Message from Board

President Message 2Q21

Welcome to the current issue of CinemaEditor, in which we look back on an awards season like no other, as well as get a taste of some of the most exciting television/ streaming content that we watched this past year. In our cover story, we take a look at the much-anticipated In the Heights, Jon M. Chu’s feature adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s popular stage musical, edited by the masterful Myron Kerstein, ACE. To celebrate thefilm’s release and the whole idea of us going back into theaters, our veryown ACE Art Director Luci Zakhary created four unique covers from thefilm. Check ‘em out, collect them, trade them but mostly enjoy them!]

As most of you know, the 71st annual ACE Eddie Awards were held virtually on April 17. How much fun was that? Believe it or not we had over 1,000 guests from 21 countries that logged in to watch, mingle, network and ‘dance’ – all while celebrating this year’s Eddie nominees and winners, including Alan Baumgarten, ACE, whose work on The Trial of the Chicago 7 won Best Edited Dramatic Feature; Matthew Friedman, ACE, and Andrew Dickler for Palm Springs (Best Edited Comedy Feature); and Kevin Nolting, ACE for Soul (Best Edited Animated Feature Film); along with television category winners such as Trevor Ambrose, CCE (Schitt’s Creek), Melissa McCoy (Ted Lasso), Chris McCaleb, ACE, and Joey Liew (Better Call Saul), Cindy Mollo, ACE (Ozark) and Michelle Tesoro, ACE (The Queen’s Gambit). Congratulations to all of this year’s nominees and winners, as well as Career Achievement Award recipients Lynzee Klingman, ACE, and Sidney Wolinsky, ACE, and Golden Eddie honoree Spike Lee.

Congratulations and huge thanks to ACE Executive Director Jenni McCormick and our ACE staff; Jessica Whitney at ZOe Productions; and all the volunteers involved in the Herculean effort of producing the remote Eddies. It was huge success and a show to remember!

ACE also aims to keep everyone connected – safely – through our new weekly e-newsletter. Thank you Jenni for another great idea from you and the team. It’s lots of fun and loaded with links to articles and interviews with today’s top editors. Not to mention invites to social gatherings (virtually for now) and the “Clip of the Week” where ACE members submit a favorite scene from film or television that inspires them.\

Watch for updates regarding our ACE Annual Meeting, which will be held in June. We’ll be holding it again virtually and this year combining it with our first ever “Committee Fair” – conceived and organized by Board members Sabrina Plisco, ACE, and Troy Takaki, ACE – where members can discuss, explore, create and join our various ACE committees. Don’t be shy! Get involved.

As we ship this issue, it seems more of our members and the filmmaking community are getting back to work, which is obviously great news! We at ACE will keep you up to date and share any information we have as our industry moves forward during this time. And remember, if you have something you’d like to share, please reach out: We want to hear from you.

Enjoy this issue of CinemaEditor and please stay safe and continue to look after each other.

Message From the Board – 3rd Qtr, 2020

Welcome to ACE’s annual television issue, in which we’ll look at some of the dramas, comedies and animated series entertaining audiences at home. In this issue, we also provide a snapshot of how our members are working while following safety procedures. This includes some of the findings from ACE’s recent survey about how our business is resuming in the COVID-19 environment.

Additionally, we’d like to announce that ACE is launching a new event from Aug. 29-30 –EditFest Global – a virtual version of our popular EditFest program allowing our community to safely participate in informative and inspiring conversations. The program will have a similar format to that of the in-person EditFest events. This year, speakers and panelists include Kabir Akhtar, ACE; Maryann Brandon, ACE; Tom Cross, ACE; Kelley Dixon, ACE; Axel Geddes, ACE; Michael McCusker, ACE; and Terilyn A. Shropshire, ACE.

Panel discussions include one that delves into the unique animation process, one that traces the journey from intern to editor, and others that dissect the making of documentaries The Fight and Making Waves. We’ll get sage advice on working amid the pandemic from Zack Arnold, ACE, through his “Optimize Yourself ” series. We’ll meet “Mentors Inside the Cutting Room” through a discussion with Carol Littleton, ACE; Norman Buckley, ACE; and Brandi Bradburn, ACE; moderated by Bobbie O’Steen; and get a look at the efforts of Motion Picture Editors Guild Diversity Committee.

A special session titled “You Gotta Watch This Bit,” moderated by Ant Boys, ACE, will pay homage to the late Norman Hollyn, ACE, who popularized his “Lean Forward Moment” discussions about the films and TV shows that influence and inspire. And we haven’t forgotten the networking and social elements of EditFest. We’re preparing ‘breakout rooms’ to allow participants to mingle through small group discussions.

At press time we are still working out details, but confirmed are Platinum sponsor Blackmagic Design and Gold sponsors Adobe, Avid, Ignite Strategic Communications, Motion Picture Editors Guild and Netflix. You’ll be hearing more from them during the event. Many thanks to our generous supporters.

We hope you’ll join us as we kick off EditFest Global, and proceed forward with additional services and activities. Please stay safe.
– The ACE Board of Directors

Message From the Board

We are living through unprecedented times, which are having a devastating impact on our industry. Though most production remains shut down as this issue goes to press, some post-production continues with the aid of available technology, enabling a portion of our membership to continue working remotely from home (see story, p. 24). But for most, future projects have been put on an indefinite hold, with the startup dates uncertain.

The Editors Guild has done a wonderful job of sending out information, and the Guild website is an excellent resource for information on MPI, unemployment insurance, the government CARES Act and Small Business Assistance – SBA loans and disaster relief, stimulus checks, grants, volunteer opportunities, food banks, mental health info and ways the union is helping provide relief to our members. There is even a provision to make a one-time withdrawal of up to $20,000 from your individual pension plan.

The Guild is also beginning to define what will be required for a safe working environment when we gradually start going back to work. You can access the wealth of resources at:

For those who feel they are in a position to help others less fortunate with a financial donation, there are many worthwhile charities. Two in particular are dedicated to helping people in our own industry specifically: The Actors Fund and the Motion Picture & Television Fund. The ACE Board of Directors met virtually for the first time in April and discussed how we could reach out to our membership in ways that could be meaningful in this time of need.

The Board voted to give a small donation to each of these two funds, to help any of our members who may need additional financial assistance. Both organizations have the structures in place and means to handle and evaluate applicants for direct aid. These are difficult times. However, there is much to be thankful for, as we hunker down in our homes, spend more time with our families, work on those long, procrastinated projects like cleaning up yards, garages, basements, closets, drawers, and practice the latest safety recommendations.

In our country and throughout the world, there are great minds working on solutions to the problems of accessible testing for the virus, antibodies and immunity. Let’s hope that soon we can all get back to work, under safe working conditions, and that the ultimate vaccine will be available sooner than later.

In the meantime, stay healthy and safe,
Stephen Rivkin, ACE President and the ACE Board of Directors

Message from Board 1st Q 2020


1st Qtr, 2020

2020 began with celebration and education for American Cinema Editors.

Our 70th Eddie Awards were held on Jan. 17 and attracted a sold-out audience of 1200 to the International Ballroom at The Beverly Hilton. Congratulations to Career Achievement Award honorees Alan Heim, ACE, and Tina Hirsch, ACE; Golden Eddie honoree Lauren Shuler Donner; Heritage Award honoree Cathy Repola; feature film category winners Yang Jinmo for Parasite (drama), Tom Eagles for Jojo Rabbit (comedy), and Axel Geddes, ACE, for Toy Story 4 (animation), and all of the evening’s honorees and winners.

Congratulations and thank you to all of this season’s Academy Award® nominees in film editing, who participated in ACE’s annual Invisible Art, Visible Artists panel, which filled Hollywood’s Egyptian Theatre with a capacity crowd. This included Michael McCusker, ACE, and Andrew Buckland, who won the Oscar® for Ford v Ferrari; Thelma Schoonmaker, ACE, for The Irishman; Jeff Groth for Joker; Eagles and Yang.

In this issue, please enjoy a look at the ACE Internship Program, whose participants represent our future. Thank you and congratulations to all of our members who have contributed their time to these programs, and if you haven’t, we encourage you to get involved.

A very special thank you to all of our sponsors, who make these events and programs possible. Looking ahead, the coronavirus pandemic has prompted the cancellation of events including the NAB Show and SXSW – events at which ACE was scheduled to participate. ACE will continue to monitor upcoming events and keep members informed. Our organization also urges members to follow guidelines to protect yourselves and others.