Karen Schmeer Film Editing Fellowship



ACE is very proud to support the Karen Schmeer Film Editing Fellowship Award program.


Karen Schmeer, A.C.E., was one of the leading film editors of her generation. A native of Portland, Oregon, Karen had always been an avid lover of film. After graduating from Boston University, where she studied anthropology, Karen began working with Errol Morris as a researcher.


She began her remarkable career by editing a film that Morris had feared was “completely uneditable,” 1997’s Fast, Cheap, and Out of Control. Her extraordinary success — weaving four disparate characters’ stories into a poetic symphony of human emotion, sheer whimsy, and questions about the meaning of life — marked the beginning of a·decade-long collaboration with Morris. Their work together includes some of the most exciting documentary films in recent times: the Academy Award-Winning·Fog of War; the controversial Mr. Death; and the groundbreaking IFC series First Person.

This fellowship is dedicated to honoring her memory, as we aim to give our fellows the same level of care and inspiration that Karen provided for so many.

To read more about the Fellowship, visit: http://www.karenschmeer.com


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Karen Schmeer Fellowship
c/o ACE Educational Center
5555 Melrose Ave
Marx Brothers Bldg., Room #108
Los Angeles, CA 90038

Kristin Bye 

2018 Karen Schmeer
Fellowship Recipient

Kristin works on long and short-form documentary, commercial and fiction films. Most recently, Kristin edited Obit, a feature documentary directed by Vanessa Gould about the obituary writers at the New York Times.

Obit premiered at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival and is distributed by Kino Lorber.  NPR called Obit “heartfelt and unshakable” and the New York Times chose it as a Critics’ Pick, describing it as “observant, graceful and nonchalantly witty.”
Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, she has a degree in International Studies from the University of Washington (Seattle) and studied language, art and design in France for three years.