Thelma Schoonmaker, the last woman to win an oscar for editing. She won for The Departed in 2006.
It shouldn’t surprise us that stats of women in post-production are just as scary as percentages of female directors in Hollywood. “Among 2012′s top 250 domestic grossing films, women represented 20 percent of editors,” film and television editor Kylee Wall is quoted as saying in an article about this week’s #PostChat on Twitter.
A weekly Twitter-based chat, #Postchat utilizes the use of the hashtag to engage editors and post-production professionals in an hour-long discussion about the technology and art of post production. #PostChat occurs at 9 pm EST (6 pm PST) every Wednesday, and tonight’s topic is Women in Post.
Guests this week include editor Kylee Wall (@kyl33t), Creative Cow editor-in-chief Tim Wilson (@metropolitim), Creative Cow (@CreativeCOW) editorial manager Stefani Rice, editor and writer Debra Kaufman (@MobilizedDebra), and postPerspective.com editor-in-chief Randi Altman (@postperspective).
If you are active on Twitter, just starting out, or just want to follow the conversation, simply type #postchat into the search window in your Twitter app, or on Twitter.com, and get involved in the conversation.
We’d love to see some NYWIFT voices participating. And if you don’t already, please follow New York Women in Film & Television on Twitter (@nywift), and engage with NYWIFT members using the hashtag #nywift.
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Welcome to NYWIFT, Seeley Björkstén! Seeley is an NYC-based filmmaker and digital artist who is mostly interested in telling impactful nonfiction stories through film. Their passion for incorporating animation and other types of unconventional creativity into their work is reflected in their short film Who I Wasn’t, among other projects. Having studied at American University and FAMU, one of the oldest film schools in the world, Seeley is currently the Marketing & Social Media Manager at the Bushwick Film Festival. As someone who believes that art has the power to change the world, they consider their creations to be a form of activism. Seeley spoke to us about what drew them to animation, their creative journey, and their most personal project to date.READ MORE
NYWIFT member Jill Woodward edited the documentary 1946: The Mistranslation that Shifted a Culture, which won the Audience Award at DOC NYC 2022. In this deeply personal tale, a gay seminary scholar and a straight activist, seeking to uncover the origins of the rabid homophobia of the conservative church, make a shocking discovery: an erroneous translation of the term “homosexual” in the Bible in 1946 that has been weaponized against the LGBTQIA+ community ever since. Woodward spoke to us about the editing process, what she learned along the way, and which types of projects excite her the most.READ MORE
Let’s give a warm NYWIFT welcome to new member Fay Gartenberg! Gartenberg is an Assistant Editor and a member of the Motion Picture Editor's Guild (IATSE Local 700). Their projects span across narrative film, documentary film, scripted television, and finishing. Prior to working in the film industry, they provided video therapy for patients and families at Mount Sinai Kravis Children’s Hospital. Gartenberg talked to us about their favorite projects, latest binge-watch recommendations, and approach to work/life balance.READ MORE