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Sight, Sound & Story's 2021 event series format is now online.  Sight, Sound & Story has delayed its live in-person events (June's Post Summit & November's The Art of Cinematography) until 2022.  Until that time the event series will continue live online monthly.  This series will feature unique guests and subjects that will vary between editing, cinematography, and all aspects of filmmaking. Most importantly, these events will be live and free to the public.

The monthly online event series Sight, Sound & Story: Live, continues in August with Maya Mumma, Carla Gutierrez, Grace Mendenhall, Ted Raviv Samali Bikangaga

Sight Sound & Story: Live: Making it Work: From Assistant Editor to Editor

Moderator: Editor Maya Mumma (OJ: Made in AmericaKing in The Wilderness)
Panelists: Editor Carla Gutierrez (RBG, Pray Away), Assistant Editor/Associate Editor Grace Mendenhall (RBG, Pray Away), Editor Ted Raviv (Muhammad Ali, Jackie Robinson) & Assistant Editor Samali Bikangaga (Muhammad Ali)

Inside Episode XIII: A good working relationship between the film editor and assistant editor is crucial to a well run edit room. That is especially the case in documentary filmmaking where an editor is often tasked with sifting through hundreds of hours of footage to find the story.  Join us for a special conversion with Editor Carla Gutierrez and Assistant Editor/Associate Editor Grace Mendenhall; as well as Editor Ted Raviv and Assistant Editor Samali Bikangaga as they discuss the unique relationship between editor and assistant editor and how that impacts the creative process of editing documentary film. Acclaimed documentary Editor Maya Mumma will help guide the conversation; as well as show examples of documentaries that the team have worked on. This is a free online event where attendees will be able to ask questions live!

When: Wednesday, August 25th, 2021

Time: 5PM EDT / 2PM PDT




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Samali Bikangaga is currently an Associate Editor on a forthcoming six part documentary series for HBO directed by Jamila Wignot.  She served as the lead Assistant Editor for Muhammad Ali, a four part documentary series directed by Ken Burns, Sarah Burns, and Dave McMahon that will air on PBS September 19-22.  At Florentine Films, She also served as the Assistant Editor on East Lake Meadows: A Public Housing Story that premiered on PBS in March 2020 (dir. Sarah Burns and Dave McMahon).  Samali is a 2018 mentee of the Karen Schmeer Diversity in the Edit Room Program and earned a BA in Media Studies with a concentration in Journalism from Hunter College.  The daughter of Ugandan immigrants, Samali was born and raised in San Francisco.  Her multicultural upbringing helped shape a social justice perspective that she has carried in her film work.  Samali resides in Brooklyn, NY where she enjoys watching horror movies and bike rides to the beach.


Carla Gutierrez is an Emmy and ACE Eddie-nominated documentary editor.  She cut the Oscar-nominated film RBG, about the life of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.  RBG premiered at Sundance and was theatrically released by Magnolia Pictures.  It won the National Board of Review Award for Best Documentary, the Critics' Choice Award for Best Political Documentary, and a DuPont-Columbia Award.

Carla’s latest film is the Netflix Original documentary Pray Away which tells the story of the “pray the gay away” or ex-gay movement.  Pray Away premiered at Tribeca and was an official selection of the Telluride Film festival.
Carla recently finished editing Julia, about the great American cook and TV personality Julia Child for Sony Pictures Classics, CNN Films and Imagine Entertainment.
Carla also edited the Oscar nominated film La Corona (HBO) and the Emmy-nominated documentaries Reportero (POV), Kingdom of Shadows (POV) and Farewell Ferris Wheel (America Reframed).  Other credits include: When Two Worlds Collide (Special Jury Award at Sundance and Cinema Eye Honors nomination); Chavela (Berlinale Premiere and winner of both the Audience and Grand Jury Awards at Outfest); The Last Out (Special Jury Mention at Tribeca).
Carla has been a creative adviser for the Sundance Edit Lab, and a mentor for the Firelight Producers’ Lab, The Karen Schmeer Diversity Program and the Tribeca Film Fellows program.  She is a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures and the American Cinema Editors. Carla received a Masters in Documentary Film from Stanford University.


Grace Mendenhall is a video editor and motion graphics designer with a special interest in experimental documentary and stories focused on queer identity.  She served as Associate Editor on the Oscar-nominated documentary RBG, as well as Julia, a forthcoming documentary from the same team about the life of Julia Child.  On Pray Away, which premiered at Tribeca 2021, Grace was the Associate Editor and Post-Production Supervisor.  As Assistant Editor, she has worked on The Last Out (Tribeca 2021) and Patrimonio (Berlinale 2018).  Grace edited the short documentary Small Family, Happy Family, which premiered at Big Sky Film Festival in 2019 and was screened at the United Nations. Her editing work has also appeared on PBS, National Geographic, and The Marshall Project, among others.  She is a 2018 mentee of the Karen Schmeer Diversity in the Edit Room Program, and has studied at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies, Duke Center for Documentary Studies, and the Bay Area Video Coalition.  She is currently working on a Masters in Media Studies from Concordia University in Montréal.


Maya Mumma, ACE, was an editor on the Academy Award-winning documentary O.J.: Made in America for which she was honored with a Best Editing award from the LA Film Critics Association, an ACE Eddie, and a Primetime Emmy.  She began her career in the edit room of the Academy Award-nominated documentary Restrepo, which won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival.  She has gone on to edit such films as Which Way Is the Front Line From Here, Whoopi Goldberg Presents Moms Mabley, the Peabody Award-winning Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James BrownA Journey of a Thousand Miles: Peacekeepers, the Emmy-winning King in the Wilderness, the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning True Justice: Bryan Stevenson’s Fight for Equality, and this year's Obama: In Pursuit of a More Perfect Union.  She has mentored for the Firelight Media Documentary Lab, the Open City Documentary Festival Assembly Lab, the TFI/A&E IndieFilms StoryLab, and is the president of the Karen Schmeer Film Editing Fellowship.


Ted Raviv worked as an editor for the newly released On Broadway (dir. Oren Jacoby, Storyville Films) which screened at DOC NYC after making its premiere at the Hamptons International Film Festival.  Most recently he edited episode three of the four-part series, Muhammad Ali  directed by Ken Burns, Sarah Burns, and David McMahon that will air on PBS September 19-22.  At Florentine Films, Ted worked on Emmy Award-winning documentaries such as Prohibition and The Roosevelts.  He also served as an editor, along with Lewis Erskine, on part one of the two-part series, Jackie Robinson.  In 2016, he participated in the Sundance Documentary Edit & Story Lab as a contributing editor on This is Congo.  His short-form work includes the Lebanese narrative film, In White, which screened at over forty festivals including the BFI London Film Festival and the Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival.  Ted is a member of the Motion Picture Editors Guild.  He lives in Brooklyn, NY, where he enjoys eating vegan food with his wife and fellow editor, Cat.

*All speakers are schedule permitting.


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