MEWShop’s one-day post-production summit returned to New York on Saturday, June 13th, 2015, at the NYIT Auditorium on Broadway. Panels included behind the scenes of unscripted reality TV, the art and processes of editing documentary film and the cinematic revolution of episodic television. Our closing panel highlighted the career of Oscar winning feature film editor William Goldenberg, ACE with author and film historian Bobbie O’Steen. The summit culminated with a gala reception and networking session for guests, panelists and vendors.
9:30 am - Check-in
10:00am - 11:30am - The Great Unscripted: The “Real” in Reality Television
Moderator: Gordon Burkell (AOTG.com)
Speakers: Alanna Yudin (Ink Master, Mob Wives), Joe Schuck (Alaskan Bush People, Best Funeral Ever), and Julie "Bob" Lombardi (Teen Mom, Town of the Living Dead)
11:45am - 1:15pm - Anatomy of a Scene: Deconstructing Documentary Films
Moderator: Garret Savage (My Perestroika, Ready! Set, Bag!)
Speakers: Andy Grieve (Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, The Armstrong Lie), Zac Stuart-Pontier (The Jinx, Catfish), and Pax Wassermann (Cartel Land, Knuckleball!)
1:15pm - 2:15pm - Intermission
2:15pm - 3:45pm - TV is the New Black: Television's Cinematic Revolution
Moderator: Michael Berenbaum, ACE (The Americans, Sex and the City)
Speakers: Fabienne Bouville, ACE (American Horror Story, Masters of Sex), Sidney Wolinsky, ACE (Ray Donovan, The Sopranos), and Jesse Averna (Sesame Street, Monica’s Mixing Bowl)
4:00pm - 6:00pm - "Inside the Cutting Room with Bobbie O’Steen": A Conversation with Oscar Winning Editor William Goldenberg
Moderator: Bobbie O'Steen ("Cut to the Chase", "The Invisible Cut")
Speakers: William Goldenberg, ACE (Argo, The Imitation Game, Zero Dark Thirty, Unbroken)
6:00pm - 8:00pm - Networking Party & Tech Lounge
General Admission: $89
Jesse Averna (@Dr0id) is, for the last six seasons, the series editor for Sesame Street, for which he has won five Emmys. Jesse also teaches Continuing Ed at the School of Visual Arts, recently directed a new children’s series Monica’s Mixing Bowl and is in active development on his own film. He also leads a weekly Twitter chat every Wednesday night for Post Professionals, called #PostChat. When Jesse’s not engaged in the above, or spending time with his family, he’s editing recap promo’s for SyFy’s 12 Monkeys. Basically, he’s a workaholic insomniac with a love for his daughter, Post Production, monsters and droids.
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 other recent projects include the hit FX series,The Americans, starring Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys, HBO's Divorce, and Netflix's Marco Polo. 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.
Fabienne Bouville, ACE, grew up in a suburb of Paris until age 16 when she moved to Manhattan, where she attended high school, college, and grad school, as well as getting a separate degree in photojournalism. When she was done getting an education and it was time to face the mountain of debt she accumulated, she moved to Los Angeles in hot pursuit of the mighty dollar. This is where she honed her skills as an editor, starting as an assistant on reality shows and slowly finding her way through editing for all different kinds of formats. She was lucky when she landed her first job on a Ryan Murphy TV show, Nip/Tuck, 7 years ago, giving her an entrée into the scripted world and among an exceedingly talented and dedicated group of editors. She received two Emmy nominations for her work on American Horror Story.
Gordon Burkell is an editor who has been in the industry for 15 years, editing predominantly documentaries. He is the founder of aotg.com, 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 Aotg.tv, 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.
William Goldenberg, ACE, has more than twenty film and television credits since 1992. He won the Academy Award for Film Editing for the film Argo, and has been nominated for The Insider, Seabiscuit, Zero Dark Thirty, and The Imitation Game. He has also received nominations for nine other editing-related awards. Goldenberg has had an extended, notable collaboration with the director Michael Mann including Heat, The Insider, Ali, Miami Vice, Transformers: Dark of the Moon and Transformers: Age of Extinction. Some of his other work includes Unbroken, Alive, Pleasantville, National Treasure, and National Treasure: Book of Secrets and Gone Baby Gone.
Andy Grieve is an editor and director who's recent collaboration with Oscar winning director Alex Gibney include Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, The Armstrong Lie, and We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks. Andy's other credits include a short film for the Stand Up To Cancer prime time special, winner of the 2009 Emmy Award for Outstanding Short Form Picture Editing; The Carter, a feature documentary about rap-sensation Lil’ Wayne that premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival; Jason Kohn’s Manda Bala (Send a Bullet), winner of the 2007 Sundance Grand Jury Prize for Best U.S. Documentary as well as the 2008 Cinema Eye award for Best Editing; Errol Morris’s Standard Operating Procedure, winner of the 2008 Berlin Film Festival Grand Jury Prize; and Lionsgate’s recently released narrative feature The Burrowers, directed by JT Petty. In 2012 Andy also directed and edited Can't Stand Losing You: Surviving the Police.
Julie 'Bob' Lombardi is a producer and editor of documentaries and television. Bob made her editorial debut with the Oscar nominated, 2004 documentary, Super Size Me directed by Morgan Spurlock. She went on to cut Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden? and MTV's critically acclaimed hit series 16 and Pregnant, Teen Mom, and World of Jenks. Her other credits include David Blaine; Dive of Death, Extreme Makeover; Home Edition, Room Raiders, and Town of the Living Dead to name a few. She just finished producing and editing Made in Japan and is currently working on the documentary Freedom! The Road Movie for Warrior Poets.
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."
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.
For the past two seasons, Joe Schuck has been editing Discovery Channel's hit show Alaskan Bush People. He also served as editor on the first season of Best Funeral Ever. Other projects that Joe served as assistant editor on include MTV's True Life, A&E's The First 48, Oxygen's Jersey Couture, Discovery Life's Facing Trauma, as well as several years at MLB.com as a Senior Game Night Editor. He is a graduate of the New York Institute of Technology, where he majored in Communication Arts specializing in Film and Video. Joe is also an alumni of Manhattan Edit Workshop's Six Week Intensive workshop, as well as a former Apple certified editing instructor.
Zac Stuart-Pontier is a Director and Editor, chosen as one of Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Film in 2010. His editing work includes the HBO miniseries, The Jinx (for which he also served as co-writer and co-producer), cult documentary Catfish (also co-producer), Sundance award winner Martha Marcy May Marlene, SXSW award winner NY Export: Opus Jazz, and numerous short films, music videos and commercials notably for Citibank, Sperry, Nike, The Shins and—of course—Missy Elliot.
Pax Wassermann is a film editor and producer with twenty years in features, television and documentaries. In addition to Cartel Land, his documentary work includes Devil’s Playground, the Sally Mann documentary What Remains, the recent films Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me, The Notorious Mr. Bout, Knuckleball!, Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer, and Which Way Home, which was nominated for an Academy Award in 2009. His fiction work includes Peter Bogdanovich’s upcoming comedy She’s Funny That Way, starring Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston, and Noah Buschel’s directorial debut Bringing Rain.
Born in Winnipeg, Canada, Sidney Wolinsky, ACE graduated from Brandeis University and received a Masters in Film from San Francisco State University. As an editor he has worked on feature films, documentaries, and dramatic series. He edited David Chase’s film Not Fade Away. Among the series he has worked on are The Sopranos, Rome, Ray Donovan, and House of Cards. He edited pilot episodes for Blue Bloods, Boardwalk Empire, Ray Donovan, The Strain, and Extant. He has received two Eddies for his work on The Sopranos and an Emmy for the Boardwalk Empire pilot. He is currently completing the second season of Power.
Alanna Yudin is an NYC-based film and television editor. For over fifteen years she has been crafting, re-crafting, and losing sleep over numerous reality TV series. She honed her skills on Extreme Makeover and Wife Swap for ABC. Some of her more recent credits include Discovery's Storm Chasers, VH-1's Mob Wives, and MTV's Teen Mom, on which she served as Series Supervising Editor. She currently edits SpikeTV's Ink Master, which, in its sixth season, remains one of the network's highest-rated series. As a documentary editor, she edited the Hearst Corporation's Seven Days That Changed New Orleans, which won a Telly Award in 2006, and is currently cutting an indie feature, entitled The Sheriff of Mars.