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Sight, Sound & Story's 2020 event series format is moving online.  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Sight, Sound & Story has delayed its live in-person events (June's Post Summit & November's The Art of Cinematography) until 2021.  Until that time the event series is launching a live online monthly event series.  This series will feature unique guests and subjects that will vary between editing, cinematography, and all aspects of filmmaking. These live events will give attendees a chance to ask questions and even win raffle prizes from our sponsors.  Most importantly, these events will be live and free to the public.

Sight, Sound & Story: Live "Inside the Cutting Room of Sam O'Steen"

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

Panelists: Suzana Peric (The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Pianist), Michael R. Miller, ACE (Miller's Crossing, Armageddon), Darrin Navarro, ACE (Ballers, Mozart in the Jungle), Suzana Peric (The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Pianist), Terilyn Shropshire, ACE (The Old Guard, Eves Bayou), Zach Staenberg, ACE (The Matrix Trilogy, Pacific Rim: Uprising), and 2020 ACE Interns Leanna Castaldo Kelsy Lua.

Inside Episode V:  This panel will honor legendary editor Sam O’Steen. He first found acclaim for his work in the late 1960s, at a time when the studio system was crumbling and independent filmmakers were captivating young audiences with personal, provocative narratives and experiments with sound, music, cinematography, and editing. These shifts all elevated the status of the editor. Bobbie O’Steen, who was Sam’s wife and collaborator, is a film historian whose book, "Cut to the Chase," is filled with Sam's behind-the-scenes stories on such landmark films as The Graduate, Rosemary’s Baby, and Chinatown. She will moderate the panel of seven editors, who will share and discuss specific scenes that show how Sam’s work inspired them. 

When: November 19th, 2020

Time: 5PM EST / 2PM PST

General Admission:  FREE!!








Leanna Castaldo is a recent graduate from the Pennsylvania State University where she studied Film Production and Photography. She has had the chance to learn and grow in the entertainment industry in Los Angeles, New York and at Penn State. Leanna was one of the 2020 ACE Interns and is now working as an Assistant Editor for Fox Entertainment in On Air Promotions. She has always loved film and television and began editing at a very early age and aspires to be an editor.

Kelsy Lua was born and raised in the Philippines.  She earned a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and Business from Boston University.  After graduating, she attended Manhattan Edit Workshop where she discovered her passion for film editing.  Her aspirations led her to move to Los Angeles to pursue her Master's degree in Film and TV Production Program from the University of Southern California.  She participated in the ACE Internship program 2020 after graduating from the program.

Kelsy edited short films that were screened at film festivals like the HollyShorts Film Festival, the Los Angeles Diversity Film Festival, the AFI Fest 2020, and more.


Michael R. Miller, ACE, is Chair of the Department of Picture Editing and Sound Design in the School of Filmmaking at University of North Carolina School of the Arts.  Of his teaching style, he says, "I teach aspiring editors all the things I learned as an assistant editor on motion pictures like Raging Bull, as a sound editor on the Coen Brothers Blood Simple, and as the editor of Raising Arizona, Millers Crossing, I'm Gonna Get You Sucka, Ghost World, Armageddon, and an array of award-winning independent films."

He also brings guest artists to meet with students — editors of movies like Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Once Upon a Time ... In Hollywood and I, Tonya;" and of streamed content like Euphoria.

"I prepare students with readings, class discussions, and industry-level direction of their own editing work," Miller says, “and by arranging for internships with editors and sound designers at the highest levels of the film industry."


Darrin Navarro, ACE, worked as an assistant editor on the films of Oscar-winner William Friedkin for over a decade before Friedkin asked him to assume the editor’s chair for the acclaimed psychological thriller, Bug, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and won the FIPRESCI Prize.  Navarro worked again with the director on 2012’s Killer Joe, starring Matthew McConaughey, and has since edited the acclaimed films, The Spectacular Now, The End of the Tour, and The Lovers. His work in episodics includes I Love Dick, Mozart In the Jungle, and Doll & Em.


Bobbie O’Steen is a New York-based writer and film historian, dedicated to sharing the editor’s invisible art with students, professionals, and cinephiles.  She is an Emmy-nominated film 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, filled with stories from the cutting room and behind the scenes on such landmark films as The Graduate and Chinatown.  "The Invisible Cut"

deconstructs the editing process as well as classic movie scenes from such films as Rear Window

and The French Connection through a cut-by-cut analysis.

Her latest book, "Making the Cut at Pixar" – to be published next year – is authoritative media-rich eBook about the editor’s pioneering role in computer animation.

Bobbie hosts an ongoing event series, “Inside the Cutting Room,” one-on-one panels honoring master editors through screening and discussion at American Cinema Editors’ EditFest as well as NYU, Emerson College, UCLA, NYIT, and 92nd St Y.  She has taught at the American Film Institute,

NYU Tisch School of the Arts, The New School, and John Hopkins University.  She has also created a class series at Manhattan Edit Workshop, “Making the Cut,” where she explores the art and technique of the editing process, based on her interviews with over seventy editors.  She has contributed commentary and discussion that focus on editing for The Criterion Collection’s DVD/Blu-Ray releases of such classic films as A Hard Day’s Night, In Cold Blood, and The Graduate and has written for such publications as CinemaEditor Magazine, which named her “Film Editing’s Greatest Champion.”

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Suzana Peric has served as music editor on over 100 feature films, including Lady Bird, Juliet Naked, The Giver, The Illusionist, The Manchurian Candidate, Closer, The Pianist, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, Beloved, Crash, Prelude to a Kiss, The Silence of the Lambs, Married to the Mob, and Philadelphia. She received a Golden Reel Award for her work on Lord of the Rings in 2002 and again for her work on Jane in 2017.


Picture editor Terilyn A. Shropshire, ACE, is well-known for her innovative style, collaborating with some of the industry’s most talented feature filmmakers and television creators.  Recently, Shropshire edited the feature film, The Old Guard, starring Charlize Theron and Kiki Layne. This project marks her sixth project over a twenty-year collaboration with director Gina Prince-Bythewood.

In 2019, Shropshire received an American Cinema Editors Eddie nomination for her work on Part 1 of Netflix’s 4-part mini-series When They See Us, written and directed by Ava DuVernay.

In addition to her recent work on When They See Us, Shropshire’s distinctive roster also includes feature films, such as Miss Bala, directed by Catherine Hardwicke , Beyond the Lights, The Secret Life of Bees, and Love and Basketball, directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood, as well as Kasi Lemmon’s films, Eve’s Bayou, The Caveman’s Valentine, Talk to Me, and Black Nativity.  Other notable work includes: Sparkle, Jumping the Broom, American Violet, Waist Deep, Diary of a Mad Black Woman, and Biker Boyz.

Shropshire has been recognized throughout her career for her stellar work, most notably earning an Emmy nomination for the Lifetime Achievement Award tribute to Sidney Poitier for the 74th Annual Academy Awards and an ACE Eddie Award for Redemption: The Stan Tookie Williams Story, directed by Vondie Curtis Hall.  Beyond her work in features, Shropshire’s career success crosses into television, cutting fan-favorite series such as the pilot for Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger, Fox’s limited series Shots Fired, and the first season of ABC’s Quantico.

Shropshire began honing her craft at the University of Southern California, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Broadcast Journalism and Cinema.  Shropshire is an active member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, American Cinema Editors and the Diversity Committee of the Motion Picture Editor’s Guild. 


Zach Staenberg, ACE is an Academy Award winning Editor for his work on the groundbreaking The Matrix trilogy. He also edited Speed Racer and Bound with the Wachowski’s.
Other recent credits include Ava directed by Tate Taylor and starring Jessica Chastain, Pacific Rim: Uprising directed by Steven S. DeKnight for Legendary and Universal Pictures, Sand Castle directed by Fernando Coimbra for Netflix, produced by The Mark Gordon Company and Treehouse Pictures, and Good Kill directed by Andrew Niccol, which premiered at the Venice Film Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival in 2014.  Staenberg previously collaborated with Niccol on In Time, starring Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried, and Lord of War, starring Nicholas Cage.
Other notable credits include, Ender’s Game, Bunkaru, the Academy Award nominated foreign film Mongol, and the smash hit comedy Police Academy.
In 1996, Staenberg won the first of his two ACE Eddie Awards for his work on the HBO telefilm Gotti, which also garnered him an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Editing.

*All speakers are schedule permitting.


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