ACE is very proud to support The Eric Zumbrunnen Fellowship.

Known to many as “EZ,” Eric Zumbrunnen graduated from USC with a degree in Journalism, and began his professional life in video post-production.  A proficient guitarist, his affinity for music informed his early work editing music videos. He developed close collaborative relationships with a few directors, and subsequently expanded into commercials for clients such as Nike, Xbox and Apple, and ultimately into feature films.  He perhaps most notably found his creative kindred spirit in director Spike Jonze. The pair’s harmonious, highly successful collaboration spanned two decades.


A member of American Cinema Editors since his first feature, Being John Malkovich which earned him an Eddie for Best Edited Feature Film (Comedy),  Eric brought his love of a good story well told to AdaptationWhere the Wild Things Are and  Her, as well as John Carter, for director Andrew Stanton.


In 2014, Eric Zumbrunnen co-founded Santa Monica and New York-based post-production company EXILE with partners Kirk Baxter, ACE, Matt Murphy and Carol Lynn Weaver.  Regarded as one of the most technically proficient editors of his era, one who approached editing with insight and eloquence, Eric valued the opportunity to learn from the gifted writers, directors and editors he worked with. While he held himself and his co-workers to a high standard, he was also committed to encouraging and mentoring other editors and would-be editors.

Read full tribute to Eric here

If you would like to volunteer, please email us indicating your interest in our organization.  If you would like to make a donation, please make checks to:

Eric Zumbrunnen Fellowship
c/o ACE Educational Center
5555 Melrose Ave
Marx Brothers Bldg #108
Los Angeles, CA 90038

All contributions made to the ACE Educational Center are considered charitable tax deductions.

Neither a scholarship nor a grant, the Eric Zumbrunnen Fellowship harnesses the goodwill of American Cinema Editors, Adobe, Avid, Pix, Media Arts Lab and Eric’s friends and colleagues to provide our fellow with state of the art tools, hands-on opportunities, and the wisdom of many of the talented and experienced professionals Eric worked amidst.

We’re looking for someone:

            – who is currently working in post-production

            – who is dedicated to pursuing a career as an editor

            – who is based in, or planning to relocate to, Los Angeles, California

            – who is willing to put in their own time for meetings, screenings and mentor-assigned projects 

We will accept applications from November 1, 2022 through January 31, 2023, and select the next fellow in March of 2023.

Application Information

Eric Zumbrunnen Fellow
Fred Brown II

We are happy to introduce the fourth Eric Zumbrunnen fellow, Fred Brown II.  A native of Chicago, Illinois, Freddie concentrated on editing at Columbia College and worked on local productions including SOUTHSIDE WITH YOU and SUICIDE SQUAD.  Since moving to Los Angeles he’s assisted on docuseries, commercials and trailers, as well as acclaimed television shows and films like David Fincher’s MINDHUNTER for Netflix, THE WALKING DEAD for AMC, the upcoming RESIDENT EVIL series for Netflix, and Andrew Dominik’s newest film, BLONDE, for Netflix.

On his own time, Freddie has worked on numerous short films, including 2019’s THE GREY CONSPIRACY for Amazon, which earned him a nomination for Best Editing from Top Indie Film Awards. In 2020, he wrote, produced and edited a short musical film in response to George Floyd’s death titled EVERYTHING MUST CHANGE, which received over 3,000 views online. In 2021, he edited the short film GOLDENROD. His latest short film work in 2022, PETIOLE, will screen at festivals across the country and on large buildings around Chicago.

A proficient trumpet player, Freddie is deeply influenced by music, with art, nature and video games factoring in as well.  He credits his father for a love of film that began in childhood, and describes his interests as “anything weird, anything heart-gripping, genre pieces, art pieces, and also the occasional commercial work.”

Those who have worked with Freddie describe him as a team player who approaches all aspects of a project with enthusiasm and energy.  We were impressed by his resourcefulness and the variety of projects he’s challenged himself with, and we look forward to more heart-gripping work to come.