The Fellowship is presenting a panel at this weekend's Independent Film Festival of Boston entitled "The Art of Documentary Editing: Case Studies" Panelists will be Francisco Bello ("Our Nixon" and "Best Kept Secret") and Pola Rapaport ("Here One Day"). We'll be comparing scenes as they were in the rough cut with how they look in the final cut. The panel, moderated by Garret Savage, will be at 3:30 on Saturday, April 27 at The Somerville Theater. Tickets are free and first-come-first-served. Last year we sold out. For more info click here.


FRANCISCO BELLO (Panelist) is an OSCAR® and three time Emmy nominee. He launched Ropa Vieja Films in 2007 with "Salim Baba" (HBO, Canal+, EBS), which he shot and produced in Kolkata, India. "Salim Baba" has screened in over 100 festivals worldwide including Sundance, Telluride, IDFA, and Tribeca. In 2008 "Salim Baba" was Nominated for a Best Short Documentary OSCAR®, followed by a News & Documentary Emmy Nomination in 2009. His directorial debut commissioned by HBO Documentary Films was "El Espíritu de la Salsa," which premiered at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival. Francisco produced and edited "War Don Don," which won the Special Jury prize at the 2010 SXSW Film Festival and the first annual IFFB Karen Schmeer Award for Excellence in Documentary Editing. "War Don Don" received Emmy nominations for Outstanding Coverage of a News Story and Outstanding Editing. Most recently, he edited the films "Our Nixon," "Best KEpt Secret," and is co-directing "Dreaming Against the World" (formerly titled "Mu Xin: Notes from the Underground) all due for release in 2013.

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POLA RAPAPORT (Panelist) is a writer, director, and editor of many award winning films. Her work includes "Subway: The Musical" (a work-in-progress feature documentary), "Hair: Let the Sun Shine In," the definitive documentary on the phenomenal Broadway musical; "Writer of O," a portrait of the elusive author of the erotic novel Story of O; "Family Secret," the story of the filmmaker's search into her father’s secretive life and of the discovery of her secret Romanian brother; "Blind Light," a story of a photographer’s peak experience in a villa in Italy, starring the star of “The Sopranos," Edie Falco; and "Broken Meat," a portrait of the mad poet Alan Granville (Sundance Film Festival doc competition). She is the editor of several feature documentaries, including Kathy Leichter's “Here One Day," the award-winning “Grace Paley: Collected Shorts," "Aug Wiedersehen," and "Fine Rain," as well as editor of several successful fundraising promos and short documentary pieces. She was a Guggenheim Foundation Fellow, a sound editing Emmy nominee and winner of numerous grants & awards. Pola is Married to DP Wolfgang Held, with whom she has often collaborated. She is a graduate of the Institute of Film and Television at New York University.

GARRET SAVAGE (Moderator) is an editor and producer based in Brooklyn. His documentary editing credits include the Peabody Award-winning “My Perestroika,” HBO's “How Democracy Works Now” series, “Ready, Set, Bag!” (LA Film Festival), and IFC's “4-Cylinder 400.” He was an associate producer of the Emmy-nominated feature documentary “Pressure Cooker” (Participant Films). He has enjoyed working for Paramount Pictures, ABC/ESPN, Discovery, IFC, AMC, MTV, and more. Garret was a 2009 Sundance Documentary Edit and Story Lab Fellow. He was the Program Director of the Nantucket Film Festival’s Teen View Film Lab and is a founder and Board President of the Karen Schmeer Film Editing Fellowship.