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MEWShop’s one-day post-production summit triumphantly returned to New York on Saturday, June 11th, 2016, to the NYIT Auditorium on Broadway.  Panels included behind the green screen and the integral role of VFX, the art and processes of editing documentary film and the cinematic revolution of episodic television.  Our closing panel focused on the career legendary feature film editor Anne V. Coates, ACE with author and film historian Bobbie O’Steen.  The summit culminated in a gala reception and networking session for our guests, panelists and vendors.  



9:30 am - Check-in


10:00am - 11:30am - Visual Effects: Behind the Green Screen and the Integral Role of the VFX Team

Moderator: Ross Shain, Chief Marketing Officer at Boris FX & Imagineer Systems

Speakers: Sean Devereaux (Hardcore Henry, The Magnificent Seven), Ed Mendez (The Leftovers, Sin City, X-Men 2), Alex Lemke (The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, Into the Woods )


11:45am - 1:15pm - Anatomy of a Scene: Deconstructing Documentary Films 

Moderator: Livia Bloom, editor of "Errol Morris: Interviews," writer for Cinema Scope, Filmmaker Magazine, and Film Comment

Speakers: Erin Casper (American Promise, The Last Season), Mona Davis (The Farm, Running From Crazy), Gabriel Rhodes (The Tillman Story, Newtown)


1:15pm - 2:00pm - Intermission


2:00pm - 3:45pm - TV is the New Black: Television's Cinematic Revolution

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

Speakers:  Kelley Dixon, ACE (Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul, The Walking Dead), Kate Sanford, ACE (Vinyl, Boardwalk Empire, The Wire), Leo Trombetta, ACE (Narcos, Mad Men, Temple Grandin)


4:00pm - 6:00pm - "Inside the Cutting Room with Bobbie O’Steen": A Conversation with Oscar Winning Editor Anne Coates

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

Speaker:  Anne V. Coates, ACE (Lawrence of Arabia, The Elephant Man, Out of Sight, Erin Brockovich)


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



                         All attendees will receive a 3 month license from Boris FX, the leading developer of 3rd                           party editing and effects plugins. 

Choose one product (Multi-Host License option for Avid, Adobe and OFX Hosts only).   You must attend the event to collect this free giveaway!


General Admission:  $89


2016 Speakers:







Livia Bloom is a film curator and the Vice President at Icarus Films, a documentary distribution firm representing work by directors including Chantal Akerman, Shoheī Imamura, Heddy Honigmann, Patricio Guzmán, Chris Marker, Bill Morrison, Jean Rouch and Wang Bing. She has presented films at organizations including Film Forum, IFC Center, The Film Society of Lincoln Center, Maysles Documentary Center, The Museum of Modern Art, the Nantucket Film Festival and the Museum of the Moving Image, where she served on the curation staff for four years. Bloom's film programs have been featured in The New York Times, The Guardian, The Village Voice, The New Yorker and TIME Magazine. She is the editor of "Errol Morris: Interviews," a book on the Academy Award-winning director, and has contributed to the journals Film Comment, Filmmaker Magazine and Cinema Scope. A graduate of Cornell and Columbia Universities, she currently lives with her husband, pianist-composer Randy Ingram, in Brooklyn, New York. 

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.

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Erin Casper is an Emmy-nominated documentary editor based in New York.  Erin’s recent editing credits include The Last Season (2015 Truer Than Fiction Independent Spirit Award nominee); and American Promise (POV 2014, Special Jury Prize for Achievement in Filmmaking at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, Official Selection of the 51st Annual New York Film Festival).  Erin also edited The New Black (Independent Lens in 2014, GLAAD and NAACP Image Award nominee); Our School, (winner of the 2011 Sterling Award for Best US Feature Documentary at AFI DOCS); and short nonfiction pieces for NY Times Op-Docs and The Intercept.


In 2011, Erin was the inaugural recipient of the prestigious  “Karen Schmeer Film Editing Fellowship” and has had the distinct honor of attending the Sundance Documentary Edit & Story Lab in 2009, 2011 and 2015.

Anne V. Coates, ACE, is a renowned British editor who has worked on over sixty films, including the classic epic Lawrence of Arabia, for which she received an Academy Award. She has garnered four additional Academy Award nominations for Becket, The Elephant Man, In the Line of Fire, and Out of Sight. She was awarded BAFTA’s highest honor, The Academy Fellowship, as well as the Career Achievement Award from American Cinema Editors - and last year Coates was only the second editor besides Dede Allen to receive a career achievement award from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association.

Mona Davis is a feature documentary editor based in New York with a passion for verite films with character driven stories. Her credits include the critically acclaimed Love and Diane which premiered at the New York Film Festival, the Emmy nominated A Perfect Candidate, Dream Deceivers and The State of Arizona and the Academy Award nominated In Our Water and The Farm: Angola USA (Grand Jury Prize winner at Sundance), for which she won an Emmy for Best Documentary Editing. She has consulted on numerous films including 51 Birch Street and First Comes Love. Her work has shown theatrically and on HBO, Showtime, CBS, PBS, BBC and Arte.

Sean Devereaux tells stories with moving images and creates the art and technology that powers them. He co-founded ZERO VFX in 2010, which has grown from his basement into studios in both Boston and Los Angeles. Sean has worked with some of today’s most influential filmmakers including Antoine Fuqua, David Ayers, Peter Berg, David O. Russell and has created visual effects for more than 50 films, including The Magnificent Seven, American Hustle, Transformers and Fury. Prior to ZERO, he worked at some of the biggest VFX studios in the world, including Digital Domain and Industrial Light+Magic.

Part of this journey led Sean to co-invent ZYNC, a cloud-based storage and rendering platform, which was acquired by Google in 2014. Sean is passionate about storytelling and he loves to help artists and filmmakers harness their talent to create work that matters. Sean is a frequent speaker and has shared his passion and techniques in the art of cinematic storytelling for over a decade. He is husband to Jenny and father to Skylar and Summer. 

Kelley Dixon, ACE got her start in post-production in multiple capacities in the editing room on the features Reservoir Dogs and Good Will Hunting as well as TV's Without a Trace, and Revelations.  Kelley got her big break after many long years as an assistant when her editor, Lynne Willingham cut the Breaking Bad pilot and she became the series' second editor.  She's been nominated for four ACE awards and six Emmys - winning one Emmy in 2013 - for her work on Breaking Bad.


Kelley also edited on HBO's Luck, Showtime's Shameless, AMC's The Walking DeadHalt and Catch Fire and Preacher.  And she's currently working on the Breaking Bad spin-off, Better Call Saul.

Alex Lemke started his career in traditional optical effects work before moving into the digital world in 1994. Since 2000 he has been working as a freelance Compositor and VFX Supervisor at some of the most respected international facilities such as Weta, Double Negative and Framestore, as well as his in own VFX office in Germany. His credits include Dark City, The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Sweeney Todd, 2012, Inside Llewyn Davis and The Hobbit trilogy. From 2009 to 2012, also taught the course “Digital Arts and Compositing” at the Vienna Film Academy, Austria. Since 2011 he has been living and working in New York.  He founded east side effects, Inc. in 2012 together with his partner Michael Huber.

Ed Mendez is the Senior Visual Effects Supervisor and head creative for the Visual Effects division of Alkemy X.  Ed’s vast experience working on Hollywood Features and Episodic Television spans a 15-year career in Visual Effects. He provides technical mastery, a team-building attitude, and an award-winning artistic eye for Alkemy’s amazing crew.


In addition to an impressive list of Feature and Television credits including: Mr. Robot (USA Network), Power (Starz), Silver Linings Playbook, and Dead Man Down.  Ed most recently served as VFX Supervisor for M. Night Shyamalan’s film, Split starring James McAvoy and several pilots for the likes of ABC, FOX, NBC and Warner Bros.  He also served as VFX Supervisor on Robert Kirkman's paranormal drama Outcast for Cinemax and Damon Lindelof’s drama, The Leftovers, for HBO.  In addition, Ed supervised Edward Burn's 1960's cop drama, Public Morals for TNT.


Before coming to Alkemy-X, Ed was Compositing Supervisor at Café FX and provided the 17th century backdrop of Boston Harbor for the HBO award winning mini-series John Adams.  His work on John Adams earned him a Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Visual Effects for a Mini-Series.


Always with an eye towards true photographic integrity and a scrupulous attention to technical detail, Ed continues to lead a talented team of artists at Alkemy whose reputation is one of a trusted, high quality VFX partner to content creators industry wide

Bobbie O’Steen is a writer and film historian, dedicated to sharing the editor’s invisible art. She is an Emmy-nominated editor and author or two acclaimed books: "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. O’Steen’s next project is a media-rich eBook called "Making the Cut at Pixar" about the editors pioneering role in computer animation. She is a frequent moderator for American Cinema Editors’ EditFest panels and host of her own “Inside the Cutting Room” event series.

Gabriel Rhodes’ feature documentary credits include Newtown, The Witness, 1971, The Tillman Story, Without Shepherds and Quest For Honor.  His work has premiered at Sundance and Cannes among many other international festivals and has been broadcast on Sundance Channel, A&E, Animal Planet, CNN, PBS and on the NPR radio show This American Life. In 2011, two of his edited films (The Tillman Story & Quest for Honor) were shortlisted for the Academy Awards.  He was a fellow at the 2015 Sundance Documentary Edit & Story Lab and was awarded a fellowship from the New York State Council for the Arts in 2004.  He received his Master’s Degree in Documentary Film from Stanford University in 2000.

Kate Sanford, ACE, is a feature film and television editor whose most recent project is the new HBO series Vinyl, executive produced by Martin Scorsese, Mick Jagger and Terence Winter. Her previous project was co-editing the 6-part HBO miniseries Show Me A Hero, written by David Simon and directed by Paul Haggis.  Last year, Kate wrapped up work on HBO’s Boardwalk Empire, editing half the episodes during the 5-year series run.  Kate also worked on all five seasons of HBO’s The Wire, and received an ACE award and another ACE nomination for her work on the show.  She also won an ACE award for her work on the pilot episode of David Simon’s series Treme.


Kate’s selected film credits include Management, a romantic comedy starring Jennifer Aniston and Steve Zahn, directed by playwright Steven Belber; Outside Providence for director Michael Corrente, written by Peter and Bobby Farrelly; and the film version of David Mamet’s play American Buffalo, starring Dustin Hoffman. Kate worked with actor-director Tim Blake Nelson on the movie O, a modern retelling of Othello, and on Nelson’s first independent feature, Eye of God, which screened in competition at the Sundance Film Festival.  Among Kate’s other television credits are episodes of Sex and the City; The Black Donnellys (NBC); Queer Eye For the Straight Guy; Now and Again (CBS); Kings (NBC); and Michael and Michael Have Issues (Comedy Central).

Ross Shain is an accomplished post-production specialist and the chief marketing officer of Imagineer Systems.  In 2013, Ross was recognized by the Academy of Motion Pictures with a Science and Engineering Academy Award for his work on the development and design of mocha planar motion tracking software. With 20 years of creative and technical experience in post-production, visual effects and the software industry, Shain has held responsibilities ranging from senior compositor, colorist and effects supervisor to product and user interface designer. Prior to his role at Imagineer Systems, Ross held positions with Avid Technology, On2 Technologies, Northern Lights Post and New York University’s CADA Program.

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.  His latest feature, An Ordinary Man starring Sir Ben Kingsley, is scheduled to be released in the Fall.  Leo's television work includes Narcos, Wayward Pines, Mad Men, and the Michael Mann/David Milch series Luck.  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. 

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