Kristin Bye, 2018 Fellow
Kristin Bye is a film editor and graphic designer based in New York City and Portland, Oregon. Most recently, Kristin edited Obit, a feature documentary directed by Vanessa Gould about the obituary writers at the New York Times. Obit premiered at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival, screened at numerous festivals in the U.S. and internationally, and was released theatrically in 2017. NPR called the film “heartfelt and unshakable” and the New York Times chose Obit as a Critics Pick, describing it as “observant, graceful and nonchalantly witty.” Kristin was assistant editor on Ride, Rise, Roar (SXSW 2010) and Ivory Tower (Sundance 2014). She has edited short commercial and documentary projects for clients including Bobbi Brown Cosmetics, Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), Hillman Curtis, Knoll, Prescriptives, R/GA, Steinway & Sons, the United Nations, the World Health Organization and more. Prior to working in film, Kristin was co-founder and partner of a graphic design studio in Portland, Oregon for over 10 years. Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, she has a degree in International Studies from the University of Washington (Seattle) and studied language, art and design in France for three years. When not busy with creative projects, Kristin loves to explore the world by foot, by bike and through film.
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. She is the co-editor of the Emmy award-winning film Best of Enemies, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2015 and was shortlisted for an Academy Award for Best Documentary. She was awarded the Karen Schmeer Editing Fellowship in 2016, attended the Sundance Edit and Story Lab, and was nominated for the Cinema Eye Honors "Outstanding Achievement in Editing" award. Most recently, a film she edited and produced, Alabama Bound, won a Grand Jury prize at NewFest, an Audience Choice award at the Sidewalk Film Festival, and will be premiering on PBS in March of 2018. 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 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.
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.
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.
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 Fair, Field of Vision, NY 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.