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Karen Schmeer Film Editing Fellowship Announces Open Call

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on Aug 6, 2013

The Karen Schmeer Film Editing Fellowship has announced an Open Call for its 2014 Fellow. In addition to a cash award of $1,000, the Fellowship provides an emerging documentary film editor with mentorship and support from both an established editor as well as a number of film organizations, including Manhattan Edit Workshop and SXSW.

The Fellowship honors the career and life of Karen Schmeer, an acclaimed editor who worked on a number of classic films, including many by Errol Morris. She was struck and killed by a car fleeing a robbery on the Upper West Side of New York City in 2010.

The Karen Schmeer Film Editing Fellowship is now accepting applications. The deadline for receipt of applications is September 30, 2013.

The complete press release follows:

Annual Fellowship Provides Extensive Opportunities for Emerging Documentary Film Editors;
Open Call for Submissions Begins AUGUST 6, 2013
Received by deadline is SEPTEMBER 30, 2013

NEW YORK – The Karen Schmeer Film Editing Fellowship assists emerging documentary editors by supporting and developing their talent, expanding their creative community, and furthering their career aspirations. In conjunction with American Cinema Editors (ACE) and other partners, the Fellowship, in its fourth year, offers a wide array of opportunities. The Fellowship is targeted at documentary editors; fiction experience is welcome, though not required.

The 2013 Fellow is Jim Hession (Emmy nominee for “Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present”). Past Fellows were Lindsay Utz (“Bully”), and Erin Casper (“American Promise,” “Our School”).

Awarded once a year, the Fellowship honors the memory of gifted editor Karen Schmeer (“Fog of War”; “Fast, Cheap & Out of Control”; “Bobby Fischer Against the World”), who was killed in a hit-and-run car accident at age 39, on January 29, 2010.

OPEN CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS — the Fellowship will accept applications now through September 30, 2013. The Fellow will be notified in January 2014. More details about the Fellowship and application requirements/forms can be found online: www.karenschmeer.com

The 2014 Fellowship benefits include:

• ACE EDITOR MENTORSHIP — with guidance from American Cinema Editors, the Fellow will be given a mentorship with an established ACE editor who fits the Fellow’s particular interests.

• ACE EDIT FEST LA FULL PASS — the Fellow will be provided with a full pass to Edit Fest LA (August, 2014); a weekend seminar with leading editors. www.ace-filmeditors.org

• MANHATTAN EDIT WORKSHOP CLASS — free class at New York City’s Manhattan Edit Workshop; an Apple, Adobe & Avid Authorized editing and training facility. www.mewshop.com

• SXSW FESTIVAL FILM BADGE — full access to films, panels, mentor sessions and more at the South By Southwest (SXSW) Film Festival in Austin, Texas. www.sxsw.com/film

• IFFBOSTON FESTIVAL CHROME PASS — full access to films, panels and more at the Independent Film Festival Boston. www.iffboston.org

• MANHATTAN EDIT WORKSHOP’S “INSIDE THE CUTTING ROOM: SIGHT, SOUND & STORY” EVENT IN NEW YORK TICKET — a day-long seminar with editing professionals. www.mewshop.com

• TRAVEL EXPENSES / ACCOMMODATIONS — the fellow will be provided with 3 nights hotel, airfare and per diem to two of the events/classes above, based on the fellow’s preference

• ROOFTOP FILMS SUMMER SERIES TRIPLE MEMBERSHIP & $1000 EQUIPMENT RENTAL — free entry for the fellow and two guests to all regularly priced Summer Series shows at New York’s long-running outdoor film festival, plus an equipment rental credit for up to $1000 for projector, sound system, screen, etc. www.rooftopfilms.com

• STRANGER THAN FICTION PASS — a season pass to the Stranger Than Fiction documentary film series at New York City’s IFC Center. www.stfdocs.com

• $1000 CASH AWARD

• $250 POWELL’S BOOKS ONLINE GIFT CERTIFICATE — an online gift certificate to Powell’s Books (Karen’s favorite), based in Portland, Oregon. www.powells.com

KAREN SCHMEER, A.C.E., was an award-winning film editor whose work included Errol Morris’ “The Fog of War” (Academy Award Winner for Best Documentary), “Mr. Death,” and “Fast, Cheap and Out of Control.” She edited “Sketches of Frank Gehry,” directed by Sydney Pollack, “The Same River Twice,” “My Father the Genius,” and “American Experience: A Brilliant Madness.” Her fiction film “American Son” premiered at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival. For the HBO film “Sergio,” Karen won the Best Editing Award at Sundance in 2009. Karen was born and raised in Portland, Oregon, and attended Boston University. On her way home from editing Liz Garbus’ “Bobby Fischer Against the World,” Karen was struck and killed by a car fleeing a robbery in New York City on January 29, 2010.

AMERICAN CINEMA EDITORS (ACE) is an honorary association of professional film editors that celebrates & promotes the art of editing. Editors are included on the basis of professional achievement, dedication to educating others, and commitment to the craft of editing. www.ace-filmeditors.org

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