Photo credit: Tanya Braganti

Anna Gustavi, 2015 Fellow

Anna Gustavi is a New York based editor who grew up in Sweden. She most recently edited Seymour: An Introduction, a documentary directed by Ethan Hawke which follows Seymour Bernstein, an 84 year old pianist-turned-piano teacher that shares his thoughts on music, creativity and why a big career isn’t necessarily a good thing. The film premiered at the Telluride Film Festival and went on to screen at the Toronto International Film Festival and New York Film Festival in 2014. While in art school in Sweden, Anna was drawn to the boundary-pushing work of experimental film and video artists. She received a BFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York and since then her work has straddled the worlds of art and film. She is currently editing One Bullet Afghanistan, directed by Carol Dysinger, a documentary that explores the profound effect one stray bullet can have on a family, a community, a nation, and a war.


 Photo credit: Tanya Braganti

Photo credit: Tanya Braganti

Colin Nusbaum, 2014 Fellow

Colin Nusbaum is a film editor whose work has screened at the Sundance Film Festival, Tribeca, SXSW, HotDocs, Sheffield Doc/Fest, DOCNYC, Full Frame and many others. Most recently, Colin edited Bonni Cohen and Jon Sheik's documentary An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, which opened the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. Colin's other credits include editor of the short documentary Divided City, which premiered at the New Orleans Film Festival in 2017 and will be broadcast on PBS's Reel South series. To the Edge of the Sky played at the Stony Brook Film Festival in 2017. The Many Sad Fates of Mr. Toledano, premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2015, before showing at Sheffield, Camden, Full Frame and online as part of the New York Times OpDoc series. Colin also edited Stephanie Wang-Breal’s Tough Love, co-edited Andrea Scott's Florence, Arizona, as well as Caveh Zahedi's The Sheik And I. In 2014, Colin was awarded the Karen Schmeer Film Editing Fellowship for his work as an emerging documentary editor. Colin earned a BA from The College of Wooster studying Political Theory and holds an MA in Media Studies and Film from The New School in New York, NY. He lives, works, bicycles around, and practices Aikido in Brooklyn, New York. He is supported by the love of his partner Tatyana and a cat named Isabella.

 


 Photo credit: Tanya Braganti

Photo credit: Tanya Braganti

Jim Hession, 2013 Fellow

Jim Hession is a film editor. Most recently, he edited and co-wrote  The Lovers and the Despot (directed by Robert Cannan & Ross Adam). The film debuted at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival and the 2016 Berlin International Film Festival before being acquired by Magnolia Pictures. Hession is the editor of Rich Hill (directed by Tracy Droz Tragos & Andrew Droz Palermo), winner of the U.S. Grand Jury Prize at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. The film was deemed by RogerEbert.com as being "a documentary to rank alongside such classics about indigence and family as Grey Gardens and Hoop Dreams." He is also co-editor (along with E. Donna Shepherd) of Marina Abramović: The Artist Is Present (directed by Matthew Akers). The movie garnered numerous honors, including a George Foster Peabody Award, an Emmy Award, and the Panorama Audience Award at the 2012 Berlin International Film Festival. Including the film on his list of the year's 10 best movies, John Waters concluded that it is "maybe the most perfect documentary ever made about an artist." He was the recipient of the 2013 Annual Karen Schmeer Film Editing Fellowship Award, an Emmy Award nominee, and a three-time Sundance Institute Documentary Edit and Story Lab fellow. Hession holds a B.A. in American Studies from Tufts University. He lives in Long Beach, California with his wife, Dr. Mariela Hession, M.D., and their three children, Isabella Rose, Adrian Brody, and James Matteo.


 Photo credit: Tanya Braganti

Photo credit: Tanya Braganti

Lindsay Utz, 2012 Fellow

Lindsay's most recent film, Quest (dir. Jonathan Olshefski), is a longitudinal portrait of a family from North Philadelphia, ten years in the making. Quest premiered at Sundance in 2017 to critical acclaim. The film went on to win top prizes at multiple festivals, and in January Lindsay won the 2018 Cinema Eye Honors award for Outstanding Achievement in Editing for her work on the film. Quest will have its television broadcast this summer on POV. Lindsay’s current project, Untitled Ohio Factory Film, with Academy Award-nominated filmmakers Julia Reichert and Steven Bognar, is in post-production, and slated for release in 2019. Her other credits include the Oscar-shortlisted Bully (Tribeca FF 2011), First Position (TIFF 2011), Buoy (Ashland FF 2013), In Country (Full Frame 2014), two Emmy-nominated FRONTLINE episodes (PBS 2015/2016) and multiple shorts for the New York Times. She was was the recipient of the 2012 Karen Schmeer Film Editing Fellowship.She lives and works in Evanston, Illinois (just north of Chicago) with her husband Brannon and 3-year-old daughter Charlotte. She teaches Advanced Documentary Editing at Northwestern University's MFA in Documentary Media program as an adjunct faculty member. 


 Photo credit: Tanya Braganti

Photo credit: Tanya Braganti

Erin Casper, 2011 Fellow

Erin Casper is an Emmy-nominated documentary editor based in New York. Her work has been screened and honored at festivals around the world, including Sundance Film Festival, New York Film Festival, IDFA, Hot Docs, Tribreca Film Festival, Visions du Réel, and more. Erin’s editing credits include American Promise, winner of the 2013 Sundance Special Jury Award, and nominee for three News and Documentary Emmys, including Best Documentary and Outstanding Editing, which she shares with fellow editors Mary Manhardt and Andrew Siwoff. She also edited The Last Season, a 2015 Independent Spirit Truer than Fiction Award nominee; The New Black, which was a nominee for an NAACP Image Award; and Our School, which won the 2011 AFI DOCS grand jury prize and was shown at over sixty international film festivals and broadcast throughout Europe and Asia. Her work also spans short form and episodic nonfiction, and has appeared in Vanity FairField of VisionNY Times Op-Docs and The Intercept. Her most recent film, Risk, directed by Academy Award winner Laura Poitras, premiered theatrically in May 2017 and was broadcast on Showtime. Outside of her work as an editor, Erin has served as both an advisor and fellow at the IFP and Sundance Documentary Edit & Story Labs, and was the inaugural recipient of the Karen Schmeer Film Editing Fellowship.