Eric Zumbrunnen Fellowship

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.

We are pleased to announce the selection of the first Eric Zumbrunnen fellow, Derek Drouin.


Derek is an aspiring editor based in Los Angeles. Most recently, Derek edited “Cut Off,” a psychological thriller directed by Jowan Carbin. “Cut Off” premiered at the New Orleans Film Festival in October 2017.


Born in Maine, Derek studied painting and illustration at Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York. A position at advertising and production company Dogmatic provided his introduction to film making. After teaching himself AVID, Derek worked as an editor on industrial and promotional films. He was an additional editor on the feature documentary “Bigger, Stronger, Faster” (2007), and joined the Editors Guild in 2008. His recent assistant editor credits include “The Founder,” “Battle of the Sexes,” and “First Man.”


Derek’s colleagues describe him as creative and articulate, with a great instinct for storytelling and a dry sense of humor.  Hard working, technically savvy and collaborative, he contributes in the areas of sound and visual effects in addition to the picture edit.


Throughout this year Derek will meet with numerous editors, both informally and in mentor-mentee relationships that will provide him with editing challenges and feedback on his work.  With the support of Adobe, AVID, and PIX Systems, he’ll further develop his technical skills.  The Eric Zumbrunnen Fellowship looks forward to helping Derek nurture his talent, advance his knowledge and tell great stories.