Wednesday
Aug062014

2015 OPEN CALL HAS BEGUN

ONLINE SUBMISSIONS ARE DUE BY 11:59 PM EST SEPTEMBER 30, 2014
CLICK HERE TO APPLY

We're looking for emerging documentary editors who have cut at least one feature documentary (longer than 60 minutes) but no more than three and are based in the U.S.

Now in its fifth year, the Karen Schmeer Film Editing Fellowship assists emerging documentary editors by developing their talent, expanding their creative community, and furthering their career aspirations. In conjunction with American Cinema Editors (ACE), Manhattan Edit Workshop, SXSW and other partners, the Fellowship offers a wide array of opportunities.


Awarded once a year, the Fellowship honors the memory of gifted editor Karen Schmeer (“Fog of War”; “Fast, Cheap & Out of Control”; “Bobby Fischer Against the World”), who was killed in a hit-and-run car accident at age 39, on January 29, 2010.

Previous fellows have attained remarkable achievements in their editing careers since winning the award. As a result of the increased profile our 2013 Fellowship gave him, Jim Hession ("Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present") was hired to edit "Rich Hill," which went on to win Sundance's 2014 U.S. Documentary Grand Jury Prize and opens nationwide in theaters this month. 2012 Fellow Lindsay Utz's ("Bully") second feature, "In Country," participated in the 2014 Sundance Institute's Documentary Film Program and enjoyed its world premiere at the 2014 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival. Since receiving the inaugural 2011 Schmeer Fellowship, Erin Casper ("Our School") has been prolific, editing "American Promise" (2013 Sundance U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award), "The New Black" (2013 AFI Docs Audience Award) and the upcoming "The Last Season." And "Tough Love," edited by our current fellow, Colin Nusbaum ("The Sheik and I") recently premiered at Full Frame and Hot Docs, and will premiere on PBS' POV series in 2015.

Wednesday
May282014

COLIN BLOGS ABOUT "HOW TO SURVIVE AS AN ASSISTANT EDITOR"

May 28, 2014

On today's POV Blog, 2014 Fellow Colin Nusbaum is interviewed about the role of the assistant editor:

What are the responsibilities of an assistant editor? Do they vary from job to job, or are they very well defined?

Each film is going to be very different. I’ve rarely ever replicated the exact process as an assistant, but always took it upon myself to carefully consider what might work best given the technicalities and goals for each film. Naturally, that also meant that if an editor was already set to work on the film that I would check in with him or her about organizational preferences.

Read on...

Thursday
Mar062014

COLIN NUSBAUM ON THE FELLOWSHIP, STORIES WORTH TELLING, AND KAREN

by Colin Nusbaum, 2014 Fellow

I think I inherited a skepticism and penchant for realism from my father. He liked to watch sports games, and when I was little, I liked to watch them with him. We were not deterred that our favorite teams from Detroit didn’t win very often because the journey of a game was enough entertainment. We would watch movies together too—mostly Hollywood hits or whatever reruns were on cable. At the time though, the fiction movies I saw didn’t do much to convince me that the actors playing roles were involved in situations that I should really care about or believe in. I had a difficult time investing in characters and stories that I understood to be fantasy, and so the entertainment seemed a bit flat.

To read the rest of Colin's first blog entry, click here.

Saturday
Oct012011

THE FELLOWSHIP

Awarded annually, the Karen Schmeer Film Editing Fellowship was created in 2010 to honor the memory of gifted editor Karen Schmeer. It is a year-long experience that encourages and champions the talent of an emerging documentary editor. It creates opportunities to help cultivate an editor’s artistry and craft, and expand his or her professional and creative community.

The 2015 Fellowship includes: 

  • Mentorship with a veteran editor or editors (2014 mentors: Jonathan Oppenheim, David Teague, Jean Tsien, A.C.E.)
  • Admission to ACE EditFest in Los Angeles
  • Admission to Manhattan Edit Workshop's Sight, Sound & Story editing summit
  • Class at the Manhattan Edit Workshop – an Apple, Adobe & Avid Authorized Training Center
  • Film Badge for the SXSW Film Festival in Austin, Texas
  • Chrome Pass with full festival access to the Independent Film Festival Boston (IFFB)
  • Festival pass to DOC NYC documentary film festival
  • Travel expenses to two of the aforementioned festivals/classes (airfare, 3 nights of accommodations, per diem)
  • Summer Series Triple Membership for Rooftop Films, NYC, plus a $1000 equipment rental credit
  • Season Pass to Stranger Than Fiction at the IFC Center in NYC
  • $1000 cash award
  • $250 online gift certificate to Powell’s Books in Portland, Oregon (Karen’s favorite)
  • "Special" membership in ACE (American Cinema Editors society) (benefits include subscription to Cinema
    Editor magazine)
  • Portrait sesion with Tanya Braganti Photography
  • Complete DVD collection of all 13 of Karen's feature films

For more information about Fellowship benefits and eligibility requirements, please visit the FAQ page.

 

 

AMERICAN CINEMA EDITORS (ACE) is an honorary association of professional film editors that celebrates and promotes the art of editing. Editors are included on the basis of professional achievement, dedication to educating others, and commitment to the craft of editing. ACE Website