After opening remarks by Randy Roberts, ACE, President of American Cinema Editors, the DGA Theatre in New York took on a hushed tone as the second annual East Coast EditFest got underway June 11. The reason was that the organization remembered on of it's own; Karen Schmeer, ACE. Lucia Small, both a close friend and a client of Schmeer's editing skills, stood up to talk about the young editor whose life ended earlier this year from a tragic hit-and-run accident near her home in Manhattan.
I just moderated my third panel for EditFest, and although this had only one panelist, it was enough for a feast, because that panelist was the very gifted and gracious Alan Heim. Alan chose to discuss and show clips from Star 80,director Bob Fosse’s final film, which was an unconventional decision. The film was vilified by the critics and audiences found the disturbing and sexually violent subject matter to be difficult viewing. Alan said, “I believe had it not been so well made, maybe it would have been unwatchable.” Fosse had this to say about the film: “The passion I had when I made it is no longer there, but I know it’s technically the best movie I’ve done. I felt completely in control of this story.”
I met one of my professional heroes today -- film editor Thelma Schoonmaker.
She was a guest panelist at EditFest NY this weekend. The seminar took place at the Director's Guild of America in Manhattan. What is EditFest? It's two days of information, education and networking with some of the best editors in the movie and television industry today. It's presented by American Cinema Editors(ACE) and Manhattan Edit Workshop.
“This year's EditFest hopes to bring the audience into the editing room for an insider’s view of what happens during the post process,” says Manhattan Edit Workshop founder Josh Apter. “What's special about any EditFest is the exposure it provides to the creativity behind such an important part of moviemaking. So few people actually get to learn the craft directly from experienced editors.”
EditFest NY, the east coast version of American Cinema Editor’s successful EditFest series, launched last June at The Director’s Guild Theater inManhattan is returning June 11-12, 2010. EditFestNY is presented by American Cinema Editors(ACE) and Manhattan Edit Workshop (MEWShop). Over the course of the weekend, EditFestNY will present some of the best known and highly regarded east coast film editors who turned out to mingle, mentor, and present. Last year's event kicked off with an industry insider’s view of how to break into the editing business. The panel was followed by an opening night gala, a wall-to-wall party where panelists from every EditFest NY panel mingled with rapt attendees. The second day of panels of editors from genres including television, documentary, comedy and feature films.