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MEWShop’s one-day post-production summit returned to New York on Saturday, June 14th, 2014, at the Florence Gould Hall at the French Institute.  Panels included the art and processes of editing documentary film, the exciting work of cutting sports TV, Sound designing feature films, and the cinematic revolution of episodic television.  Our closing panel highlighted the career of Oscar winning and legendary feature film editor Michael Kahn, ACE with author and film historian Bobbie O’Steen.  The event was followed by a gala reception and networking session for all guests, panelists and vendors.  



9:30 am - Check-in


10:30AM - 12:00PM - Anatomy of a Scene: Documentary Editors Deconstruct Their Work 

Moderator: Garret Savage (Ready, Set, Bag!, My Perestroika & Board President of “The Karen Schmeer Film Editing Fellowship”)

Panelists: Penelope Faulk (Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work), Jonathan Oppenheim (Paris is Burning, The Oath, Streetwise), and David Teague (Freeheld, E-Team, Cutie and the Boxer, Monday's at Racine)


12:00PM - 1:30PM – TV is the New Black - Television's Cinematic Revolution 

Moderator: Michael Berenbaum, ACE (The Americans, Sex and the City)

Panelists: Gary Levy, ACE (Nurse Jackie, Royal Pains), Cindy Mollo, ACE (House of Cards, Mad Men), and Meg Reticker (True Detective, 30 Rock)


1:30PM - 2:30PM – Intermission


2:30PM - 4:00PM –  Fast and Furious - Cutting Sports Television

Moderator: Maria Rapetskay (CEO/Creative Director, Undefined Creative)

Panelists: Colin Beattie (assistant editor HBO's 24/7 series), Brad Buckwalter (HBO's 24/7 series), Phil Parrish (senior producer/editor for NBC Olympics), and Christian Winters (HBO's 24/7 series)


4:00PM - 5:30PM -  "The Wolf of Wall Street" Soundscape from Production Audio to Final Mix

Moderator: Pam DeMetrius-Thomas (Member MPSE)

Panelists: Eugene Gearty, MPSE (The Aviator, Hugo, Boardwalk Empire), Sam Miille (Shutter Island, Hugo, The Departed), and Phil Stockton, MPSE (Raising Arizona, Goodfellas, Life of Pi)




7:00PM - 9:00PM - Inside the Cutting Room with Bobbie O’Steen featuring Michael Kahn, ACE

Moderator: Bobbie O’Steen (Film historian, Author, “Cut to the Chase” & ”The Invisible Cut”)

Panelist: Michael Kahn, ACE (Lincoln, Munich, Catch Me if You Can, Saving Private Ryan, Jurrasic Park, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Close Encounters of the Third Kind)



General Admission:  $89


2014 Speakers:







After graduating with a degree in Literature from the University of Leeds in the UK, Colin Beattie spent several years living and working abroad in Spain, Guatemala and China. After an internship with PBS Frontline, he began freelancing as a Spanish translator for HBO's Emmy-award winning series 24/7. Over time, he took on additional roles for the show, and at present works for the series as a post-production coordinator and junior editor. He also recently had an opportunity to work the 2014 Winter Olympics, where fully tapeless workflows presented both new opportunities and new challenges.

Michael Berenbaum, ACE, served as editor on both Sex and the City and Sex and the City 2, the box office hits based on the HBO series, on which Berenbaum also worked.  His recent project include the hit FX series,The Americans, starring Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys. Berenbaum also edited What to Expect When You're Expecting, whose cast includes Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Lopez, Anna Kendrick, and Chris Rock; War, Inc., starring John Cusack, Marisa Tomei, and Hilary Duff; and Hollywoodland, starring Adrien Brody and Diane Lane.  He has worked with such directors as Joel and Ethan Coen, John Turturro, Al Pacino, Julian Schnabel and Martin Scorsese.  During his six-year stint on the series Sex and the City, Berenbaum received two Emmy Award nominations and two American Cinema Editors (ACE) Awards. In addition, he received an Emmy for his work on the pilot episode of Desperate Housewives.  Berenbaum’s other television work includes the hit series Nurse Jackie, Running Wilde, Life Is Wild, The Comeback, The Wire and Ed, as well as several telefilms.

Sight Sound and Story 2014

Brad Buckwalter started his career as an assistant editor on Disney's Bill Nye the Science Guy series.  Inspired by the power of a good idea he ventured into film work and edited Night Deposit which won the Audience choice award at the 2000 Slamdance Film Festival.  Trying out other genres led him to sports television and fortune smiled again when he won an Emmy for Outstanding Short Feature for NBC's 2002 Winter Olympics as well as an Emmy for Outstanding Documentary for NBC's 2004 Summer Olympics.  In 2005 Brad produced and edited The Raftman's Razor which premiered at the Sundance film festival and captured awards from SXSW, SIFF and various other festivals.  The film can be found in the permanent collection of MOMA.  His work in sports television includes several Olympic broadcasts, Super Bowls, Triple Crown Horse races and numerous other live sporting events.  In 2007, Brad had the pleasure of being a part of the creation of the 24/7 boxing series.  He has worked on many of the subsequent 24/7 series and the HBO juggernaut has been kind to Brad with several Emmy wins for Outstanding Editing.  He has worked for NBC Sports, FOX Sports, HBO, Showtime, ESPN, MTV among others.  He is currently finishing work on Rise as One a Budweiser/ FOX Sports documentary series.

Pam DeMetrius-Thomas joined the Motion Picture Editors Guild in 1985 and has worked as a Sound Editor and Sound Designer on many feature films and television series. Most recently she completed work on the documentary Invitation to Dance I which premiered at the Santa Barbara Film Festival, and the feature film Every Secret Thing which premiered at TriBeCa.

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: Maidentrip, The New Public, Smile Til It Hurts, 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), Josh Groban: A Young Arts master Class (HBO). Election Day (POV), Unfinished Country (Wide Angle), and Afghan Stories (the Sundance Channel).

Starting in 1982 Eugene Gearty, MPSE was one of the first digital Sound Editor/Designers in the film industry.  He pioneered the use of the access and the Synclavier systems for use in creating and editing sound effects for movies such as Silence of the Lambs, Do The Right Thing, Men in Black, and The Hudsucker Proxy.  He has worked with many New York directors including Joel & Ethan Coen, Jim Jaramusch and Lee Daniels.  He has been nominated for an Academy Award 3 times and won an Oscar for Hugo. He has won the Golden Lion (Taiwan) and the Hong Kong “Oscar"(China) for Crouching Tiger/Hidden Dragon.  He has also won the MPSE golden reel for Sound Effects editing for The Aviator.  His Television credits include Boardwalk Empire for which he received an Emmy for his work on the Martin Scorsese directed pilot.  After being nominated for an Oscar in 2013 for his work on Ang Lee’s Life of Pi, he has been working on Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street and with the Savannah College of Art and Design on expanding their Sound Design program.

Michael Kahn, ACE has won three Academy Awards® for his editing of films directed by Steven Spielberg: Schindler's List,  Saving Private Ryan and Raiders of the Lost Ark. He has also received nominations for Lincoln, Munich, Fatal Attraction (for which he won a British Academy Award), Close Encounters of the Third Kind and Empire of the Sun.  Kahn has worked on a wide variety of films, including Jurassic Park, Amistad, War Horse, Alive, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Minority Report, The Color Purple, The Goonies, Poltergeist, War of the Worlds, and The Adventures of Tin Tin.  He also won an Emmy for his work on the miniseries Eleanor and Franklin.  Up until his last few projects, Michael was one of the last editors to consistently use actual film to edit when he collaborated with Spielberg.


In 2011, he became the recipient of the American Cinema Editors's Lifetime Career Achievement Award.

Gary Levy, ACE has been editing TV shows and feature films since 1999.  He recently finished season 6 of Showtime’s Nurse Jackie, for which he won an ACE Eddy award in 2013 for best edited half-hour series.  Gary has also worked on the last 3 seasons of USA’s Royal Pains. Previous TV credits include NBC’s The Office, FOX’s Running Wilde, and Life is Wild for the CW.


Gary has edited many Feature films including Face for director Bertha Bay-Sa Pan, which screened in competition at the Sundance Film festival; Just a Kiss for director Fisher Stevens; Maze, directed by Rob Morrow; and Maryam for director Ramin Serry.  He was also an editor on the Farrelly brothers’ Outside Providence.

As the Visual Effects Editor on Ang Lee’s Hulk, Gary worked with kinetic multiple panel layouts and helped bring computer generated scenes from storyboard to completion. 

Sam Miille has been working in sound for film for nearly a decade.  In that time he’s collaborated with the Oscar winning team of Eugene Gearty and Phil Stockton on such works as Life of Pi, Hugo, Shutter Island, Boardwalk Empire, Miracle At Santa Anna, and The Departed.  Sam assists Mr. Gearty in the technical and organizational aspects of the fast paced and dynamic world of Sound Fx editing.  Sam has supervised the sound on episodes of Independent Lens and Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom, along with several independent films and short subjects.

Cindy Mollo, ACE just finished editing season two of Netflix's critically acclaimed House of Cards series.  She also recently collaborated again with Allen Hughes on The Book of Eli, having worked with him most recently on his segment of the anthology film New York, I Love You, and prior to that on the television series Touching Evil.  She edited the acclaimed HBO films Boycott, Point of Origin and Path to Paradise, and received an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Editing on Dash and Lilly, a film directed by Kathy Bates.  Her more recent episodic television work includes the acclaimed AMC series Mad Men, for which she received her second Emmy Award nomination; HBO’s John from Cincinnati; and pilots for the series Lucky and Sleeper Cell.  Mollo began her career editing the critically acclaimed dramas Homicide: Life on the Streets and Oz for producers Barry Levinson and Tom Fontana.  She was nominated for an American Cinema Editors Eddie Award for her work on The Gas Man, an episode of Homicide that was directed by Levinson.

Jonathan Oppenheim's editing credits include Sister Helen and Children Underground, a film he co-produced, which was nominated for an Oscar.  He edited the classic documentary feature Paris Is Burning, which was awarded the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance.  Oppenheim also edited and co-produced The Oath, a psychological portrait of Osama bin Laden's former bodyguard, which premiered at Sundance and Berlin.  Oppenheim has been a story consultant on many films, including How to Survive a Plague, The Unmaking of Spiderman and The Light in Her Eyes.  In 2011, Oppenheim lectured on the art of documentary editing at The New Museum and mentored Eastern European filmmakers at the Ex Oriente Lab in Prague.  He has been both an Advisor and a Fellow at the Sundance Institute Documentary Edit and Story Lab.

Bobbie O'Steen is a writer and film historian dedicated to sharing the editor’s invisible art with students, professionals and the movie-going public. Educated at Stanford University, she is an Emmy-nominated film editor and the author of two acclaimed books about editing."Cut to the Chase" is based on interviews with her late husband and colleague, legendary editor Sam O’Steen, about his work on such landmark films as The Graduate and Chinatown. Her second book, "The Invisible Cut", deconstructs the editing process of classic films through a cut-by-cut analysis.

O’Steen has hosted evenings honoring master editors involving screening and discussion for UCLA Film and Television Archive's Billy Wilder Theater, Emerson College's Bright Screening Room, NYU’s Cantor Film Center, 92Y Tribeca. She is currently partnered with Manhattan Edit Workshop for her series "Inside the Cutting Room," and she also moderates panels for American Cinema Editors' EditFest. O'Steen has taught graduate film student workshops at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts and has recently created an ongoing course entitled "Making the Cut," which is based on her interviews and examines the art and technique of master editors. In addition, she contributes to such publications as Editors Guild Magazine and Cinema Editor Magazine, the latter naming her "Film Editing's Greatest Champion."

Over the course of his 30 year career in television, Phil Parrish has won over 16 Emmy Awards for his work as a Producer, Director and Editor.  After completing his studies in Film and Theater at Long Island University, Phil got his first break at the then-startup music network, MTV.  His continued interest in post-production led him to an apprenticeship at Post Perfect, where he worked under some of NYC’s premier editors and was first introduced to non-linear editing.  In 1994, he launched his own post-production venture, Mind’s Eye Productions, supplying editing services to a variety of clients including ESPN, CBS and NBC and creating content for the Super Bowl, World Series, NBA Finals, Wimbledon and U.S Opens. He now is Senior Producer/Editor for the NBC Sports Group where he recently completed work on his 11th Olympic Games.

Meg Reticker is an accomplished editor in both film and television. Her television credits include the award winning shows 30 Rock, Big Love, Bored to Death, and The Wire.  Meg's most recent work includes HBO's True Detective.  Her feature film credits include Winged Creatures directed by Rowan Woods a 2008 film adaptation of Roy Freirich's novel starring Forest Whitaker, Guy Pearce, Kate Beckinsale, Josh Hutcherson, Dakota Fanning.  Meg’s edited Come Early Morning directed by Joey Lauren Adams starring Ashley Judd, which premiered at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival.


A Decade Under the Influence (directors Richard LeGravense and Ted Demme), which played in the 2003 Sundance Documentary Competition; Wet Hot American Summer, which premiered at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival; Arresting Gina, which played in competition at the 1999 Sundance Film Festival after a premiere at the 1996 Berlin Film Festival; and Heavy, staring Liv Tyler, which won the Special Director's Award at the 1995 Sundance Film Festival and showed in the Director's Fortnight of the 1995 Cannes Film Festival.  She has also worked previously for Michael Moore, editing his documentary The Big One (Sundance 1997, Toronto 1996) as well as his Bravo television series, The Awful Truth.

As Undefined Creative’s CEO/Creative Director, Maria Rapetskaya combines timeless aesthetic, a personal approach to client relationships and a socially conscious backbone.  Over the span of her design career, she has amassed an impressive client base – most recently NBC Universal, Discovery Networks, National Hockey League and Meredith Publishing.  Her work has been recognized internationally with awards, publications and screenings.  Maria is a firm supporter of professional volunteering, producing pro bono content for international organizations, like the United Nations and BRAC – and local efforts, like NYC’s based Transportation Alternatives.

Garret Savage is a 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 is producing Rachel Shuman's upcoming feature documentary, The Fall and was an associate producer of the Emmy nominated Pressure Cooker (Participant Films).  He has worked on projects for Paramount Pictures, ABC/ESPN, Discovery, IFC, AMC, MTV, and more.  Garret was a 2009  Sundance Documentary Edit and Story Lab Fellow, the Program Director of the Nantucket Film Festival’s Teen View Film Lab and is a founder and current Board President of the Karen Schmeer Film Editing Fellowship.

Phil Stockton, MPSE is a Supervising Sound Editor who has worked on an array of feature films and documentaries for such directors as Martin Scorsese, Spike Lee, John Sayles, Ang Lee and many others.  Phil has been recognized numerous times in the form of awards and nominations including an Oscar and a BAFTA (British Academy Award) nomination for Life of Pi, and an Oscar and BAFTA win for Hugo.  He also has 3  Emmy nominations with a win for Boardwalk Empire, and several MPSE Golden Reel Awards – most recently for Life of Pi and George Harrison, Living in the Material World.


Phil has had the good fortune to work on over 120 films including such classics as Raising Arizona, Goodfellas, Do The Right Thing, Etenal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Brokeback Mountain.  He recently finished working on The Wolf of Wall Street for Martin Scorsese.

David Teague is a film editor whose work includes Oscar-winning and Emmy-winning documentaries.  His films have played Cannes, Sundance, Berlin, Hot Docs, SXSW, Silverdocs, Tribeca, LA Film Fest, Full Frame, and True/False, amongst many others.  He recently edited E -Team (Sundance 2014) and the Oscar-nominated Cutie and the Boxer  (Sundance 2013).  Previously, David edited the Oscar-winning documentary Freeheld (Sundance 2007) as well as two other Oscar-nominated films (Mondays at Racine, Sun Come Up).  Other credits include the feature documentary The Iran Job, the PBS series Constitution USA, and the Emmy-winning Sesame Street primetime special Growing Hope against Hunger.   David has also directed and edited two award-winning documentaries: Intifada NYC (LIDF 2009) and Our House (Hot Docs 2010, co-directed with Greg King).  David has taught cinematography and editing at Downtown Community Television, the New School, Brooklyn College and Long Island University, and he is the author of two best-selling guides to film editing with Final Cut Pro.  David lives in Brooklyn, NY, with Annie Wedekind and their son Henry Wedekind.

After graduating from Hofstra University in 2001 with a degree in film-making, Christian Winters has grown to be considered one of the top producer/editors in network sports.


His credits include editing and producing feature stories and teases for several Super Bowls, Final Fours, and Olympic Games, as well as editing long-form sports documentaries for FOX and CBS. 

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