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 SXSW, HotDocs, Camden IFF, DOCNYC, Full Frame, Independent Film Festival of Boston, Nantucket Film Festival and others. 

In 2014, he was an editor for Stephanie Wang-Breal on Tough Love, an examination of the child welfare system, as well as Florence, Arizona (directed by Andrea Scott), a portrait of a town and the effect of its surrounding prison complex. Colin is also the editor and cinematographer of Caveh Zahedi's The Sheik And I, which premiered at the 2012 SXSW Film Festival. 

In prior years, Colin has worked in various capacities with directors Richard Hankin, Alex and Tanya Meillier, Michael Moore, Bob Richman, and Liz Garbus on documentary projects for HBO Documentaries, Overture Films, A&E Television, and PBS. In 2014, Colin was awarded the prestigious Karen Schmeer Film Editing Fellowship for his work as an emerging documentary editor, during which he enjoyed the mentorship of veteran editors Jean Tsien, Jonathan Oppenheim, and David Teague. 

Colin lives in Brooklyn, New York with 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 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, A.C.E. 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 examines the threat of bullying through the lives of 5 students who are ridiculed at school. The film premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2011 and was shortlisted for an Academy Award for Best Documentary. Most recently she edited the Sundance and IFP-supported documentary In Country, a gripping documentary about a group of veterans reenacting the Vietnam War in the woods of Oregon. In Country premiered in 2014 at Full Frame Documentary Festival and was named as one of POV’s top 5 films at Hot Docs.

Lindsay’s work also includes the ballet documentary First Position (directed by Bess Kargman), the experimental feature Buoy, executive produced by Todd Haynes, and multiple pieces for The NYTimes Op-Docs series. 

Lindsay was named the 2012 Karen Schmeer fellow. Along with the directors of In Country, Lindsay was named by The Independent as one of 10 Filmmakers to Watch in 2014.

Erin Casper, 2011 Fellow

Erin Casper is an editor of independent documentaries. Her most recent film, The Last Season (directed by Sara Dosa) premiered at the 2014 San Francisco International Film Festival where it took home the Golden Gate Award for Best Bay Area Documentary; in addition, the film made its international premiere at Hot Docs and was nominated for a Truer Than Fiction Independent Spirit Award.  She also edited American Promise (directed by Joe Brewster and Michèle Stephenson), winner of the Special Jury Prize for Achievement in Filmmaking at the Sundance Film Festival and Grand Jury Prize at Full Frame Film Festival, and was a selection of the 2013 New York Film Festival and broadcast on P.O.V.

Erin's other credits include The New Black (directed by Yoruba Richen), which was nominated for GLAAD and NAACP Image awards and premiered on Independent Lens; Our School (directed by Mona Nicoara), winner of the Sterling Award for Best US Feature Documentary at AFI DOCS (formerly Silverdocs) in 2011; and GUN, a short narrative film which premiered at Sundance in 2013; as well as pieces for The NY Times Op-Docs and The Intercept.

In addition to being the inaugural recipient of the Karen Schmeer Film Editing Fellowship, Erin was also an editing fellow at the Sundance Documentary Edit & Story Lab and the IFP Documentary Independent Filmmaker Lab in 2009 and 2010, respectively.