24, 2017, 5:53 am
Schmeer Fellow Leigh Johnson's first entry for the POV Blog's Enter the Edit series has been published. It’s a rollicking interview with Penelope Falk, the award-winning doc editor of Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work, Maidentrip, and Step. She’s also one of Leigh’s Karen Schmeer Fellowship mentors. They discuss Penny’s own mentors, why it’s okay to be wrong, the importance of figuring out thematic principles of the film you’re working on, and much more!Penny on how to use notes f...
March 8, 2017, 10:44 am
Leigh Johnson (Photo by Tanya Braganti) We're delighted to announce that Leigh Johnson is our 2017 fellow! Leigh is an incredibly talented emerging editor who has impressed us with her passion for the craft, her thoughtful approach to the creative process and her love of col...
March 4, 2017, 8:07 am
Lewis Erskine speaks at the Karen Schmeer Fellowship’s Art of Editing Lunch at the 2017 Festival. © Sundance Institute | Max Spooner In his keynote at this year's Sundance Art of Editing lunch, Lewis Erskine urged editors and decision makers to “Examine your privilege. Question it constantly... If you’re in the [decision making] room, take the risk of being the disruptor.” It was an extraordinary call to action a...
January 18, 2017, 6:23 am
Gore Vidal and William F. Buckley Jr in BEST OF ENEMIES, a Magnolia Pictures release. Photo courtesy of Magnolia Pictures. This is the fifth (and last!) in a series of posts on POV’s Documentary Blog about the regrettably underappreciated process and craft of documentary editing with our guide, 2016 Karen Schmeer Film Editing Fellow Eileen Meyer. Catch up on earlier conversations with Meyer.Coffee. Meditation. Mentorship...
Gordon Burkell sits down to discuss Selina MacArthur's Emmy nominated work on Black Mirror's USS Callister.
Gordon Burkell sits down with Beth Morgan to discuss the costume design for GLOW.
Gordon Burkell sits down with Tanya Swerling to discuss her work on the show GLOW.
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