EditFest LA – Talking Shop

ACE President Stephen Rivkin welcomes the audience to EditFest LA 2017 in the Disney Main Theatre.
by Edward Landler, Cinemontage.org • Photos by Peter Zakhary/Tilt Photo

On August 12, a beautiful Saturday in Burbank, an eager crowd filled the Walt Disney Studio’s Main Theatre on Dopey Drive, for the tenth annual EditFest LA, presented by the American Cinema Editors (ACE). A show of hands revealed the vast majority of the sold-out audience to be about half editors and about half assistant editors; surprisingly, almost two thirds of the audience were attending this celebration of the art and craft of editing for the first time.

During the day, the attendees were engaged by four in-depth panel discussions featuring some of the best editors in the business focusing on significant issues and concerns of their profession. Designed to share practical insights and aesthetic perspectives in an intimate setting, the EditFest limited the number of attendees to allow for the greatest personal interaction throughout the event.

Introducing the program, ACE President Stephen Rivkin, ACE (AvatarPirates of the Caribbean trilogy), welcomed the audience and announced that for the first time, EditFest LA was being streamed online (unfortunately, due to broadcasting rights issues, the film clips screened during the sessions would not be seen online). Rivkin also thanked Jenni McCormick and the ACE staff for organizing the event, and its sponsors, including the Motion Picture Editors Guild, Disney Digital Studio Services, Adobe, Avid and Blackmagic Design.

 Just before the first panel discussion, a team from Blackmagic presented a demonstration of the features and capabilities of the new DaVinci Resolve 14.

Women in Editing

Personal Experiences and Challenges in the Cutting Room

Lillian Benson, ACE (Chicago Med, Eyes on the Prize II)

Lisa Zeno Churgin, ACE (The Old Man and the Gun, The Cider House Rules)

Edie Ichioka, ACE (Toy Story 2, Boxtrolls)

Virginia Katz, ACE (Beauty and the Beast, Dreamgirls)

Lynzee Klingman, ACE (One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, War of the Roses)

Terilyn A. Shropshire, ACE (Eve’s Bayou, Beyond the Lights)

Moderated by Margot Nack, senior manager at Adobe