Leigh Johnson, 2017 Fellow
Leigh Johnson is a New York-based documentary film editor and the 2017 Karen Schmeer Film Editing Fellow. She was editor and associate producer on the HBO documentary Dangerous Acts Starring the Unstable Elements of Belarus, which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival, won awards at festivals internationally, and won an Emmy for Outstanding Arts and Culture Programming. Her other editing credits include: The Exquisite Corpse Project, a documentary-narrative hybrid film featured on Splitsider; In Balanchine's Classroom, a forthcoming documentary about the legendary ballet choreographer; and various web shorts for Adult Swim and The Onion. She is currently working with director Madeleine Sackler on a feature documentary that will be released in late 2017.
Eileen Meyer, 2016 Fellow
Eileen Meyer is a documentary film editor in Los Angeles, CA. Her latest film, Best of Enemies, was a 2015 Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize nominee, was shortlisted for an Academy Award in 2016 for Best Documentary, and was nominated for the Cinema Eye Honor for Best Editing. She received her BA in Film from Hampshire College in 2004, then began her career in film and television in New York City. She was the Associate Producer and Assistant Editor on numerous projects including Rehearsing a Dream (Oscar Nominated 2007, Best Documentary Short), Locks of Love: The Kindest Cut (HBO), Coming Out Stories (LOGO) and The First 48 (A&E). Since 2008, she has focused her career on editing, including an Emmy Award-winning documentary web series for MTV ($5 Cover Amplified), and a narrative short, The Thing, that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2012. Twitter: @eileeneditor
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.
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 co-edited Bonni Cohen and Jon Sheik's documentary An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, which opened the Sundance Film Festival. The film, which follows Vice President Al Gore's impassioned effort against climate change, is set to be released in theaters in the summer of 2017.
Colin also edited the short documentary The Many Sad Fates of Mr. Toledano, which opened at the Tribeca Film Festival before playing on the New York Times OpDoc series. He also edited Stephanie Wang-Breal’s Tough Love, Andrea Scott's Florence, Arizona and Caveh Zahedi's The Sheik And I.
In 2014, Colin was also awarded the prestigious Karen Schmeer Film Editing Fellowship for his work as an emerging documentary editor, and he was mentored throughout that year by veteran editors Jean Tsien, Jonathan Oppenheim, and David Teague. Colin lives, works, bicycles around, and trains in martial arts in Brooklyn, New York. He is supported by the love of his partner Tatyana and a cat named Isabella.
Jim Hession, 2013 Fellow
Jim Hession is the editor of Rich Hill (directed by Tracy Droz Tragos & Andrew Droz Palermo), winner of the U.S. Documentary 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."
Jim is also co-editor of Marina Abramović: The Artist is Present (directed by Matthew Akers), which premiered as an Official Selection at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. The film garnered numerous festival honors, including the Grand Jury Award at the 2012 Sheffield Doc/Fest and the Panorama Audience Award at the 2012 Berlin International Film Festival, George Foster Peabody Award, Emmy for Outstanding Arts and Culture Programming and an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Documentary. In addition, Jim received an Emmy Award nomination for documentary editing. 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."
In 2013, Jim was presented with the 3rd Annual Karen Schmeer Film Editing Fellowship Award at the South by Southwest Film Festival. He also served as a 2013 Sundance Institute Documentary Edit and Story Lab Fellow. Hession began his career at HBO Documentary Films, where he assisted for a number of award-winning film editors, including Juliet Weber and Geof Bartz, ACE. Jim holds a B.A. in American Studies from Tufts University.
Lindsay Utz, 2012 Fellow
Lindsay Utz is the editor of the award-winning documentary Bully (directed by Lee Hirsch), which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2011 and was shortlisted for an Academy Award for Best Documentary.
Most recently she completed Quest (directed by Jonathan Olshefski), a longitudinal portrait of a family living in North Philadelphia 10 years in the making, which had its 2017 world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. The Hollywood Reporter praised Lindsay's editing: "Devoid of any political posturing or editorial agenda, Quest is a jarring and gentle testament to the powers of family and individual kindness... Editor Lindsay Utz's crisp cuts and tonal blends magnify our inside peek at this remarkable family."
Quest was selected to be the 2017 True Life Fund film (an honor also given to Bully) at this year's True/False Film Festival. The film will continue to play at festivals around the world, including a New York premiere at New Directors/New Films, before its television broadcast on POV later this year.
Her other credits include the TIFF-winning First Position (2011), experimental narrative Buoy (2012), Sundance and IFP-supported In Country (2014), an Emmy-nominated episode for PBS Frontline (2015), and multiple shorts for The New York Times.
Erin Casper, 2011 Fellow
Erin Casper is an Emmy-nominated documentary editor based in New York. Her recent credits include Nomination (dir. AJ Schnack), a 10-part U.S. election series for Vanity Fair and 2016 International Documentary Award nominee for Best Short Form Series. She is currently editing Risk, directed by Laura Poitras.
Erin’s other editing credits include the 2013 Sundance Special Jury winning American Promise (dir. Michèle Stephenson, Joe Brewster); the 2015 Independent Spirit Award nominee The Last Season (dir. Sara Dosa); NAACP Image Award nominee The New Black (dir. Yoruba Richen); and AFI DOCS grand jury prize winner Our School (dir. Mona Nicoara). Her work has also appeared in Field of Vision, NY Times Op-Docs and The Intercept. Erin is an IFP Documentary Film Lab mentor and an alumni of the Sundance Documentary Edit & Story Labs. She was also the inaugural recipient of the prestigious Karen Schmeer Film Editing Fellowship.