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MEWShop’s one-day annual post-production summit once again stormed the New York filmmaking community on Saturday, June 10th, 2017, at the NYIT Auditorium on Broadway.  Panels included behind the scenes of Cinematic 360/VR, the art and processes of editing documentary film and cinematic revolution of episodic television.  Our closing panel gave a behind the scenes look at the career of acclaimed feature film editor Dylan Tichenor, 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 - Anatomy of a Scene: Deconstructing Documentary Films 

Moderator: Garret Savage (My Perestroika, Karen Schmeer Film Editing Fellowship)

Speakers: Amy Foote (The Work, Mavis!, A Matter of Taste: Serving Up Paul Liebrandt), Maya Mumma, ACE (O.J.: Made in America, Restrepo), and Sam Pollard (Four Little Girls, When The Levees Broke)


11:45am - 1:15pm - Cinematic 360/VR Panel: 360 Degrees of Storytelling 

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

Speakers:  Ulrike Futschik, PhD (Chief Operating Officer at Koncept VR), Graham Roberts (Senior Editor at The New York Times), and Julina Tatlock (Co-founder 30 Ninjas)


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:  Kabir Akhtar, ACE (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Arrested Development, New Girl), Suzy Elmiger, ACE (Mozart in the Jungle, Master of None, Casual), and Julius Ramsay (The Walking Dead, Battlestar Galactica, Outcast


4:00pm - 6:00pm - "Inside the Cutting Room with Bobbie O’Steen": A Conversation with Editor Dylan Tichenor, ACE

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

Speaker:  Dylan Tichenor, ACE (There Will Be Blood, Brokeback Mountain, Boogie Nights, The Town


                        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

Early Bird: $69        

2017 Speakers:






Kabir Akhtar, ACE is an Emmy-winning director/editor whose work includes The Academy Awards, Arrested Development, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, New Girl, Speechless, and Unsolved Mysteries.  A three-time Emmy nominee, Kabir won the award in 2016 for editing the pilot of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend; he is now directing episodes of the show as well.  The pilot is one of nine he has edited that have gone to series.


He was also nominated for editing Billy Crystal's opening film for the 2012 Oscars, and for his work as supervising editor on Arrested Development 

(which was also nominated for an ACE Eddie Award). Kabir has directed comedy segments of the Academy Awards and the Primetime Emmy  Awards,  as well as episodes of the half-hour comedy series Mumbai Calling, distributed internationally by HBO

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.

Suzy Elmiger, ACE, is an accomplished editor who has worked with some of the most revered and respected directors of our time.  She was second editor on two films by the legendary Robert Altman: Short Cuts and Ready to Wear and edited three films for Alan Rudolph including Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle and Afterglow, both produced by Altman.  Suzy edited the Bruce Willis star-er Breakfast of Champions from the novel of the late, great Kurt Vonnegut.  Suzy has edited three films for Stanley Tucci including his debut Big Night, along with his follow-ups The Impostors and Joe Gould's Secret


Suzy has worked with James Toback, for whom she cut Harvard Man and When Will I Be Loved, with Dan Algrant on People I Know and on David Duchovny's feature film debut: House of D.  Other projects include Milarepa the story of an eleventh century Tibetan Buddhist saint directed by a Bhutanese lama, Choling Rimpoche; Spinning into Butter starring Sarah Jessica Parker and directed by acclaimed theater director Mark Brokow and Accidental Husband directed by Griffin Dunne.  

Suzy’s recent work includes two seasons of Amazon’s Mozart in the Jungle, Hulu’s Casual, and Netflix’s hit comedy series Master of None.  Suzy is currently editing the feature film Bel Canto starring Julianne Moore and directed by Paul Weitz.  Suzy also serves as a creative advisor at the prestigious Sundance Director's Lab where she helped spearhead the "Sally Menke Fellowship for Editors."

Amy Foote is a documentary editor based in Brooklyn, NY.  Her editing credits include; The Work (SXSW Grand Jury Winner 2017), the Peabody Award winning film Mavis!, 1964, the Emmy-nominated film, and James Beard Award winning film A Matter of Taste: Serving Up Paul Liebrandt, For Once In My Life, (SXSW Audience Award 2010, IDA Best Music Documentary); the Emmy-nominated film Finishing Heaven, Mosuo Sisters and The Least of These: Family Detention In America.  Her co-producer credits include A Matter Of Taste and Flying: Confessions of a Free Woman

Ulrike Futschik, PhD, Chief Operating Officer at Koncept VR, supervises both creative direction and operational capabilities at Koncept VR.   Ms. Futschik brings an expert VR narrative skill set as well as cutting-edge technical expertise acquired through years of designing and optimizing 360° VR gear.  While managing pre-production, location scouting, and training – she continually pushes the craft of immersive filmmaking.

Maya Mumma, ACE, began her career in the edit room of the Academy Award nominated documentary Restrepo.  The film won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival and received a News and Documentary Emmy for Outstanding Editing.  Most recently, she was an editor on the Academy Award winning documentary O.J.: Made in America, for which she was honored with the Best Editing award from the LA Film Critics Association and the ACE Eddie Award for Best Edited Documentary Feature.

She has also edited the Emmy nominated films Which Way Is the Front Line From Here: The Life and Time of Tim Hetherington and Whoopi Goldberg Presents Moms Mabley, the Peabody Award winning Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown, and A Journey of a Thousand Miles: Peacekeepers.

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 of 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. She is a  frequent moderator for American Cinema Editors’ EditFest panels and host of her own “Inside the Cutting Room” event series.


She has also taught at the American Film Institute, graduate film workshops at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and has created an ongoing course, “Making the Cut,” based on her interviews with over sixty editors. O’Steen’s next project is a media-rich eBook called "Making the Cut at Pixar" about the editor's pioneering role in computer animation.

Sam Pollard is an accomplished feature film and television editor, and documentary producer/director whose work spans almost thirty years.


Between 1990 and 2010, Mr. Pollard edited a number of Spike Lee's films: Mo' Better Blues, Jungle Fever, Girl 6,  Clockers, and Bamboozled.  As well, Mr. Pollard and Mr. Lee co-produced a number of documentary productions for the small and big screen: Spike Lee Presents Mike Tyson, a biographical sketch for HBO for which Mr. Pollard received an Emmy, Four Little Girls, a feature-length documentary about the 1963 Birmingham church bombings which was nominated for an Academy Award and When The Levees Broke, a four part documentary that won numerous awards, including a Peabody and three Emmy Awards. Five years later 2010 he co-produced and supervised the edit on the follow up to Levees If God Is Willing And Da Creek Don’t Rise.


Since 2012 as a producer/director, Mr. Pollard has completed Slavery By Another Name a 90-minute documentary for PBS that was in competition at the Sundance Festival, August Wilson: The Ground On Which I Stand a 90-minute documentary in 2015 for American Masters, Two Trains Runnin’ a feature length documentary in 2016 that premiered at the Full Frame Film Festival and in 2017 The Talk: Race in America for PBS and CPB.

Julius Ramsay is an Emmy-nominated editor and director who has worked on some of the most popular shows on television. He began his career as an editor on documentary series, such as VH1's Behind the Music and ESPN's SportsCentury. He moved on to such blockbuster reality shows as American Idol, The Bachelor and its spin-off The Bachelorette.  In 2006, he began editing episodic dramas, such as Alias, Battlestar Galactica and FlashForward.  From 2010 to 2015, he edited 23 episodes of The Walking Dead, the highest rated drama in the history of cable television. His work as an editor has earned him three Emmy nominations, once for The Contender and twice for Battlestar Galactica ("He That Believeth in Me" and "Daybreak, Part 2”).


Mr. Ramsay began directing episodes of The Walking Dead in 2014. His directorial debut in Season Four (‘Still’) was voted the season’s fan favorite; his Season Five episode (‘Them’) aired in 2015. He has also directed such popular series as MTV's Scream and Cinemax's Outcast. In 2017, Mr. Ramsay made his film directorial debut with the feature film Midnighters, a noir thriller set on New Year's Eve that will screen at film festivals later this year.

Graham Roberts is a 5-time Emmy Award nominated Senior Editor at The New York Times, focusing on innovation in visual journalism.


He leads a team that explores new approaches in video, motion graphics, virtual/augmented reality, and immersive visual storytelling.


He has received recognition for this work from a number of award-giving bodies, including the Society of News Design, the Cooper Hewitt National Design Awards, the Edward R. Murrow Awards and the Pulitzer Awards.


Graham teaches motion graphics at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, and speaks internationally at schools and conferences.

Garret Savage is an award-winning editor and producer. His documentary editing credits include the Peabody Award-winner My Perestroika, HBO's How Democracy Works Now series, Ready, Set, Bag!, and 4-Cylinder 400.  He is the producer of One October (Full Frame 2017) 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 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 President of the Karen Schmeer Film Editing Fellowship.

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.

Julina Tatlock founded 30 Ninjas with Doug Liman in 2008. She is Executive Producer and a Director of the six-part VR mini-series, Invisible.  Tatlock’s awards and nominations include: Two Shorty Awards, three Emmy Nominations (2 Outstanding Original Interactive Programming and Outstanding Work in Long Form Investigative Journalism), one SXSW Nomination (Best Interactive Film/TV Campaign), one TV of Tomorrow Award (Most Significant Content Offering), winner of Gracie Award for Outstanding Documentary, both the Grand Prize and Best Mixed Media Award at the World Internet Animation Festival, and was nominated for Best Animation Award at the Ottawa International Animation Festival. Prior to founding 30 Ninjas, Tatlock spent 15 years in television working at Martha Stewart Living and Oxygen Media.

Dylan Tichenor, ACE, began working on films as an assistant to editor Geraldine Peroni in the 1990’s.  One of the films he worked on was Robert Altman’s The Player. When Peroni passed away in 2004, Tichenor stepped to finish her work on Ang Lee’s Brokeback Mountain.  Tichenor was first credited with Paul Thomas Anderson's Boogie Nights, for which he was nominated for a Satellite Award. Tichenor was nominated for two Oscars; one for his work on Anderson's 2007 film There Will Be Blood and one for co-editing Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty with William Goldenberg, ACE.


Some of Dylan's other work includes Magnolia, The Royal Tenenbaums, Unbreakable, The Town, Doubt, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, Whip It and American Made.

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