Victor Livingston grew up in Claremont, California on a lemon grove. He attended Cornell University and it was there that he found his passion for the art of filmmaking. He went to graduate school at San Francisco State in film and discovered he had a knack for film editing. He was an assistant editor on The Right Stuff and a sound editor on Amadeus. Searching for his own opportunity as an editor he moved to Los Angeles. There he found work on special effects films and in animation. Then he received a call to edit a documentary about Robert Crumb. He moved back to the Bay Area to edit Crumb with his wife as his assistant. What has transpired since then has been a career in editing documentary films. An extended interview with Victor can be found in the book, “First Cut 2, More Conversations with Film Editors” by Gabriella Oldham.
Azin Samari is an Emmy nominated documentary film editor who has worked in film and television for two decades. Her first feature documentary, RJ Cutler’s The September Issue, debuted at the Sundance Film Festival in 2009. She was nominated for an Emmy Award for her editing work on Rory Kennedy’s Ethel, an HBO documentary from 2013. Her work has aired on PBS and HBO and has debuted at the Telluride, Toronto, Sundance and London Film Festivals.
Lindsay Utz is an award-winning documentary film editor. Her most recent film, American Factory (dir. Steven Bognar & Julia Reichert) premiered at Sundance in 2019 and won the Jury Prize for Directing. The film was acquired by Netflix and will have a global premiere later in the year. Prior to this, she edited QUEST (dir. Jonathan Olshefski), a longitudinal portrait of a family from North Philadelphia, ten years in the making. QUEST premiered at Sundance in 2017 to critical acclaim and the film went on to win top prizes at many prestigious festivals. In 2018 Lindsay won the Cinema Eye Honors award for Outstanding Achievement in Editing for her work on the film. QUEST had its television broadcast as the opening film for POV's 2018 summer season. 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 is currently working with Lana Wilson (After Tiller, The Departure) on a Tremolo production, with Executive Producer Morgan Neville. Lindsay was the recipient of the 2012 Karen Schmeer Film Editing Fellowship.
Sabine Krayenbühl is an award winning editor with over 20 theatrical documentaries and narrative features to her credit. Her work includes Oscar and Independent Spirit Award nominated My Architect for which she received an ACE Eddie Award nomination. Other credits include Mad Hot Ballroom, The Bridge, Picasso and Braque Go to the Movies produced by Martin Scorsese, Jennifer Fox’s My Reincarnation, Salinger on which she consulted and her directorial debut Letters from Baghdad which was released theatrically in 2017 and will be broadcast on PBS in 2018. Most recently, she finished The Price of Everything which premiered at Sundance 2018. She is an alumni of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and a long-term member of New York Women in Film and Television.
Film editor Michael Levine has been fortunate enough to have collaborated with many terrific filmmakers. Sebastian Junger and Tim Hetherington’s Restrepo won the Sundance Grand Jury Prize, was nominated for an Oscar, and earned Michael an Emmy Award for feature documentary film editing. He was an editor on Ken Burns’ Baseball, The West, and editor of acclaimed The Central Park Five, with Ken, his daughter Sarah, and her husband David McMahon. Michael edited Bennett Miller’s debut film, a documentary called, The Cruise, was an editor on Amir Bar Lev’s My Kid Could Paint That, Liz Garbus’ Bobby Fischer Against the World, and edited Jennifer Venditti’s, Billy the Kid. Other documentaries edited by Michael include: Vincent and Shelly Fremont’s Pie in the Sky: The Brigid Berlin Story, Dan Klores’ The Boys of 2nd St. Park and Ring of Fire: The Emile Griffith Story, and more recently, Bartle Bull’s, Cradle of Champions.
Enat Sidi is a New York based editor. She is a frequent collaborator with directors Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady, having edited most of their nonfiction feature films including The Boys of Baraka (2005 Emmy nominee), Jesus Camp (2006 Academy Award nominee), HBO’s 12th & Delaware (Peabody winner) and DETROPIA for which Enat won an Emmy and the editing award at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. In addition, Enat has worked on many prestigious films for a diverse group of filmmakers including Ellen Kuras (The Betrayal) and Jennifer Vendiiti (Billy the Kid). In 2015 she edited The Wolfpack directed by Crystal Moselle (Grand Jury at Sundance 2015) . Her latest editing achievement is a Netflix original with Loki films: One of Us.
Penelope Falk is best known for her work on Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work which won her an Excellence in Editing award at the Sundance Film Festival. Other partial film credits include: Step (winner of the Sundance Special Jury Award for Inspirational Filmmaking, 2017), Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher & Debbie Reynolds (premiered Cannes Film Festival 2016, HBO 2017), Maidentrip (winner of the SXSW Audience Award), The New Public (winner of the Golden Cine Award), Smile Til It Hurts (premiered Slamdance Film Festival), Toots (premiered Tribeca Film Festival), Stagedoor (debuted at the New York Film Forum). Partial TV film credits include: Marvin Hamlisch: What I Did For Love (American Experience), Election Day (POV), Unfinished Country (Wide Angle), and Afghan Stories (the Sundance Channel).
Maya Mumma, ACE
Maya Mumma was an editor on the Academy Award winning 7.5 hour documentary O.J.: Made in America for which she was honored with a Best Editing award from the LA Film Critics Association, an ACE Eddie Award and a Primetime Emmy. She began her career in the edit room of the Academy Award nominated documentary Restrepo, which won the 2010 Sundance Grand Jury Prize. She has gone on to edit the Emmy nominated films Which Way Is the Front Line From Here: The Life and Time of Tim Hetherington (HBO) and Whoopi Goldberg Presents Moms Mabley (HBO), the Peabody Award winning Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown (HBO), A Journey of a Thousand Miles: Peacekeepers (TIFF 2015, PBS 2018), and the Netflix original series Daughters of Destiny. Originally from Oklahoma, Maya has a B.A. in Social Anthropology from Boston University and an M.A. in Media Studies from The New School.
Geoffrey Richman, ACE
Geoffrey Richman is the editor of Murderball, Sicko, and The Cove - the 2006, 2008, and 2010 Academy Award nominees for Best Feature Documentary, and Time Freak - the 2012 Academy Award nominee for Best Live-Action Short Film. The Cove went on to win the Academy Award, after becoming the first documentary to win all four guild awards (Producing, Directing, Writing, and Editing). At the 2005 Sundance Film Festival, Geoff was awarded a Special Jury Prize for Editing for his work on Murderball. Other documentary credits include God Grew Tired of Us, The Order of Myths, and Racing Extinction. Narrative film credits include Tony Kaye’s Detachment, Mike Birbiglia's Sleepwalk With Me and Don't Think Twice, and Terrence Malick's Knight of Cups. He most recently completed the Fisher Stevens and Leonardo DiCaprio climate change doc Before the Flood, and Birbiglia's comedy special for Netflix, Thank God For Jokes. Geoff has also taught editing classes at the Editors Guild, NYU, and The Edit Center.
Greg Finton, ACE
Greg Finton, ACE, has worked as an editor in film and television for more than twenty-five years. His credits include: He Named Me Malala (2016 BAFTA nominee; ACE Eddie nominee), American High (2001 Emmy Award), It Might Get Loud (2009 IDA nominee, 2009 Satellite Award nominee), Waiting For Superman (2011 AFI Award; 2011 ACE Eddie nominee; 2010 Sundance Audience Award), and The World According To Dick Cheney, which he also co-directed.
Pedro Kos is an award winning editor and director living in Los Angeles. Pedro edited Jehane Noujaim’s Academy Award and Spirit Award nominee, The Square which has also won the DGA and IDA Award for best Feature Documentary film, as well as the Documentary People’s Choice Award at the 2013 Toronto Film Festival. Pedro’s other work includes editing the Academy Award nominated documentary feature Waste Land, directed by Lucy Walker, for which he also won the Cinema Brazil Grand Prize for best documentary editing. The film went on to win Audience Awards at both the 2010 Sundance Film Festival and Berlin Film Festival. Pedro also edited Ms. Walker’s The Crash Reel, which won the Audience Award at the 2013 South by Southwest Film Festival. Prior to that he edited Jon Shenk’s The Island President (2011 Toronto Film Festival Documentary People’s Choice Award winner). Additional past work from Pedro includes Elemental, directed by Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee and Gayatri Roshan and Freida Mock’s Sing China!, on both of which he also served as 2nd Unit Director. In 2008, Pedro was the 2nd unit director on Jessica Sanders’ March Of The Living.Pedro was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and raised both there and in New York City and Miami, Florida. He received his B.A. in Theater Directing from Yale University.
Kim Roberts, ACE
Kim Roberts, ACE, is an Emmy-winning editor of feature documentaries. Her recent work includes The Hunting Ground, American Revolutionary: the Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs, Waiting for 'Superman' (Paramount), Food, Inc. (nominated for a 2010 Oscar®), Autism the Musical (HBO), and Inequality for All (Radius). Kim won an Emmy for Autism the Musical, her third nomination. She was also nominated for an Eddie award for Food, Inc. and Waiting for ‘Superman’ from the American Cinema Editors. Her other films include: Oscar nominees and Sundance Grand Jury Prize winners Daughter from Danang and Long Night’s Journey Into Day; Last Call at the Oasis (Participant); Two Days in October (Peabody and Emmy winner ’06); Made in L.A. (Emmy winner ’09); The Fall of Fujimori (Sundance ’05); Lost Boys of Sudan (Independent Spirit Award ’04); Daddy & Papa (Sundance), and A Hard Straight (Grand Prize, SXSW). Kim received her Masters Degree in Documentary Film Production from Stanford University, where she won a Student Academy Award.
Bob Eisenhardt, ACE / Matthew Hamachek / Toby Shimin
Jonathan Oppenheim / David Teague / Jean Tsien, ACE
Christopher Tellefsen, ACE
Kate Amend, ACE
Geoff Bartz, ACE / Jean Tsien, ACE