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
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Los Angeles, CA 90038

2019 Fellowship Recipient – Victoria Chalk


Victoria Chalk is a British-Chinese film editor with over 10 years of post-production experience. She most recently edited PJ Raval’s feature documentary Call Her Ganda, which premiered at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival.

She has editing credits on a wide array of critically acclaimed projects: Ovarian Psycos, a feature documentary directed by Joanna Sokolowski and Kate Trumbull-Lavalle (SXSW 2016, Hotdocs); Vivre, jusqu’au bout…, a narrative short directed by Vincent Plaidy (award winner at the 2010 Rhode Island International FF and the prestigious CNC Prix de Qualité); and additional editing on Before You Know It, directed by PJ Raval (SXSW, 2013).  She is currently wrapping Yu Gu’s feature documentary A Woman’s Work.

Victoria attended the 2013 and 2015 Sundance Edit and Story Lab as a Contributing Editor. The films she’s edited have been supported by The Guggenheim Foundation, Fork Films, Sundance Film Institute, Bertha Foundation, Arcus Foundation, Austin Film Society, Firelight Media, Center of Asian American Media, the Ford Foundation Just Films, ITVS, and California Humanities.

In her spare time, Victoria trains and fights as a boxer, and is a core member of A-DOC, the Asian American Documentary Network.