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MEWShop’s one-day summit returned to New York on June 13, 2019, at the NYIT Auditorium on Broadway.  Panels included the art and processes of editing documentary film and episodic television.  Our closing panel highlighted the career of an acclaimed feature film editor Mary Jo Markey, ACE with author and film historian Bobbie O’Steen.  The summit culminated in a gala reception and networking session for guests, panelists, and vendors.  




3:30 pm: Check-In


4:00 pm: Opening


4:15 pm - 5:15 pm: Anatomy of a Scene: Deconstructing Documentary Films 

Moderator: Jeremy Workman (Magical Universe, The World Before Your Feet)

Speakers: Carla Gutierrez, ACE (RBG, La Corona, Chavela) & Jean Tsien, ACE (Scottsboro: An American Tragedy, Dixie Chicks: Shut Up & Sing) 


5:30 pm - 6:30 pm - The Emergence of Peak TV: Television's Cinematic Revolution

Moderator: Gordon Burkell (

Speakers:  Kate Sanford, ACE (The Marvelous Ms. Maisel, The Deuce, The Wire) & Leo Trombetta, ACE (13 Reasons Why, True Detective, Mad Men)


6:45 pm - 8:30 pm: "Inside the Cutting Room with Bobbie O’Steen": A Conversation with Acclaimed Editor Mary Jo Markey

Moderator: Bobbie O'Steen "Cut to the Chase," "The Invisible Cut"

Speaker: Mary Jo Markey, ACE (Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, Star Trek, Mission Impossible III, Charlie's Angels)




                        8:30 pm - 10:00 pm - Networking Party & Tech Lounge sponsored by

                      American Cinema Editors



Special VFX Plug-in Giveaway for Sight, Sound & Story Attendees! 

Boris FX will provide a FREE 1-month subscription to SapphireContinuum & Mocha Pro - the industry's leading plug-ins for video editing and visual effects on Adobe, Avid and OFX hosts.  Attendees will be receiving this offer once the event has completed. 







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2019 Speakers*:


Gordon Burkell is an editor who has been in the industry for 15 years, editing predominantly documentaries. He is the founder of, a site that shares and organizes new information and news for post professionals, recognized as one of the top sites for the film industry by MovieMaker Magazine. The site includes, The Cutting Room Podcast, and mobile apps to keep post professionals up to date on current post news. Gordon currently teaches and hosts panels, events, and lectures at Ryerson University.


Carla Gutierrez, ACE, is the editor of the Oscar-nominated film La Corona and the Emmy-nominated documentaries Reportero, Kingdom of Shadows and Farewell Ferris Wheel. Her latest film the Oscar-nominated RBG, about the life of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival and was theatrically released by Magnolia Pictures and Participant Media. RBG has become the highest grossing film for Magnolia.


Carla’s recent film, Chavela, premiered at the 2017 Berlinale Film Festival where it won the 2nd place Audience Award in the Panorama section.  Chavela went on to win both the Audience and Grand Jury Awards at L.A. Outfest, and the Audience Award at Frameline. The film has had a wide theatrical release in Mexico to rave reviews. She also edited When Two Worlds Collide, which won a Special Jury Award at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival and Best Documentary awards at Docufest, Madrid, Mumbai, and Shanghai International Film Festivals. When Two Worlds Collide was nominated for a Cinema Eye Honors Award for Oustanding Achievement in a Debut Film.


Her work has screened at Sundance, Berlinale, IDFA, SXSW, Full Frame, AFI, Los Angeles Film Festival, HotDocs, Ambulante, among other festivals. Her films have broadcast/streamed on HBO, Netflix, Amazon, POV, Independent Lens, the Sundance Channel, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and BBC’s Storyville. 


Carla has been a creative adviser for the Sundance Edit Lab, and a mentor for the Firelight Producers’ Lab. She received a Masters in Documentary Film from Stanford University. 


Mary Jo Markey, ACE, is an accomplished editor in both film and television.  After her studies in English Literature at Ohio State University and her move to the west coast, she got her first look at a cutting room and what editors do while working as an assistant to Robert Redford, and from that moment she wanted to know more.  With Redford’s help, Markey was hired to be an apprentice to Dede Allen in the Milagro Beanfield War cutting room, which was the beginning of her editing career.


After cutting a series of independent films and television movies, Markey began her collaboration with JJ Abrams as one of the editors of the TV series Felicity during its first three seasons (1998-2000).  Markey then moved over to edit the first two seasons of Alias, during which she received her first Emmy nomination. Later, in 2005, Markey won the Emmy for Drama Series Editing for her work on the Lost pilot.  In 2006, Markey’s collaboration with JJ Abrams moved to the large screen with Mission Impossible III.  Their work together continued with the HBO pilot Anatomy of Hope, 2009’s Star Trek (which led to an ACE Eddie nomination), the Undercovers pilot, Super 8, and Star Trek Into Darkness in 2013.  


Besides projects with Abrams, Markey has edited the award-winning HBO film Life Support, which was selected as the closing night film for the 2007 Sundance Film Festival (and brought her an additional Emmy nomination as well as an ACE Eddie nomination), The Perks of Being a Wallflower, The Great Wall, directed by master of Chinese cinema Zhang Yimou, and the sci-fi thriller Life.  But the highlight of her credit list has to be Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which is still the domestic box office champ in the US by a wide margin, and which resulted in an academy award nomination and an additional ACE Eddie nod for Markey.  


Ms. Markey is an active member of several professional organizations. She was the prime mover behind the first “PRIME CUTS: Emmy Winning Editors on Their Craft,” (which celebrated its tenth-anniversary last year), has served for four years on the Academy of Motion Pictures Editing Branch Committee and is currently serving a term as an ACE board member.   She makes frequent appearances on panels and seminars and has served as a mentor to her former assistants and P.A.’s And she has never lost her love for the craft and creativity of editing.

Bobbie O’Steen is a New York-based writer and film historian, dedicated to sharing the editor’s invisible art with students, professionals, and the movie-going public. She is an Emmy®-nominated editor and author of two acclaimed books about editing: “Cut to the Chase,” based on interviews with her late husband and colleague, legendary editor Sam O’Steen; and “The Invisible Cut,” which deconstructs classic movie scenes through a cut-by-cut analysis. Her latest book is an authoritative, media-rich eBook called “Making the Cut at Pixar” about the editor’s pioneering role in computer animation.


Bobbie moderates one-on-one panels with master editors at EditFest for American Cinema Editors, and has partnered with Manhattan Edit Workshop to host her continuing event series, ”Inside the Cutting Room,” honoring editors through screening and discussion.  She has lectured at the American Film Institute, John Hopkins University, Emerson College, UCLA, and taught graduate school workshops at NYU’S Tisch School of the Arts. She has also created an ongoing class series, “Making the Cut,” where she explores the art and techniques of the editing process, based on her interviews with more than sixty editors. She also contributes commentary and interviews that focus on editing for The Criterion Collection DVD/Blu-Ray releases. O’Steen has written articles for such publications as CinemaEditor Magazine, which named her “Film Editing’s Greatest Champion.”


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Kate Sanford, ACE, is a feature film and television editor whose most recent project is the upcoming just released miniseries Fosse/Verdon. She recently completed the first two seasons of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and won the ACE award for best-edited comedy. Between seasons she edited The Deuce for writer/showrunner David Simon. Their long-running collaboration includes the 6-part miniseries Show Me A Hero, the pilot for

Treme (for which she won an ACE award for best-edited drama), and all five seasons of The Wire (for which she also won an ACE award for drama).  Other television includes Vinyl, executive produced by Martin Scorsese; all seasons of Boardwalk Empire, and Sex and the City.


Kate’s selected film credits include the film version of David Mamet’s play American Buffalo, starring Dustin Hoffman; Outside Providence, written by Peter and Bobby Farrelly; and Management, a romantic comedy starring Jennifer Aniston and Steve Zahn written and directed by playwright Steven Belber. Kate edited actor-director Tim Blake Nelson’s movie O, a modern retelling of Othello, and Nelson’s first independent feature, Eye of God, which screened in competition at the Sundance Film Festival.



Leo Trombetta, ACE has over a dozen credits as a Film Editor including Little Children for director Todd Field and HBO Films’ Temple Grandin, for which he won both an Emmy and an ACE Eddie Award.  Leo's television work includes Netflix's 13 Reasons Why and Narcos, Wayward Pines, Mad Men, and the Michael Mann/David Milch series Luck.  He just finished up editing Season 3 of the HBO series True Detective and will soon begin The Outsider based on the novel by Stephen King.  Leo also has an extensive background as a Sound Editor, having worked with such directors as Brian DePalma (Casualties of War, Bonfire of the Vanities), Sidney Lumet (Q&A), David Mamet (Homicide) and Spike Lee (School Daze).  Leo currently resides in Los Angeles and is a member of the American Cinema Editors, SAG-AFTRA, the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and The Television Academy. 


Jean Tsien, ACE, has been working in documentary for 35 years as an editor, producer, and consultant. Her notable editing credits include the 2001 Academy Award nominee, Scottsboro: An American Tragedy; three Peabody Award-winning films: Malcolm X: Make It PlainTravis, and Solar MamasSomething Within MeDixie Chicks: Shut Up & Sing, and Miss Sharon Jones! All were shortlisted for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. Her most recent work The Apollo was selected as the opening night film at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival. 


Tsien was an executive producer and editor on Plastic China, the winner of the 54th Golden Horse Award for Best Editing; The Road to Fame and Please Remember Me. She also executive produced Our Time Machine, 2019 Tribeca Film Festival; All in My Family for Netflix; People’s Republic of Desire, Grand Jury Award winner, 2018 SXSW Film Festival; The Oslo Diaries, 2018 Sundance Film Festival; She co-executive produced Call Her Ganda and Blowin’ Up, which both premiered at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival.


Tsien consulted on many award-winning films such as: American Factory, Censored Voices, Crime + PunishmentDancing in Jaffa, Give Up Tomorrow, High Tech, Low Life, Hooligan Sparrow, Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold, Rich Hill, Risk, Southwest of Salem, Still Tomorrow, The Unafraid, Tough Love, Wo Ai Ni Mommy, and the 2016 IDFA top Prize winner, Nowhere To Hide.


As a strong believer in mentorship and nurturing emerging talents, Tsien has served as an editing advisor at the Sundance Institute Edit and Story Lab, CNEX Chinese Documentary Forum, Hot Docs Blue Ice Lab, IFP Lab, Dare to Dream Asia, IDFAcademy, Chicken & Egg Accelerator Lab, Hot Docs Cross Currents Lab, and Camden/TFI workshop. She is a recipient of Mentor Award at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival.


Jeremy Workman's highly-acclaimed documentary The World Before Your Feet (Greenwich Entertainment) is currently in theaters in the US and Canada. His previous documentary Magical Universe (IFC Films) was an LA Times and Village Voice Critic's Pick when it was released in 2014.  His documentary Who Is Henry Jaglom? (First Run Features) won several film festival awards and premiered on the PBS series POV. Additionally, Jeremy is widely known in the industry as the Creative Director of Wheelhouse Creative, a boutique movie marketing and trailer company that caters to indies and documentaries.  In this capacity, he has edited nearly 200 movie trailers and been twice-nominated for an Emmy.

*All speakers are schedule permitting.

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